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Pie in the Sky Event: The True Spirit of Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving, my family went around the table and said what we were most thankful for. I am sure this is a tradition many families share and it is a simple way to remind us of how lucky we are to be surrounded by food, friends, and family. It is in this spirit that Matthew Gaskill and myself volunteer our time and whatever resources we can use to helping others. Once again, we are volunteering for Community Servings’s Pie in the Sky. This is an wonderful event that brings the community together in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

Since 1990, Community Servings has provided meals to those who are critically ill and their families in 18 cities and towns all over Massachusetts. These are people battling with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney disease, and other illnesses that make them too sick and weak to be able to shop or cook for themselves.

We are selling pies for $25 from the best chefs, restaurants, caterers, and hotels all over Massachusetts and $.90 of every $1 goes directly to Community Servings. Sure you could find pies available for a little less, but this $25 buys a pie and feeds a family for a week. Pie in the Sky began in 1993 when so many in the restaurant community lost friends and co-workers to the HIV/AIDS virus. Knowing how much food can change a person emotionally and physically, some of these people started Pie in the Sky. Since then hundreds of restaurants and volunteers have taken time to bake pies, sell pies, deliver pies, and whatever else is needed. This event raises 15% of Community Servings’s annual private fundraising revenue!

Pie in the Sky Event from Community ServingsPies are only available to those in Massachusetts who can pick them up in person at any of 63 pick up locations (14 of which are in Boston). However, anyone can donate a pie to one of Community Servings’ 1,300 clients in need or donate directly to Community Servings. Pies available are the traditional flavors of Thanksgiving; apple, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato.

Go to our team site to buy a pie or donate! Last day to order is 11/17/12.

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The Return of Boston Food Trucks

Parking Spaces Reserved for Boston Food TrucksIf you had searched, you may have found food trucks sparsely scattered throughout the city over the winter. Now that spring has sprung the official food truck season in Boston has begun! There will be more food trucks at more frequency and I could not be happier.

“What is so great about Boston food trucks?” you may ask. Well, the answer, my friend, is being made to order right around the corner. Boston food trucks offer fantastic variety of foods from vegetarian to bbq and gourmet cupcakes to frozen hoagies. The quick delicious meals food trucks offer are ideal for those on the go who do not have the time for a sit-down meal. Since the trucks do vary in location, day, and time, it is a wonderful way to add more options to the daily grind.

Due to the growing popularity of food trucks in Boston, Mayor Menino announced four new sites to begin this month. The first of these new sites will be in the Copley Square area of Back Bay at Stuart and Trinity. Even though trucks were here last year, this site has expanded to allow for three trucks. The second spot is located at the China Trade Building at Boylston Street across from the RMV and near the Loew’s Boston Common. This would be a great alternative to movie popcorn and Dunkin’ Donuts, not that there is anything wrong with either but it is nice to have on-the-go variety. The third location will be in the Financial District on the corner of Milk and Kilby and will have two food trucks. The fourth new location is in the South End at Tremont Street and Berkeley, which is great for me because it’s three blocks from the Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty office!

Visiting a Food Truck in Back BayNot everyone is excited for the added truck spots and extended times. Local small restaurants worry the food trucks will take away business. But variety is the spice of life and I feel there is room for both food trucks and established restaurants. In fact, since many of the food trucks have a strong fan base, they may bring in new business to the neighborhood.

Visit the City of Boston website for a complete list of the food truck locations and schedule.

Just like Boston itself, food trucks are not stagnant. The menus and locations are continuously changing. If you are interested in seeing property in an ever changing and exciting city, contact the Realtors of Matthew and Alisa Group Real Estate.

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The South End: Why I Call It Home

As I was walking through the South End on my way to work, I was thinking, “Why do I love this neighborhood?” I walked past groups enjoying coffee on the stoop of their brownstone, I saw people out walking their dogs, moms pushing strollers stopping to say hi, and there was a warmth in the air that has been missing for months. Spring is finally here and the South End seems to shine brighter to me.

