The Massachusetts Restaurant Association, in association with NBC10 Boston and NECN, presented “One Night Live,” a live streaming telethon on May 17 to benefit the Restaurant Strong Fund.
You can watch the full 2-hour show above.
The show brought together musicians, comedians, professional athletes, celebrities, local politicians, chefs and more; performing special creative one-time performances, demonstrations and special shout-outs.
“As restaurants and their displaced workers continue to navigate the unique challenges placed in front of them, they have always been the first to step up to the plate when people are in need. ‘One Night Live,’ was created with these restaurants and their employees in-mind," said Bob Luz, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.
Those performing included BMI recording artists, including Sam James from NBC’s the Voice, Grammy-nominated songwriter and former American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi and Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Lori McKenna, just to name a few.
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Live chef demos, interviews and culinary shout-outs included chefs Robert Irvine, Tiffani Faison, Michael Schlow, Barbara Lynch, Will Gilson, Douglass Williams, Ming Tsai, Joanne Chang, Nick Calias, Paul Turano, Jason Santos, Colton Coburn-Wood, Ken Oringer, restaurateurs Kathy Sidell, Ryan Dion, Steve DiFillippo, Garret Hawker, Jeff Gates and many, many more!
From the world of sports and entertainment, there were appearances from comedian Tony V, former Boston Red Sox players Pedro Martínez and Jason Varitek, and Matthew Slater from the New England Patriots.
Members of the food and lifestyle media community also participated, including Greg Hill from the Greg Hill Morning Show, Billy Costa + Jenny Johnson from Dining Playbook, Scott Kearnan, food editor from Boston magazine, Olivia Vanni, creator of Served from the Boston Herald, Dave and Dan Andelman from The Phantom Gourmet, Erin Kuschner, food writer for Boston.com, Dana Cowin, editor, author and radio show host best known for her two decades as the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, ESPN’s Steve Levy, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model Camille Kostek, and KISS 108’s Mikey V and Zoe Bucuvalas from Dirty Water Media, and many more, including a special message from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
Hosted by Anna Rossi from NBC10 Boston’s The Hub Today, the goal of this event was to raise vital funds for the Restaurant Strong Fund, which is a collaboration between The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams to support those from the restaurant industry here in Massachusetts who have been impacted by the COVID-19 closures.