Big Sister Association of Greater Boston’s Celebrity Chef Event at Radius was held on Sunday, June 3rd. Big Sister raised more than $100,000 to support its mentoring programs for the girls of Greater Boston. Radius co-owners, Michael Schlow, Esti Parsons and Christopher Myers hosted the evening which included a six-course meal, a raffle, a “Matchmaker Challenge” and speeches by special guests, Little Sister Charlotte and her mother Karen.
“It was an intimate evening and our guests really stepped up for the girls of Boston. There was an amazing feeling of support in the room,” said Deborah Re, Big Sister’s Chief Executive Officer.
The evening began with a cocktail hour and amuse bouche, prepared by Radius’ own chef de cuisine, Patrick Connolly, and special guest chef, Little Sister Charlotte, who has been simultaneously spending her senior year of high school and freshman year of college at the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts. Charlotte was welcomed back to Radius’ kitchen this year after having volunteered at the Radius event two years earlier with her Big Sister, Colleen Kenney. After spending time with the chefs at Radius and encouraged by her Big Sister, Charlotte followed her dream of becoming a chef all the way to Johnson & Wales. The sit-down portion of the dinner was prepared by Dante de Magistris of Dante, Rachel Klein of Om, Ting San of Oishi, Marc Orfaly of Pigalle and Marco, Josh Ziskin of La Morra and Radius’ pastry chef, PJ Waters.
The night’s biggest success, the “Matchmaker Challenge,” took place at the end of the meal. Guests were asked to take a girl off our waiting list with a donation of $1,000—the average cost of a match at Big Sister. Through an outpouring of generosity, Big Sister raised enough money in the Challenge to take 52 girls off our waiting list and put a supportive and caring mentor in each of the girls’ lives.
Though the dishes have been washed and the wine glasses put away, Big Sister is already looking forward to next year’s event at Radius!