Saturday night Simply diVine lit up Melrose place with celebrity chefs, free-flowing cocktails and over 600 guests. Besides the chefs, pork seemed to be the star of the evening, with rillettes, meatballs, pulled pork and even banh mi. It is no coincidence that those were some of my favorite bites.
Other favorites were Street’s Korean noodles and Vietnamese Tea custard. Govind Armstrong’s new ROFL Cafe made a strong showing with beef and haricot vertes. For dessert I loved Short Cake’s stunning sweet-salty and dense brownies, and The Village Bakery’s hand pies that had the butteriest crust I have ever had, and trust me, I have eaten a lot of pie.
Wine and beer flowed, but I was enchanted by Veev’s lemonade cocktail. It was a fun night for all, with members of Le Cirque’s Iris wandering the crowd mugging it up, and an exciting auction. The event raised $150,000 for Center services, including advocacy, legal services, health services, education, programs for homeless LGBT youth, and much more.