Recap: Taste of the Back Bay

I was invited to the Taste of the Back Bay last week, an annual event that supports the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) and the Greater Boston Food Bank. I had SUCH a great time – foodies may want to mark their calendar for next year’s event.

First of all, the evening was held at the Skywalk in the Prudential building, just a few floors below the Top of the Hub. It was a beautiful clear night, and this was the view:

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Breathtaking. The space is arranged as a loop, and as we made our way around the floor listening to the live music, my husband and I kept making our way to the windows to admire the views in all directions.

The food and drink was provided by various restaurants and retailers in Back Bay. Bauer Wines was there with several varieties, and Harpoon and Sam Adams were very generous with their offerings. There were so many restaurants offering samples! We made a loop around before trying anything so that we could pace ourselves. Some of the standouts were from the Bristol Bar, L’Espalier, Eastern Standard, and Atlantic Fish. There wasn’t much for vegetarians (as is often the case), but Mela was representing with their delicious saag paneer.

Of course, we couldn’t forget about dessert. We sampled macarons and an intriguing buttermilk custard from the Patisserie on Newbury, and then tried the cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes. By the end of the night, everyone was eating a cupcake!

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While this is a pricey evening (this year was $75-$85 a person in advance, $100 at the door), this is a fun way to support a good cause, meet people in the neighborhood, and sample a lot of delicious food. Have you ever been to Taste of the Back Bay?

Image Credit: Laura Chassaigne

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