So why do I love the South End?

Food and Entertainment: The South End has some of the best restaurants I have ever been to and diverse variety of flavors. Within a 10 minute radius, I can have tapas at Toro, sushi at Oishii Boston, French at Aquitane, Indian at Mela, charcuterie at The Butcher Shop, Ethiopian at Addis Red Sea, and Asian Fusion at Myers and Chang to name a few. The South End also offers restaurants with great bars to have a cocktail and grab a small bite such as The Gallows, Tremont 647, and Franklin Cafe. For live music, food, and drinks, I can go to The Beehive.

Events: The South End holds countless events throughout the year all over the neighborhood. From large fundraisers like the Chefs for Obama and Taste of the South End at the Boston Center for the Arts to local fundraisers at the smaller parks like those thrown by the Friends of Peter’s Park. The first Friday of every month the artists open their galleries late for everyone to enjoy a night of art. On Sundays, the SOWA Open Market is open to everyone to enjoy vendors selling locally made crafts, artwork, jewelry, and baked goods. Another big draw for the SOWA Open Market is the assortment of food trucks preparing all kinds of goodies such as Vietnamese noodle salads at Bon Me, gourmet grilled cheese at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and vegetarian/vegan delights at Clover.

Convenience: The South End neighborhood is filled with boutique shops, art galleries, and yoga/dance studios. Along with larger grocers such as Foodies and Ming’s, the South End has smaller specialty food shops like Fromaggio and Siena Farms that focus on local sustainable produce. And if I can’t find what I need in the South End, I can walk 10 minutes or less and be at Shaw’s or Whole Foods in Back Bay. As far as public transportation, I can take the Silver Line that goes along Washington Avenue, the Orange Line at Tufts, Back Bay, or Mass Ave T-Stops, or walk to the Green Line at Copley Square. If I have a long trip, I am minutes from commuter rails at Back Bay Station, the Mass Pike, Interstate 93, or the express route to Logan Airport.


South End brownstoneReal Estate
: The South End is on the National Register of Historic Places as “the largest urban Victorian neighborhood” in the United States, but it is far from being a neighborhood perserved in time. Along with newly constructed luxury buildings, many of these Victorian single family brownstones have been renovated into condos, some of which are available to rent. Some of the brownstone row houses are built around beautiful parks, also called  squares, which are only accessible to owners of the homes around each park. Former industrial warehouses nearby have been converted into modern lofts as well as newly constructed condo buildings that offer amenities such as a concierge, parking garage, and gym available to both owners and renters.

Apart from everything the South End has to offer, I knew that this neighborhood was special the night I moved here. My boyfriend and I took a break from moving to walk our dog and grab some food on Tremont Street. On the way to the store we noticed everyone was smiling and praising our dog on how sweet she is. It had the neighborhood vibe we had been looking for and it felt great to be a part of it. 

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17th Annual Taste of the South End

On March 6th, 2012 at 7pm in the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, 40 restaurants will participate in the 17th annual Taste of the South End. General admission tickets are $95 and include unlimited tastings from all 40 chefs’ tables and complimentary wine and cocktails. VIP tickets are also available for $150, which in addition to tastings and drinks, include early admission and access to the after party.

The proceeds for Taste of the South end go to AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Inc. (AAC). Founded in 1983, AAC is New England’s first and largest AIDS organization. They focus on education, prevention, and providing health services to men, women, and children living with AIDS and HIV.

Participating Chef Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley’s Bistro has said “The Taste of the South End is Boston’s premier food & wine event in our neighborhood and it brings together all of the South End chefs for the AIDS Action Committee. It is a fine way to both raise money for a wonderful organization that does vital work in our community and also have fun saying hello to friends, neighbors, and colleagues. I would not miss this event for the world.”

Watch the following video for scenes from past Taste of the South End events.

For more information about the South End neighborhood or about property for sale in the South End, contact the Realtors of Matthew and Alisa Group Real Estate.

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