Cooking for a Cause and other Weekend Activities

This past Friday night Sues and I were invited to attend the wonderful event, Cooking for a Cause at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. It’s a night filled with culinary genius to benefit Cambridge’s not-for-profit East End House, which offers important and often life-changing services to children, families, and individuals in the surrounding areas of Cambridge.



East End House is particularly unique in that we have been committed to improving the lives of community members for over 125 years. As a result of programs at East End House, parents are able to work to provide for their families, children are able to develop in a safe, nurturing, and educational environment, seniors no longer have to live in isolation, hungry families are fed, and the surrounding neighborhoods have a place to come together in the spirit of community.


There was a short presentation of families who have benefited from sending their children to East End House, too. It was neat to see and hear the success stories! I obviously got teary eyed… I love a happy story!


We got to the event about an hour after it started because I had to deliver a wedding invitation job I’d been working on, so by the time we arrived the place was packed. Which is such a good thing because all of the money raised went directly to the East End House! After we checked-in at the press table we slowly made our way into the ballroom where the event was being held. We mingled a lot and bumped into some blogger friends and also finally met Jon Ross-Wiley, the co-founder of Local in Season! There was a LOT of food, so here are some of my favorite photos from the evening:




(Chef Brian Poe’s spoonfuls of art)



A lobster chowder!


Billy Costa, of Boston’s Kiss 108FM was the Master of Ceremonies.


And the President and CEO of East End House, Michael Delia spoke as well.




Tacos from East Coast Grill!





I think I died for a hot second and came back to life after eating this chorizo and hard boiled egg bite from Chef Will Gilson at Garden at the Cellar. SO GOOD.






Sues with some antlers.



Hanging with Asher Karnes of KO Prime. This photo makes me giggle 😉




We also “boogied” to the sweet sounds of The Winiker Orchestra.


This is Sues boogying 🙂



Us with our friend Dustin who was the producer of the event. He did an unbelievable job making sure everyone was in the right place and moving his way through a crowd of hundreds of people!


And us posing with the President and CEO of East End House, Michael Delia!

It was a terrific night filled with good people, kind chefs, and delicious food. There are many ways to donate and volunteer with East End House, too, so be sure to take a peek!


Last week was LONG and kind of rough in terms of having a hectic schedule and just feeling like I was being pulled in every direction so I was definitely craving the weekend. My roommates’ birthday is tomorrow, so her brother (who was on a couple episodes of Say Yes to the Dress!) and his ahhh-mazing friends came to visit from NYC this past weekend. We all hung out at our apartment then went to Market in the Financial District to celebrate with a huge gang of people. It consisted of this:


Serious wig preparation.


Candid snaps.


Goofiness with the sister.



Posing like rock stars.




One of our readers, Liz, recognized me while we were out! So we snapped a picture. Hi, Liz 🙂


Fish facies.


And love 🙂 I was so glad my sister and brother-in-law came out, too. It was a blast and, really, just what what I needed. Although, now I have a sore throat and am praying that I’m not getting sick again! Boo!

Sunday morning we all got brunch at Lineage in Brookline.


Pomegranate lemonade!



And Eggs Benedict, of course!


Just what the doctor ordered 😉


16 Responses to "Cooking for a Cause and other Weekend Activities"

  1. Erica says:

    The charity event looks fabulous! I’m not a big crier, but watching success stories on charities always makes me tear up too 🙂 The food at the charity looks awesome too- lobster chowder? yum! And looks like you had a fantastic weekend. Hope this week is less stressful!!

  2. Looks like so much fun! The wig pictures are fantastic:-)

  3. what an awesome event!! those little plates look just delicious – and beautiful! glad you ladies had a great time :).

  4. The Duo Dishes says:

    Chorizo and hardboiled egg! That is awesome. Who would think to even do that. Fun event! And for a good cause of course.

  5. Daisy says:

    what a great weekend! such a cool event, Market is a blast and Lineage brunch looks incredible!

  6. Liz says:

    So nice meeting you Chels!

  7. Eva says:

    Looks like a blast! So much good food, and for such a great cause. The pomegranate lemonade sounds amazing, too 🙂

  8. Looks like an amazing event and a fantastic weekend. Hopefully this week is a little slower and more manageable 🙂

  9. Sarah says:

    AHHH!! you just made my day. My hubs is going to HBS next year and I’m dragging my feet about leaving Chicago, but with the looks of those awesome restaurants, maybe I can get on board!!

    Thanks for the pick me up 🙂

  10. Asherrrrrr!! He always makes me giggle :p

    Looks like you had such a fab weekend!

  11. Simply Life says:

    oh what a fun event! How do you find out about all these great things in Boston??

  12. Looks like a fun time for sure! The food looked incredible too!

  13. Evan @swEEts says:

    Yall get to go to the coolest events and eat the most amazing looking food! I’m so jealous… I love those pics of you and your friends- you look like you’re having so much fun!

  14. Alexis @ There She Goes says:

    I think I also almost died looking at that chorizo hardboiled egg picture. I burn. 🙂

  15. Katie says:

    looks like a fun weekend!! loove that pomegranate lemonade!

  16. Sharlene says:

    I just have to say that at the Cooking for a Cause event you both had really amazing hair. I’m typically not one to pay attention but for some reason that stuck out to me haha! And, of course, I’m jealous of your lives.

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