National Nutrition Month, No Kid Hungry

It’s National Nutrition Month. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry?


Friends, no child in America should grow up hungry. But too many kids in our country don’t have the food they need to thrive. No Kid Hungry is connecting kids all across the country with healthy food where they live, learn and play.

In my residing state of Massachusetts, 17% of children go hungry. This is unacceptable.

I have personally witnessed children as young as 4 years old taking snacks from their classmates at school because they didn’t have food of their own. It broke my heart.


I knew I had to do something to help my community so I joined the No Kid Hungry volunteer program, Cooking Matters, as a Culinary Course Instructor.

Click here to learn more about the program and to donate to a very worthy cause! Help #FeedOurFuture

No child should ever go without food or love




The Good Ones, Top Secret Chef Battle

Hi Friends! I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer! Despite having surgery recently, I am doing better than ever-I have so much to share with you (later this week) but let me start here.

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a Grecian themed rooftop party hosted by The Good Ones. The rooftop party was the third of their Top Secret Chef Battle series. If you haven’t heard of this dynamic group, click here and get familiar because they are taking over Boston.

The Good Ones is focused on raising awareness for great causes and brands. For this event,  Vitamin Angels was highlighted- Vitamin Angels is a group dedicated to helping at-risk populations in need with a main focus on helping pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five.

Whose Who

Carolyn Kim, Julian Sayles from Team Sayles Music and Lighting, and Jennifer Brooke are the co-founders of The Good Ones.


R&D Jennifer Brooke, Chief Visionary Officer Carolyn Kim, Good One Kimberly Giardino

The guests were intellectual, creative and beautiful people from the Boston area. The event was so top secret…I didn’t receive the location until the night before!


Jimmy Guzman having a good laugh (photo cred: Vincent Hohn)

Read on for more details and photos from this amazing event


Top Secret Chef Battle

Brendan Smith of Uni Sashimi Bar, Brendan Burke of Bastille Kitchen , and Jonathan Moriera of Post 390 created Greek inspired dishes.  I will leave out the winner because honestly, each chef did an incredible job-I was blown away. Click on the links for more information on where you may try food created by the three incredibly talented chefs.

One of my favorite details about the party was their use of local vendors. For example, the fish was purchased from a local non-profit, Cape Ann Fresh Catch of Gloucester, MA-the largest community of supported fishery in the United States. You could taste the freshness in each bite.

(photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)

Jonathan Moriera (photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)

(photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)

(photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)

 Tenzin Conecho Samdo, Bartender/Mixologist from Trade-Boston, worked hard all night making delicious cocktails. My favorite cocktail was Olympian’s Collin, a mixture of clean, organic Crop vodka, sparkling matcha tea by Motto, cucumber and lime.


Tenzin working his magic

(photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)

(photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)

The Good Ones

photo cred: Anastasia Sierra

Apart from the amazing food and beverages served were Grecian models and Mark Penta– artist and illustrator who worked hard illustrating live portraits of the guests.


Mark Penta


Additional Photos


Taking in the view with Georgina


The gracious host-Mark O Andrus (photo cred: Vinceny Hohn


photo cred: Anastasia Sierra


One of the gorgeous models (photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)


Beautiful Boston


Caterpillar from Alice and Wonderland (photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)


The models wore custom headpieces by Jimmy Guzman & clothing designed by Candice Wu.  H&M by Kashmir from VS Salon (photo cred: Anastasia Sierra)



photo cred: Vincent Hohn

Are YOU a Good One? Click here for more information!


So…are you?

Happy Monday, Friends!


Lovin’ Spoonfuls & Whole Foods Market

Hey everyone! Come see me today from 11am-2pm at Whole Foods in Charles River Plaza to support Lovin’ Spoonfuls! If you can’t make it to this location, visit the Jamaica Plain, or Symphony locations. 5% of the sales will be donated to Lovin’ Spoonfuls!

Come donate to a great cause!

 Lovin Spoonfuls

“Lovin’ Spoonfuls is an organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin’ Spoonfuls works efficiently to deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to addressing the health, environmental and economic impact that food waste has on our community. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a 501c3, non-profit organization”

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Boston Bites Back

On Wednesday, May 15th, my boyfriend, Mr. WAMC and I attended a special fundraiser at Fenway Park, Boston Bites Back. It was organized by Ming Tsai, Ken Oringer, the Boston Red Sox, Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, and ARAMARK. The tickets were steep but since all of the proceeds went to the victims of last month’s Boston bombings’, they were well worth the price.

There were over 100 chefs from Boston & the New England area serving up delicious bites from 6pm-10pm. My boyfriend and I arrived at 6pm on the dot and immediately began eating our way through the ballpark.

Here’s a picture of my boyfriend hanging out on the warning track!
Warning Track

Here I am with Chef Oringer & Chef Ming. I was starstruck, can you tell?!
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More pictures from Boston Bites Back
Hanging in the dugout

Please excuse the quality of the photos. Excited Vanessa = unsteady iPhone camera!



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A few words from a good friend:

“Hearing loss sees no age, race, religion, or gender. It can and most likely will affect everyone at some point in their lifetime directly or indirectly. Personally, having a mother who is hard of hearing, I’ve seen firsthand how frustrating a simple dinner conversation can be to her, often times making her feel excluded. We often take our hearing for granted. I think in our age of iPhone’s and ear-buds and naturally loud environments, that we need to be cautious of those effects on our sensitive ears too. The Walk4Hearing was created to spread awareness on how to prevent hearing loss and to spread the word on the resources available to those who need it.” – Abbey Acevedo

To donate or join the cause please visit the website.

New England Walk4Hearing Kickoff is on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Check out the flyer below for more details.