Friday, April 9, 2021

Joslin Diabetes Center A Taste of Ginger Goes Virtual

Combine a worthy cause and great food and you have a compelling and delicious event.

I have plenty of fond memories of the A Taste of Ginger event, which benefits Joslin Diabetes Center’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI). The AADI's mission is to raise awareness about diabetes and enhance the quality of life and health outcomes of those living with diabetes in the Asian community through research, education, outreach and improved diabetes treatment. Asian Americans are nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes as the general population – more than 10% of all Asian Americans have diabetes and even more remain undiagnosed. 

A Taste of Ginger brought together numerous local chefs, who each offered a special tasting dish to all of the attendees. I enjoyed many delicious foods at this event over the years. There was also an auction, with many intriguing items you could vie to purchase. And it was often held at the Museum of Fine Arts, an excellent venue for such a fun evening. However, this year, due to the pandemic, A Taste of Ginger has returned, although it will be virtual this time. 

This virtual event will be held on Sunday, May 16, from 7pm-8pm. The event will feature a cultural performance including America’s Got Talent magician Will Tsai, Pianist George Li of the New England Conservatory, and Xiaoyi Chen of the New England Championship Wushu Academy. There will also be cooking demonstrations from local chefs as well as a silent auction.

What about food? You'll still be able to sample dishes from local dishes, as attendees will receive samples delivered straight to each guest’s home. About a dozen local chefs will supply dishes, including Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Café, Tracy Chang of PAGU, Jasper White of Summer Shack,, Jimmy Liang of the JP Fuji Group, and more. The guests will receive their sampling box on the day of the event, and each box serves two people. Guests must live within 50 miles of Boston and purchase the appropriate ticket level to be eligible for a tasting box.

Culinary chair Bik Fung Ng has been a committee member of A Taste of Ginger since its creation in 2005; she has more than 30 years of experience in the food industry and has been an activist in the Asian community for many years, often collaborating with the AADI on nutrition-related projects. This year’s event honors Carol & Jeffrey Horvitz who have been involved with Joslin and A Taste of Ginger for many years and were instrumental in the event’s partnership with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Emceed by NBC10 Boston and NECN anchor and reporter Audrey Asistio, the event will show appreciation for its current and past restaurant partners that have been impacted by COVID-19 and will celebrate the substantial advances the AADI has made through research, education, outreach, and culturally appropriate treatments. This event marks the 16th year that funds raised by supporters of A Taste of Ginger have helped fund the important work of the AADI. 

You may purchase a ticket for $150 (which does not include the tasting box) or a ticket for $250 (which includes a tasting box). Tickets can be purchased here. If you are unable to attend the event, please click here to donate to A Taste of Ginger. This is definitely a tough year for this fundraiser so if you can contribute, it would be worthwhile for many reasons.

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