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Event Venue Feature: Oakholm Farm

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Jul 31, 2019

EVENT VENUE FEATURE: OAKHOLM FARM ESTATE (BROOKFIELD, MA)

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The Oakholm Farm Estate is a working family farm with a rich Swedish heritage. The farm invites guests to pick their own blueberries, strawberries and Christmas trees, depending on the season, as well as offers lodging and outdoor event opportunities. Currently operated by Babe and Christina Predella, this secluded venue has become a haven of relaxation and togetherness, making it ideal for weddings or corporate outtings.

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Oakholm Farm Estate offers so many benefits for wedding couples all in one location. The farm is surrounded by an oak forest and situated atop a hill overlooking Lake Quaboag, providing breathtaking views and scenery. Their on-site lodging, called “The Big House” offers overnight accommodations for the wedding party or guests with six bedrooms, sleeping up to 13 guests, in addition to a kitchen, game room, dining room, side terrace and five sitting areas. Ceremonies take place under their beautiful arbor surrounded with sweeping views of Lake Quaboag. The large reception tent with hanging lights and chandeliers can accommodate up to 200 guests with a dance floor. They even have a fire pit to enjoy a closing night cap after the festivities! With a personable and professional on-site team combined with a beautiful setting, you are sure to have an amazing wedding experience at Oakholm Farm. 

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Contact us to learn more about hosting your event at Oakholm Farm Estate.
Ceremony and Tent Photos Courtesy of Audrey Cutler Photography.

Top Venues for Hosting Your Holiday Party

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Find the Perfect Venue to Host Your Holiday Party

Whether planning a small intimate party for under 50 or an extravagant holiday soiree for 300, the following list of venues, museums, and historical spaces will provide the perfect backdrop for your celebration. Our list features venues from Boston, Worcester, Rhode Island, and beyond. Find the perfect location to host your next event no matter the size or location. 


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    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston, MA)
      Tower Hill Botanic Garden offers an intimate setting for groups of 50 or less.  Every winter Tower Hill decks out their expansive gardens with colorful lights and stunning holiday decorations. This draws thousands of visitors every winter. Combine your holiday event with their annual holiday light show for a truly festive celebration.
  • The Pierce House (Lincoln, MA)
    The  Pierce House provides a beautiful historic setting for your holiday party. The house is full of charm and elegance with uniquely decorated rooms, polished hardwood floors, working fireplaces and more. They can accommodate groups of 70 or less on the main floor of the house. Just 30 minutes from Boston The Pierce House is an ideal spot for those looking to stay close to the city but want to avoid the holiday traffic within the city. 
  • The Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester, MA)
    Worcester Historical Museum provides a setting that blends the history of the community with your event. The Marion S. and Paris Fletcher Auditorium are filled with historical elegance, showcasing a collection of 19th century portraiture and a wall of stained glass that details the settlement of Worcester. The open space of the auditorium provides a flexible space for various styles of events. 

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  • Grand View Farm (Burlington, MA)
    Grand View Farm and Marion Tavern is a delightful place to host your family or corporate holiday parties. This warm, versatile venue provides a range of options at an affordable price. Each room has its own character, with all the comfort of home, but the convenience of Burlington’s charming downtown location. The Hall, which seats 100, is a modernized replica of the 19th Century barn. Marion Tavern has multiple rooms on the first floor to accommodate groups of 70 or less. 
  • Asa Waters Mansion (Millbury MA)
     Asa Waters Mansion provides an elegant, intimate and festive setting for your special event. This stately nineteenth-century home makes for an inviting atmosphere for holiday parties. They can accommodate up to 85 guests for a sit down event or 100 with a cocktail style party.
  • Gore Place (Waltham, MA)
     Gore place provides natural beauty, New England charm, and privacy of a 50-acre country estate. The carriage house and adjoining harness room have been renovated and boast of modern elegance. With ample parking and a beautiful setting, Gore place provides an excellent space for hosting your holiday party up for up to 100 guests. 

