Last Saturday night marked the 12th annual Rodman Celebration for Kids at Seaport Hotel in Boston. The fundraiser benefits at- risk children in need throughout the greater Boston area during the holiday season and throughout the year. The event gathered over 30 of the Boston areas most esteemed chefs, showcasing signature dishes for the fundraising guests. LaVallees was a participant, as we have been for the last several years, and we displayed our incredible artisan bread, as well as sampled out a sinfully delicious chocolate mint chip cookie that were a big hit.
The best part of the night for me, was getting to sample some amazing dishes from the restaurants that gave their time and culinary skill to help such a worthy cause. The highlights for me were The Pork Rillette from Chef Matt Drummond at Temple Bar in Cambridge, Commonwealth’s pork belly banh mi from Chef Nookie Postal, and the Lobster Roll from Chef Ron Abel at Fenway Park. A unique touch to the event was parking about 6 of Boston’s popular food trucks inside the event. Sheherazad, a truck that offers updated takes on ancient middle eastern street food, was my favorite of the mobile offerings with its spiced cauliflower pita sandwich.
Guests had an absolute blast bidding on some amazing items in the silent and live auctions, as well as enjoying entertainment from an acapella group from Tufts University, all while tasting some of the best dishes from the top chefs in the city. Every year this is my personal favorite event, and this year it did not disappoint!