Friday, April 20, marked the 14th annual Cooking for a Cause fundraiser for the Boston area’s East End House, bringing together the talents of chefs and mixologists from all over the city. The event was proof that having too many cooks in the kitchen can sometimes be a very good thing. This year, Royal Sonesta Boston and our Executive Chef Brian Dandro were honored to host.

For 140 years, the East End House has been serving the diverse populations in the Cambridge and Boston community with innovative programs for under-served kids, families, and seniors. Their holistic approach promotes general well-being, academic achievement, and the successful transition from youth into adulthood – all with the goal of strengthening family and community. A food pantry, community workshops, parent education, and senior programs are at the heart of the East End House’s offerings and the organization continually evaluates and expands programs wherever they see the need.

“We were thrilled to host Cooking for a Cause this year,” says Chef Dandro, who also co-chaired the event. “It’s a beautiful thing when the city’s finest restaurateurs can pool their talents under one roof in support of one of Boston’s most highly regarded agencies and the people they serve.”

Gourmet food and creative drinks were on hand, served up by Boston’s best chefs and bartenders. And the centerpiece of the fundraiser was a spirited auction; guests could participate in a live auction, a silent auction, or both. All told, the event was a delicious and smashing success, raising funds for the year-initiatives of the East End House.