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  • The Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA)
    The Worcester Art Museum offers architecturally beautiful grand spaces, over 35,000 works of art, and 50 centuries of creative spirit for your holiday party. Usage of the Renaissance Court can grant your invitees access to a wealth of history and art among the first floor galleries or add in a docent lead tour of the museums galleries. With various spaces from the museum cafe to the Renaissance Court and balconies, WAM can accommodate a range of groups from 50 - 200 and provides a space full of charm for your holiday celebration. 
  • Commanders Mansion (Watertown, MA)
    Commanders Mansion stands upon seven acres of beautiful land in Watertown, MA. The mansion is an impressive example of Italianate-Victorian architecture and exhibits intricate details both inside and out. They can accommodate 100-130 for a seated dinner or up to 150 for a cocktail style reception on the first floor of the mansion. 
  • Discovery Museum (Acton, MA)
    Science, nature and play are combined at the Discovery Museum, a hands-on museum dedicated to fostering lifelong learning in children and adults. The museum features a whimsical yet natural theme suited to a joyful holiday gathering. There are also various spaces to allow for a wide range of party sizes, from 30 - 300. For a more intimate setting, the Party Room accommodates up to 30 guests. For larger groups and large holiday events, guests can choose to rent specific rooms or floors of the museum, or even choose to utilize the entire building.
  • Hopkinton Center for the Arts (Hopkinton, MA)
    The HCA has been completely renovated and offers various spaces for either an imitate  celebration or a large holiday party. The performance center features an open floor plan, stunning wood beams, climate-control, and hard wood floors. This is the largest space in the arts center accommodating up to 150 guests for a seated reception or up to 250 with mixed seating. Adjacent is the lobby with a built in bar, walls of art, rustic accents and a granite welcome desk. They also have a rustic style loft that is perfect for smaller gatherings of 60 guests or less. 
  • The Endicott Estate (Dedham, MA)
    The Endicott Estate, built in 1904, features a 3 story, 25 room Colonial Revival mansion situated on 18 acres of land. The indoor spaces found within the mansion are ideal for gatherings during the winter months, complete with period furnishings and cozy fireplaces perfect for a vintage style holiday party. The rooms of the mansion are equipped to serve a plated dinner for up to 150 guests, or 200 guests in a cocktail reception arrangement. 
  • The Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston)
    The Society of Arts and Crafts provides a space unlike no other in the Boston Area. Host your event surrounded by a rotating array of one-of-a-kind crafts and large windows overlooking the seaport district. Guests can even pop into the gift shop to pick up a unique holiday gift. The space can accommodate up to 150 guests for a cocktail style reception with food stations. 

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  • The Connors Center (Dover, MA)
    The Connors Center provides a large estate complete with stunning stone architecture that, when the first snow of winter falls, appears to have been taken straight out of a classic story book. The historic interior of the estate offers a selection of rooms and spaces, some of which include wood paneling, luxurious furniture and fireplaces to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The largest space is the Estate Room, allowing for 150 - 200 guests, followed by the Main Parlor, Dining Room, Charles River Meeting Room and Garden Terrace Room. The smallest space is the Dover Parlor, with a capacity of 18 - 45 guests.
  • Charles River Museum of Industry (Waltham, MA)
    The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation is a historic gem of the Greater Boston area. Once a 19th century textile mill, the venue features stunning views of the Charles River and an old world industrial flair reminiscent of holiday seasons passed. The open, brick-walled event area can accommodate from 150-250 guests, depending on the style of seating, from sit-down to mixed and cocktail seating. 
  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA)
    The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art from New England and beyond, including its Sculpture Park of more than 60 works and over 3,500 artworks in its permanent collection. For a modern and sleek holiday event, deDordova offers the Dewey Family Gallery, which houses works from their permanent collection as well as select exhibitions, allowing for a maximum of 130 guests for a seated event and 200 guests for a cocktail style event. 
  • Harry Parker Boathouse (Brighton, MA)
    The Harry Parker Boathouse, home of the Boston College rowing team, combines interior spaces featuring unique architectural design with outdoor views and natural charm. Holiday events have the opportunity to utilize the Community Room on the second floor as well as experience the beauty of New England winters by gazing over the two balconies overlooking the Charles River. Traditional seating in the Community Room can accommodate 180 - 200 guests, or up to 220 for a cocktail reception arrangement.
  • The Hanover Theatre (Worcester, MA)
    Bring an old world theatrical elegance to your holiday events at The Hanover Theatre. The most intimate space accommodating up to 150 guests, the Historic Lobby, lends itself to a classic holiday theme with traditional and historic elements such as chandeliers, antique mirrors and a grand staircase. The Event Center and the Grand Promenade can additionally seat up to 250 guests. The Theatre Stage can seat up to 300 guests and will be sure to infuse sparkle and glamour to any holiday party.
  • The White Room (Worcester, MA)
    Created as an event space by Crompton Collective, a curated boutique marketplace, The White Room provides a clean blank slate to allow for creative freedom. Yet, the space lends itself to a vintage yet eclectic holiday theme, apparent from the industrial exposed ceiling and the use of mismatched wooden seating.
  • Village Hall at the Common (Framingham, MA)
    The newly renovated Village Hall at the Common provides a beautiful setting for a holiday party for up to 180 guests for a seated event or 200 for a cocktail style party. For smaller groups the first floor with built in bar would be an ideal space. Guests can utilize both floors - start with a cocktail reception on the first floor then move up to the second for dinner. Framingham residents can take advantage of discount rental rates. 

