Besides being one of the most mouth-watering events on Boston’s social calendar, Taste of Perkins, a benefit for Perkins School for the Blind, is also one of the most eye-opening.
Offering guests the opportunity to understand what it’s like to experience food, wine and beer the way a blind person does, the evening features blindfolded tastings in Dwight Hall, as well as sensory exploration stations and superb schmoozing throughout the Gothic corridors of the Howe Building.
Spied among the crowd: Blonde cutie Kelsey Grousbeck and her gorgeous mom, Corinne, the achingly lovely Jeannette Hsu-McSweeney, the super-elegant Mona Jomaa, produce pusher Olgo Russo, the unfairly attractive Tina and Randy Kinard, freedom fighter Rachael Solem, dazzling duo Oz Mondejar and John Verlinden, the eternally upbeat Mary-Catherine
Deibel, exquisite painter Nancy Walton, brunette beauty Andrea Brooks (fresh off a plane from London) and stunning trustee Katherine Chapman Stemberg (who went straight from the party to Logan to catch a flight to Venice). The evening was balmy enough that guests could enjoy a breath of fresh air in the courtyard, while the silent auction was impressive enough that several people bid like drunken sailors.
“Those ginger cookies smell so good it should be illegal,” observed one guest, while another mused, “ ‘Do Not Touch’ must be the scariest thing to read in braille.”
The bar, meanwhile, was set up in the chapel, prompting someone to observe that, “It may be blasphemous, but the wine’s a lot better than what most churches serve for Communion and you can go back for more.” ◆
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