BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of top chefs left their kitchens on Wednesday to offer fine food and drinks at Fenway Park concession stands in a project intended to raise money for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
The Boston Bites Back event at the Boston Red Sox's home, the oldest baseball park in the major leagues, was held a month after the April 15 attack, in which two pressure cookers filled with explosives and shrapnel exploded near the marathon's finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.
The project involved about 100 top chefs serving fine wine and all sorts of fancy food to attendees as they looked to raise $1 million for One Fund Boston, a charity set up to help the bombing victims, many of whom lost limbs.
Emergency workers, bombing victims and government officials were among those at the event dining on seared duck breast, oysters, spring seafood salad, hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches and other dishes.
Bombing victim Lee Ann Yanni, who broke one of her legs in the attack and was still on crutches, attended the event with her husband, who also was injured.
"As somebody that was significantly injured but luckier than some, it really, truly means a lot that other people are willing to help us just to get back to normal life," Yanni said.
The chefs, who donated the food and wine for the event, planned to cook and serve guests for four hours from behind Fenway's concession stands and at tables throughout the Big Concourse and the park's Budweiser deck.
Five thousand tickets were available at $200 each, entitling people to eat and drink as much as they wished; 200 VIP tickets were offered at $1,000 each, with access to a more intimate and exclusive gathering at the ballpark's EMC Club. An online auction before the event featured packages including unique dining experiences from top chefs and personal shopping with fashion expert Gretta Monahan.