I’m looking forward to attending another CityFeast, the 10th annual fundraiser to benefit Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund. I and my eating buddy are returning to Terramia, a sweet little swanky North End restaurant, to feast on a five-course dinner with wine pairings.
Here’s what is on Terramia’s menu for tomorrow:
- Zuppa Di Funghi – Wild mushrooms soup, goat cheese and Truffle oil; paired wine is a glass of Castello di Querceto Chianti DOCG (Tuscany, Italy)
- Insalata di Barbabietole – Roasted beets salad, pears, goat cheese, basil, honey vinaigrette; paired wine is a glass of Fantini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy)
- Ravioli di Aragosta – House-made lobster ravioli, sweat green peas, shaved fennel petit salad, lobster reduction; paired wine is a glass of Feudo Arancio Stemmari Chardonnay (Sicilia, Italy)
- Pesce – Pan seared filet of halibut, roasted fingerling potatoes, wilted baby spinach, fresh corn puree; paired wine is a glass of Feudo Maccari Grillo (Sicilia, Italy)
- Bistecca – Prime Filet Mignon, lobster butter mash potato, sautéed broccoli rabe, red wine reduction; paired wine is a glass of Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma)
- Budino Di Pane – Salted caramel bread pudding with vanilla gelato; paired wine is a glass of Port Late Bottled (Portugal)
Tickets are $150, but $100 is tax-deductible. A fantastic value, at an equally fantastic restaurant. Eating to help diabetes? Yes please.
And many of the meals are designed to be diabetes-friendly, with many restaurants offering a menu with an emphasis on fish. Fish contains a healthy fat-to-protein ratio, minimizing the risk of a spike in blood sugar— one of the main concerns for diabetics when choosing a meal— and it is rich in Omega-3s, which help to reduce the risk of heart disease. I have family and friends affected by diabetes, so it’s a cause close to my heart. As are many of the chefs participating.
The North End’s own Carla Gomes established CityFeast in 2005, to thank Joslin’s care for her son David, who was diagnosed for type 1 diabetes 23 years ago, on his first birthday. Gomes is the proprietor of Terramia and Antico Forno.
Another avid supporter of the event, chef/owner Jose Duarte of Taranta, also has a personal connection to diabetes: his wife, Anna, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her 2006 pregnancy. Since then, Duarte has become more involved in raising diabetes awareness through food—instituting diabetic-friendly cooking practices in both his home kitchen and Taranta’s. This past fall, Joslin named Chef Duarte the culinary chair of ritmos de salud, an annual event benefiting their Latino Diabetes Initiative.
Taranta’s menu for Sunday:
- 1st course: Smoked trout Causa, aji amarillo aioli
- 2nd course: Yucca gnocchi with a braised lamb ragu Peruvian Seco style, parmeggiano Straveccio
- 3rd course: Paiche Amazone, truffled polenta quinoa cake, Panca mushroom sauce
- 4th course: Grass-fed sirloin steak, Botija olive compound butter, herbed purple potatoes
- 5th course: Dolci
Lucca’s menu, by Executive Chef Vanessa Leesam:
- Beet salad: Roasted red and gold beets, goat cheese, hazelnuts, apple butter, shaved candy striped beets, arugula
- Gnocchi with wild mushrooms, House-made sweet potato gnocchi, wild mushrooms, seasonal squash, crispy sage, aged balsamic
- Scallops: Pan-seared local sea scallops, herbed polenta, roasted brussels sprouts, smoked bacon, salsa verde
- Short rib: Red wine braised beef short rib, spinach risotto, baby carrots, crispy shallots
- Tiramisu: Espresso soaked ladyfingers, hazelnut mascarpone, citrus coulis, toasted hazelnuts
Tickets are priced at $150 each, of which $100 is tax-deductible. Due to high demand, reservations are limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event is Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Antico Forno, 93 Salem Street
Aria Trattoria , 253 Hanover Street
Bricco Ristorante, 241 Hanover Street
Lucca, 226 Hanover Street
Lucia, 415 Hanover Street
Prezza, 24 Fleet Street
Strega North End, 379 Hanover Street
Taranta, 210 Hanover Street
Terramia Ristorante, 98 Salem Street
Tresca, 233 Hanover Street