Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Building a Healthy, Sustainable & Economically Viable Community

$5 Challenge = Success!

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out this past Sunday and participated in the $5 Challenge!  We had a great turnout, and tables overflowing with delectable meals, all cooked by Dorchester residents who know how to pinch pennies.  Check out the awesome pictures of the event on our Facebook page, taken by our very own Joel Wool!

Guests dig into the meals cooked by neighbors and friends.

About 70 people participated in the event, including about 20 entries into our competition!  Speaking of the competition, we’d like to congratulate the winners…

Michiko Andrade–1st place, with a Mexicali Salad
Elisa Girard–2nd place, with Curried Butternut Squash with Chickpeas
Marc Poisson–3rd place, with Alaska Pink Salmon with Potatoes and Peas
Mary Ann Lomba–Most Kid-Friendly with an incredible Lasagna, chosen by Fin, our youngest judge.
Grace Tan–Easiest Dish to Make in a Hurry with a delightful Stir Fry

A HUGE thanks goes out to Debra Farrar-Parkman, our hilarious and talented host for the evening.  We’d also like to thank the judges, who did a fabulous job of eating their way through the never-ending array of gourmet meals:

Uri Abragimovich, chef at The Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave

Tony Barros, owner, Restaurante Cesaria, 266 Bowdoin St

Nancy Dowling, nutritionist, Carney Hospital

Karen Henry-Garrett, the owner and chef at Dot2Dot Café, 1739 Dorchester Avenue, and her son, and Findlay Garrett

Tam Le, manager, Pho Hoa, 1370 Dorchester Ave

As well as the restaurants who donated gift certificates for the raffle and for the competition:

d-bar, 1236 Dorchester Avenue

Kenneth Osherow and the Savin Bar & Kitchen, McKenna’s Café, and the Savin Scoop

The Icecream Smith, 2295 Dorchester Avenue

Sea Breeze Mexican Grill, 1782 Dorchester Ave

Harvest Co-op, 57 South Street

Tavolo, 1918 Dorchester Avenue

Equal Exchange, 226 Causeway Street

Pho Hoa, 1370 Dorchester Ave

Dot2Dot Café, 1739 Dorchester Avenue

The Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave

If you couldn’t make it to the event, but want to learn more about the Co-op, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at!


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