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Melanie and Matt's Wedding at The Gardens at Elm Bank

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

Melanie & Matt | The Gardens at Elm Bank

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 Melanie and Matt had the most perfect spring day in May for their wedding reception at The Gardens at Elm Bank. The lush gardens provided a beautiful backdrop for their photos. They took full advantage of the venues expansive property with cocktail hour in the gardens, a grand entrance in the tent, and the dinner reception in the carriage house.

The carriage house was decorated with lavender linens and sweeping drapery with lights, creating a soft and magical ambiance for the reception. The couple tied in rustic elements with Mr. and Mrs. signs made out of wood slabs for their sweetheart table and white washed wooden boxes for the guest table centerpieces.

The whole evening was filled with love and laughter. The couple's smiles were infectious and you couldn't help but feel the immense love between these two! We are still aw-ing over the beauty of their day.

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The Team
Venue: The Gardens at Elm Bank
Photographer: Meghann Gregory Photography
Flower Bouquets: Style and Design at Peppers Artful Events
Catering, Cake, Bartending: Peppers Artful Events

Ashley and Nick's Wedding at The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

Ashley and Nick | The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain

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Ashley and Nick’s wedding took place at the Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain, a 15-acre garden estate tucked halfway up the south slope of the North Uncanoonuc Mountain. The flower gardens were in peak season, providing the perfect backdrop for their wedding. With a soft muted color palette and romantic floral designs, every detail came together beautifully and boasted of timeless elegance.

The ceremony took place under the large oak tree near the cottage. Our hearts all melted when we saw Nick's reaction as Ashley made her way down the aisle. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed lawn games, cocktails, and appetizers in the pine grove. While guests mingled, servers passed mini flatbread pizzas, chicken fingers, and cocktail sliders. Guests loved the comfort classic bites!

For the dinner reception, guests dined at farmhouse tables set-up communal style under the large sperry tent. The tables were adorned with lanterns, soft ivory napkins, mercury votives, and green/white floral arrangements, creating a romantic rustic feel. The entire evening was filled with love, laughter and unforgettable memories. We were honored to be a part of their celebration!

 

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 The Team
Venue: The Gardens at Uncanoonuc
Photographer: Lindsey Hackney Photography
Floral Bouquets: Apotheca 
Catering, Cake, Bartending: Peppers Artful Events

 

 

Eggnog Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Oct 26, 2018

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Eggnog Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel

How about finishing your dinner with eggnog instead of starting with it?

We know, some of you may be thinking, why not do both. We’ll leave that for you to decide! 

Makes 6-8 Servings

Panna Cotta Ingredients 

4    cups eggnog

½   tsp. vanilla extract

½   tsp. rum extract

½   tsp. cinnamon, ground ( we recommend Vietnamese )

¼  tsp. nutmeg, we prefer fresh shaved using whole nutmeg & shaving with a microplane

2   packets unflavored gelatin

¼  cup water, bottled

Salted Caramel Ingredients

3 1/3  cups water

1 cup sugar

1  tsp. vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean pod split and scrapped

¼  cup heavy cream

1  oz. butter, unsalted

1-2 pinches sea salt

Directions for Panna Cotta:

1. Place the water in a 2 quart size bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over to bloom (soak) for 10 minutes.

2. While the gelatin softens, heat the eggnog in a saucepan and add the remaining ingredients. Bring the eggnog mixture to a warm but not scalding temperature.

3. Once the gelatin is completely dissolved remove the eggnog mixture from the stove top. Slowly whisk the gelatin into the eggnog saucepan.  

4. Transfer your mixture into individual dishes and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.  

Directions for Caramel Sauce:

  1. Combine the water and sugar and cook at medium/medium low heat. You with take this past the boil temp of 210 to over 260 degrees. Keep heating until your caramel has reached a golden amber color. You can gently turn your pan side to side if you feel the sides are burning but do not stir.
  2. Remove the caramel from the heat once it has reached the desired color and gently whisk in the vanilla, heavy cream, butter, and salt.
  3. Pour into a jar and cover until you are ready to serve your panna cotta.

