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North End restaurants host annual CityFeast to fight diabetes

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  January 18, 2012 04:36 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

Carla Gomes posed inside Antico Forno in 2011.

For the seventh year in a row, a group of North End eateries are offering a special meal for a special cause.

On Jan. 29, Antico Forno and Terramia on Salem Street will join with Lucca, Taranta, and Tresca on Hanover Street to host CityFeast, an event to benefit the High Hopes Fund at Joslin Diabetes Center. The fund supports research, clinical care, and education for people with diabetes and their families.

It was one of those families that created the annual North End event: Carla Gomes, owner of Antico Forno and Terramia, is the mother of a diabetic son who has received care at Joslin for more than 18 years.

In an interview last year, Gomes recalled how her son was diagnosed when he became extremely ill shortly before his first birthday.

“I was devastated,” she said. “At that moment I wasn’t even thinking of how do we take care of him, I was just praying to God that he lives.”

After overcoming many challenges, David Gomes is now a healthy 21-year-old man who hopes to become an endocrinologist and to help sick children. The experience forever changed Carla Gomes as well, turning her into a crusader for diabetes research.

Gomes told a reporter that from the beginning she’s had eager support from fellow restaurateurs. “When you go to restaurant people for help, everybody in the restaurant industry seems to come together, donates money, has benefits,” she said. “We have a great restaurant community, in the North End especially.”

This year, her passion for the cause has support from Matt and Sean Williams, proprietors of Lucca; Jose Duarte, proprietor of Taranta; and Ray Bourque and Harvey Wilk, proprietors of Tresca.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29, the five popular eateries will all serve five-course dinners with wine pairings at a cost of $150 each, $100 of which is tax deductible. This year’s event also features a raffle for a new black Vespa donated by Gomes; tickets for the raffle are available at $25 each or five for $100.

Reservations for CityFeast are limited and are available through visiting http://events.joslin.org/cityfeast/.

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