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.

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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.

 Governor Charlie Baker (left), Carla Gomes and John L. Brooks, III
Governor Charlie Baker (left), Carla Gomes and John L. Brooks, III
 CityFeast guests support Joslin Diabetes Center
CityFeast guests support Joslin Diabetes Center
 Angela Menino (left) with Carla Gomes
Angela Menino (left) with Carla Gomes
 Gov. Charlie Baker arrives at CityFeast 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker arrives at CityFeast 2015
 From the left, Carla Gomes, Dave Gomes, Jen Royle, Gov. Charlie Baker, John Brooks III.
From the left, Carla Gomes, Dave Gomes, Jen Royle, Gov. Charlie Baker, John Brooks III.
 Enjoying CityFeast 2015
Enjoying CityFeast 2015
 Jen Royle from The Taste
Jen Royle from The Taste
 Fun and food at CityFeast 2015
Fun and food at CityFeast 2015
 CityFeast host Carla Gomes is joined by Gov. Charlie Baker (center) and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
CityFeast host Carla Gomes is joined by Gov. Charlie Baker (center) and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
 Governor Baker speaks at CityFeast 2015
Governor Baker speaks at CityFeast 2015
 Mike, Bob and Matt from the Madonna Della Cava Society
Mike, Bob and Matt from the Madonna Della Cava Society
 From the left, Medical Director at Joslin Diabetes Center, Richard Beaser, Antico Forno & Terramia
From the left, Dr. Robert Gabbay, Carla Gomes and John L. Brooks, III
 Supporting Joslin at CityFeast 2015
Supporting Joslin at CityFeast 2015
 Enjoying CityFeast 2015 at Antico Forno
Enjoying CityFeast 2015 at Antico Forno
 CityFeast host Carla Gomes joined by members of the Madonna Della Cava Society
CityFeast host Carla Gomes joined by members of the Madonna Della Cava Society
 Marie Agrippino with grandsons Rob (left) and Dave Gomes
Marie Agrippino with grandsons Rob (left) and Dave Gomes

Photos by Matt Conti.

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