Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a 2012 masschallenge winner!

On October 23, the MassChallenge Awards Ceremony was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District. As the culmination of MassChallenge’s four-month long startup accelerator and global competition, the event included speeches from Governor Deval Patrick and Gerald Chertavian of Year Up, one-minute pitches from the 26 finalist teams, and the announcement of $1.1 million in cash awards. Lovin’ Spoonfuls was honored to be chosen as one of the 26 finalists earlier in October and the awards ceremony brought even more exciting news. Not only was Lovin’ Spoonfuls awarded a $50,000 grant from MassChallenge, but we were also thrilled to receive a $30,000 grant from the John W. Henry Family Foundation, one of the evening’s sidecar prizes for social impact. We are so grateful to have been included in the MassChallenge program, surrounded by so many inspiring and innovative teams. Thanks to MassChallenge, the John W. Henry Family Foundation and our entire community of supporters- we can’t wait to put this money to good use and feed even more Bostonians!

second annual ultimate tailgate

The Tailgate is back! After an incredibly successful event last year, we are excited to announce the return of the Lovin’ Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party! The second annual Tailgate benefiting Lovin’ Spoonfuls will take place on Sunday evening, October 28, overlooking Boston’s scenic waterfront at Sam’s. The event features 12 of Boston’s “MVP” chefs cooking high-end versions of their favorite tailgate food, as well as signature cocktails, a live auction, entertainment and much more.

The theme of the event resonates with the Lovin’ Spoonfuls mission: combatting hunger is a team sport! Last year’s Tailgate event allowed the ‘Spoonfuls team to put another truck on the road, doubling our ability to pick up and drop off rescued food, and this year’s event aims to do the same.

Buy your tickets here! We hope to see you there!

 

 

Founder of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Named Oxfam’s Sisters on the Planet Ambassador

(BOSTON, MA)— On July 13th, 2012 Ashley Stanley, the founder and executive director of Boston-based non-profit Lovin’ Spoonfuls was named one of Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet ambassadors, a group of prominent women in the U.S. including leaders in business, philanthropy and civic organizations who recognize the disproportionate impact of poverty and hunger on the poor, specifically women and children, and work with Oxfam International and women worldwide to fight poverty and hunger. As a Sisters on the Planet ambassador, Stanley will have a prominent voice in the international fight against hunger, and will help implement Lovin’ Spoonfuls successful food rescue model in Haiti and Africa, where the disparity in food distribution is overwhelming.

“I’m incredibly honored to join Oxfam’s Sisters on The Planet. Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Oxfam share a fundamental ethos that food is a right, not a privilege. Food is an incredibly powerful tool in the pursuit of social justice, and it’s through better access, distribution and education that we can start to create real change. I believe in Lovin’ Spoonfuls, in Oxfam and in the women who I’m so inspired by. We say here in Boston that hunger relief is a team sport, and I’m profoundly grateful to join this global community and carry our message even further,” said Ashley Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

Since 2010, Lovin’ Spoonfuls has successfully rescued over 100,000 lbs of perishable, unserved food from farms, supermarkets, restaurants and other retail outlets and delivered it to local crisis centers and social assistance organizations so they can feed wholesome, healthy food to those who need it the most. As a Sisters on the Planet member, Stanley will be join the ranks of other high-profile women dedicated to promoting social justice through food access, including: Annie Lennox; alumnus Ambassador Hilda Solis, Secretary of U.S. Dept. of Labor; Jody Williams, Nobel Laureate and Founder of International Campaign to Ban Landmines; and Nancy Kaufman, CEO National Council of Jewish Women, to name a few. Both Stanley and Lovin’ Spoonfuls will be given an international platform and resources to not only move one step closer to eradicating hunger in Massachusetts, but across the globe.

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About Oxfam:
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 92 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

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.

ABOUT MIZU SALON

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!

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