Ready to sample some tasty treats within the Greater Boston area? If so, you might want to check out the 18th Annual Chefs in Shorts event taking place June 19th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. This year’s grill-off is expected to feature more than 40 local chefs and they show off their culinary skills.
Each year Chefs in Shorts offers grilled masterpieces to each of its participants. The outdoor event boasts a variety of dishes comprised primarily of chicken, beef and fish along with other delicious dishes. It’s not unusual to see roasted pigs spinning over grills next to braised beef short rib sliders. Plenty of beer and wine is also made available to help wash down the delectable dishes, as are side dishes and desserts.
While all of the details surrounding the 2015 event are yet to be released, there is also likely to be plenty of live music and opportunity to dance the night away. Combine this with the tasty food, the great outdoor atmosphere and the fact that the event is put on for a good cause, and it is hard to come up with a reason to not participate in the Chefs in Shorts event.
For the fourth year in a row, the Chefs in Shorts event will benefit the Future Chefs organization. Future Chefs is a program designed to help prepare urban youth throughout the Greater Boston area for early post-secondary education and employment opportunities within the culinary arts field. The program strives to provide these youth with transferrable skills that they can then use as they transition into the working world. To better assist with this process, the organization plans special “Small Plates Pop Up” days during which graduating seniors and industry partners come together to cook and eat together as the students receive constructive feedback.
As part of the training process, students frequently provide public demonstrations of their skills. Additional workshops for students and their parents are also provided throughout the year. For example, the organization is currently offering Cooking Matters workshops every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. These workshops, which focus on healthy cooking, are offered to the mothers of new students. The final workshop within this series will be held on June 3rd.
Training for the Future Chefs program takes place after school hours during the fall and spring semesters of the regular school year. Sophomores, Juniors and motivated Seniors are eligible for the program so long as they are currently enrolled in high school or are actively participating in a GED program. Interested students can apply by filling out a simple online form. Those who are interested in learning more about the program can also visit the Future Chefs Office and Teaching Kitchen, which is located at 560 Albany Street. The entrance is on the corner of E. Canton and Albany Street, which is brightly marked by the large red awnings of the Boston Flower Exchange.
The cost to participate in the Chefs in Shorts event is $80, with the event taking place at The Seaport Hotel at 200 Seaport Boulevard.