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  • Mechanics Hall (Worcester, MA)
    Mechanics Hall is one of the largest and most awe-inspiring venues in Central Mass in terms of space and decadent decoration. In total, the venue can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 1,000 guests depending on the style of party, and includes a choice of 5 function rooms. The Great Hall is the most recognizable space, with its coffered ceiling and grand center stage. Next is Washburn Hall with its arched windows, bar and smaller scale stage. In addition, more intimate holiday gatherings can be arranged in the Boyden Salon or the Dickens Room. 
  • Killburn Mill Event Center (Burlington, MA)
    Located on the third floor of the 113 year old Killburn cotton mill, the Event Center boasts large windows enriching the large hall with plenty of natural light and panoramic views of Clark's Cove below. Be ready to surround yourself with views of the New England winter season, all while being able to accommodate a wide range of guests, from 50 - 500. 
  • The Ballroom at the Providence G (Providence, RI)
    The Ballroom at the Providence G presents a space worthy of grand and elegant holiday parties, with its crisp white walls, tall windows, and crystal chandeliers. Creativity is encouraged in this space, as the layout, theme and color scheme can be molded to match each host's unique vision for their holiday gathering. With traditional seating and a dance floor, 250 guests can be accommodated, with a maximum of 350 guests for a cocktail style event.


Holiday Planning Guide

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Holiday Planning Guide

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It's that time of year again to start planning your holiday office party. Holiday parties are a great way to show appreciation for employee’s hard work and celebrate the years successes. Plus, they offer a perfect break from the busy holiday season for a time to unwind with co-workers. Our holiday guide is a great place to start when it comes to planning your holiday party whether you are celebrating at the office or at an off-site venue.  We'll help you stay organized, have fun, and plan a memorable holiday bash!

1. Choose a date and time. December dates book up quickly for caterers so make sure you decide on a date early on. An evening event after work is great for a more party atmosphere whereas a holiday luncheon is more casual and good way to break up the day. Popular December dates for 2019 will likely be the 7th, 11th, 14th, and 18th. Since these dates will be in high demand you will want to get on your caterers calendar early if you are planning for any of these dates. If you're on a tight budget or planning a bit last minute, consider having your party in early January. January can be ideal for those companies that are very busy in December and often allow for greater attendance because you're not competing with other holiday obligations. 

