East End House: Cooking for a Cause 2013 on Friday April 12th

East End House is a fixture in the Boston area. It is an organization that has been in existence for well over a century, supporting their community by reaching out to those in need, young and old. On Friday, April 12th, the East End House will be holding it’s 10th Annual Cooking for a Cause event. 

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East End House is a fixture in the Boston area. It is an organization that has been in existence for well over a century, supporting their community by reaching out to those in need, young and old. On Friday, April 12th, the East End House will be holding it’s 10th Annual Cooking for a Cause event. It’s a great opportunity for any one that considers themselves to be a fan of delicious food to support a brilliant organization! I checked in with Rebecca Gallo, Senior Director of Evaluation and Development, to get to know a little more about the organization and the upcoming event.

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Foodie Journal: Can
you tell me a bit about East End House and what the mission of the organization
is?
Rebecca Gallo: Our
focus is really on children, youth, and families although we do have some
services for seniors, as well as a food pantry that serves all low income folks
in the community, but our core programs are really our childcare program for
kids from 15 months through 5 years, and our after-school programs for grade
school students. Overall, though, we really try to holistically support our families
and help them to get to the next level.

FJ: Are
there any special plans for this year’s Cooking for a Cause since it is a
milestone 10-year anniversary?

RG: Yes.
We are holding it in Cambridge for the first time, which is huge. We are
honoring one of sponsors at the event. We’re also excited to have William Koval
as our honorary chair from Catalyst Restaurant. 
He’s been wonderful, and had a bunch of classes with the kids, taking
them over to Catalyst, and showing them more about food, about food preparation
and where food comes from.
FJ: That’s
really cool. Seems important to get kids to understand where food actually
comes from these days.

RG: Yeah,
definitely.

FJ: Now,
you’ve been around the organization a few years now. Is there a particular
moment that stands out to you from a previous event that you’d like to share?

RG: I’m
trying to remember some of the actual food, because I’m usually just running
around.
FJ: [Laughing]
RG: I
will say one of the unique things about the events is that all the chefs
actually come to the event. So it really are the top chefs from the restaurants
that will be there representing their food, so people at the event have the opportunity
to really talk to them and have that back and forth. I think it’s kind of
unique!


The proceeds from this years Cooking for a Cause will be used to help East End House expand youth science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming; Offer a skill-building service
learning initiative for high school students; Launch a social-emotional health
program for middle school youth; Support more than 3,000 children,
youth, adults and seniors with a continuum of need-responsive programs and
services that nurture families and draw together a vibrant community.

To see the full list of participating restaurants and chefs, and of course to buy tickets, visit the East End House Cooking for a Cause event page. Support a great cause. Your tastebuds will thank you for it!

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