ESAC says ‘thank you’ for the 14th Annual 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 14th Annual Taste of JP such a successful event.

This year’s event was held at Our Lady of the Cedars Hall here in Jamaica Plain on Nov. 19. It was a wonderful event attended by nearly 400 people. Attendees raved about the delectable offerings of the 24 restaurants and two breweries that participated. It was a wonderful evening of great food, spirits, socializing, the silent auction and the incredible music of the Rasheed Meadows’ On Kee Jazz Band.

We applaud and thank the local restaurants who served samplings of their delectable offerings throughout the evening. We thank and salute the participating restaurants who made it possible: Alchemist, Ban Chiang House, Bella Luna, Blue Frog Bakery, Blue Hills Brewery, Bon Savor, Boston Beer, Budi Bars, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Canto 6, City Feed and Supply, Dogwood Cafe, Fiore’s Bakery, Forklift Catering, Haley House, Himalayan Bistro, J.P. Licks, James’s Gate, Laria Foods, Masona Grill, The Real Deal, Sweet Bea Cakes, Sweet Earth, Ten Tables, Ula Café, Vee Vee and West on Centre. 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 of the event: Pepper Hamilton LLP Attorneys at Law, Brookline Bank, Eastern Bank, Hyde Park Savings Bank, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Beer Company, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Jamaica Plain Gazette, Mt. Washington Bank, Neighborhood Health Plan, Overture Partners, Carole Senter, SKM Title & Closing and Alan Sharaf & Carolyn Levy. We raised over $40,000 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!

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 contributed to the event and donated 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.

In these challenging economic times, we encourage community members to learn more about supporting ESAC by visiting our website: We also thank the entire community for its ongoing support!

Edith Buhs
Taste of JP Co-Chair & Vice President, ESAC Board of Directors
Paul Shoemaker
Taste of JP Co-Chair & member, ESAC Board of Directors
William A. Minkle,
ESAC Executive Director
Jamaica Plain

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