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The Ultimate Tailgate Party (football, food & charity)

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and sports and drinking are taking over our televisions and our lives once again.  I’ve never been a huge sports fan, but while working at Sports Depot during and after college, I gained an appreciation of the food, fun, and friends that surround football Sundays, college games on Saturdays, and daily Red Sox playoff games. Beer, buffalo wings, sports. The perfect Sunday.

Well, I’ve found the ideal event that combines a few of my favorite things — sports, food, and nonprofits.

On Sunday, November 10th, 2013, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, will host the third annual Ultimate Tailgate Party overlooking Boston’s scenic waterfront on the lawn at Sam’s. The annual event, hosted by Esti and Drew Parsons, co-owners of Sam’s and emceed by Charlie Rose of City Year, features 17 of Boston’s “MVP” chefs cooking high-end versions of their favorite tailgate food, cocktails shaken by Sam’s own Jon Parsons & the legendary Josh Childs, a silent auction, entertainment and much more. This year’s event will also be honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino for his hard work and service to the city of Boston. The theme of the event resonates Lovin’s message: combatting hunger is a team sport.

Currently 1 in 5 Bostonians are classified as food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls, 501(c)(3) non-profit, in 2010, Ashley Stanley and her team have collected more than 785,000lbs of fresh, healthy food that would otherwise be thrown away, and distributed it at no cost to local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and crisis centers throughout the city. 2012’s ultimate tailgate party allowed Lovin’s team to put a third truck on the road, drastically increasing their ability to pick up and drop off rescued food, and this year aims to do the same!

This year’s event will include previews from three highly anticipated restaurants (Row 34, Alden & Harlow, and La Brasa), as well as an all-star team of 17 of Boston’s premiere chefs who will join the party by cooking their own creative takes on their favorite tailgate food. Guests will be able to enjoy creative comfort food from Lovin’ Spoonfuls board members, Joanne Chang (Myers & Chang andFlour), Jeremy Sewall (Lineage, Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar) and Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa and Toro), as well as Karen Akunowicz (Myers & Chang), Alex Sáenz (Lineage), Asia Mei (Sam’s), Jason Bond (Bondir), Colin Lynch (Menton and No. 9 Park), Mary Dumont (Harvest), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road), Joe Cassinelli (Posto) who will be bringing Posto’s mobile pizza oven, Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Daniel Bojorquez (La Brasa), and Christine & Carla Pallotta from the newly re-openedNeboFrank McClellandexecutive chef and proprietor of New England’s most decorated independent restaurantL’Espalier, will be hosting a tailgate to the tailgate during VIP hour from 6PM to 7PM. 

That’s not all! The event, emceed by Charlie Rose of City Year, will feature a silent auction with fun and unique experiences, a photo booth stocked with everyone’s favorite football memorabilia, and complimentary beer from Peak Organic Brewery, as well as wine & champagne from sponsor M.S. Walker.

What would a party be without cocktails? Popular Boston mixologists, Jon Parsons (bar manager at Sam’s) and Josh Childs (Silvertone, Parlor Sports and Trina’s Starlite Lounge) will be throwing down and shaking up specialty drinks all evening.

WHERE:           Sam’s| 60 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02110, (617) 295-0191. The event will take place under a tent outside of Sam’s along the waterfront.

WHEN:             Sunday, November 10th, 2013; VIP Hour from 6:00PM to 7:00PM, event from 7:00PM to 10:00PM.

COST:              All proceeds benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls. General admission tickets are $100. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $250 and include access to the VIP hour from 6:00PM to 7:00PM which includes a special tasting as well as a VIP gift bag. VIP ticket holders will also have exclusive “buy it now” privileges for all silent auction items. All tickets are available for purchase here:

PARKING:       Complimentary valet parking will be available.

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One way to save during your trip

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m planning a trip, I never really think about how much food costs.  Flight, hotel, other transportation, and entertainment costs are all factored into my budget.  Somehow, though, I forget about food.  I mean, I know I have to spend money on it, but I don’t think of how it can add up to hundreds of dollars if  I’m not careful.

