Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a MassChallenge 2012 Finalist!

Lovin’ Spoonfuls has been accepted into the MassChallenge class of 2012!  MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and global competition that supports high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs.  Spoonfuls is one of 125 companies chosen from over 1,200 entries from 36 states and 35 countries.  As a finalist, Lovin’ Spoonfuls will participate in an incubator program that offers mentorship, office space, and training.  We’re honored and proud to have been selected and to continue to serve the Commonwealth!




Boston Bacon and Beer Festival

On April 28, the third annual Boston Bacon & Beer Festival took place at the House of Blues in Boston. This year the event sold out faster than ever and even crashed EAT Boston’s website! Ashley, Jeremy, and Meg manned the Lovin’ Spoonfuls table, handing out Spoonfuls temporary tattoos and spreading the word about Spoonfuls’ work!  Delicious bacon dishes from notable Boston restaurants such as Aquitaine, The Fireplace, and Harvest were featured alongside beers from companies including Peak Organic Brewing Company and Sam Adams. All that bacon and beer had a purpose; in the end, the event raised over $20,000 for Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Community Servings! Thank you to all of the restaurants, chefs, volunteers, and attendees who made this event possible! For more information on all of the participating restaurants and breweries, see http://wheretoeat.in/calendar/63/24-2012-Boston-Bacon-and-Beer-Festival/

The Bacon & Beer Festival crowd

Chef Mary Dumont of Harvest, Chef Erwin Ramos of Ole, Ashley, and Chef Suzi Maitland of Trina’s Starlite Lounge

The Lovin' Spoonfuls temporary tattoo!

Feeding Boston, Changing the World

On March 10, Oxfam America and the Boston Oxfam Action Corps presented “Feeding Boston, Changing the World” at Northeastern University.  Held in celebration of International Women’s Day, the event honored women who are making an impact on the way we grow, eat, and share food.  The event featured a keynote speech from Anna Oloshuro Kalaita, a Maasai farmer from Tanzania who is the winner of Oxfam’s 2011 Global Female Food Heroine competition.  Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Executive Director Ashley Stanley was honored for her work locally, and participated in a panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Hashley, Director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at Tufts University. The panel also included Molly Anderson, Partridge Chair in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems at College of the Atlantic; Melanie Hardy, Farm Manager at Land’s Sake Farm; and Keely Curliss, Youth Intern at The Food Project.  The panelists had a spirited discussion about reforming our food system, and the consequences of global and local hunger.

Mizu Salon’s Top Stylists Partner With Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Mizu Salon’s Patrick and Grace McGinley are partnering up with Lovin’ Spoonfuls from now through April 2012, by donating a percentage of the proceeds from their collective services. With twenty years experience each, Patrick – a stylist, and Grace – a top colorist, are an award wining duo who will make your hair look better than ever this season — and all for a great cause!

Patrick and Grace McGinley will sweeten the deal by offering a 30% discount on color and cuts booked together at Mizu Salon. The McGinleys, who met at Mizu Salon and married this past year, want to spread the love this Valentine’s Day and give back. The 30% off services applies through April 2012.

“We chose Lovin’ Spoonfuls who work to end hunger in the area by distributing food to soup kitchens, crisis centers, and other emergency food providers very inspiring, and we wanted to be a part of it,” say the McGinleys.

Patrick has recently been named “Best Women’s Cut” in Boston both locally and nationally from Allure to Boston magazine and The Improper Bostonian.

Mizu Salon is located at Mandarin Oriental Hotel (and The Shops at the Prudential Center). To make an appointment with Patrick and/or Grace please call Mizu Salon at 617-585-6498. For more information please contact Chris Haynes of CBH Communications at 617-267-0070.


Created by Michael Barsamian, Mizu blends the finest talent in hairstyling with modern architectural aesthetic and function. Located in the Mandarin Oriental Boston at 776 Boylston Street in Boston, the space, designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects, London and CBT is an entirely white space. Mizu is a full service hair salon offering a selection of high end quality products including, Oribe, Moroccan Oil, Bumble and Bumble, Davines and Kerastase. Open since October 2008, Mizu has been voted World’s Best Salon by Estectica Milano Magazine.

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Bake Sale

On December 10th, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts hosted its 6th Annual Holiday Bake Sale to benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls, showing that helping the hungry in Massachusetts can be as easy as pie.  Students, alumni, and chef instructors from CSCA baked hundreds of delicious treats for the sale which raised over $7,000 for Lovin’ Spoonfuls!  Thank you to the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, all of the bakers, and the businesses that donated raffle items!



The Ultimate Tailgate Party

On November 13th, Sam’s hosted the Ultimate Tailgate Party benefiting Lovin’ Spoonfuls. With 12 MVP chefs on hand cooking versions of their favorite tailgate food, the event raised over $60,000! Mayor Thomas Menino was ‘Spoonfuls’ guest of honor, and presented Executive Director Ashley Stanley with a check for $10,000 from the City of Boston. We had a picture perfect day in November, and there is no better setting than Sam’s for some football, some food and some ‘Team Lovin’ spirit!

