The 14th annual “Chefs in Shorts” event was held on June 24 to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. Guests feasted on grilled masterpieces outdoors at the Seaport Boston, all for a good cause. For 30 years, the Greater Boston Food Bank has provided food to those in need and are said to distribute “34 million pounds of food annually to more than 550 hunger-relief agencies,” and the event helped to fund their efforts.
Thankfully the weather cleared up from the rainy day and attendees were able to let loose at this outdoor summer BBQ. There was grill after grill of beef, chicken, fish, and other delicious dishes, along with beer and wine to wash it down. Market by Jean-Georges even had strawberry sangria and created quite a scene with numerous roasted pigs spinning over the grills. They served the roasted pork with a corn and frisee salad and push pops for a fun treat. Mark Sapienza of BOND at The Langham Boston also did a push pop, featuring multiple layers including pistachio and raspberry, as well as samples of a fruity pear cocktail, and as the main attraction, a mini Asian take-out box filled with pork belly and pad Thai.
Other notable dishes guests feasted on included Derek Barragan of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House’s beef tenderloin with a horseradish cream sauce on a soft fresh roll and Jarrod Moiles of BOKX 109 American Prime’s braised beef short rib slider with picked onions and a chipotle, cilantro, and corn salsa. Stefan Jarausch of Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley served up steak on a crostini with blue cheese on top and representatives from Fenway Park were even at the event, providing chilled mini lobster rolls. Mark Porcaro of Top of the Hub, put a spin on the classic burger by serving Moroccan lamb sliders, with Harissa ketchup, and tzatziki sauce, that was cooked to perfection.
When wandering through the event, it was hard to choose what to dine on, since there were so many amazing options. There was no shortage of sliders and other BBQ favorites, including ribs, hot dogs, burgers, and even grilled corn. One of the heartiest and tastiest dishes was provided by Richard Rayment of the Seaport Hotel. His team grilled up beef and veggie kebobs, then placed them in soft pitas, threw in some mixed herbs, greens, and veggies, and put on a creamy sauce.
Suzi Maitland of Trina’s Starlite Lounge featured a cheeseburger with cole slaw and their own special sauce and Chris Douglass of Tavolo and Ashmont Grill had house-made sausage, which was even prepared onsite for all to see, along with fresh pasta. Todd Hall of Temazcal Cantina created a very festive booth, with baskets of fresh veggies and fruit and a large pig spinning on the grill rack behind their table. They dished out tasty rib or pork tacos with a nice spicy kick to them. And amongst the dessert options, Max Brenner had chunky chocolate cookies and to take home, chocolate syringes.
It was a great event, where you could indulge on all the grilled food notable local chefs had to offer and enjoy cold drinks, with views of the city skyline and the water. There was live music as well, so towards the end of the event you could dance outdoors and enjoy the drinks. It was a night to remember and is truly one of the best outdoor BBQ’s downtown Boston has to offer, all for a great cause.
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