  1. Guest list. Will the party be for only employees of the company or will invites be extended to family as well? The estimated guest list will help you determine the best location for your event.
  2. Style of party. Determining the type of style of event you are looking to have is important whether it be a formal plated reception, casual buffet dinner, or a fun cocktail style event. Many venues can accommodate a range of guest counts, but they are often dependent on the style of event. A cocktail style reception needs less space than a dinner event. If you are considering hosting at your office, you will want to determine what style of event does the space best lend itself to. A celebration with passed hors d'oeuvres  and food stations is a great option for those looking for a more casual party vibe while a sit-down dinner with a buffet or plated meal is ideal for those looking for a more formal feel.
  3. Location. the location is important and can play into the overall vibe of the event. Having an estimated guest count and style of event will also help you narrow down the ideal location. If you are looking for somewhere in the city for an after-work party consider the distance and how easily guests can get there. If hosting at your office, you will want to consider the style of party and how easily it can be accommodated within the office space. Hosting at your office can typically help when you have a tight budget but if you will need to bring in lots of rentals and staging than it may be more cost effective to choose an off-site location. Museums, historical buildings, nightclubs and special event venues are all great options for providing a unique backdrop to your event. Check out our list of top venues in New England for hosting your holiday party at. Our Event Designers are a great resource for helping you find the perfect location for your event and can get creative with floorplans if hosting at your office.
  4. Choose a Theme. Deciding on a theme will help you narrow down the style, feel, and food options. Your caterer can work with you to take any theme and style of event and determine the perfect food to go along with it. Interested in a lodge style holiday party? A hot chocolate bar, passed hot toddies, savory waffle station, and warm hearty chili compliment this kind of celebration perfectly. Check out our blog on holiday theme for inspiration for your holiday party. 
  5. Food and drink. By this point you likely know if you are interested in a plated meal, buffet dinner, food stations, or cocktail style menu. Our team will work with you to devise the perfect menu. Knowing what your crowd likes or any allergies that need to be considered will be helpful to determine the best menu. The bar is an important part of any event. Do you want to do a full open bar, beer and wine bar, or some fun signature cocktails? By offering a limited bar with a few themed drinks can help keep budgets in line. If you are concerned about drinking at your event, a beer and wine bar would be the best option, along with only hiring TIPs certified Bartenders who are adapt at monitoring drinking during your event.
  6. Send Invites. The next step is to send your invites – evites and email newsletters can reach your employees the fastest. If you want a more formal invite opt to send a physical invite by mail. Plan to let employees know at least four weeks in advance of the date. 
  1. Plan entertainment and decor. Incorporating fun entertainment can help elevate your event. Dj’s or live music are always great for a party atmosphere. Hiring live carolers can add a truly festive feel. Other unique entertainment options to consider are – an ugly sweater contest, chocolate truffle roulette, casino games, employee cookie swap, photo booth, caricature artist, or a wine or beer tasting. 
    Most importantly, try to have fun and enjoy the process of planning your holiday party. Contact us today to learn how our team can help bring your holiday party vision to life! 

 


 

2019 Holiday Food and Drink Trends

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jul 26, 2019

2019 Holiday Trends

The catering industry is constantly changing and new trends are always emerging. Here are our top holiday food and drink trends for 2019.  Let's incorporate some of these into your holiday celebration!

Food Trends

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  • Interactive Stations – Is a trend that continues to be popular. These chef manned food stations with the chef assembling small plate offerings allows guests to mix and mingle in a cocktail party setting and enjoy a variety of dishes. 
  • Roaming Food Stations - Food is assembled in the back of house then wheeled throughout the party. This can be done on a cart, a food wall, or other unique display piece on wheels. Guests then grab what they would like as the food wheels by.  This is both fun and interactive. 
  • Cereal is making a comeback – Cereal milk paired with house-made cookies, cereal infused desserts like ice-cream sandwiches rolled in fruity pebbles are just a few ways to incorporate this trend into the food at your next event.   
  • Grazing stations – Grazing stations provide a bountiful displays of food for guests to enjoying at their leisure while mixing and mingling. Antipasto and Charcuterie, Spanish pinxtos, and dessert charcuterie are some of the most popular. 
  • Smoked Foods – Smoking isn't just for the bbq these days. You can smoke everything from meats and seafood to cocktails and desserts. Smoking can add a fun visual aspect and infuses a smokey taste into the food/drink. Imagine servers passing trays of drinks that have a trail of smoke in their path and right before serving the glass cloches is pulled off and unveils their cocktail in a cloud of smoke. 
  • Chocolate truffle roulette - Guests take one truffle at a time guessing which flavor they are enjoying, but in the mix are a few not so favorable flavors! 
  • Plant-based offerings – Plant based menus and stations are on an all time high. Chefs are getting creative with expanding their offerings. Beet tartare, plant-based poke stations utilizing colored beets, jack fruit chili, tofu tacos and impossible meat sliders are just a few of the trending plant based offerings being infused into menus. 
  • Elevated takes on comfort classic - Upscale versions of grilled cheese, mac and cheese, and flatbread pizzas. 
  • Raclette stations - Lightly warmed and melty raclette cheese is scraped in front of guests and used to top crostinis, artisan breads, meats, or over potatoes (the traditional way).  
  • Mini desserts - This mini trend has been around for a while and isn't loosing steam. Think mini holiday dessert themed stations, and individual pies, bread puddings and crisps for the holidays.
  • Holiday ice-cream sandwiches – Ice-cream isn't just for the summer time! Take a holiday twist on your ice-cream sandwich station with holiday shaped cookies paired with seasonal ice cream flavors like peppermint, rum raisin, maple or gingerbread. 
  • Holiday cakesicals – Holiday cake flavors molded into the shape of a popsical, dipped in chocolate, and displayed on stick. Who doesn't love new ways to enjoy cake! Plus you can add fun holiday edible accents like Christmas trees, snowflakes, and lights to bring a truly festive feel. 
  • Cotton Candy– This carnival treat is making an appearance at catering events. Whether served off a fun mobile cart, used to top a cocktail, or infused with alcohol, this is a fun trend to include in your next event. 