Autumn Gold Rush Holiday Cocktail

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Oct 25, 2018

Holiday Cocktail | Autumn Gold Rush

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Infused bourbon brings fall flavors to life in this holiday themed drink. Perfect sipping cocktail to keep you warm from the inside out on those cool fall evenings.  


Ingredients

2 ounces apple and pear infused bourbon (recipe below) *Make a week in advance

.75 ounce honey syrup

.75 ounce lemon juice

 

Directions to Infuse Bourbon (Make 1 week in advance)

1. Cut 1 red apple and 1 pear into large pieces. Place fruit slices in a large jar and pour a 750 ml bottle of bourbon over the fruit.

2. Cover and shake well - every day for 3-4 days.

3. Add a vanilla bean and 2 cinnamon sticks. Allow to infuse, shaking daily for another 3-4 days. Strain.

For honey syrup: combine equal parts honey and hot water. Stir well to combine. Let cool and pour into a squeeze bottle.

Cocktail Directions: 

1. Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice and shake, then strain over fresh ice in a highball. Garnish with fruit and cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Under the Harvest Moon Gala

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Under the Harvest Moon Gala 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Under the Harvest Moon Gala, supports and celebrates the work of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States, driving to inspire and encourage the practice of horticulture. 

The evening started with themed cocktails, seasonal hors d'oeuvres, a raw bar and beautiful garden views followed by a farm to table dinner and live auction. The event wouldn't be complete without live music, desserts, and fireworks under the harvest moon! It was certainly a magical and memorable evening. 

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The Menu

Cocktail Hour in the Gardens

Raw Bar
Chatham Farms Oysters, crisp apple mignonette
Fresh harvested from the prime areas off the coast of Chatham

Pork Belly Slider
crispy kale, apple ancho pepper jam

Warm Golden Beet Gazpacho Shooter
creme fraiche, cucumber & dill

Grilled Eggplant & Pepper Croustade
Westfield Farm Capri mousseline

Duck Proscuitto and Mission Figs
Great Hill Farm blue cheese

Sugar Pumpkin Pancake and Free Range Chicken Confit
Lilac Hedge Farm Chicken, Stoneyfield yogurt cheese, tart apple,
Renaissance Farm radish sprouts


Dinner in the Conservatory

First Course

fall greens, carrots, mint, pickled fennel, fresh picked herbs,
edible flowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, honey lavender vinaigrette

Second Course

Herb Crusted Angus Tenderloin of Beef
asparagus and carrot bundle, turnips in cream, scallion potato cake, thyme blossoms, Angus tenderloin, caramelized apple cognac peppercorn sauce

Vegetable Hondashi
baby bok choy, rainbow carrots, shiitake mushroom, ginger, edamame, nori,
steamed jasmine rice, Hondashi broth, lotus root

Dessert and Coffee
Under the Harvest Moon

petite apple streusel pie, gold leaf apple brandy caramel bon bons,
house-made chantilly cream purple sweet potato and Grand Marnier ice cream

Coffee and Cordials

 

Photography by Troy B. Thompson  

Event Venue Feature: Society of Arts + Crafts

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Oct 01, 2018

VENUE FEATURE: SOCIETY OF ARTS + CRAFTS

The Society of Arts + Crafts offers a unique and captivating venue for a variety of occasions. Founded in 1897, the Society is the oldest non-profit arts + crafts organization in the country. Located in the Seaport District, with  9,000 square feet of contemporary second floor space, designed by Sasaki Associates, and 160 feet of window views of the ever-changing Seaport. 
 
The Society hosts a rotation of exhibitions in addition to their retail gallery that represents the work of 200+ craft artists, a perfect setting to accommodate intimate dinner parties, cocktail receptions, corporate events and weddings. In addition, the Trustee's Gallery is available for smaller meetings and presentations.
 