Calcute your vacation food like this example:
Coffee and a bagel for breakfast: $5.00
Sandwich and a water for lunch: $10.00
Dinner, drink, and tip out at a decently priced restaurant: $25 – $30
Ice cream for dessert: $5.00

So the total for this average day is about $45- $50.  Multiply that by 5 days, and you’re up to $250 for the week, just for meals and one snack.  That doesn’t even include going out for a couple drinks.  It’s a lot of money.

I think the best way to save during a trip is to cut back on your food spending.  You can do this either by booking a hotel that has a free breakfast, even a free continental breakfast would do, or bringing food with you.  If you’re able to find a hotel that has a free breakfast buffet you can probably go without lunch or just have a small snack.  I did this most days while staying in Puerto Rico last year.  We stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites in San Juan.  Their free breakfast buffet kept me satisfied for most of the day.  The hotel that I stayed at in Orlando a few years ago (I’m pretty sure it was Quality Suites) also had a decent free breakfast.

If you don’t book a hotel that has free breakfast, you can still save.  Just bring breakfast/ snack food with you.  When I went to Toronto in July, my friends and I drove and brought granola bars, some fruit, peanut butter and fluff, trail mix, etc.  We tried to not buy breakfast or lunch, and we appreciated our meals out more because we only went out for dinner.

So, on your next trip look for a hotel with free breakfast.  If you can’t find one, remember to bring some food with you, and you can a lot.  Also, if you’re driving, always bring bottled water with you.  You’ll be glad you won’t have to pay $3.00 for it while you’re out.

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A Few Atlantic City Favorites

Create A Cone

Create A Cone

If you love ice cream anywhere near as much as I do, you definitely can’t go to Atlantic City without stopping at Create a Cone.  It’s on the main floor of the Tropicana, a few steps from the beach and next to Hooters. I’m not lying when I say that I went there EVERY night while there.  This little ice cream counter has been around for a few years; the last time I went to Atlantic City with my family I tried it for the first time.  It’s kind of like Coldstone, but better.  You get to choose your ice cream flavor and the toppings you want mixed in with it, but you know how when they mix the toppings into Coldstone ice cream, the consistency gets kind of soft, weird, and gooey? Well that doesn’t happen with Create A Cone ice cream.  It’s also cheaper than Coldstone, another plus.

My favorite combination is Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream with hot fudge and Reeses cups. So good.  Also, it’s open late every night, so it’s the perfect place to stop when you get sick of losing money in the slots.

The Beach Bar

The Beach Bar

Whether you just want a few tropical drinks on hot day, or you want to party the night away under the starts, the Beach Bar located across from the Trump hotel and casino is the place to be.  The entire bar is outside and sits on a large wooden deck, on top of the sand, overlooking the ocean.  It has two bars, and a large amount of tables where guests can sip a drink, enjoy some food, and soak up some sun.

While watching the Travel Channel over the summer, I saw a show called something like “The worlds 21 sexiest beach bars.”  This beach bar was featured on the show, and I just knew I would have to go there.  I love the travel channel, and when they rate something as one of the best of its kind, I believe them.


Featured on the Travel Channel

Greg, my sister, her boyfriend, and I went to the Beach Bar for lunch one afternoon because it’s most likely 21 plus at night.  Since I was already 21, I got some fruity, frozen drink, which was refreshing, and we all got sandwhiches.  For what you get, the food is a little on the pricey side.  Also they don’t have free tap water! I’ve never been to a restaurant that doesn’t have free water, so that’s definitely a negative.  The three of them each ended up getting a tiny bottle of water for over $3.00 each.  A little ridiculous.  The food was good, though, and my sandwich was definitely filling.

Finally, next time you’re in Atlantic City you definitely HAVE TO eat breakfast at Country Kitchen.  Located at the Days Inn next to the Tropicana, the Country Kitchen has the best breakfast around.  Their pancakes are absolutely amazing; they taste like they’re made with cake batter. Nothing starts a fun filled day better than a hearty breakfast.

Any other Atlantic City favorites?

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