Saturday, June 23, 2012

Chefs In Shorts 2012

Chefs In Shorts is always one of our favorite annual events.  Held at the Seaport Hotel, this year's event was even more meaningful since proceeds from the event were for Future Chefs. As everyone knows, I have been a proud supporter of Future Chefs and all the great work that they do bringing opportunities for learning, mentorships, scholarships and jobs to urban youth. They have been giving a culinary hand up to hundreds of kids in Greater Boston for years now. In full disclosure, I also serve on the Advisory Council to Future Chefs. So, first of all, CONGRATULATIONS!

Over forty Chefs participated this year and joined nearly one thousand visitors who braved a little rain and wind to enjoy a night of limitless tastes and treats. Virtually everyone that I ran into said that this is one of their favorite food events of the year and the weather was not going to deter them.

Isabelle English of Isabelle's CurleyCakes on Charles Street and Toni Elka, Founder and Executive Director of Future Chefs.

Izzy was serving up what I have always said are the best cupcakes in Boston.  My favorite were those Boston Cream Cupcakes you see on the right.

We stopped to chat with Jonathan Soroff of The Improper Bostonian and Rachel Cossar of Foodista On Pointe and the Boston Ballet.

Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and his team were being assisted by Future Chef Luis Ramos-Tejada of Everett High School.

Andy was serving up this Pork Tenderloin Salad with a delicious smoky/sweet barbecue sauce.

Future Chef Aly Lopez, Toni Elka and Meesh and Jacki from Just Add Cheese. It was really rewarding for me, personally, to finally be able to introduce so many of my food-writing friends to Future Chefs.

Suzi Maitland of the very popular Trina's Starlite Lounge was not only celebrating her birthday but also surrounded by Future Chefs helping her to prepare and serve her dishes. Many of these dedicated students spent the entire day making this annual event another resounding success.

Great night, everybody. Can't wait until next year.

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