Feeding Opportunity and Community - Root's 5th Annual Virtual Event

Join us virtually in Feeding Opportunity and Community!

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Thu, November 12, 2020
6:30 PM ET

Thank you to everyone who tuned in for our live broadcast!  We are thrilled to have you join us in support of the power of individual and community resilience.



If you missed our Live-Stream Broadcast, you can view the program here:




The online auction, raise your paddle, and virtual cooking classes will all be open for bidding through the weekend.  Check out some of the cooking classes being offered to benefit Root and the unique auction items, or virtually Raise your Paddle for Root to help support our work in the year ahead.  Auction items include the opportunity to create your dream dinner working alongside Chef Frank McClelland, guitar or songwriting lessons with Livingston Taylor, and a Root catered dinner!








A heartfelt thank you to our friend and Honorary Chair, Chef Gordon Hamersley, and to our Root Graduates who shared their stories with you.  We are thrilled to honor the Essex County Community Foundation with this year's Root Community Leadership Award in recognition of their efforts in response to the pandemic on behalf of all Essex County residents. 


A special thank you to our special guest, Chef Kwame Onwuachi, author of New York Times best-selling “Notes from a Young Black Chef” Chef Kwame visited Root's summer cohort as a "Virtual Guest Chef" in August and shared his inspiring story with our youth.  In partnership with our friends at Copper Dog Books in Beverly, copies of Chef Kwame's book will still be available for purchase through December 12th with proceeds from the sales benefitting Root, and they offer (limited) free local delivery!




Thank you to our amazing 5th Annual Celebration Host Committee! 

Honorary Event Chair:  
Gordon Hamersley

Host Committee:

Karen Ansara, Louisa Attenborough, Gail Arnold, Anne Barker, Olivia Barry, Gretchen Berg, Nate and Sally Berkowitz, Nonie Brady, Eliza Cowan, Dan Donato, Kate Dodge, Caroline Esdaile, Jonathan Knight and Harley Rodriguez, Natalia Laskaris, Kim McGovern, Heather McClelland, Liz Moulton, Lauren Moran, Susan Robie, Anna and AJ Rossi, Cynthia and Armins Rusis, Carol Lavoie Schuster and Paul Shuster, Casey Soward and Jacyn Tremblay, Blair Steck, Erin van Otterloo


Thank you to our generous event sponsors!









Cooking Classes

$50 Beer Can BBQ Chicken with Daniel Gursha

Beer Can BBQ Chicken with Ledger Chef Daniel Gursha, Tuesday, January 26th @ 5:00 PM

Bundle up, grab some cold ones, and fire up that grill with Chef Daniel of Ledger as he helps you make the best chicken you’ll have all year. He’ll walk you through the Beer Can Method and whip up some southern BBQ sides along the way. 

Chef Daniel Gursha has worked in Michelin starred restaurants all over the world, all while honing his eclectic style. During the warmer months, you might run into Gursha walking his rescue Cane Corso, Kane, while picking up some super fresh, local ingredients from the farmer’s market.



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$50 French Cassoulet w/ Chef Aaron Chamber

French Cassoulet with Chef Aaron Chambers of Settler, Monday, January 11 @ 5:30pm

The comfort meal to end all comfort meals: a slow-cooked casserole of white beans, layers of duck, sausage, and hearty ragout. Break out the biggest pot you own and you’ll feel transported to the French Countryside with Chef Aaron Chambers as he helps you make the pinnacle luxuriant dish of French country cuisine. 

Michelin trained Chef Aaron Chambers uses his culinary background rooted in french technique with local New England ingredients to give classic french fare a new American spin. ​He combines a love for good food, wine, and spoiling family and friends at the kitchen table at his restaurant, Settler; an extension of his own home –  a place to eat, drink, and be part of the family.




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$50 Pasta Making w/ Top Chef Stephanie Cmar

COMING SOON! Pasta Making with Top Chef and Instagram Star Stephanie Cmar

Enjoy the most beautiful handmade pasta right at home! Learn how to make perfect fresh pasta every time with Chef Stephanie Cmar, voted Best of Boston’s 2020 Best Breakout Instagram Cooking Star. Have a laugh, have a bottle of wine (we won’t judge how you empty it!), and join Stephanie in her Shitty Little Kitchen. 

Chef Stephanie was only 15 when she began working in the food industry at the Muffin Shop in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Working her way up at top restaurants, including Top of the Hub ,B&G Oysters, Stir and No. 9 Park, she showcased her culinary prowess by competing on Top Chef. After the show, she opened the pop-up Stacked Donuts in Boston. In 2015, Stephanie joined Fairsted Kitchen as the executive chef, crafting a menu that reflects her personal cooking style with French and Italian dishes that have a Middle Eastern spin. After a year at Fairsted, Stephanie took a position at Venetian restaurant SRV in Boston’s South End, where she worked to master the art of making pasta. She has since become a full-time private chef for multiple families, and also caters upscale intimate dinner parties.


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