Guests were treated to Asian sloppy joe’s from Ming Tsai, candied bacon grilled cheese from Asia Mei at Sam’s, ‘Patriot Oysters’ from Island Creek, salmon tartare tacos from Joanne Chang & Karen Akunowicz at Myers + Chang, Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche from Gabriel Frasca & Amanda Lydon at Straight Wharf and Ventuno Restaurants on Nantucket, and a pig-roast with homemade nuoc-cham from Toro & Coppa’s Jamie Bissonette and The Herb Lyceum’s Will Gilson.  Board member Christopher Myers led the crowd in a spirited ‘pre-game speech’ as he made a plea for supporters to match the Mayor’s check. Hands went up, and everyone was reminded that hunger relief is indeed a team-sport.

We couldn’t believe that there was ANYTHING left over by evening’s end, but Lovin’ Spoonfuls packed up ten trays of food and delivered it to the Haley House soup kitchen after the event ended.  We send heartfelt thanks to our friends, chefs, supporters and everyone who made the Tailgate such a huge success:  especially the team at Sam’s, Proforma Printing, Peterson’s Party Center, MS Walker, Gosling’s & Twinfocus Capital.

Ashley accepts a check from Mayor Thomas Menino



Boston Local Food Festival

On Saturday, October 1, the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team headed down to the Boston Waterfront at Fort Point Channel for the second annual Boston Local Food Festival.  The Festival celebrated local food in Boston and showcased a wide variety of nonprofits, local restaurants, and local food businesses.  The team had a great time talking about Spoonfuls’ work and handing out our popular tote bags and temporary tattoos!  Thanks to the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston and everyone who came by the Lovin’ Spoonfuls booth—we had a blast meeting all of you!

Ice Cream Showdown

On Sunday, September 11, EAT Boston held their third Ice Cream Showdown with part of the proceeds going to Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Community Servings.   The docks of Community Boating provided the setting for an afternoon filled with lots of great ice cream!  Coop’s Microcreamery, Batch, Giovanna Gelato e Sorbet, Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream, Toscanini’s, and Picco were all on hand dishing out tasty frozen treats.  Thanks to EAT Boston and all of the ice cream vendors for a great afternoon!

A beautiful day for ice cream!

Susie and Veronica from Batch scoop up tasty treats!

Chef Louie Night at Jerry Remy’s

On Thursday, August 11, Lovin’ Spoonfuls headed to Jerry Remy’s Fenway for Chef Louie Night.  The night featured a classic Chef Louie Night-style competition between some of Boston’s top up-and-coming chefs: Jason Cheek of KO Prime and Brandon Arms of Garden at the Cellar.  Judges included Top Chef’s Tiffani Faison, Leah Mennies (The Feast Boston), and Kyle Wright (Improper Bostonian).   In the end, Jason Cheek emerged as the winner and a portion of the ticket sales went to Spoonfuls.  Thanks again to Chef Louie DiBiccari, Jerry Remy’s, Cakes by Erin, 90+ Cellars, and Pineland Farms for creating an amazing evening!

All photos courtesy of Coco Knudson (www.thecocoeatsandcritiques.com)

Chef Jason Cheek (KO Prime) and Chef Brandon Arms (Garden at the Cellar)

Kyle Wright (Improper Bostonian), Leah Mennies (The Feast Boston), Top Chef’s Tiffani Faison, and Ashley

EAT- Guacaholics Anonymous 2

On August 9, EAT hosted Guacaholics Anonymous 2 at Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake. Delicious guacamole was on hand from some of Boston’s best guacamologists, including Zocalo, Ole, Temazcal Tequila Cantina, La Verdad, El Pelon, Boloco, and Anna’s Taqueria as well as from a handful of amateur guacquistadors.  About $2,000 was raised for Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Community Servings.  Thanks to EAT, Poe’s Kitchen and all of the guacamole chefs and attendees!

Award from Pine Street Inn

On June 8, Lovin’ Spoonfuls was presented with a certificate of achievement at Pine Street Inn’s Job Training Graduation and Celebration of Housing.  It was an honor to be a part of this event—Pine Street Inn does amazing work in Boston to end homelessness and we’re so happy to partner with them!

Show Us Your Knickers!! Benefit for Lovin’ Spoonfuls

The opening of the Oyster Bar Marina Bay in Quincy on June 6 provided the background for a beautiful early summer evening by the water.  Twelve of Boston’s most beloved bartenders, including Jamie Walsh of Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale, Josh Childs of Silvertone’s & Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Alexei Beratis of Towne Stove and Spirits, and Bernadette Keneavey of La Morra created cocktails for the event that raised over $3,000 for Lovin’ Spoonfuls.  We loved the great food, drinks, and location—thanks to the folks at Oyster Bar Marina Bay, Absolut Vodka, and Stuff Magazine for their support of such a special evening!

