Mother’s Day In March

Orange Marmalade.

That’s one of the things I associate with my mom. She makes these little orange marmalade-and-cheddar cheese sandwiches on warm buttered bread – a combination I never would’ve thought of myself, but happily lap up whenever it’s around. I learned to appreciate a lot of foods because of my mom (like anchovies and caviar and cheese, to name a few) and I love hearing stories of how other people’s childhoods are filled with food memories from their mothers as well.

This is what brought me to the Mother’s Day in March event last Saturday.

Jodie Gilson, the mom of chef and restaurateur Will Gilson (of Garden at the Cellar), lost her greenhouses because of heavy snow. In a heartwarming show of support, chefs all over Boston put together a pop-up restaurant to help raise money to restore  Mrs. Gilson’s greenhouses. The participating chefs cooked his or her mom’s favorite dishes.

Never heard of a pop-up restaurant? It’s a one-day only, one-of-a-kind restaurant – most recently explored on TV via Top Chef’s Dale Talde (holla Filipino pride). The Mother’s Day in March fundraiser was held at the Boston Center for Adult Education and featured the food of some of the city’s most sought-after chefs – plus cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, a silent auction, and raffle items. Some pictures from the event:

delicious cocktails from the ladies at LUPEC

Nookie's Nana's Pressed Corned Beef Sandi, Slaw, Gruyere, Russian Dressing - these sandwiches (from Steve Postal, Executive Chef of the Boston Red Sox) went fast

Elizabeth (Free Food Boston) passing out candied smoked salmon

Thanksgiving Sliders with Mum's Stuffin (from Mary Dumont of Harvest)

Mac Goulash (from Matt Jennings of Farmstead/Laiterie)

“What I Wish My Mom Made as a kid” Porchetta (from Louie Dibiccari of Sel de la Terre)

Andouille Stuffing with red eye gravy (from Suzi Maitland of Trina's Starlight Lounge)

BBQ Chicken Legs with Cucumbers (from Jamie Bisonnette of Toro/Coppa)

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (from Dante DeMagistris of Dante/Il Casale)

The full menu can be found on GrubStreet.

I liked Jamie Bissonnette’s BBQ chicken legs the most. I actually found some of the other dishes a little bland or too salty… Maybe it’s because the dishes were prepared en masse? However, it was still a lovely event, and I thoroughly enjoyed the company I was with. A couple sitting at the next table even got engaged (!) generating a loud round of applause and cheers from everyone. I had a blast mingling with Mich, Jacki and Meesh, Dan, Megan, Elizabeth, and Justin.

we were able to take a group shot before leaving (I stole the pic from Meghan's blog!)

I’m glad I was able to attend this one-of-a-kind fundraiser. I thought it was incredibly sweet of the other chefs to donate their time and efforts to Will’s mom. It’s nice to see a community get together and support each other, instead of capitalizing on misfortune or focusing on generating business. And it was a pleasure tasting some of the chef’s favorite dishes from their moms.

Now if I were one of the chefs, I would definitely make my mom’s fettuccine – which I proudly label as the best thing I ever ate.  Or maybe some orange marmalade-and-cheddar cheese sandwiches.

Do you have a favorite dish that your mom made? Do you like orange marmalade?


22 Responses to “Mother’s Day In March”

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    Dana posted March 10, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Sounds like a great way to support a fellow blogger. All of the food looks delicious!

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    MelissaNibbles posted March 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

    That sounds like a fun event. Sorry most of the dishes were salty :(

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    Michelle posted March 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

    My mom makes unbelievable Korean food and I will tell you that nobody makes better kimchi than her!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted March 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Looks like a great event even if the food wasn’t all amazing. I’ve been curious about the pop-up restaurants. I hadn’t heard of them until recently.

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    Megan posted March 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Orange marmalade reminds me of my mom too. She always put it on toast with butter. The event was really fun… we barely got any of the apps, but I did try those corned beef sandwiches, and they were awesome! I would probably make eggplant parm for this. I have great memories of frying eggplant with my mom.

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    Daisy posted March 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I wish i could have attended! you all look like you are having a blast. :) Elizabeth looks too cute passing out the apps!!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted March 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    “Holla Filipino pride!” Lol! So sad I missed the Craigie group at this event. Looks like it was a great dinner.

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    Heather posted March 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I always loved my Mom’s homemade spaghetti and sauce. It’s my requested meal for birthdays and stuff, but since I moved away from home I haven’t had it in a while. I need to have her send me some!

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    Susan (Oliepants) posted March 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    What a fun event! Oh man – I have so many favorites of my mom’s. Mostly Indian food – and then she ventures. And really she ventures into good places – like the gyro she made the other day!

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    Lori Lynn posted March 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    My favorite home made meal growing up was roast beef, mashed potatoes, and cheesy carrots. My parents raise cattle, so we grew up having a lot of “meat and potato” dishes!

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    Liz @ IHeartVegetables posted March 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    That looks like such a fun event! I love how all you ladies match in black :)

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    chrysta posted March 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    What a cool event! The orange marmalade and cheddar sounds like such an interesting and delicious combo. I want to try that out! I have a weird comfort food dish, well kinda..I grew up a strict vegan back in the day and mom would always make us sauteed kale, with tahini and hot sauce. Ha! Its so good though. To me its a comfort food staple.

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    Joanne posted March 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Aww what a super cool super cute event! And with some of my favorite people! That’s it. I need to move back to Boston. End of story.

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Joanne – yes come back to Boston! And let me know when you’re here ;)

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    Kristina posted March 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    awww I want to celebrate-this looks like such an amazing event, my mom would LOVE it (obvi)

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss posted March 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Looks like so much fun!! I’ve never heard of a pop-up restaurant before, sounds insteresting! Glad you had a great time. :)

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    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel posted March 13, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Bianca, this looks like one of the coolest events! especially knowing that amazing food is involved! is it just me or is everyone glowing in the photos! wow, so lovely <3

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Kelsey! Hehe we were all probably glowing after eating so much food ;)

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie posted March 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    That certainly looks like so much fun! Great food too ;-)

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    fooddreamer posted March 14, 2011 at 7:39 am

    What a wonderful event, for such a good cause. The snows really killed us this year, but I didn’t think about how much the weight of them would damage a greenhouse!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries posted March 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    this looks super fun! the bbq chicken legs looks pretty yummy!

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    Justin @JustinCanCook posted March 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

    It was great to see you there! I loved the beef stroganoff…

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