Rental prices range depending on the number of guests and the nature of the event. Schedule a tour with April L. Ranch, Director of Community+Strategic Partnerships by emailing communitypartnerships@societyofcrafts.org
 

Tito's Fountain of Youth Cocktail

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Tito's Fountain of Youth Cocktail

Elderflower liqueur is becoming a popular ingredient to incorporate into cocktails. With its sweet and slightly floral taste it is a very versatile liqueur that mixes well with wine and other spirits. We especially enjoy it in a cocktail mixed with some bubbly and Tito's Vodka! 

Elderflower cocktail recipe

 

Ingredients
1.5 oz Titos Vodka
3/4 oz St. Elder Elderflower Liqueur 
2 oz Prosecco or Champagne
3/4 Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Mint Sprigs
Lime Garnish

 

 

 

Steps:
Muddle mint springs and lemon juice in your drinking glass then top with ice.
Add vodka and elderflower liqueur to glass.
Pour contents of glass into a cocktail shaker and shake well!
Pour back into the glass and top with prosecco and a lime wedge garnish. Enjoy!
Inspired by Tito's Vodka Recipe @ https://www.titosvodka.com/recipes/vodka-drinks/fountain-of-youth

Kitt and Bennett's Garden Wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Aug 01, 2018

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden was the perfect setting for Kitt and Bennett’s wedding. The color palate was a beautiful mix of soft blush, sage green and ivory with pops of gold and ruby red accented in the flowers and table settings. The groomsmen wore bright ruby polka dot bow-ties while the groom was in classic black tie. The bride was dressed in a beautiful traditional white lace gown while her bridesmaids wore soft sage chiffon.

The ceremony took place in the secret garden with floral bouquets marking the chairs at the end of each aisle framing the bridal party as they walked down the aisle.  

The Orangerie where the dinner reception took place looked stunning with their color palate. Beautiful gold chargers set the base of the place settings with magnolia leaves with the guests names ascribed in gold placed on each charger. The polka dots from the groomsmen’s ties were carried through in the design on the wineglasses and the plates the cake was served on.

Every detail from this wedding was perfectly designed and planned to create a beautiful and memorable celebration.

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The Team

Photographer: Samantha Melanson Photography
Catering, Cake and Placecards: Peppers Artful Events
Venue: Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Event Venue Feature: Commander's Mansion

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Jul 10, 2018

EVENT VENUE FEATURE: COMMANDER'S MANSION

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Commander's Mansion, located in Watertown MA, sits on seven secluded acres at the rear of the former Watertown Arsenal. The mansion has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976 and boasts of beauty and Italianate-Victorian architecture inside and out.

The mansion is available for weddings and social and corporate events. Corporate clients enjoy the mansions unique rooms which provide a relaxed and spacious setting. There are various breakout rooms’ available along with free internet and parking. The mansion can accommodate events ranging from 20-130 guests based on the setup. During May through October a tent can be rented to accommodate larger events up to 200.

The mansion provides an ideal setting for a weddings and only hosts one per day so you and your guests can enjoy exclusive use of the property. Ceremonies take place under a beautiful grape arbor with cocktails and dinner to follow in the mansion or under the tent depending on the size of the wedding. There are even two on-site suites to be used prior to the wedding for getting ready. Commander's Mansion provides a unique and beautiful backdrop for a memorable wedding. 

Contact us to learn more about hosting your events at Commander's Mansion. 

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Featured Event Venue The Harry Parker Boathouse

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Featured Event Venue: The Harry Parker Boathouse

Harry Parker Boathouse Events

Community Rowing Inc (CRI), located on the banks of the Charles River in Brighton MA, is an internationally recognized attraction for rowing and a gem within the Massachusetts park system.  CRI’S community room, located in the Harry Parker Boathouse is available for rent for events from weddings to bar and bat mitzvah’s and corporate to social events.

The community room provides a 150 degree view of the Charles River with windows that frame the room and balconies overlooking the water. This space can accommodate up to 200 guests for a sit down dinner with dance floor or up to 220 for a cocktail style reception. Also available to rent is the outdoor space next to the Charles on the lower level along with the boat bays. This provides an ideal space to host a cocktail hour for your wedding or dinner event with beautiful views of the Charles River.

