Silk Road Gala 2012

A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending the 19th annual Silk Road Gala, an event to benefit the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK). The event is put on to raise funds for ATASK, an organization that offers programs and services for domestic violence survivors as well as for domestic violence prevention in Asian communities. The evening had a great turnout, and tremendous support from the local community.

The event was held in the stunning State Room, and featured food from an impressive list of local chefs, including:

Jody Adams, Rialto and Trade Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa/Toro David Blessing, State Room Joanne Chang, Flour Baker + Café Tim and Nancy Cushman, o ya Alison Fong, Bon Me Phillip Tang, ExNE Ting Yen, Oishii

Before the evenings presentations started, guests enjoy a couple hours of eating. The room was set up with restaurants along the perimeter, where chefs served up inventive and incredibly taste bites of food. One of my favorite tastes of the whole evening was the Hamachi Sashimi, pictured below, from the acclaimed o ya restaurant. Owner Tim Cushman was there himself serving up this delicious sashimi.

There was even a representation of the city's food trucks, with Alison Fong from Bon Me. Their tea-cured egg was also quite impressive.

After we were treated to as much food as we could handle, the evening's spoken presentation commenced. The night's co-emcees were Eric Lander - Director, Broad Institute at Harvard and MIT, Human Genome Project and Jeannie Suk - Professor, Harvard Law School.

Following the presentation was the silent auction. Many incredible prizes were available, courtesy of the event's wonderful sponsors.

The evening was a great opportunity to mingle with some fantastic chefs and other food-appreciating folks, all in support of a great cause. We were grateful to be a part of the occasion!