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cutipie721 May 8, 2013 03:00 PM

I'm not sure what to feel about not seeing someone started talking about this event already. http://www.bostonbitesback.org/

The listing certainly looks interesting to me.
Anyone going? Maybe it's too expensive? Can't make it? Not attractive enough?

  1. C. Hamster May 17, 2013 01:59 PM

    I seriously doubt that these chefs would have the gumption to do something that spectacular again .... unless something quite terrible happens.

    1. C. Hamster May 15, 2013 08:33 PM

      Well, I went and it was pretty fun and fabulous.

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        bear May 16, 2013 03:37 AM

        Care to share any highlights?

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          C. Hamster May 16, 2013 05:46 AM

          One highlight was Gordon Hamersley's smile as he served up his food personally. I'd say I saw the "celebrity" chef at their restaurant's station about 30% of the time.

          BlueJay Santos looked to have had a new dye job for the occasion.

          Food wise there was too much and I was totally stuffed after trying about half of the stations.

          It was set up in the area from about section 10 to the bleachers and on the roof deck, with the restaurants occupying all the concession stands. Some were cooking, others serving premade.

          I had ceviche, meatballs, lobster rolls, fois gras, octopus, sushi, gumbo, pulled pork, risotto, savory panna cotta, raw oysters, fried green tomatoes, sausage, bahn mi, cheese plates, cupcakes, clam chowder, seafood salad, rabbit, a hamburger and more stuff that I can't remember.

          My favorites were Blue Dragon's octopus and Lala Rokh's lamb. And ICOB oysters which you could have an unlimited amount of.

          For the most part, the food was tasty, with one true dud which I will not mention.

          The wine wasn't impressive and the beer and wine lines were long.

          We had a blast but I was in some discomfort after eating that much.

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            bear May 16, 2013 06:18 AM

            Thanks for the vicarious fun!

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              cutipie721 May 16, 2013 08:09 AM

              Almost the same here. It was fantastic and epic! We splited the bigger and/or heavier bites among ourselves to make sure we could taste as many things as we could. I'll definitely revisit if they do this again.

              Didn't have any wine or beer for the same reason. Not worth the wait at all. Having a bottle of water is more convenient than an open cup of beverage when you try to multitask lol.

              There was almost no wait at any station. People just grab the bites and go.

              Yes one big failure, and I'm not sure if we're thinking the same...

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                greygarious May 16, 2013 05:34 PM

                < I'll definitely revisit if they do this again.>

                Let's hope to God they don't ever have to. As Ming said on Greater Boston, this was meant as a commemoration, not a celebration. The goal was to raise a million dollars for OneFundBoston. I wonder if they reached it.

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                  cutipie721 May 17, 2013 08:45 AM

                  News said there isn't enough fund for all victims in the One Fund. Plenty have pledged, actual amount in the bank was less than half of the reported sum. At least that was the case when I first read it. The real challenge is yet to come.

                  BBB twitter feed said they reached 1mil on Tues night, but no news has confirmed this with flying colors. Maybe they're still waiting for the online auctions to end this month. What we do know is - VIP tickets were sold out, and 1500 first correspondents got in for free thanks to some very generous donors. That's almost 1/3 of the general admissions.

                  I doubt the chefs can pull it off again for a different cause. I obviously don't want to have to commemorate another tragedy. BBB's not a celebration, but it's still in the most part a charity thing. I wholeheartedly wish for BBB's success to set an example for future fundraisers. I'd be eager to attend another one of these yummy charity events. That's what I had in mind when I said "if they do this again". :-)

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                    L2k May 21, 2013 07:54 AM

                    I read that the diff between pledged and paid was large sums waiting for the IRS to grant the tax exempt status to the OneFund organization. This happened late last week so those funds should start flowing in quickly.

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          cutipie721 May 13, 2013 08:39 AM

          Interesting, they have "discounted" tickets now.

          "After 8:00pm" - General Admission $100.00

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            Gabatta May 13, 2013 09:11 AM

            It's not entirely surprising that the (only 5,000) regular tickets may not have sold as well as the organizers hoped. $400 for a couple is pricey for this type of event, and lots of individuals and corporations have already donated very generously to the One Fund and similar marathon related charities.

          2. greygarious May 10, 2013 09:06 PM

            I assume this is the same event which Ming Tsai and Ken Oringer will be discussing on Greater Boston on Monday, May 13, at 7pm on WGBH-2. Repeats at 11:30 on 2-2, midnight on 2, and 6a.m. and noon Tues on 44-1.

            Tickets are way out of my price range. However, I MAY have helped the cause. I was surprised that when the OneFund was set up, there was no text-to-donate feature. I e-mailed the suggestion to Boston Public Radio because they had the state treasurer as a guest. The next day the same show was the first to announce that a $10 donation could be made by texting BOSTON to 80108. The OneFund TV ads began including the info a few days later.

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              southie May 11, 2013 03:38 AM

              Good job! I am sure that suggestion has raised more than the $200 ticket!

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              hoplover May 9, 2013 05:00 AM

              Why aren't you sure what you feel? It's a fundraiser. It's a way to raise money and keep an awareness that there are people still suffering from emotional and physical distress. What is not attractive about that? I think it is beautiful to see Boston remaining strong and committed to each other.

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                cutipie721 May 9, 2013 08:23 AM

                I agree with you completely. I'm just not sure why nobody has started a thread on this already lol. I think it's a pretty cool and epic foodie event even if you don't look at the fund raising part.

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