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Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 Recap, Part 5: November & December

A look back at 2014 and the events that made it special.

- - November & December - -

The New England Kitchen by Jeremy Sewall

To kick off our November lineup, the Xhibition Kitchen welcomed acclaimed Boston chef Jeremy Sewall of Lineage, Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and Row 34 restaurants. Chef Sewall shared one of the delectable recipes from his new cookbook, The New England Kitchen. With the help of Chef Sewall the audience explored contemporary New England fare by sampling Seared Sea Scallops with Creamy Turnip Puree & Crisp Shiitake Mushrooms. For Jeremy, cooking is in his blood. "It's exciting to introduce my favorite seasonal recipes for people to cook at home," explains Chef Sewall. "Writing and producing The New England Kitchen has been a true labor of love, and my hope is that that sentiment comes through in its pages." With the exciting celebration of local cuisine, it was the prefect National Food Day event! Five lucky audience members won signed copies of The New England Kitchen.

Asian American Heritage Week Celebration with Alison Fong

Bold. Fresh. Fun. That's what the customers say about Bon Me and chef/owner Alison Fong tends to agree! Alison's Bon Me food truck was one of the first to hit the streets of Boston -- way back in April 2011 -- and they have built a loyal following of customers looking for foods that are bright in flavors, full of texture, and seriously playful. Bon Me's menu, consisting of modern takes on Vietnamese cuisine, now includes banh mi, rice bowls, and noodle soups and salads. We were excited to welcome Alison back to the Xhibition Kitchen for her second time as a part of Northeastern's Asian American Heritage Week, co-sponsored with Lambda Phi Epsilon and the Asian Student Union.

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen by Dana Cowin, featuring special guests Joanne Chang, Ming Tsai and Kristen Kish

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Northeastern Dining's Xhibition Kitchen, or "XK," and as the signature dish of the semester-long celebration we welcomed Food & Wine Magazine editor-​in-​chief Dana Cowin along with three nationally-​renowned Boston chefs: Joanne Chang, the chef/​owner of four Boston-​area Flour Bakery loca­tions; Ming Tsai, an Emmy Award-​winning TV per­son­ality and chef/​owner of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon; and Kristen Kish, the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10, to Blackman Auditorium. The Homecoming Red & Black Day event, held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, featured a private Meet & Eat with culinary icons, free signed copies of Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, a live cooking demonstration, and cookbook signing.

Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan

Our semester-long celebration of the Xhibition Kitchen's 10th anniversary continued with renowned cookbook author and baker Dorie Greenspan. With her groundbreaking bestseller Around My French Table, Dorie changed the way Americans view French food. Now in her new book, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, she explores the captivating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated combination of contemporary recipes that emphasize the French knack for elegant simplicity. As Dorie showed the audience how to make custardy apple squares and tiger cakes the room filled with intoxicatingly delicious scents. While talking about her eleven cookbooks Dorie explained “food is more fun with stories”. Five lucky audience members won signed copies of Baking Chez Moi.

Pie in the Sky 2014

Northeastern Dining continued to support Community Servings’ annual Thanksgiving food drive, Pie in the Sky, the proceeds of which help critically ill and homebound residents in Massachusetts. Since 2012 Northeastern Dining’s culinary team bakes fifty scrumptious apple pies for the cause, helping the organization reach their fund raising goals. On Monday November 24th 50 apple pies were donated to the 22nd Annual Pie in the Sky.

14th Annual Gingerbread Construction Contest

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Northeastern Dining provided students with a much needed respite from studying for their upcoming week of final exams with the Gingerbread House Construction Contest. More than 300 students entered online via for the chance to be one of the lucky contestants chosen to participate in this year’s contest.

The giving theme of the holiday season is also an integral part of the contest. The first, second, and third place winners received cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50, respectively and Northeastern Dining made a matching donation in the winners' names to The Greater Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. The completed gingerbread houses were also taken to Rosie's Place, a Boston-area shelter, to bring holiday cheer to the community.

First Place: Ralph Reyes & Susannah Franco House Number 39 "Nancy"
Second Place: Andy Xu & Mara Wallisch House Number 54 "Winter Wonderland"
Third Place: Abby Reed & Anahita Mojahed House Number 6 "A4"

We can't thank you enough for being a part of our culinary community here at Northeastern. Be sure to keep up with all the events we have planned for the spring semester in the XK by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Happy Holidays from all of us at Northeastern Dining!


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