Thanks for the 15th 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 15th Annual Taste of JP such a successful event. This was an important event for us as we also celebrate our 45 years of serving the community.

The event at Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon’s Cedars Hall here in Jamaica Plain on Nov.18 was attended by over 300 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 Quartet.

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, Ban Chiang House, Bella Luna, Blue Frog Bakery, Blue Hills Brewery, Bon Savor, Boston Beer, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Café Rialto, Canto 6, City Feed & Supply, Dogwood Cafe, Fiore’s Bakery, Haley House, The Haven, Himalayan Bistro, James’s Gate Restaurant & Pub, Jazz Café & Bar, JP Licks, Masona Grill, Nella Pasta, The Real Deal, 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: Eastern Bank, Hyde Park Savings Bank, Pepper Hamilton LLP Attorneys at Law, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Brookline Bank, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Beer Company, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Citizens Bank, Jamaica Plain Gazette, MassHousing, Mt. Washington Bank, Neighborhood Health Plan, SKM Title & Closing and Alan Sharaf & Carolyn Levy. We raised over $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!

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, whose offices are located at 3313 Washington Street, 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 maintenance of the Egleston Square Peace Garden.

In these challenging economic times we encourage community members to find more ways to support ESAC by visiting our website: We also thank the community for your ongoing support!

Edith Buhs and Paul Shoemaker
Taste of JP Co-Chairs, ESAC Board of Directors
William A. Minkle
ESAC Executive Director

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