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  • Holiday themed cocktails with less alcohol – Substituting vodka with specialty flavored liqueurs creates a delicious cocktail without a high alcohol content. 
  • Healthy cocktails  - Creating cocktails with fresh fruit juices, infused beet juice, or kombucha, can create a guilt free holiday cocktail. 
  • Unique Presentations- Sometimes it isn't about what is served that is memorable but instead the presentation and experience. Draft beer walls, mobile cocktail vans, slushie carts, color changing drinks, all add an interactive and fun presentation to the bar service. 
  • Memorable Garnishes- Dehydrated fruits, cotton candy, ice with herbs, berries or edible flowers frozen into the cube, are just a few unique garnishes to adorn your cocktails with. 

 

 

Sam's Show-Stopping Bar Mitzvah at Hanover Theater

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jun 21, 2019

Sam's Bar Mitzvah at Hanover Theatre was a Show-Stopper

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From the very early planning stages, Sam knew he wanted his celebration to be centered around theater. Having spent his summers at theater school and being cast in lead roles like the Big, Friendly, Giant in BFG and Willy Wonka is Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, he always had a passion and knack for the show life.    

Hanover Theatre set the stage and provided the perfect backdrop for the party. With added details like place cards that were modeled after box office tickets and popular Broadway shows acting as table numbers, the theme was intertwined throughout the entire event. 

When it came to the menu - mac and cheese was a non-negotiable for Sam.  He would have been ok if it was the only thing on the menu! We did find some other foods that Sam was open to. The kid’s menu included popular favorites such as chicken fingers, french fries with cajun spice, pigs in a blanket, and an ice-cream sundae bar. The adults enjoyed their own buffet featuring grilled hanger steak, Miso grilled Atlantic salmon, charred Japanese eggplant, and seasonal vegetables.

The entire event was filled with dancing, laughing, and fun. Here is a sneak peek! 

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The Team

Photographer: LoveDays Photography
Venue: The Hanover Theater
Catering & Cake: Peppers Artful Events
Centerpieces: Fab Functions by Pat
Photobooth: Clear Choice Photo Booths

Currier Art Museum 100th Anniversary Gala

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Jun 06, 2019

The Currier Art Museum 100th Anniversary Gala

The Currier Art Museum celebrated their 100th anniversary with a roaring twenties themed gala at the Manchester Masonic Lodge. The lodge was transformed with vintage lounge furniture, lighting, backdrops, and black and white linens. Malloy Events headed up the design and transformation of the space. Here is a sneak peek!


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The Menu
Say Cheese, Please Stationary
Baked Brie with Bosc Pears and Armagnac
Ale & Cheddar Fondue With Pretzel Nibs, Crudite, and Flatbread Crackers
New England Cheeses and Crackers, Jams, and Fruit

Passed to Guests as They Arrive
Sirloin Beef  Pop with Horseradish Creme
Deviled Eggs 
Cucumber, Watercress, and Smoked Salmon Canapes
Skewered Shrimp Wrapped in Snow Peas
Plump Stuffed Apricots with Spiced Pecans and Gorgonzola

Dinner Reception
First Course
Field Greens with Cherry Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella
Served with Focaccia

Second Course
Bistro Filet and Sea Scallops
with Hasselback Potato, Carrot Puree, Bruleed Onion, Haricot Vert,
Baby Turnips, and Lemon Beurre Blanc

Vegetarian Option
Charred Eggplant
Spicy Lentils, Pickled Cucumbers, Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Red Pepper Raita.

Dessert
Collection of Handcrafted Mini Desserts


The Team
Florals & Event Design: Malloy Events
Photographer: Kendal J. Bush Photography
Catering:
Peppers Artful Events
Venue: 
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Megan and Mike's Wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, May 16, 2019

 


Megan and Mike's Wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

 
Tower Hill Botanic Garden was the perfect backdrop for Megan and Mike's summer garden wedding. Their color palette of timeless blush and ivory paired with periwinkle created beautiful pops of color. Both the bride and groom were teachers so they wanted to incorporate that into the details of their wedding. This was done by integrating books into the design of the floral arrangements on the guest tables, and into the decor on the ceremony drink table and dessert station. Their rose colored table numbers all showcased love quotes from various stories and poems.   Here is a sneak peek of their wedding day. 


