Letter: Thanks for supporting Taste of JP

We are writing on behalf of ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.) Board of Directors and staff to thank all who were responsible for making ESAC’s 17thAnnual Taste of JP such a successful event. This was an important event for us as we also celebrate our 47 years of serving the community.

The event was held at Our Lady of the Cedars Hall here in Jamaica Plain on Nov. 15. It was a wonderful event attended by over 300 people.  Attendees raved about the delectable offerings of the 22 restaurants and our local brewery Boston Beer. It was a wonderful evening of great food, spirits, socializing, the silent auction and the incredible music of the Tastebuds jazz group.

We applaud and thank our local independently owned restaurants who served samplings of their delicious offerings throughout the evening. We thank and salute the participating restaurants who made it possible: Amir’s Natural Foods, Bella Luna, Blue Frog Bakery, Boston Beer Company, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Canary Square, City Feed & Supply Store, Delicias Dominicana, The Dogwood, Fiore’s Bakery, Grass Fed Burger, Haley House & Bakery Cafe, Himalayan Bistro, J.P. Licks, JP Seafood Café, James’s Gate Restaurant & Pub, Masona Grill, The Real Deal, Ten Tables, Ula Café, Vee Vee, West on Centre, and Wok N Talk. The support of these restaurants is incredibly valuable to ESAC and we ask that that the community support these establishments frequently because they really are our local finest.

We also thank our incredible sponsors for the event: Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Blue Hills Bank, Eastern Bank, Brookline Bank, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Beer Company, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, MassHousing, Overture Partners, Partners Health Care, SKM Title & Closing, and Alan Sharaf & Carolynn Levy, and the Walker Family. We raised nearly $45,000 through the event’s proceeds.  We ask for community support for all of these companies who are so generous and demonstrate their own community support.

We also want to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the Delicias Dominicana for providing and donating the elegant decorations and centerpieces for the evening’s event.  We are very grateful for their tremendous generosity!

The success of ESAC’s Taste of JP would also not be possible without the financial support of the over 100 local businesses, community groups and elected officials who contribute to the event and donate to our silent auction and raffle. We very much appreciate their ongoing commitment to ensuring stability in our community.

ESAC greatly appreciates our event supporters who help make it possible to meet our mission to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens in Boston’s neighborhoods.  The services ESAC offers include foreclosure prevention counseling, senior home repair and emergency services, youth programs, GED programs, counseling and advocacy,  asthma health and environmental education, community organizing, and the Egleston Square Peace Garden.

We also thank the entire community for your ongoing support!

Heather Green, Taste of JP Co-Chair & VP, Board of Directors

Paul Shoemaker, Taste of JP Co-Chair & member, Board of Directors

William A. Minkle, Executive Director


Jamaica Plain

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