A Taste of Ginger 2021

We are going virtual!

Calling all foodies … we are bringing Joslin Diabetes Center’s annual A Taste of Ginger event to your home on Sunday, May 16, 2021, from 7:00-8:00 pm EST. We will still be bringing you the excitement of hearing from some of Boston’s top chefs, the opportunity to hear about the important work of the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) and the pride of honoring one of our long-standing contributors. You will enjoy a cultural performance and the opportunity to participate in our silent auction. If you chose to sponsor the event, you will also have the option of receiving food from our generous restaurant partners. Best of all, our guests aren’t limited to the Boston area. Join from anywhere, you don’t want to miss this event.

Our patients have no choice but to make diabetes their first priority, we hope you will choose to make it your priority too. This year, we need your support more than ever before. Your sponsorship or gift is important, meaningful, and deeply appreciated. Diabetes doesn’t stop and neither can we.

Thank you to our dedicated restaurant partners 

Joslin would like to thank the many Boston area restaurants for their continued support of our annual A Taste of Ginger event. For the last 16 years, these restaurants have been the pillars of the event. It is no doubt that this past year has been unprecedented and taken a toll on our restaurant community. We encourage our attendees to patron both our present and past restaurant partners. We truly could not hold our annual event without them, and look forward to a time when we can all gather together again.

Thank you to the following restaurants for their participation in this year’s event and their support of our mission during these unprecedented times:

You can receive a box with tastings from all of these restaurants by sponsoring the event or purchasing a meal ticket for $250 if you live within 50 miles of Boston. Each tasting box serves two people. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special food requests as part of this box.

Event Information

Co-Chairs: Huiming Guo and Shunee Yee

Culinary Chair: Bik Fung-Ng

Committee:

  • Herb Capron
  • Nick Chau
  • Wesley Chen
  • Scott Chin
  • Brigid Delaney
  • Sera Evcimen
  • Om P. Ganda, MD
  • Qian Ge
  • Henry He, MD, PhD
  • Anthony Ho
  • Runhua Hou, MD
  • Diana E. King
  • George L. King, MD
  • Richard D. Lee
  • Mila Levinson
  • Nandan Padukone, PhD
  • Audrey H. Paek
  • Miin Irene Roh, MD
  • Shelby Stubbs 
  • Tiffany Su
  • Jennifer K. Sun, MD, MPH
  • Yu Wang
  • Leverett L. Wing
  • Connie S. Wong
  • Peng Yi, PhD

Become a Sponsor

A Taste of Ginger sponsorships are available at many levels for both corporations and individuals. This year, we are bringing this foodie event to your home! As a sponsor, you will have the option of receiving food from our generous restaurant partners (you must reside within 50 miles of Boston to receive the meal). You can also opt out of receiving the food for a near full tax deduction. For more information, please click here to view our sponsorship opportunities.

Purchase Tickets

Show your support of the AADI by purchasing tickets to A Taste of Ginger. You can choose to purchase a ticket that includes food from our restaurant partners for $250 or you can purchase a ticket without food for $150 (comes with gift box). To receive food from our restaurant partners, you must reside within 50 miles of Boston.

Make a Donation

If you can’t attend the event but would like to make a donation to support the AADI and Joslin’s mission to prevent, treat and cure diabetes, please click here. Your donation is fully tax deductible. Please note that a donation to the event will NOT provide you with a ticket to the virtual event.

Purchase an Advertisement

Purchase an advertisement to support and congratulate Joslin Diabetes Center or one of our honorees. Advertisements range from $250 to $1,500. If you would like to purchase one, contact us at rsvp [at] joslin.harvard.edu or call 617-309-2412. The deadline to place an advertisement is April 2, 2021. Please note that a purchase of an advertisement will NOT provide you with a ticket to the virtual event.

Donate an Auction Item

Our event would not be the same without the generous support from businesses and individuals who donate goods and services to our silent auction. If you have an item that would be a perfect addition to our auction, please submit the auction donation form or contact rsvp [at] joslin.harvard.edu or call 617-309-2412. Please note that a donation of an auction item will NOT provide you with a ticket to the virtual event.

Sponsorships are available at many levels for both corporations and individuals. For more information, please view our 2021 Sponsorship Packet.

If you would like to become a sponsor of this event, please contact Brenda Goodell at Brenda.goodell [at] joslin.harvard.edu or 617-309-2412.

Basil

Turmeric 

Coriander 

Supporters

  • Carol S. Chin
  • Fan Family Foundation
  • Leverett L. Wing

A Taste of Ginger will feature an incredible silent auction with many wonderful items and packages up for bid.

We will be using an electronic bidding system that will allow you to bid from your own mobile phone for the auction. You will receive information in the weeks leading up to the event on how you can register and bid on these items before the event starts.

Check back soon for more details.

Thank you to our 2021 in-kind donors for their generous support!

Will Tsai

Magician and Illusionist, Season 12 of America’s Got Talent

Will Tsai is a magician and illusionist that is well known for his participation on America’s Got Talent back in 2017. During his audition, Will stunned the judges with his performance, where Howie Mandel mentioned that Will’s close up magic was the best he has ever seen! Will has put together a unique performance for our A Taste of Ginger event.

 

George Li

Pianist, New England Conservatory of Music

George Li is a local pianist who has received the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and many other recognitions. George graduated from the duo program of Harvard and New England Conservatory of Music, receiving a BA from Harvard and a Master of Music from NEC. Currently, he is perusing his Artistic Diploma degree at NEC – a prestigious degree and very competitive to be selected to the program.

