Now in its 10th year, the annual CityFeast benefit for Joslin Diabetes Center brought out hundreds on Sunday night to ten North End restaurants. Spearheading the fundraising effort to conquer diabetes is North End native and restauranteur, Carla Agrippino Gomes of Antico Forno and Terramia. Carla’s son David, now 24 years old, was diagnosed on his first birthday and continues to live with the 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.
Helping raise awareness at the event was Governor Charlie Baker who spoke about the efforts at Joslin to help patients manage the disease. Angela Menino also attended the event as this is the first year at CityFeast without the late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Introducing the event was Jennifer Royle, Boston Herald sports reporter, North End resident and chef, fresh off her stint on “The Taste“. In addition, the North End’s State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz lent his support. Representing Joslin Diabetes Center were CEO and President John L. Brooks, III and Dr. Robert Gabbay.
The ten North End restaurants that participated in the charity event included Antico Forno 93 Salem Street, Aria Trattoria 253 Hanover Street, Bricco Ristorante 241 Hanover Street, Lucca 226 Hanover Street, Lucia 415 Hanover Street, Prezza 24 Fleet Street, Strega North End 379 Hanover Street, Taranta 210 Hanover Street, Terramia Ristorante 98 Salem Street and Tresca 233 Hanover Street.