Perhaps as many as 400 honored guests – all of them gourmands – showed up at Sunday’s 14th Annual Taste of South Boston, which benefits the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation. Taste was held, as usual, in the Plaza Ballroom at the Seaport Hotel. Advance ticket sales amounted to more than 260; a number more showed up at the door to buy more tickets. The festivities lasted from 6 to 9 p.m.
Twenty-nine restaurants and vendors provided food and drink galore. It bordered on the impossible to make one’s way to every establishment’s table and consume the generous samples of their wares. Perhaps special mention should be made of Lucky’s Lounge, who came up with musical entertainment by pianist Ron Poster and his bassist – emphasis: lounge and jazz piano pieces (including Dave Brubeck’s immortal “Take Five”). Kennedy Elsey from Karson & Kennedy of MIX 104.1 served as the event’s emcee. Al’s Liquor provided elegant wine tasting; Harpoon Brewery put out a beer-sampling table. Vibrant Event Productions assembled the gala. As many as 50 donors added to the fun, with raffles and a silent auction.
But enough numbers. The impact of this year’s Taste consisted of an enthusiastic, upbeat crowd full of non-stop light conversation and high spirits. The program was commendably brief: Board President Bob Monahan and a smiling Donna Brown, the executive director of the SBNDC, thanked the attendees profusely for the evening’s success. There were sumptuous gourmet offerings for every taste – no pun intended. So many that all this writer can do is list a few personal favorites – the clam/oyster chowder from No Name, Porto Bello’s lobster ravioli, and the unique red velvet cake by Sweet Tooth.
They’ll all be back next year, so mark your 2017 calendar right now, if you missed the 2016 fete.