Harry Parker Boathouse Events

Host your wedding at the Harry Parker Boathouse for a memorable occasion.  Start with your ceremony on the docks of the Charles River, followed by cocktails outside on the lower level, and finish with dinner and dancing on the second floor in the community room. This is the perfect venue for anyone interested in a nautical theme wedding.

Contact us to learn more about hosting your next event at Community Rowing Inc.

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FEATURED EVENT VENUE: CHARLES RIVER MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, May 09, 2018

FEATURED EVENT VENUE: CHARLES RIVER MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY

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Charles River Museum of Industry, located in Waltham MA, is a historic 19th century textile mill overlooking the scenic Charles River. The museum provides a unique backdrop for your wedding or special event. Your guests will get the opportunity to explore the museum's hands on exhibits featuring American innovation and invention from 1812 to modern day, including the Boston Manufacturing Company, The Orient Bicycle and Met Automobile, the Waltham Watch Factory and more!

Enjoy cocktails in the lower level of the museum surrounded by the unique exhibits. Then make your way upstairs for dinner in the main function space with exposed brick and industrial beams. Whether you want a rustic feel with farm tables and bistro lighting or bright colored and lively linens the space is a blank slate that can take on a wide variety of looks and styles.

The museum can accommodate events up to 300 for a cocktail style event or 160 for a seated dinner with room for dancing. They regularly host Weddings, Birthday Parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and special public and Corporate Events of all kinds.

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Contact us to learn more about hosting your event at the Charles River Museum of Industry

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Romance and Elegance at the Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Romance and Elegance at the Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain

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The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain, Goffstown's newest venue, provides a magical and serene backdrop for your wedding or special event. Imagine getting married under a large oak tree while your guests are surrounded by the colorful gardens. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers outside the quant cottage with views of the gardens or up by the pine grove for an intimate setting with lots of tree cover for shade. Dinner and dancing take place under a large sperry sailcloth tent on the center lawn of the perfectly manicured property. End your evening with smore's by the fire pit. Your guests will enjoy full use of the property and the picture opportunities are endless. 

When owners Nattie and Alyssa approached us to take part in a styled photoshoot at their property we were beyond excited. It was a great opportunity to showcase what a wedding at their venue would be like. In coordination with Alyssa of Apotheca Flowers and a great team of vendors a romantic and elegant garden summer wedding was brought to life. 

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This styled shoot was featured in New Hampshire Bride 2018 Spring/Summer addition. Click here to see the publication. 

The Team
Venue: The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain
Floral Designer and Coordinator: Alyssa Van Guilder, Apotheca Flowers
Catering, Cake, Dessert Bar, Beer Wall, Chalkboard Signage: Peppers Artful Events
Photographer: Lindsay Hackney Photography
Vintage Furniture, White Washed Farm Tables, Cross Back Chairs: Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals
China, Glassware, Flatware, Linens: Peak Event Services

Caitlin and Nat's Fall Wedding at Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Caitlin and Nat's Fall Wedding at Larz Anderson Auto Museum

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Cheers to Caitlin and Nat who planned the details for their fall wedding to truly reflect their personalities, food tastes, and the wedding venue.

The ceremony took place on the park hilltop with gorgeous views of Boston. A jewel-covered floral arbor was the perfect focal point for their intimate ceremony on this gorgeous  fall day.

Back down at the museum for cocktail hour, guests enjoyed playing classic video arcade games while sipping on a harvest-inspired apple cider old fashioned signature cocktail. Many of their wedding details paid homage to the car museum like the license plates that were used as table numbers. The menu was created around the couple’s favorite dishes and consisted of a laid back station menu. This included New England lobster rolls, barbecue brisket and mac and cheese. For desserts guests enjoyed a selection of homemade pies and mini sweets along with a late night passed snackof warm apple cider donuts! 

We loved every beautiful detail at this wedding from the picturesque hilltop I do's to the teacup centerpieces!


