慈濟長島青少年弦樂團 (Tzu Chi Youth Orchestra Long Island, TCYOLI) 為慈濟在全美第一個成立的青少年弦樂團，「弦樂和慈濟人文的美善結合」是樂團的最大特色，希望透過學習美妙的弦樂音符，激發情感，淨化人心，美化家庭，進而提升社會的祥和。慈濟波士頓聯絡處有幸邀請到慈濟長島青少年弦樂團于6/26日作客波士頓會所，同時也特別邀請到來自波士頓的享有盛譽的兩大本土樂團──波士頓古箏樂團與與波士頓水底魚打擊樂團前來演繹，並有慈濟志工真情歌聲作伴。夏日炎炎，讓我們在音符和人文中感受清涼和美善，體會孩童們的天真無邪，見證中西方音樂的交融，也藉此因緣，感恩您長久以來對慈濟波士頓的支持~
Our annual Iron Chef competition was held last Saturday, April 30, 2016 at our Boston Newton Office. Secret ingredient for this year was Avocados!
This year we were very honored to have two guest speaker to come over to our event and give us a presentation. Our first speaker was Chris Hendrickson from The Humane League of Boston to talk about his organization, and also Environmentalism and it’s relationship to Vegetarianism/ Veganism. Our second speaker was Purvi Patel, an environmental engineer with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs who presented us the topic of Vegetarianism and the idea of flexitarian.
After presentation, we divided ourselves into groups and played our "Hungry Game".
And, our iron chef competition started right after the game ended.
Competition lasted for 2 hours. During this 2 hours, each team (We have 6 team joined this year!!) cooked an appetizer dish, an entree, and also a dessert dish using Avocados as the key ingredient. All dishes are VEGAN dishes!
We invited 5 judges: Chris, Purvi, Ellen, Alice, and Victor (from Boston Vegetarian Society) to judge all 6 team's dishes based on taste, flavor, authenticity, presentation, and team work! (p/s: Can I tell you, being a judge is a tough job! We THANK YOU all judges!)
All 6 teams did a splendid job! The award list are as follow:
Most cooperative team: SG/SB Team
Most energetic team: Tzu Shao
Favourite appetizer: Dartmouth Alumni Team
Favourite Main Dish: Dartmouth Alumni Tean
Favourite dessert: Boston Alumni Team
Best presentation: Tzu Ching Team
I can make this too: The 3 Stooges
Iron Chef 2016: Dartmouth Alumni Team
This fun and meaningful event ended with a full, happy, and healthy belly, what's better than this?! :)