2017 TASTE OF THE SOUTH END 2018-11-30T19:00:52+00:00


On March 21, 2017, AIDS Action Committee once again hosted a fantastic culinary adventure at the annual Taste of the South End event – a premiere food and wine experience uniting the best restaurants the South End has to offer and the neighborhood’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. Almost 1,000 guests from Greater Boston and beyond came out to taste culinary creations of the South End at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Guests of the event were able to take part in an extensive 100-item silent auction throughout the room as well as our Mystery Bag and the popular Fling-A-Ring wine toss game. Thank you to all of our contributors for the fabulous destinations, restaurant gift cards and prizes that raised over $20,000!

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Silent Auction

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Mystery Bag

Wine Toss

raised from these alone!

Our success is owed to our host committee lead by Board Member Douglas Spencer and Pia Thakore Miller.

Our record breaking year was also due in part by our generous sponsor partnerships, the Boston community, and 40 amazing restaurants, proving once again to be one of the premier food and wine events in the city, who support us in excelling in our fundraising goals in support of AIDS Action. Taste of the South End continues to impress, raising over $180,000 to help support AIDS Action’s critical programs and services.

to help support AIDS Action’s critical programs and services


Presenting Sponsor

Principal Sponsors
America’s Test Kitchen*
Frost Productions*
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Major Sponsors
360 Corporate Benefit Advisors
Eastern Bank
FMC Ice Sports
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
PBD Events*
Peterson Party Center*
Pfizer, Inc.
State Street Corporation
The TJX Companies, Inc.

Sustaining Sponsors
AEW Capital Management
Eaton Vance Investment Managers
Venegas and Company
Whole Foods Market

Official Wine and Champagne Sponsor
The Martignetti Companies*
Distinguished Vineyards
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Hess Collection Wine Estates
Lighthouse Brokers
Menage a Trois Prosecco
Opici Wine Group
Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Treasury Wine Estates
Vineyard Brands

Associate Sponsors
Coldwell Banker
Leggat McCall Properties

Community Business Sponsors
The City of Boston – Boston Charitable Trust Fund
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Official Beer Sponsor
Boston Beer Company*

Official Car Sponsor
Alfa Romeo

Official Paper Goods Sponsor

Official Event Valet
Ultimate Valet*

Official Media Sponsors
Boston Spirit Magazine*
South End Dining Guide*

VIP Lounge Sponsors
The Event Society
Ketel One Vodka

* In-Kind Donation


Douglas Spencer

Pia Thakore Miller

Host Committee Members

Leonid  Ablavsky
Sierra Adami-Koll
Gary Bailey
Lauren Baino
Michael Baldwin von Brunow
Jules Becker
Jim Bennington
Jean-Marie Bonofilio
Stephen Boswell
Christine Bricault
Julienne Carty
Ronald Christopher
Linda Cohen
Kristen Cole-Esson
Timothy Conant
Brian Corte
Kimberly Cummings
Timothy Cusack
Tammi Dale
Kathy Davey-Siegel
Frances Davis
Brian Derrick
Alex DimarioAmby Drake
Tess Ewing
Mark Fallon
Tim Feeley
David Fontaine
Robert Frye
Lauren Gabovitch
Rajesh Gandhi
Kathy Gonzalez
Greg Goshgarian
Gordon Gottlieb
Susan Grabowsky
Martha Hayward
Ava Henderson

Meghan Hodgdon
Meghan Hulbert
Maddy Jennewein
Robb Johnson
Steven Jones
Cameron Judkins
Marvin Kabakoff
Kristiana Kelley
Thomas Kelly
Michael Kilcoyne
Peter Konrad
Stephen Kuehler
Paula Lanell
Peter Lanell
Kristen Lascoe
Peter Logan
Jessica Lomeli
Jennifer Lyons
Eileen MacDougall
Christopher Mahan
Daniel Maloney
Zach Mandel
Jagadish Manvi
Melissa Martland-Kile
Jane Matlaw
Helene Mayer
Jonathan McIntyre
Raul Medina
Dawn Meechin
Azzam Mehssen
Elizabeth Messina
Chad Michael
Grace Mirabile
Andrew Musgrave
Vivek Naranbhai

Peg Nelson
Patricia Nichols-Cordero
Ryan Nistler
Christin Norris
Ann O’Callaghan
Keith Orr
Liz Page
Janet Perno
Steven Poreca
Michelle Rediker
Felix Rogovin
Elana Rome
Damian Ryan
Stuart Schreiber
Carl Sciortino
Lana Scott
Dawnmarie Simpson
William Smaha
Douglas Spencer
Sophie Strausberg
George Summers
Christian Taboas
Anna Tary
Darius Teich
Alexis Templin
Leigh Topham
Rosemary Topham
Gregory Twombly
Rodney VanDerwarker
Kevin West
Janice Wexler
Daniel Williams
Scott Woolweaver
David Zeni


Red Ribbon Circle

Dr. Brian Bourquin/ Boston Veterinary Clinic
Ed and Dena Brody
Friends of Andrew Geiger
Terron Hill
Dr. Paul Lynch
Dr. & Mrs. D. L. Mayers
Armin Molavi and Joseph Potvin
Kendra E. Moore, PhD
Douglas Spencer


Jacques Abatto and David L. Goldman
Lee and Kate Auspitz
John Basile
Mr. & Mrs. A. Kenneth Bonanno II
Jim Canales and Jim McCann
Harry Collings and Dan Moon
Carl Doebler
Nan Dumas
Zach Durant-Emmons and Willis Emmons
Areeg Eluri
Donna Franca Tours Boston MA
Timothy Harwood
Howard Heller
Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
Pia and Paul Miller
New England Carpenters Labor Management Program
Stephen Naso
Tristan Rushton and Matthew Fecteau
Carl Sciortino and Pem Brown
Rosemarie Smurzynski
Robert Thompson
John Todd
Rodney VanDerwarker and Todd Paul
Robert Wilson
Karen Young