meet the ‘spoonfuls team

Have you spotted a Lovin’ Spoonfuls vehicle driving around town recently? Ever wondered about the person sitting in the drivers seat? Here’s your chance to learn all about the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team! Meet Jeremy and Meg, our faithful drivers carrying out the Lovin’ Spoonfuls mission on the road each day, and Emma, who’s holding down the fort in the office. Don’t be afraid to say hello if you ever cross paths with Jeremy or Meg on the road!

Jeremy Zeitlin, Haul Manager

How did you arrive at Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
Having worked in many different jobs since I was young, I’d scoured the non-profit game for openings for years every time I was between work.  When I saw that Spoonfuls was looking for help, I jumped at the chance to be a part of such a worthy cause.

Describe a typical work day. How does your job differ from the average truck driver?
As Haul Manager, I spend a lot of hours coordinating schedules and working with current and prospective partners— both vendors and beneficiaries— in order to better ensure that the food which might otherwise go to waste in Boston finds a good, grateful home.  As far as the actual hauling goes, there is an interpersonal dimension that goes far beyond simple collection and distribution.  On a daily basis, I interact directly with many of the people who benefit from what we do.  Part of Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ mission is to be more than just a delivery service; we don’t want to just be a faceless donor, our drivers strive to demonstrate that they care about what they’re doing— and that starts with making our work a human interaction.  It’s about People Helping People.

What’s the strangest/most exotic food item you’ve picked up from a vendor?
Probably the most exotic thing I’ve picked up was a case of Rambutan.  Rambutan is a fruit that’s seen a bit more regularly in Southeast Asia and Caribbean cuisine— it’s commonly used to make jam, but I’d never seen one around these parts before.  They’re pretty cool looking, they have a spiny outer shell… they look kind of like a doggie chew toy. Tasty.

What are some of your favorite tunes/radio stations that you listen to on the road?
A nearly impossible question for me.  I don’t listen to the radio much, but music is a big part of my day.  Bluegrass is probably the most common thing you’ll hear coming out of the cockpit, but I’m a sucker for ‘70s funk and some good jazz.  My favorite Pandora stations are a great, young bluegrass band called The Infamous Stringdusters and a jazz/funk outfit named Stuff.  My taste is pretty eclectic, though, ranging from Doc Watson to The Kinks to The Band to Frank Zappa.  That said, the most common band you’d hear when my vehicle drives by is The Grateful Dead, my all-time favorite band— and I even named both of our trucks after Dead tunes.

Do your friends and family consider you a good cook? Any signature recipes?
I like to think they consider me a good cook.  My mother is one of the best cooks I’ve ever known, so I spend as much time as I can learning from her.  When I was a kid, I either wanted to be a filmmaker or a chef, so even from a young age I was obsessed with every detail of cooking, down to meticulous presentation.  I’m a big fan of craft beer, so I like to pair food and drink.  Whether my friends would say I’m a good cook or not probably depends on how adventurous of a meal I’m trying out on them; I think experimentation is crucial to the advancement of Home Cooking Skills.  I have yet to make anyone sick, if that’s what you’re asking.

Signature dishes:  Fish tacos with Cotija and mango salsa; Grilled lamb chops with herb-roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus; Strawberry-rhubarb pie; the Traditional New England Lobster Bake (lobsters, steamers, sweet corn, good beer, pie… and cooked over a beach bonfire, when possible); I also make a MEAN lobster roll.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Pretty sparse at the moment; lots of quinoa/bean salad, some picked lobster meat, hummus, and a couple bottles of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project’s “Jack D’Or”. Hmmm— maybe it’s time to go to the grocery store…

What’s your favorite childhood food memory?
Growing up in a home with so much good cooking, this makes for a tough question.  On my birthdays, we used to go to Sunday Jazz Brunches at Bob the Chef’s (now Darryl’s) and the House of Blues (the original one in Harvard Square)… I’d say those memories would probably be right up there, as they combine two of my biggest passions: good food and good music.  My first beach lobster bake up in Maine deserves a mention.

