A Spoonful of Ginger at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

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I recently had the opportunity to attend A Spoonful of Ginger at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. A Spoonful of Ginger is a glamorous event in one of the most stunning sections of the MFA that brings together some of Boston’s finest chefs for a food tasting to support the Joslin Diabetes Center’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI). There is a rising number of Asian Americans living with diabetes – I think I read that 1 in 6 Asian Americans in NYC has diabetes!

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When I saw that a few of the chefs of the night included Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery, Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger and the new Blue Dragon, and Jasper White from Summer Shack, I knew I was in for a night of amazing eats.

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Upon arriving at the event, I immediately saw a trio of gorgeously costumed dancers and music to set the stage for the evening. Then I found two of my favorite fellow RD bloggers Janice and Liz of Meal Makeover Moms before strolling around to grab tastes of some of the most delicious soups, mini tacos, wontons, and desserts. There were many restaurants represented at Ginger, including Myers + Chang, Blue Ginger, Empire, Flour, and Tamarind Bay. I tasted everything from little bite-sized lobster tacos to ginger crème caramel.

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Janet Wu, reporter from 7 News, was the mistress of ceremonies, and a highlight of the night was when she introduced Ming Tsai, who is a restaurant owner, television personality and, celebrity chef of fusion cuisine. Funk and I have been a fan of Ming ever since the first time we ate at his Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, MA. We recently tried to get into his new Blue Dragon restaurant but couldn’t manage the 2+ hour wait! He’s a popular guy. Ming was honored for his contributions to the AADI’s mission and the Asian American community and it was sweet to see his wife and two boys there supporting him.

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It was encouraging to see so many people supporting the initiative to support AADI and raise awareness in finding new treatments for the diabetes epidemic within the Asian American community. The food and drinks were flowing, the silent auction was bustling, and most importantly, money was raised for an important cause.

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Thank you to Regan Communications Group for inviting me to this exciting event – I can now check “wined and dined at the Museum of Fine Arts” off my to-do list!

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