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Nightclub king turned charitable wanderer redefines ‘hospitality’ as he organizes massive benefit for Marathon bombing victims

Travis Talbot secured Fenway Park as the venue for Boston Bites Back, which will benefit the One Fund.
Travis Talbot secured Fenway Park as the venue for Boston Bites Back, which will benefit the One Fund.Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

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Travis Talbot has done it all in the nightlife hospitality industry, from bartending to nightclub ownership and management, and partying with celebrities and mobsters — all at a breakneck pace.

So when celebrity chefs Ming Tsai and Ken Oringer asked Talbot in early May if he could organize a massive charity dining event for mid-May to raise $1 million for Boston Marathon bombing victims, Talbot said yes, even though he had little time to pull it off. He’s used to operating at a crazy pace.

In under a week, Talbot has rallied 100 celebrity chefs and gotten them to donate food and cooking services. He has convinced Red Sox management to host the event called Boston Bites Back at Fenway Park. And he has gotten a long list of corporate sponsors to donate other supplies for the event.

Talbot says it has all been “just another day at work.” But friends say he was uniquely suited for the task thanks to the change in direction his life took seven years ago, when he gave away all his worldly possessions and set off on a five-year, cross-continent journey of discovery to find himself and to redefine “hospitality.”

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