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The Team
Venue: Larz Anderson Automobile Museum
Catering, Dessert, Floral Designs: Peppers Artful Events
Photographer: Dreamlove Photography
DJ : Absolute Celebrations

No Mocking These Graduate Inspired Mocktails

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Apr 02, 2018

No Mocking These Graduate Inspired Mocktails

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Having a Summer Graduation party? Looking for some unique, alcohol-free beverages that the whole crowd can enjoy?  Consider having a “mocktail” bar. Mocktails are fun, flavorful, hand-crafted beverages that contain zero alcohol making this a no-brainer for a high-school-aged crowd of graduates. As for the adults? Good luck keeping them away from these delicious and refreshing drinks!

 
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  • Cotton candy - enough to fill an 8oz glass
  • Raspberry or Regular Gingerale
  • Cherry or Raspberry Garnish

    Crafting Your Mocktail:

    Set out your martini glass. For optional flare, lightly wet the rim your glass with a lemon wedge and dip in colored sugar. Then place one piece of cotton candy in each glass. Pour the ginger ale over the cotton candy and top with cherry before serving.


The Adventure Awaits

  • 3 TBS Water
  • 2 TBS White Sugar
  • 1 TSP Coconut Extract
  • 2- 12 oz Cans of Lemon Lime Soda
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • Swedish Fish for Garnish

Crafting Your Mocktail:

1. Make the simple syrup by combining the water and sugar together and heating in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or boil togher in a pot on the stove. Let cool. 

2. In a pitcher or punch bowl combine the simple syrup, soda, coconut extract and food coloring. 

3. Add in swedish fish for garnish and serve over ice. 

The Strawberry Celebration

  • 1 Cup Strawberry Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 Cups Frozen Strawberries
  • 2 TBS Lemon Juice
  • Sprinkles and Fresh Strawberries for Garnish

Crafting Your Mocktail:

1. Place all ingredients in a blender

2. Blend on high for 2 minutes or until smooth. 

3. Wet the rim of glass with a lemon wedge then dip in sprinkles. Pour in mixture from blender. Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy! 

 

For more festive details, consider adding colorful straws in the graduates school colors or use graduation cap picks as garnish. An interesting glass such as a mason jar or a fun-shaped plastic cup makes for a great presentation. 



 

What's on the Menu for your Graduation Party?

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Apr 02, 2018

What's on the Menu | Graduation Party Planning

Menu planning for a graduation party is an important step in putting together the perfect celebration.  After all the invites are sent, location is determined and the theme is decided on, it’s time to start planning the food! But where do you start? Ask yourself- what kind of food does the graduate like? What kind of food will work best in the location where the event is taking place? Is there a particular theme for the event that the food can coincide with? These will help you determine the direction of the menu.

Here are a few of our favorite themed graduation party food menus.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

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Game day food is fun for a graduation party and fits great with an outdoor celebration.

Menu Ideas: Nachos, Sausage and Peppers, Pretzels and Mustards, Flavored Popcorn, Chili Dogs

Grill Party

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Grill parties are perfect for outdoor summer celebrations. If your party will have guests coming and going, this menu lends itself to items that can be quickly thrown on the grill for new party guests. 

Menu Ideas: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Watermelon, Pasta Salad, Coleslaw, Potato Salad 

Smokey Texas BBQ
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Perfect for the BBQ lover in your family and an excellent menu that holds up very well on a buffet.

Menu Ideas: Brisket, Pulled Pork Sliders, BBQ Chicken,  Fried Pickles, Coleslaw, Potato Salad

A Day at the Fair

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Summer is state fair season. Fair menus are filled with delicious fried food and easy to eat on the go items (think food on a stick!).

Menu Ideas: Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, Pretzels, Corn Dogs, Kettle Corn

Mexican Fiesta

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A Mexican themed menu allows guests to customize their offerings. We love a make your own taco bar where guests pick their proteins along with all the fixins! Then you can add in some fun Mexican side dishes.

