Dozens of talented chefs took over Fenway Park last night for Boston Bites Back, a charity event held exactly one month after the Boston Marathon bombings to raise money for the One Fund. As the first food-related event Fenway has ever hosted, Boston Bites Back was a huge success (and then some). The BIGfish team was among the nearly 5,000 attendees who spent the evening exploring Fenway and enjoying delicious bites from more than 90 Boston-area restaurants.Tavern Road’s lamb pâté to Blue Ribbon’s North Carolina BBQ and Blue Dragon octopus with Ma La Oil, we had two clear favorites: Clio’s ice cream sandwiches made of rich chocolate cookies and honey butter ice cream, and Mandarin Oriental’s fried artichokes with parmesan cheese. Still searching for the recipes for those two...
But the best part of Boston Bites Back wasn’t the food, the drinks or even the chance to experience Fenway like never before. The most enjoyable aspect of the evening was simply celebrating the Boston community and reveling in how the city has truly come together over the past month. A big thank you to Boston Bites Back for putting on a great event that let our city’s spirit shine - #BostonStrong.
--Jacqui Johnstone, Assistant Account Manager
A couple of BIGfish team members, myself included, had the privilege of attending TechCrunch Disrupt in New York last week (click here to see our photos). The three-day event, which TechCrunch calls “one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year,” featured a number of interesting startups (see: Sand Sign) and several distinguished speakers (hi there Marissa Mayer!). But the most exciting part of the conference was the Startup Battlefield, a startup launch competition we were lucky enough to be involved in.Enigma, a new search and discovery platform for public data. Amazingly enough, 90% of the data in the world today was created in the past two years alone. And although petabytes of public data are created each year, it is nearly impossible to navigate and discover connections across them. Enigma solves this problem by collecting, curating and relating public data sources, in effect creating an infrastructure for big data.
Enigma’s innovative approach to big data earned them a spot in the Startup Battlefield, giving the company the opportunity to pitch their business model in front of the audience and a panel of judges on Tuesday afternoon. Despite being up against 29 other startups, Enigma was selected as one of six finalists to advance to the finals round on Wednesday thanks to their clear presentation and impressive platform. Talk about making a PR pro’s job easy!
With Enigma in the finalist round, we woke up Wednesday morning energized and ready for a busy day on the floor. Between answering questions, coordinating press briefings, and sneaking upstairs a few times to catch some of the various speakers (we couldn’t miss Ashton Kutcher!), the day flew by. Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Penn Station. But the winner hadn’t been announced yet - and Enigma had emerged as a clear crowd-favorite.
We were thrilled when TechCrunch announced that Enigma had won the Startup Battlefield and would be taking home the Disrupt Cup alongside a check for $50,000. Sadly, the conference ran later than expected, forcing us to watch Enigma celebrate on stage from a tiny laptop screen on our train back to Boston.Regardless, it’s always exciting to see a client win - even more so when it’s announced in front of a live audience at a well-respected tech event. So from all of us at BIGfish, congratulations to Enigma! Get ready for big things to come from this emerging company.
--Jacqui Johnstone, Assistant Account Manager
Vegetarians and health foodies alike can rejoice in the upcoming opening of the popular food chain Clover Food Lab to the Brookline Village area. Within the next month, Clover is set to open a restaurant at 6 Harvard Street, which happens to be right down the street from the BIGfish offices
Viewed as a fast food destination for vegetarians and organic food enthusiasts, Clover incorporates the ease and pace of fast food with simple recipes and organic ingredients that are relatively healthy.
The Brookline Village Clover restaurant will be joining Clover’s existing empire of restaurants and food trucks, including four restaurants and 11 food trucks that are sprinkled around the greater Boston and Cambridge areas. The Brookline Village location is expected to offer healthy and scrumptious breakfast items, sandwiches, platters and more.
From all of us here at the BIGfish team, welcome to the neighborhood Clover!
-- Emily Berkowitz, Spring 2013 Intern
Today is Earth Day, and we are celebrating the occasion! Here at BIGfish, we pride ourselves on working with clients who are doing things cleaner, better and cheaper. It’s important to us to feel good about the work we do each day, and we strive to consistently work towards making the world a better place.
Accordingly, each of the BIGfish team members have made a pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible throughout the day today. Even simple gestures like bringing your coffee in a reusable thermos, carpooling to work, avoiding printing documents and turning off the lights when you leave a room make an impact. We encourage you to join us in this effort!In addition to heeding the “3 R’s,” we’d like to share some of the great things a few of our clients do for the environment:
Ambient Devices offers consumers a simple way to save energy with their line of in-home energy products, which communicate changes in energy pricing and demand by glowing a varying degree of colors. Ambient’s Energy Joule was a 2013 CES Innovations Honoree.
Open Blue is committed to supplying the freshest, healthiest fish - and does so by feeding their cobia an all-natural diet that is free of contaminants and giving them plenty of room to swim in large, stress-free, deep-water net pens off the coast of Panama.
Billaway converts a portion of consumers’ everyday spending into earned credits that can then be applied to monthly utility bills, enabling consumers to save on their monthly energy bills.
And in November, AlwaysOn named BIGfish clients GreatPoint Energy and Luca Technologies GoingGreen Global 200 Top Companies, which spotlights the top companies that are disrupting global industries and creating viable business models for the green technology marketplace. To top it off, Ambient Devices and Glori Energy were named 2012 GoingGreen Silicon Valley Companies to watch.
–Jacqui Johnstone, Account Coordinator