Has this job made you more aware of your own consumption habits? Have you made any significant changes as a result?
I’ve always been pretty conscious of my own habits (I rarely left food on my plate as a kid…)— that was a big reason why I fell in love with this work so easily.  I probably buy groceries less in bulk now than I used to, sacrificing convenience to eliminate the risk of things going bad.  Also, I’m much more conscious of it on a larger scale from seeing it firsthand and being constantly approached by vendors who want to donate extra food to Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

What’s your favorite place/restaurant/neighborhood in Boston?
Another impossible question.  You wouldn’t ask a parent to choose a favorite child, would you?  Some good ones, though—
Restos/bars: Cambridge Brewing Company, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Stoddard’s, The Helmand, The King & I, The Sevens Pub.  Beacon Hill Bistro makes the best Steak Frites I’ve ever had in my life.

Neighborhoods/entertainment spots: The South End, Beacon Hill, Kendall/Central Square, Fort Point, The Fens.  Fenway Park, the ICA, Wally’s, The Middle East, The Paradise, Harper’s Ferry, Harbor Lights, The Orpheum, The Wang Theater, Symphony Hall… anything near the water.

What is your motto?
I wouldn’t want to be reduced to a single motto.  I’ve always liked Thoreau’s philosophy, though: “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.”

Who are your heroes in real life?
Let me begin with the cliché answer, my family.  It’s really true, though— I’m very proud of my family, and they inspire and motivate me on a daily basis.  Beyond that, my biggest heroes are the pioneers of the Direct Cinema movement, filmmakers like D.A. Pennebaker and Richard Leacock, who strove to document their subjects with objectivity and truthfulness.  They paved the way for films that would really expose issues in this world that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, allowing cinema to transcend art and become a form of activism.

 

Meg Kiley, Driver

How did you arrive at Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
For a time, before working for Spoonfuls, I waited tables.  Food waste was a part of the job.  It was frustrating to see so many customers leave half the food on their plates to be thrown away.  I knew it was only one symptom of the inefficiencies and poor cultural standards that exist around food sustainability in this country.  When I read about Spoonfuls I was so relieved to see that an organization existed that was doing something to fix the problem of wasted food and hunger. A year later when I saw the job posting, applying was a no-brainer.

Describe a typical work day. How does your job differ from the average truck driver?
Every day the contents of the truck are a surprise.  Our beneficiaries are consistently delighted by the variety of each haul.  A typical truck driver doesn’t get the gratification of seeing that delight, and probably isn’t regularly thanked by strangers either.

What’s the strangest/most exotic food item you’ve picked up from a vendor?
Purple beans and white eggplants.

What are some of your favorite tunes/radio stations that you listen to on the road?
I’m an NPR dork.  But when I get sick of the news, which is usually right about when the caffeine wears off, I like to listen to a whole host of tunes.  What I listen to depends on my mood.  Sometimes Ray Charles, sometimes John Lennon, sometimes the latest new band I’ve discovered, sometimes Talking Heads, sometimes guilty pleasures which I won’t admit to here.

Do your friends and family consider you a good cook? Any signature recipes?
You’d have to ask my friends and family.  I’m of the mind that no one ever tells you the real truth about your cooking.  When I cook I tend to make it up as I go along, except when I am making what I consider my signature recipes.  I make a mean butternut squash soup and I can churn out a pretty decent chicken cordon bleu.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Left over Thai curry, left over homemade fried rice (my everyday specialty), berries, yogurt, beer.

What’s your favorite childhood food memory?
Tacos were my favorite.  I’d always request them for my birthday dinner.  Also, my grandpa is a great cook.  He used to make amazing Swedish meatballs for holidays.

