More Than 1,000 Attend The Inaugural Taste Of DTX

Posted September 27, 2016 by Cheryl Fenton in Eat & Drink
The first Taste of DTX is poised to be an annual event Photo Credit: Cheryl Fenton

Taste of the North End. Taste of the South End. Taste of Eastie. Taste of Boston. It seems every neighborhood has its own food fest these days.

Business Improvement District President and CEO Rosemarie Sansone said enough is enough. It’s time for DTX to step up. She and her team wanted to showcase all the great restaurants in the Downtown Crossing area. So the Taste of Downtown Crossing was born.

This past Sunday afternoon, September 25, the shady Avenue de Lafayette was transformed into a lovely street side café complete with bistro seating. Bostonians braved the windy and somewhat chilly weather to fill up on dishes from more than 20 local restaurants, dive into a glass of wine, and listen to some live music while getting to know the Downtown Crossing cuisine scene.

“Legal Crossing (LX) is inspired by the vibrancy of Downtown Crossing, then and now. So we can’t think of a better event to participate in than one that celebrates the culinary destination that downtown Boston has become,” says Jackson Wu, Chef of Legal Crossing, who served up one of our favorites of the afternoon – a fantastic tuna tartare.

Co-founder of Legendary Restaurant Group Chris Damian agrees. “We decided to get SIP and Papagayo involved with this event because we thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase the restaurants we have in our neighborhood and support our residential community,” he says. “The event itself is a great way to bring people into the neighborhood who don’t frequent the area. It gives them a reason to come see it and experience how it’s changed over the last few years.” Side note: the line was super long for SIP’s pan seared blackened Day Boat Scallops with horseradish marmalade.

Roche Bros dessert and cheese plates. Photo Credit: Cheryl Fenton

Roche Bros. dessert and cheese plates. Photo Credit: Cheryl Fenton

There were several other favorites all showcasing their best – Artisan Bistro, Avenue One at Hyatt Regency, Back Deck, new kid on the block Boston Chops, Central Bistro, David’s Tea, Fajitas & ‘Ritas, JM Curley (by far the longest line of the event with Curley’s Mac & Cheese and Sliders), Kingston Grille & Bar, Legal Crossing, Marliave, Mast’, The Merchant, Oceanaire, Roche Bros., Ruth’s Chris Steak House, SA PA, Serafina, and Yvonne’s.

When attendee Keith McPherson put down his Porchetta focaccia with cranberry aioli from Serafina for a moment, he mentioned how he remembered “when Downtown Crossing wasn’t a place you went as a dining destination. Events like this really showcase how the area has built up their restaurant scene.” Then he rushed off in the direction of the Gordon’s Fine Wine & Liquors wine/beer garden. Cheers, Mr. McPherson.

Chef demonstrations were held in the center of all the tastings, with chefs from Ruth’s Chris, The Merchant, Avenue One, and JM Curley showing the audience what’s what in the kitchen during their own 30-minute quick hits. We also peeped live artists taking in the sights and putting them down on canvas, as well as live entertainment from The Boston Opera Guy Marshall Richards, Violinist Lewis Flores, and piano player Brian John.

With more than 1,000 Bostonians attending this inaugural edition, we suspect the Taste of Downtown Crossing is poised to become a successful annual event. Consider this past weekend just a “taste” of what’s to come.