Friday, May 17, 2013

An Important Message from The Amazing Folks at The Backyard Growers Program

I don't usually do one-off posts but this is important and needs to get out now so we can support and grow this great program that's helping our town get greener and healthier and more empowered to live more sustainable lives through a terrific agricultural education at the home-garden level. 

I encourage you to learn about and support their programs. Most of my friends and family now have raised vegetable beds in their yards because of this group's efforts. Read on, view the video and please make a donation - help this program "Grow".


Hello Folks,
School gardens! Kids eating fresh veggies that they grew themselves!

We need your support to make it happen!

Please consider donating to our fundraising campaign to put a FoodCorps Service Member to work in our community.

Watch our super-fun fundraising video--it's guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Thank you!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hungry and Artsy - a List of Todo's Supporting Causes with Soup, Chocolate and Beer

I love my community. You know that, right? And I love anything that brings us all together to fill the halls of our local cultural havens. I like em better if there's good food. Tis' the season for a whole lot of hip local shenanigans and this weekend and beyond it's hot soup and student art, chocolate eating for bombing victims and celebrations of kind beer and sustainable business. 

Gloucester City Wide Arts Festival is happening Saturday and don't forget tonight's Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner. I've also found a list of Boston restaurants holding foodie fetes to raise funds for the One Fund for Boston Marathon Bombing victims and some other hip brew and grub events like a hyper-local craft beer festival and the annual Taste of the North End. If your mom is anything like mine, I'd score tickets to one of these events and bring her out for mother's day with a double (triple) mission - show her your love, show your community some love, and EAT.

Empty Bowl Dinner to Benefit the Open Door
Cape Ann, Open Door, cruiseport gloucester, cape ann, empty bowl, jamero marketing suite, boston, Thursday, May 4pm @ Cruiseport, Gloucester
The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty. Soup is provided by the many local restaurants who support the Open Door's mission. Bowl were made by community members young and old in workshops held this winter.
The Cape Ann Open Door serves tens of thousands of Cape Ann residents with hot meals, healthy groceries, a mobile market, education, clothing and more. They are a very important resource in our community.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Summer Lunch and Mobile Market programs.
Tickets available at the door. $15 for adults and $10 for children under ten.

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Saturday May 11th  10am - 3pm
Featuring artwork and performances by 
Gloucester Elementary, Middle School and High School Students! Opening Ceremony 10am in the City Hall Auditorium
 Locations include:City Hall, Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Museum, and The Hive
Activities and Events include:
Artwork, Claywork, Photography, Ballroom Dance Demonstration, Robotics, Culinary Displays, Poetry Reading, Drama and Musical Performances…..and more!! For more information check the schedule or call your local school!

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2oth Annual Taste of the North End

May 10, 2013 
North End, Boston

Master of Ceremonies Billy Costa, Host of TV Diner with Billy Costa

The Taste of the North End was founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli in 1993 as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino. The Frattarolis became aware of Casa Monte Cassino when a family from Italy came into their North End restaurant. 

The family was staying at the CMC while their four daughters received medical attention at Boston's Children's Hospital Boston. The Frattarolis were touched by their story and inspired by the mission of the Casa; to provide a place to stay for impoverished families from around the world while their children receive serious medical attention in Boston.The Taste of the North End currently features over fourty five restaurants, bakeries and distributors. Since its inception, the Taste of the North End has raised over $450,000 for Casa Monte Cassino and other local North End charities.

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Strega Waterfront One Fund Benefit 

with Rob Gronkowski and Matt Light
Monday, May 13 6:00p to 8:00p

Matt Light and Rob Gronkowski will serve as celebrity bartenders. 100% of the proceed benefit the One Fund, aiding victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Admission is $50 per ticket. Price of ticket includes three drink tickets and an assortment of complimentary passed appetizers. 

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Here's a great list of organizations and businesses that are hosting fundraising events to support the ONE FUND for victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

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Looking Ahead
Boston Strong Back Bay Chocolate Tour 

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 12:15PM

Hotel Chocolat, 141A Newbury Street
The walk itself is less than a mile and it ends nearby. 
You’ll pick up plenty of samples as you go, plus tips on tasting, buying and storing fine chocolate. Also special private tours will learn how to pair chocolate with wines! This exclusive 2.5 hour Boston Strong Back Bay Chocolate Tour will highlight the best of Back Bay and celebrate much of what makes Boston great, as it takes you by such locations as Copley Square, the Prudential Center, and the Public Library. 

All proceeds from the tour will be donated on behalf of the One Fund.

Advance tickets required – tour size limited to 16. Reserve your space today!

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest 

June 14-15 The Armory, Sommerville, MA

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is an annual event presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) that highlights and promotes local brewers of beer, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, home brewers, and food vendors. It is also a major annual fundraiser for SBN’s Boston Local Food Programs. The goal of SBN’s Boston Local Food Program is to transform the local food system by raising awareness about the abundance of wonderful locally grown and produced products in Massachusetts and New England and by encouraging individual consumers, food and beverage producers, and vendors to Think Local First.

That's all I have time for now. Got to go get my soup on. Chow!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Kentucky Derby Party at Castle Manor starts in 30 minutes!

The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports - All Afternoon!
The Best Kentucky Derby Party up at the Castle Manor Inn Today!
Celebrate the 139th Kentucky Derby at the Castle Manor Inn today! The party starts at 1:30. Enjoy succulent Southern snacks created by talented chef; Dawson Frock; a Lord and Taylor Fashion Show; Mint Juleps and other creative cocktails from Ryan & Wood Distillery, games, fun and live horses brought in from New England Equine Rescue for you to meet.
The Castle Manor Inn is just 1⁄2 mile up Route 133 from Gloucester Harbor on at 141 Essex Avenue. See it Castle at the turn of a small hill. From Route 128 take Exit 13 to Gloucester.
At this point best to call for reservations! 978-515-7386. $25 covers Food, games and all events1
Get your Southern Bell on and wear your Derby best hat. It might win cocktails for two!
Top this fabulous weekend Sunday with the Bananas Fashion Show at City Hall -2 pm.
You can keep your hat on.