 

Xiaoyi Chen

Owner and Head Coach, New England Championship Wushu Academy

New England Championship Wushu Academy is Boston’s premier Contemporary Wushu academy, which offers a variety of classes in Basic Wushu, Wushu weapons, self-defense and more. Wushu encompasses all types and styles of Chinese Martial Arts. Xiaoyi Chen is the head coach, competition coach and performance coach at New England Championship Wushu Academy. Some of her favorite aspects of Wushu include the tornado kick, aerial cartwheel and the use of a fan or staff.

We’d also like to recognize the following restaurants for their participation in previous A Taste of Ginger events. Thanks to their support each year, we have been able to promote awareness and raise critical funds for diabetes care, education, community outreach and research programs of the AADI at Joslin. This year, we would like to provide them with that same support they have given us for so long.

Join us at our annual A Taste of Ginger event on May 16 as we hear more from our restaurant community through chef videos and cooking demonstrations. Take a step further in helping us as we give back to our dedicated restaurant community by visiting the restaurants listed above.

Why are you holding the event virtually?

The safety of our patients, employees and donors is of utmost importance to us.  Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, an in-person gathering of 350 people is not feasible. Our virtual Ginger event will feature many of the same elements as we have had in person.

How do I sponsor the event?

There are a wide variety of sponsorship levels available for individuals and corporations. Please view our sponsorship packet for a listing of sponsorship levels and benefits. We welcome your sponsorship.

Can I pay for my sponsorship with my Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

Yes, you may pay for your sponsorship with your DAF. However, the IRS requires that you write an additional personal check for any “goods or services” you receive such as the delivered meals. Please call the Development Office at 617-309-2412 with any questions.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased for $250 (with food) or $150 (without food) each. Since this is a virtual event, you will receive a near full tax deduction for your ticket purchase.

By mailing your check to: Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215

By calling 617.309.2412

I would like to purchase a ticket to the event. What is the difference between a $250 ticket and a $150 ticket?

We​​​​​ look forward to having you join us for the event! The $250 ticket includes entry into the virtual event as well as food from our restaurant partners whereas the $150 ticket includes entry into the virtual event and a small gift box. For the $250 ticket, you must reside within 50 miles of Boston.

If I make a donation or purchase an advertisement to the event will I automatically receive a ticket to the event?

No, if you would like a ticket to the event, make sure you go to our ticket page and purchase a ticket for $250 or $150 depending on whether or not you would like food.

How do I attend the virtual event?

In the weeks leading up to the event, you will receive information from us with instructions on how to log in to the virtual event. If you sponsor the event, staff will reach out to you in advance to get information related to delivering tastings to your home and the homes of your guests.

I plan on sponsoring the event. How do you provide the tastings?

Thank you for sponsoring our A Taste of Ginger event! As a sponsor, we are offering you the opportunity to receive gourmet tastings for you and all of your guests (if you reside within 50 miles of Boston) whether you are hosting your guests in one location or in several locations. Details on the tastings will be sent to sponsors in the weeks leading up to the event.

What if I don’t want the tastings sent to me or my guests?

As a sponsor you can opt out of our tasting delivery and receive a greater tax credit as you will be receiving fewer “goods and services” for your gift.

How do I place a bid for the silent auction?

We will be using an electronic bidding system that will allow you to place bids from your own mobile phone for the auction. You will receive information in the weeks leading up to the event on how you can register and bid on these items before the event starts.

What is the dress for the event?

While usually “cocktail” attire, the virtual nature of the event means you can be as dressy or as casual as you wish! We look forward to seeing everyone in whatever they have chosen to wear.

About the AADI

In response to the rising rates of diabetes in the Asian American population and the lack of culturally relevant research, clinical care, and education, Joslin Research Director George L. King, MD, and supporters of Joslin Diabetes Center established the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) in 2000.
 

Goals of the AADI

  • Study diabetes in the Asian American population and disseminate Joslin’s research findings to healthcare providers and Asian American communities
  • Provide diabetes education through innovative and culturally appropriate materials and outreach programs
  • Design and implement clinical treatment programs for Asian Americans
  • Collaborate with local, national and international organizations to raise diabetes awareness
  • Incorporate diverse community voices to promote health equity

Over the past 16 years, A Taste of Ginger has not only served as a major diabetes education event, but also as a critical fundraiser for the AADI. Since 2005, the Ginger event has raised over 2.4 million dollars driving accomplishments such as:

  • Successfully advocated for the Federal CDC to include Asian Americans (AAs) in their national study and the results led the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Medical Association to change their screening guidelines for diabetes for AAs
  • Led, and continue to lead, the national Screen at 23 effort with the National Diabetes Coalition and the ADA on the increased risks of diabetes among AAs which has been adopted by 6 different states including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Established the Asian Social Club series—seasonal workshops for Asian Clinic patients and their caregivers—to provide practical knowledge and tips to better manage their diabetes
  • Developed culturally appropriate educational materials and clinical approaches to treat diabetes in the Asian Clinic including webinars on the management of COVID-19 for AAs with diabetes

Your generous support for A Taste of Ginger will help us achieve the following goals for the year 2021:

  • Empower Asian American communities to better manage or prevent type 2 diabetes by distributing our new bilingual booklet developed to support at-risk communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Work with women with or who have had gestational diabetes to prevent developing type 2 diabetes in their lifetime as well as helping their children start off with healthy eating habits and exercises
  • Develop clinical approaches in the Asian Clinic that can delay the progression or even reverse type 2 diabetes in AAs