By: Jessica Cickay
If you’re from New England, own a television and/or listen to the radio during your morning commute, then you’re more than familiar with the ubiquitous media presence that is Billy Costa. From Kiss 108 in the A.M. to TV Diner in the P.M., New Englanders have been “Billy’d” time and time again throughout any given day. Some may ask themselves “Why Billy Costa?” or “More Billy Costa?” or even “Billy Costa, really?!” but no matter your opinion of the flashy foodie himself, there’s no denying that whatever Billy Costa touches in the New England area turns to gold – or filet mignon in the food-obsessed world. And at the 5th annual NECN TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala at the Seaport World Trade Center, Billy’s tasty touch helped bring together over 30 of the area’s best restaurants, breweries and bakeries for a night full of full stomachs and mouths.
The TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala was no casual affair. There were men in tuxedos, women in floor-length gowns, a full-piece band and open bars as far as the eye could see. The list of participating restaurants went from simply comforting – Tasty Burger – to simply decadent – Market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten – but no matter your cravings, the TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala catered to them…and then offered you a piece of cake, a sip of champagne and a swing around the dance floor, because, hey, why not? The atmosphere was buzzing, the mood was jovial and Billy Costa’s booming voice on the microphone – not to mention his gorgeous co-host Jenny Johnson floating around – made everything right in the world. The fact that the Gala was on a Friday night made the event – and the open bar – even that much more ideal.