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THE TEAM

Catering, Cakes, and Floral Design: Peppers Artful Events
Photographer: Henry + Mac
Venue: Tower Hill Botanic Garden

 

Event Venue Feature: Allrose Farm

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, May 01, 2019

VENUE FEATURE: ALLROSE FARM 

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Allrose Farm (Greenfield, NH) is a private boutique wedding venue located on a quiet and serene road in the lovely Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. Owners, Nicole and Nathan have taken impeccable care of the farm and on-site barn. The historic barn offers a perfect backdrop for wedding receptions with a beautiful two-story stone fireplace, elegant chandeliers, and a loft overlooking the lower level. Ceremonies can take place near the pond, or under the garden arch or sugar maple tree. The farm can accommodate small intimate weddings or large weddings up to 125.

 Allrose farms offers many amenities included with your rental.

  • Easily accessible on-site parking lot for all your guests
  • Napa cross back reception chairs
  • Handmade farm tables
  • Wooden bar
  • High top tables for cocktail hour
  • Working stone fireplace
  • Private bridal dressing suite
  • Grooms cottage
  • Lawn games (corn hole boards)
  • Ceremony benches
  • On-site restrooms
  • Unlimited photo opportunities
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Contact us to learn more about hosting your wedding at Allrose Farm or visit their website.  

Demi and Phil's Vow Renewal

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Demi and Phil's Vow Renewal at The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain

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 Demi and Phil's vow renewal at The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain, reminds us why we love fall weddings in New England. As the yellow, maroon and orange colors start peeping through on the trees, it creates a stunning backdrop for photos. The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain set the stage for this wedding, with so much natural beauty between the gardens, pathways, and lush woods surrounding the property. 

The fall inspired wedding theme was carried throughout all the details from the bridal bouquet and flowers in copper colored vases to the farm tables, wood signs and pumpkin accents.  Every detail came together to create a truly gorgeous celebration.

 

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 The Menu
Welcome Hors d'Oeuvres Table |
Local Farmhouse Cheese served with Crudite Shots
First Course | Duo of Clam Chowder and Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Cups
Entree Course | 
Chicken Scaloppini Marsala or Braised Boneless Short Ribs of Beef  English Style Served with Roasted Root Vegetables and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Dessert |
Artisan Mini Dessert Bar
Late Night Passed |
Flatbread Pizza Bites

 The Team
Venue: The Gardens at Uncanoonuc
Photographer: Henry + Mac
Flowers: Apotheca 
Catering, Cake, Bartending: Peppers Artful Events

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CATIE Award Winner For Best Celebration Cake

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Mar 15, 2019

2019 Best Celebration Cake Winner

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This February we were announced as the 2019 award winner for "Best Celebration Cake" in the National Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence Awards. The award ceremony took place in New Orleans at the 2019 Catersource conference. The CATIE awards are often regarded as "the academy awards" for the catering industry. We were so honored to take home this award and had an amazing and inspiring time being surrounded by the best of the best in the catering industry.

A little background on the cake design: The Harry Plopper cake was designed for a special client celebrating their 33rd birthday. Our client Meagan, celebrates 33 as a big milestone year. It was a tradition her and her friends started and called it the “Larry Bird” year, which is a phrase they came up with because their favorite Celtics basketball player, Larry Bird, was number 33. 

When we first met with Meagan, she had no idea what she wanted for her 33rd birthday cake but she knew she wanted it to be fun, different, and memorable. We started asking her questions about her likes, dislikes, hobbies, favorite bands, shows, and movies to give us inspiration. She mentioned she loves Harry Plopper, a character from The Simpsons movie. That gave us the perfect inspiration for the base of the cake. Meagan also noted she loves the TV show Futurama and the band phish. Over the course of the next few days, our Pastry Chef started working on a 3-D design of the pig. She also wanted to tie in other elements that reflected things Meagan enjoys. That is where the idea of creating a Phish inspired dog collar with a bender dog tag came from. When Meagan came to pick up her cake she was beyond thrilled with the outcome. We were so happy she loved the cake and we had such a fun time designing and creating it for her.  

 

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