Boston Weekend in Review: Chefs in Shorts, Sheryl Crow at Tanglewood and a Summer Solstice Celebration

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Bostonians celebrated the weekend in style with a variety of events that included an annual Chefs in Shorts cook-off, Sheryl Crow kicking off the Tanglewood Season and a Summer Solstice celebration. Here’s a peek at some of the city’s best events.

Seaport Hotel
Seaport Hotel

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On Friday night, food lovers gathered at the 18th annual Chefs in Shorts event held at the Seaport World Trade Center to benefit Future Chefs that helps urban Boston youth prepare for a career in the culinary industry. The outdoor grill-off featured more than 40 top local chefs, including Patrick Campbell (Café ArtScience), Adam Kube (Bastille Kitchen), Mark Sapienza (BOND at The Langham), Adam Kube of Bastille Kitchen, Mark Gaier & Clark Fraiser (M.C. Spiedo), Jason Albus (Fairsted Kitchen) and Rodney Murillo (Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse). Attendees enjoyed an al fresco barbecue that included tastings of each chef’s best dishes served alongside beer, wine and dessert.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra

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This weekend, Tanglewood kicked off the 2015 season at the Berkshires location with a performance by Sheryl Crow. The nine-time Grammy award winner performed in concert with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. The season, which runs now through Labor Day, features scheduled performances by the Boston Pops along with specialty concerts with popular artists like James Taylor (July 4), Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (June 30), Huey Lewis and the News (June 28), Diana Krall (June 21), and Idina Menzel (August 28). Tanglewood is located in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts (between Stockbridge and Lenox).

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

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Over in Cambridge, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture hosted a Summer Solstice celebration. The evening included live Latin jazz and pop music, food and dance along with some fun things for the kids, including circus performers.

Brendan Pike
Brendan Pike

Photo Credit: Brendan Pike

Also held this weekend was Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women Boston Luncheon at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in the Seaport District. The event raised awareness and funds in support of projects that bring clean water and sanitation to women and their communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. FOX 25 Boston Morning News Anchor Sorboni Banerjee served as Mistress of Ceremonies and detailed her connection to the cause having covered Boston’s major water main break and her own personal efforts to conserve water on a daily basis. The event also featured Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar, a collection of handmade jewelry, accessories, toys and home items from the countries where it works available for purchase. The luncheon raised over $18,000 in ticket sales, donations and African Bazaar sales.

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