Five Top Spring Events In Boston You Won’t Want To Miss

Spring is almost here, so to celebrate, we have rounded up five of the top events you won’t want to miss. From a benefit for the Joslin Asian American Diabetes Initiative at the Museum of Fine Arts to a Toast to St. Jude at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, here’s a look at five events you’ll want to add to your calendar.

A Taste of Ginger

On March 25 at 6:30 p.m., more than 300 attendees will be checking out A Taste of Ginger once again this year to benefit Joslin Asian American Diabetes Initiative. Participating chefs this year include Jasper White, Joanne Chang, Tiffani Faison and Andy Husbands. “Asians are two times more at risk as Americans of getting diabetes,” said the event’s culinary chair, Bik-Fung Ng. “We are very thankful to have all of the chefs participating in this year’s event. We hope to raise more than $300,000 that night. It is a formal event that will start with a VIP reception for the top sponsors and guests can walk around the Art of the Americas Wing. We have entertainment and this year, we will have two chefs onstage for a cook-off. They will each create a healthy dish using ginger and I’ll be one of the judges. It’s a great way for people to experience different cultures in food in one place. How good is that?”

Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue; Website

Daniel Boulud & Ming Tsai’s Spring Forward Dinner 

On April 2, Chef Daniel Boulud will be returning to Boston for his Spring Forward Dinner at Bar Boulud with his longtime friend Chef Ming Tsai. Together, they will prepare a five-course dinner featuring seasonal ingredients along with flavors from their cultures. The menu with wine pairings will include New Style Itsumo Tuna Sashimi with curry oil and crispy rice; Nine-Herb Lobster Ravioli with tarragon, sauce Américaine; Poulet Aux Morilles with asparagus, Sabayon Vin Jaune; Ginger-Citrus Roasted Pork Shoulder with Maitake Mushrooms and Spring Pea Ragu, Watercress Nage; and Itakuja Ingots with chocolate Bavaroise, kumquat confit, and Lapsang Souchong ice cream. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

Bar Boulud, 776 Boylston Street; Website

Toast to St. Jude

On April 27, the seventh annual Toast to St. Jude will be held at the Revere Hotel Boston Common. Since last year, more than $400,000 has been raised to help defeat childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. (The most amazing part is families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food because they believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live). This year’s swanky event will draw more than 500 Boston area professionals for a stylish evening that gets underway at 8:30 p.m. Arrive early to enjoy the lounge-style reception with hors d’oeuvres, open beer and wine bar, dancing, live entertainment, silent auctions and a premier raffle.

Revere Hotel Boston Common, 200 Stuart Street; Website

Stags’ Leap Winery at Mastro’s Ocean Club

Photo Credit: Mastro’s Ocean Club

On April 11, you won’t want to miss Stags’ Leap Winery‘s special dinner at Mastro’s Ocean Club.
The dinner gets started at 6:30 p.m. Wine maker Christophe Paubert will be in town to pair up some of their best wine selections with dishes from Mastro’s Ocean Club Boston’s Executive Chef Raphael Anderson. Included in the four-course menu will be Hamachi Crudo with crispy quinoa and blood orange vinaigrette; pan seared scallops over spring vegetable ratatouille; beef Wellington with demi-glace and their famous chocolate butter cake. Dinner never tasted so good.
Mastro’s Ocean Club, 25 Fan Pier Boulevard; Website

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance’s Turn Up The Heat Tasting

We love multitasking, especially when it comes to enjoying a celebratory night out all for a good cause. On April 30, you can do just that at Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance’s (OCRA) Turn Up The Heat all female chef tasting event being held at Catalyst Restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event celebrating Boston’s female culinary rock stars will feature chefs like Adrienne Wright of Deuxave and Boston Chops (and currently on Top Chef) and Christina Larsen of Bar  Mezzana. Proceeds from the event will enable enable OCRA to fund research advances, support women and their families and advocate for increased federal research dollars and policies to fight ovarian cancer.

Catalyst Restaurant, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge; Website