Menu Ideas: Make Your Own Taco Bar, Salsa and Queso with Tortilla Chips, Refried Beans, Mexican Rice, Stuffed Jalapenos 

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Celebrate with classic New England faire! This is a great menu for the graduate who will be traveling away from New England to go to school. 

Menu Ideas: Clam Chowder, Steamed Lobsters, Corn, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad

Tips:

Graduation parties tend to be an event where guests are juggling multiple parties in the same day which means guests will come and go throughout the duration of the party. If this is likely the case with your party you will want to choose a menu that can hold for an extended period of time or have food that can quickly be made for new guests as they arrive.

Most graduation parties are a mix of friends and family which means a wide range of age groups. When deciding on a menu make sure you have options that will satisfy all ages attending.

A good place to start menu planning is choosing a theme that focuses on some of the graduates favorite foods.

Ready to start planning? Give us a call!

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Lemon Thyme Vodka Spritzer

Posted by Peppers Team on Sun, Apr 01, 2018

LEMON THYME VODKA SPRITZER

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Simple Syrup
  • 4 whole Lemons Zested
  • 8 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 3 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 3/4 Cups Water
Cocktail
  • 4 whole Lemons, Juiced
  • 1 1/4 Cups Your Favorite Vodka
  • 7 Cups Club Soda 
  • Blueberries, For Garnish
  •  Sliced Lemons, For Garnish

Preparation

For the lemon-thyme simple syrup
In a medium saucepan, add lemon zest, thyme sprigs, sugar and water. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool for 15 minutes.

For the cocktail
Pour the cooled simple syrup into a pitcher and add the fresh squeezed lemon juice and tequila. Add a handful of ice cubes and fill the rest of the pitcher with the club soda. Stir well to combine. Add ice cubes, 1 sprig of thyme and a slice of lemon to a tall glass and top with cocktail. Sip and enjoy!

Photo © Lindsay Hackney Photography

Apricot Almond Chicken Salad Recipe

Posted by Peppers Team on Sun, Apr 01, 2018

Apricot Almond Chicken Salad

Our Apricot Almond Chicken Salad has been a staple on our sandwich catering menu for many years and is by far one of our most popular. Now you can enjoy this recipe at home from our kitchen to yours. 
Makes 16 Servings

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3 lbs Boneless Chicken Breasts
1 Box of Chicken Stock
4 Celery Stalks
1/2 Bunch of Scallions
1/2 Cups Sliced Toasted Almonds
½ Cup Dried Apricots
¼ Cup Dry Sherry Wine
6 sprigs of Rosemary Chopped
Black Pepper to Taste

Dressing Ingredients:
2/3 Cup Dijon Mustard
1/4 Cup Whole Grain Mustard
1/4 Cup Heavy Mayo
¼ Cup Sour Cream 
1/8 Cup + 1 TBS Honey
Juice From Half a Lemon

Directions:

  1. Fill a pot with chicken stock and heat to a boil. Place chicken in pot and poach until cooked through (roughly 25-30 minutes). Let cool and cut into small cubes.
  2. Dice apricots. Heat dry sherry wine on the stove. Once heated drop in diced apricots for 2-4 minutes until soft then drain.
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients together and mix well.
  4. Combine all chicken salad ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  5. Add dressing to bowl with chicken salad and mix.

Enjoy as is, on top of a green salad, or add to your favorite sandwich bread. 

Best Celebration Cake CATIE Award Finalist

Posted by Peppers Team on Sat, Mar 31, 2018

2018 CATIE AWARD FINALIST

 

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The International Caterers Association recognizes each year exemplary production at an event through their Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence Awards (CATIE). 

This year our Executive Pastry Chef, Lisa McCaffrey was recognized as an ICA CATIE Award finalist for Best Celebration Cake. Out of all the submission received internationally she was awarded one of the top 3 finalist                                                                  spots for her work designing a Legends of Zelda Wedding Cake. 

