On October 28th, Sam’s hosted the second annual Ultimate Tailgate Party benefiting Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Even though Hurricane Sandy was on its way, over 350 guests braved the storm to sample food from our amazing line-up of MVP chefs and enjoy cocktails shaken by local mixologists Jon Parsons and Josh Childs. Despite the weather, spirits remained high throughout the evening thanks to entertainment provided by DJ TJ Connelly, a football themed photo booth, and a festive live auction led by emcee Jenny Johnson of NECN’s “TV Diner.”
Guests enjoyed lobster tacos from Jeremy Sewall of Lineage and Island Creek Oyster Bar, Koren BBQ Sloppy Jo’s from Myers + Chang’s Joanne Chang and Karen Akunowicz, beer and cheddar soup from Alex Crabb of Asta, ribs and cornbread from Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, ramen seasoned macaroni salad and subs from Toro and Coppa’s Jamie Bissonnette, grilled oysters from Will Gilson of the forthcoming Puritan & Co., porchetta sandwiches from Storyville and Chef Louie Night’s Louis DiBiccari, Thai braised ribs from Mary Dumont of Harvest, grilled chicken wings from Colin Lynch of Menton and No. 9 Park, pickled eggs, brisket sliders and kale soup from Douglas Rodrigues of Clio, and crispy mac and cheese squares, fried pickled green tomatoes and grilled haloumi and vegetable skewers from home team chef Asia Mei of Sam’s. After guests had their fill, our team collected the remaining food and delivered it to our friends at Haley House at the conclusion of the event to ensure that no food was wasted.
Through the incredible generosity of our sponsors, guests and community supporters, we raised over $80,000! This money will directly support our goal to put a third truck on the road, allowing us to further increase our reach and deliver tens of thousands of pounds of fresh and healthy food to a greater number of Massachusetts residents. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Tailgate, and we would like to say a special thank you to everyone at Sam’s, Equinox, Peterson Party Center, Proforma Printing, Peak Organic and MS Walker.
All photos courtesy of Little Monkeys Photo Co.