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Local chefs ready for 'Taste of the South End'

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 20, 2013 10:31 AM

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Chefs from more than 40 South End restaurants are preparing to serve up their culinary creations at the neighborhood’s annual Taste of the South End to benefit a local AIDS non-profit organization.

The annual tasting event, now in its 18th year, is set dish out small plates along with wine tastings and beer samplings, feature live cooking demonstrations, and host a silent auction and raffle to benefit Boston-based AIDS Action Committee.

“At Taste of the South End, the food is fantastic. Guests can meet and ask questions of some of Boston’s best known chefs. And best of all, you’ll be raising money for an excellent cause,” Rebecca Haag, president and CEO of AIDS Action, said in a statement.

AIDS Action Committee advocates for AIDS policies, conducts HIV prevention programs, and provides health and wellness services to those with HIV.

“This evening out supports the critical work AIDS Action does in combating the AIDS epidemic by eliminating new infections, improving the health of those already infected, and attacking the root cause of HIV/AIDS,” said Haag. “Our work has contributed to the state’s reduction of new HIV diagnoses by 53 percent since 1999, which will save Massachusetts more than $2 billion in health care costs related to treating HIV.”

The Taste of the South End is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 or $150 for VIP admission.

“Each year, Taste of the South End draws its support from food and wine lovers throughout Greater Boston,” Evan Deluty, chef and owner of Stella, said in a statement. “Together through this annual fund-raising event, we can help AIDS Action in the fight against HIV/AIDS so that everyone in our community can live longer, healthier lives.”

A list of all participating restaurants is available here.

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