April 25, 2014 - Over $58,000 was raised last night at MAHA's 6th annual Taste of Dorchester. The event featured 23 restaurants, live jazz from Sleeping Bee, a silent auction, raffle and hundreds of hungry individuals and families. Abby Park, Sea Breeze Mexican Grill, Thao Ngoc, Mi Casa Tu Casa, Handy & Person, and ester participated for the first time this year, joining all of our favorite returnees like Ashmont Grill, Tavolo, Irie Jamaicain Style, Shanti, Savin Bar & Kitchen and others.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially Top Chef donors Arbella Insurance Group and Vargas & Vargas Insurance. And thank you to all of our restaurants and attendees who make this a great event year after year. Congratulations to the winners of Best of Taste of Dorchester 2014: Best Main Dish – Tavolo; Best Appetizer – Sea Breeze Mexican Grill; Best Dessert – Savin Scoop; Best Service – Irie Jamaican Style Restaurant & The Butcher Shop/Mrs. Murphy’s Kitchen (tie).
In 2003 when MAHA began its civic engagement initiative, the expectation was that it would result in more class graduates becoming frequent voters. And it has, in impressive fashion. Each year, MAHA members vote at a rate that is 20-25 percentage points higher than the citywide average.
Later this month, one of those class graduates will go to the polls and vote for himself. Evandro Carvalho, MAHA homebuyer graduate and member, will undoubtedly win election on April 29th to the state House of Representatives from the Fifth Suffolk District which includes parts of Dorchester and Roxbury. Carvalho won the Democratic primary on April 1st with nearly 50% of the vote in a five person race. He is unopposed on the ballot for the general election.
Born in Cape Verde, Carvalho emigrated to Dorchester at the age of 15. His mother worked three jobs to support the family and he worked after school as a janitor and painter. Carvalho graduated at the top of his class at Madison Park High, got a college scholarship, and went to earn degrees from UMass Amherst and Howard University School of Law. In addition to his volunteer time at MAHA, Carvalho serves on the board of Teen Empowerment. He and his fiancé, Ashley, own a home in Fields Corner that was purchased after graduating from a MAHA class.
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