Herb Carlin Community Health Award

On December 21st, Lovin’ Spoonfuls was honored by the Brookline Department of Health with the 2010 Herb Carlin Community Health Award. As a Brookline based organization, it’s especially meaningful to be of service in, and to, our hometown.

Lovin' Spoonfuls Herb Carlin Community Health Award

Lovin’ Likes to Wrap!

Barnes & Noble turned over their gift-wrapping station to ‘Spoonfuls the week before Christmas! With a slew of awesome volunteers, we wrapped gifts for customers from all over Copley Place and The Prudential Center – folks were incredibly generous with holiday spirit (despite our less than perfect wrapping) and we were able to raise almost $1000 from our day at the PRU! Our heartfelt thanks to Patrick, Deb, Heidi, Kimberly, Rennie, John, Christopher and Gina for all their help!

Barnes & Noble Gift Wrapping Station Barnes & Noble Gift Wrapping Station

Duck, Duck, Goose!

On December 3rd, The Hotel Marlow hosted the “Duck, Duck Goose’ Fundraiser for Lovin’ Spoonfuls…Chef Jay Silva of Bambara restaurant helmed the event, cooking alongside of Stella’s Evan Deluty, KO Prime’s Josh Buehler, Dante / Il Casale chef Dante DiMagistris, Tremont 647 (and Hell’s Kitchen contestant Andy Husbands), Will Gilson of Garden at The Cellar, Marc Orfaly of Pigalle and others to help raise funds for ‘Spoonfuls. Our thanks to all involved, including All Heart Public Relations, Kimpton Hotels and Hudson Valley Fois Gras.

Ben & Ashley

Ben & Ashley

Thanksgiving Lovin’ Style

Over the holidays Lovin’ Spoonfuls was proud to help hungry folks in Boston…our friends at Legal Sea Foods’ “C” Bar, and Eastern Standard Kitchen provided fully cooked Thanksgiving meals complete with all the trimmings for our friends at RESPOND Inc (providers of shelter for domestic violence survivors), and to The Boston Rescue Mission. ‘Spoonfuls also came to BRM’s ‘rescue’ as they reached out to us needing frozen turkeys. Our friends at Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Lineage and Kinneally Meats helped us make sure the Mission had enough birds to hand out to hungry folks at their annual Day of Thanks. Executive Director Ashley Stanley was also invited to give out the turkeys along Governor Deval Patrick:

Ashley Stanley & Governor Deval Patrick
Ashley Stanley & Governor Deval Patrick
Ashley Stanley & Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
Ashley Stanley & Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
Our Haulmaster Ben unloading turkeys at BRM
Our Haulmaster Ben unloading
turkeys at BRM
That's a lot of turkeys!
That’s a lot of turkeys!
Chef Patrick Keefe & his team at Legal "C" Bar on Thanksgiving Day
Chef Patrick Keefe & his team at
Legal “C” Bar on Thanksgiving Day
Chef Rich & team at Eastern Standard on Thanksgiving Day
Chef Rich & team at Eastern Standard on Thanksgiving Day

Evening with Joanne Chang

On November 3rd, Robinson & Cole in Boston hosted an evening with Joanne Chang at the Union Club. Lovin’ Spoonfuls was lucky enough to be the charity of choice for this networking event – guests received copies of Joanne’s new cookbook with a donation to ‘Spoonfuls! Joanne graciously signed books, and participated in a warm & funny dialogue about women in business. Over $4000 was raised for ‘Spoonfuls! Our thanks to Robinson & Cole and Joanne for being such wonderful supporters of our mission!

World Hunger Day!

The very next day, OCTOBER 16th was WORLD HUNGER DAY! To celebrate, we teamed up with WHOLE FOODS in Legacy Place for our first ever PRODUCE DRIVE! It was an awesome day, people were so willing to participate! As we were weighing the day’s ‘haul’, the scale broke!! Last count was over 2500 lbs of carrots, potatoes, squash, apples, onions, peppers and other great foodstuffs from WF. Thanks to all who participated!! AND, we were able to raffle off gift certificates to awesome restaurants who support Lovin’ Spoonfuls!! Huge thanks to Lineage, Eastern Standard, Legal Sea Foods, Aquitaine, Gaslight Brasserie, Union Bar & Grille, Qdoba, b.good and of course, Whole Foods Legacy Place. The surprise of the day came when Ashley was presented with a commendation from the House of Representatives. Paul McMurtry, the House Rep. from Dedham was on hand to recognize Lovin’ Spoonfuls! All in all, it was such a fun day -we had great volunteers, and Whole Foods did a great job letting people know how they can help us feed hungry folks! Check it out!


Ready to Roll!

Awesome volunteers with Ashley, Ben & House Rep. Paul McMurtry

Look at all this awesome stuff! Everyone should have access to fresh healthy food!

There is enough food out there-let’s go get it!

Heeeere’s Ben! The smile on his face says it all…

Rep. McMurtry presents Ashley & Lovin’ Spoonfuls with a commendation from the House of Representatives

Wow!

Thank you to our friends at Whole Foods, Yard House, the team at Legacy Place and all our volunteers for making our efforts onWorld Hunger Day count!

Lovin’s Official Launch Event!

It’s been a busy Fall here at ‘Spoonfuls! On October 15th, MYERS+CHANG restaurant hosted our official launch event…we raised $30k to kick off our capital fundraising campaign!! Our gracious hosts Christopher Myers & Joanne Chang were joined by Ming Tsai (fresh from The Next Iron Chef), the fellas from Island Creek Oysters (while Island Creek Oyster Bar was opening that same night!!), Jamie Bissonette (Toro, Coppa) and helped make the evening an unbelievable moment for Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Mayor Thomas Menino also attended, and said that ‘Spoonfuls was a “welcome addition to the city of Boston”. Wow! We’re proud to serve this great city!

Jamie Bissonette, Ashley Stanley, Mayor Menino, Joanne Chang & Ming Tsai

Haulmaster Ben Delfiner & Founder Ashley Stanley

Hosts & Board Members Christopher Myers & Joanne Chang

Founder & Executive Director Ashley Stanley

The evening was filled with amazing food, fantastic enthusiasm for the Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ mission-and among the silent auction items up for grabs was a private pastry lesson with Joanne Chang, who just released the most popular baking book on the shelves right now..straight from her beloved bakery FLOUR. Buy it here! Flour: Spectacular recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery+Cafe

Mayor Menino & Paula Price, CEO of Stop & Shop Supermarkets

Christopher Myers, Joanne Chang and Top Chef's Tiffani Faison

Among the other things being auctioned off was an OysterFarm tour of Duxbury Bay from Island Creek Oysters, Dim Sum for 10 people WITH Christopher & Joanne, and a Four-Course Chef’s tasting WITH paired wines from Ming Tsai at Blue Ginger. What a night!

Stop & Shop Supermarkets retained Lovin’ Spoonfuls to recover an estimated 500,000 lbs of fresh produce, lean proteins and whole grains- CEO Paula Price and Mayor Menino talk about food recovery below:

Thanks, Boston- for welcoming our little organization with such warmth and appreciation… back on the road we go!

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