                                                        The Cake

 

 

 

Featured Event Venue Larz Anderson Automobile Museum

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Mar 30, 2018

FEATURED EVENT VENUE: LARZ ANDERSON AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

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    Larz Anderson Auto Museum located in Brookline, Massachusetts sits on a stunning 64 acres at the Larz Anderson Park. The property, once owned by the late Larz and Isabele Anderson, is most known for “America’s Oldest Car Collection” and related memorabilia, however, the grounds surrounding the museum are nothing short of breathtaking and offer a truly unique, historically-rich setting for weddings, corporate and social events of all kinds.  While appealing to car enthusiasts, the museum is also a desired attraction for those interested in history, architecture and an authentic vintage setting.

    There are three main spaces in which functions can be held: The Main Gallery, The Stable Room and the Great Lawn.

       The Main Gallery, located inside the Carriage House, is a great spot for a cocktail reception, wedding or corporate meeting and can easily hold up to 150 standing guests. The vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, original wood flooring and permanent exhibits of exquisite vintage automobiles set the stage for a truly unique event location. The gallery offers room for a large dance floor and photo ops by the great doors as you enter the space.

       The Stable Room, once home to the Anderson’s horses, is a more intimate space and is great location for cocktail hour with unique exhibits for guests to enjoy as they mingle.

       The Great Lawn can hold up to 500 guests and is a popular spot for tented weddings, picnics, barbecues, and automobile shows. Tents can be set up on the sprawling lush green lawn with clear views of both the Carriage House and the Park. Guests are welcome to enjoy the museum throughout the event and many choose to have cocktail receptions or meetings inside the museum before kicking off their reception outdoors.  

     Due to its close proximity to the Larz Anderson Park attractions, you can utilize both the park and the museum for your functions. Corporate clients have used the ball field, skating rink and open lawn for fun outdoor activities while wedding ceremonies have been held at “The Top of the Hill” and “The Temple of Love”, also located inside the park.

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 With many function options in both the park and the museum itself, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum makes for an ideal setting for events of all types and sizes.

Learn more about hosting your event at Larz Anderson Auto Museum

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd

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Our lemon poppy seed cake is a delicious dessert perfect for the spring and summer season. The combination of the light and airy poppy seed cake paired with rich lemon curd creates a wonderfully balanced treat. This dessert originated from one of our local farm to table dinners and was such a big hit we decided to make it a staple recipe for the summer. Now you can enjoy this recipe at home!  

Ingredients (Makes 12 servings)

Lemon Curd

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 13 fluid ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds

Steps for lemon curd:

1. Whisk eggs, sugar, and lemon juice in a double boiler over simmering water until mixed well, then continue to stir until thick, about 7 to 10 minutes.

2. Drain mixture through a mesh sieve to get rid of lumps. Fold in butter until well incorporated. Mix in lemon zest.

3. Cover curd and chill in the refrigerator until it has thickened, about 4 hours.

Steps for Poppy Seed Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch cake pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and add eggs, vanilla, oil and milk. Mix well. Then fold in the poppy seeds. Pour mixture into a 10 inch cake pan. 

3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

4. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

5. Pour lemon curd over cooled cake and top with berries and whipped cream. Enjoy!

 

Outdoor Venues for Corporate Events

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Mar 16, 2018

HERE COMES THE SUN | OUTDOOR VENUES FOR CORPORATE EVENTS

Summer is just around the corner and that means plenty of outdoor customer and employee events and retreats.

Here are some great locations to consider with lots of outdoor (and indoor) space for lawn games, scavenger hunts, picnics, concerts, paint parties, make your own terrariums,  yoga and more!

 The Connors Center 

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Location: Dover, MA
Website: 
The Connors Center

The Gardens at Elm Bank

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Location: Wellesley, MA
Website: The Gardens at Elm Bank

The Gardens at Uncanoonuc

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Photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography
Location: Goffstown, NH
Website: The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain

Gore Place

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Website: Gore Place

Harry Parker Boathouse 

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Website: Harry Parker Boathouse

Larz Anderson Auto Museum


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Location: Brookline, MA
Website: Larz Anderson Auto Museum

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Website: The Pierce House

 

Tower Hill Botanic Gardens

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Location: Boylston, MA
Website: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Location: Rehoboth,MA
Website: The Five Bridge Inn

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Preparing For Your Wedding Cake Tasting

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Mar 12, 2018

PREPARING FOR YOUR WEDDING CAKE TASTING 

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 A wedding cake tasting is a fun task to check off your wedding to do list. What is better then spending an hour tasting some delicious cake flavors?

