23rd Annual Taste of the South End Brings Celebrated Chefs Together for AIDS Action Benefit

Taste of the South EndNibble on gourmet concoctions at Taste of the South End and raise critical funds for AIDS Action.
Photo: Marilyn Humphries

Delicious Samplings from more than 40 Celebrated Chefs in Boston’s Hottest Culinary Destination 

BOSTON—AIDS Action Committee recently announced that the 23rd annual Taste of the South End will take place Tuesday, March 20 at the Cyclorama of the Boston Arts Center. Attendees will enjoy small plate culinary creations from the top chefs in Boston’s favorite “foodie” neighborhood. The popular event will also feature live cooking demonstrations, a broad sample of wine and beer to taste, and a silent auction. Taste of the South End is from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street in Boston. Tickets are $150; VIP admission is $200. Proceeds benefit AIDS Action. Tickets are available online: http://tasteofthesouthend.org/attend/

“Taste of the South End is the one night that foodies don’t have to choose between the many delicious dining options in the neighborhood. Guests can enjoy the best of just about every restaurant in the South End under one roof,” said Carl Sciortino, executive director of AIDS Action. “The fact that they’re eating for a good cause—supporting AIDS Action’s work to bring the number of new HIV infections in Massachusetts down to zero—assuages any guilt one might feel after eating at 40 restaurants in one evening.”

“Being in the hospitality business, nothing makes me happier than seeing people come together to enjoy delicious food and support a wonderful cause,” said Mark D’Alessandro, general manager of MISTRAL. “That’s why I look forward to Taste of the South End every year. I am proud to get into the community and help raise much needed money for the continued fight against HIV/AIDS.”

A partial list of participating eateries includes Aquitaine bar á Vin Bistrot, Area Four, Banyan Bar + Refuge, Bar Mezzana, Barcelona South End, Blackbird Doughnuts, Boston Chops, Cinquecento Roman Trattoria, Five Horses South, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Formaggio Kitchen South End, Frenchie, Gaslight Brasserie, Haley House Bakery Cafe, Lion’s Tail, Masa, Metropolis Café, Meyers + Chang, MIDA, Petit Robert, The Elephant Walk South End, Stephi’s on Tremont, PICO, The Gallows and Mistral.

Taste of the South End features a silent auction, mystery bag and our wine toss game, where guests can find a huge array of fabulous prizes including trips, food and wine experiences, and tickets to upcoming shows and events.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Amazon.  Other sponsors include Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Macy’s, Pfizer, Bombay Sapphire, Eaton Vance Investment Managers, Gilead, InterSystems, Venegas and Company, Whole Foods Market, Martignetti Companies, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Ultimate Valet, Boston Spirit Magazine, EDGE Media Network, Yelp, and Frost Productions.

Admission to Taste of the South End is limited to those 21 years of age or older.  Tickets available at: http://tasteofthesouthend.org/attend.

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the state’s leading provider of prevention and wellness services for people living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS. AIDS Action works to stop the epidemic by eliminating new infections; maximizing healthier outcomes of those infected and at risk; and tackling the root causes of HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1983, AIDS Action is New England’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization, advocating for the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS by educating the public and health professionals about HIV prevention and care; and promoting fair and effective HIV/AIDS policy at the city, state, and federal levels. In 2013, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts entered into a strategic partnership with Fenway Health, allowing both organizations to improve delivery of care and services across the state and beyond.

[From a News Release]


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