Has this job made you more aware of your own consumption habits? Have you made any significant changes as a result?
Definitely.  I try to use whatever I already have before I go out to buy other ingredients.  Its not easy, but I force myself to eat leftovers, even when I’m craving something else entirely.  I also go to the grocery store almost every day (it helps that it is a block from my house).  This way I only buy for two or three meals at a time.  I don’t like to rope myself into cooking a particular meal five days before the fact.

What’s your favorite place/restaurant/neighborhood in Boston?
I don’t know if I can pick a favorite, but I do love Blue Ribbon.  I love being along the Charles. I recently moved to East Cambridge, so at the moment it is my favorite place to explore and therefore my favorite neighborhood.

What is your motto?
Food rescue is the bees knees.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Certain teachers I’ve had stand out in my mind as heroes.

 

Emma McCarthy, Operations Coordinator

How did you arrive at Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
Prior to joining the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team, I worked at Flour Bakery. Flour donates leftover bread and pastries to Lovin’ Spoonfuls, so I had seen the ‘Spoonfuls team in action for quite some time. When a position opened up in the summer of 2012, I applied immediately. Food rescue just makes too much sense to ignore and it’s amazing to be on a small team that’s committed to constantly improving and taking on more for the sake of getting food to people who need it.

What spoke to you about the Lovin’ Spoonfuls mission?
While Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ direct contribution to the community was what initially caught my attention, I was really taken by the multifaceted nature of the problems that Lovin’ Spoonfuls was tackling. I had an academic interest in the culture of food and the evolution of America’s food system, especially when viewed through the lens of the ongoing environmental issues we face both nationally and globally. Food waste is overflowing our landfills, depleting our natural resources and causing a huge financial toll on our economy. On the other end of the spectrum, food insecurity rates are increasing around the country and more and more people are struggling to make ends meet. There are so many undeniable benefits to food rescue that go beyond the dinner table, and I was drawn in by Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ straightforward, local approach.

You’ve lived all over the world – what have you observed about the way other countries value / treat food?
Food is a common denominator between people around the globe, and because of that it has a unique ability to connect individuals both within and across their own cultural boundaries. Traveling to different countries, I have seen how food is viewed not just as a commodity or basic necessity but as a sacred thread in the culture of a community. One of the best ways to experience a new place is through sampling the local cuisine, it really forces you out of your comfort zone.

Do your friends and family consider you a good cook? Any signature recipes?
I do like to cook, although it is definitely just a hobby. Lately I’ve been baking more than usual, trying to perfect my family’s scone recipe.  

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Some basic staples that I almost always have on hand- eggs, cheese, hummus, a few vegetables. Also some leftover butternut squash, kale and white bean stew- one of my favorite winter meals!

So really, you moved from one area of food service to another…
Yes. There’s a lot of crossover between my old job at Flour and my position at Lovin’ Spoonfuls, especially because of the ongoing partnership between the two, but my day-to-day couldn’t be more different. Both have been rewarding in different ways but I’m really happy to be in a role where I can consistently see the direct impact of my contribution in the community.

What’s your favorite childhood food memory?
My mom’s spaghetti bolognese. It was my favorite meal when I was younger, which is ironic because I haven’t eaten beef in almost 10 years. I was pretty obsessed with pasta growing up.

Has this job made you more aware of your own consumption habits? Have you made any significant changes as a result?
I have always tried to be a conscious consumer, but this job definitely makes me think twice about throwing food away. Since college I’ve also learned to love leftovers, and repurposing them into new meals keeps things interesting.

What’s your favorite place/restaurant/neighborhood in Boston?
Place: Anywhere along the Charles River/Esplanade
Restaurant:
Highland Kitchen in Somerville
Neighborhood:
Bay Village- a tiny neighborhood jammed in between Chinatown, Back Bay and the South End

What is your motto?
Keep it simple.

Who are some of your heroes in real life?
Definitely my parents. They have always encouraged me to pursue my interests, no matter how obscure or varied they have been over the years. And I can’t thank them enough for exposing me to different cultures through traveling.

 

The Ultimate Tailgate Party 2012

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.

 

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

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