Hundreds of diners came out to help fight diabetes on Sunday night as part of the 2013 CityFeast. This is the first year the event has expanded beyond the North End to feature 12 restaurants for High Hopes Fund at Joslin Diabetes Center.
The first seating of the night saw Boston officials participating including Mayor Thomas M. Menino and City Councilor Sal LaMattina with friends and families. Mayor Menino has attended the event every year and has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Many staff attended on behalf of Joslin’s, including CEO and President John L. Brooks, III.
Participating restaurants contribute by serving a five-course meal with wine pairings at a deep discount. Diners pay $150 for tickets of which $100 is tax-deductible.
Carla Agrippino Gomes, of the North End’s Antico Forno and Terramia, has helped organize the charity event for the past eight years. Gomes founded CityFeast to help raise awareness of the disease and support Joslin Diabetes Center’s mission of conquering diabetes in all of its forms. Carla’s son David, now 23 years old, was diagnosed on his first birthday and continues to live with the terrible disease. Juvenile diabetes (Type 1 diabetes) is an autoimmune disease that strikes children suddenly and forces lifelong insulin dependence and can cause long term devastating health complications if not treated appropriately.
Featured Restaurants at CityFeast 2013 – Dining Out to Conquer Diabetes – January 27, 2013
- Antico Forno
- Lucia Ristorante & Bar
- Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar & Ristorante
- Aura Restaurant
- Strega Waterfront
- The Gallows
- Tremont 647
More information on Joslin Diabetes Center can be found at www.joslin.org.
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