Radio 92.9 EarthFest

Earth Fest 2011 on May 21 was an all day, outdoor celebration by the Hatch Shell featuring live music from Ok Go, Atomic Tom, Sponge, and Live. Awesome local food was provided from Whole Foods, Applegate Farms, Clif Bars, Stonyfield Farms, and many others.  Lovin’ Spoonfuls was there not only to spread the word about food rescue but also to recover what was left over from the day.  Radio 92.9 sure knows how to throw a party to celebrate our planet!

Young festival goers getting their Spoon on!!

Lovin’ Spoonfuls Hauls with City Harvest

On May 5, Lovin’ Spoonfuls headed to New York City to haul with City Harvest.  City Harvest invited Ashley to New York to see food recovery on a massive scale—City Harvest collects more than 30 million pounds of food a year!  It was an honor to observe and learn from this food rescue pioneer!

Ashley with the City Harvest Truck

Boston Bacon and Beer Festival

Friends of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Will Gilson and Aaron Cohen (founders of EAT) hosted the 2011 Boston Bacon and Beer Festival on April 30. Chefs included Matt Jennings of La’Laterie in Providence, Jamie Bissonnette of Toro & Coppa, Jim Solomon of The Fireplace and TONS of Boston’s beloved chefs created bacon-based dishes to pair with some of the best beers from around New England. Our friends from Peak Organic Beer sponsored the event as well!  The beer and bacon were not the only benefits for participating–the event raised just under $17,000 for Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Community Servings, and Share Our Strength. Beer and bacon supporting hunger relief—we’re lovin’ that! Thanks to Will, Aaron, and all the chefs who took part! For the full list of participating chefs / sponsors check out the EAT website http://wheretoeat.in/calendar/63/16-2011-Boston-Bacon-and-Beer-Festival/

Marry Dumont of Harvest Restaurant & Iron Chef (and creator of Bacon Cotton Candy - oh my!) with Rob Lucenter, owner of Peak Beer

Awesome crowd for BBBF 2011 - this event sold out in minutes!!

Josh Childs of Trina's Starlight Lounge and Silvertone's, with Chef Suzi Maitland of Trina's rockin' the Spoon

Chef Louie Night at Jerry Remy’s

Chef Louie Night on April 25 sought to answer that epic question: which city is better—Boston or New York?  The Boston vs. New York culinary throwdown at Jerry Remy’s pitted Chef Mike Bergin of L’Espalier against Chef Jackie Kelly of Jerry Remy’s.  The rivalry was fierce but in the end, Boston (Chef Mike Bergin) won out and Spoonfuls raised $2,000! Thanks to Chef Louis DiBiccari and Jerry Remy’s for providing an unforgettable evening of food, fun, and entertainment!

Chef Louis DiBiccari himself

The competitors post battle!

Judges table included Boston blogger Christine Lui, Chef Dante DiMagistris and EAT Boston's Aaron Cohen

CupcakeCamp Boston

Elizabeth Ginsburg, a great supporter and friend of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, hosted the second annual CupcakeCamp here in Boston on April 13! The sweet event brought together professional and amateur bakers at The Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville.  Sponsored by King Arthur Flour, and with sweets from The Chocolate Tarte, Sweet, Treat Cupcake Bar, The Cupcakory, and Whole Foods, the night raised over $2,300 for Lovin’ Spoonfuls!  Thanks to Elizabeth, King Arthur Flour, and all the bakers for their generosity, creativity and general deliciousness!

5% Day at Whole Foods

On April 7, Whole Foods at Charles River Plaza hosted Lovin’ Spoonfuls for 5% Day.  5% of the day’s sales were donated to ‘Spoonfuls.  We had a great time hanging out with our volunteers and talking with shoppers who stopped by.  Thanks to Whole Foods for their support!

Fundraiser for Lovin’ Spoonfuls at Lineage

On February 28, Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Brookline neighbor, Lineage Restaurant, celebrated their fifth anniversary with the proceeds from the night going to Lovin’ Spoonfuls. The event featured an Island Creek Oysters oyster boat and a number of Lineage’s signature dishes. We enjoyed celebrating this great neighborhood restaurant with Chef (and Lovin’ Spoonfuls culinary board member) Jeremy Sewall. We are so grateful for Lineage’s support—thanks to everyone who came out for the event!

Chris Sherman from Island Creek Oysters & Ashley shucking along

Servers wore 'Spoonfuls gear!

Lineage Proprieters Jeremy & Lisa Sewall

Lineage made their signature dishes 'Spoon'-worthy

Lamb Jam

American Lamb Jam 2011 happened on February 20 at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square.  Hosted by the American Lamb Board and BostonChefs.com, Lamb Jam featured Boston’s best chefs and their creative presentations of lamb.  Award winners included Chef Jim Solomon of The Fireplace for his Braised Lamb Shank and Chef Will Gilson for his Lamb Sausage Ssam dish.  Part of the proceeds from the event went to Lovin’ Spoonfuls.  Thanks to the American Lamb Board, BostonChefs.com, and all the chefs involved for including us in the event!  Thanks also to all of Spoonfuls’ amazing volunteers for helping out at the event!

people lovin' the spoon!

Billy Costa of Kiss 108 & TV Diner emceed the event

Winners Will Gilson & Jim Solomon

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