Cake tastings are typically scheduled 6 months in advance of your wedding date. When scheduling your tasting let the Pastry Chef know any allergies to take into consideration. At Peppers, we offer a large variety of flavor combinations. For the tasting, our chef will choose a selection of cake flavors for you to try. If there are any specific combinations you are most interested in we are always happy to accomodate. When tasting the cakes, If there are any flavors you like but want a different filling know that you can always customize to create the combination that works for you. 

Between tasting the different cake slices have a sip of water so the flavors don't mix. Keep a tally of which ones you and your fiance like best and then rank them in order. If you are doing a tiered cake you can offer different flavors on the different tiers. Save the flavor you think will be the most popular for the bottom tier - which is the tier you will get the most cake slices out of! If you are opting for a smaller size cake you can have sheet cakes of different flavors that can be kept in the kitchen then cut and offered to guests later in the evening. 

At your cake tasting you will also discuss the design and look of the cake. Bringing photos with you or saving a Pinterest board of the designs you like is always helpful. You can  combine elements from different cakes to create a unique look. 

You will also want to decide if the cake will be made with buttercream or fondant. If your wedding will take place outdoors in the heat of summer you may want to consider a fondant cake that won't begin to melt in the heat. 

Most importantly remember to have fun and enjoy the experience! 

Looking for wedding cake design inspiration? Check out our pinterest board. 

 



 

Featured Event Venue The Gardens at Elm Bank

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Mar 05, 2018

FEATURED EVENT VENUE: THE GARDENS AT ELM BANK

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The Gardens at Elm Bank are located on Massachusetts Horticultural Society's 36 acres on the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, MA. The venue is home to fields and meadows, streams and pools, wooded areas and beautiful formal gardens. The gardens, buildings, and grounds of Elm Bank are an ideal setting for weddings, bar/bat mitzvah’s, corporate events, meetings, retreats, holiday parties, and social events.

With 12 gardens and several indoor and outdoor spaces, Elm Bank can accommodate groups of virtually any size.

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The Hunnewell Building (Carriage House) offers 3,000 square feet of indoor function space with exposed vaulted and trussed ceiling. Attached to the building is a beautiful three season tent complete with flooring and doors to separate the two spaces. The tent and building combined can accommodate events up to 225 for a sit-down dinner or 400 for a standing reception.

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The Putnam Horticulture Building is a perfect space for meetings, lectures, and workshops for up to 45 guests.

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Elm Bank offers a beautiful setting for your wedding. Have your ceremony in the Italianate Garden surrounded by seasonal flowers then enjoy cocktails in Weezy's Garden (aka The Childrens Garden). The carriage house and adjacent three season tent are the perfect location for dinner and dancing. Guests can enjoy dinner in the carriage house with dessert and dancing in the tent. For more intimate gatherings the carriage house provides an ideal space for both dinner and dancing. No one wants to think of rain on their wedding day but having a backup option for an outdoor wedding is key. In the event that you and your guests need to move indoors you can utilize the tent for the ceremony and cocktails.

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Learn more about hosting your event at The Gardens at Elm Bank. 

Weddings With a Personal Touch

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Weddings with a Personal Touch 

Many busy brides quickly realize they can't do it all. The hours you wish you could spend DIYing your entire wedding are quickly filled with fittings, makeup trials, and following up on RSVPs. Wedding professionals are here to help while still allowing you to add your personal flair to your day. 

We worked with the following three brides to incorporate their unique and personal touches into the design of their wedding.

Judy, one of our White Room Venue Brides, collected heirlooms of silver and pewter pitchers, bowls, and candlesticks throughout the year. She ended up building a fairly large collection, some even from her wedding venue’s antique mall (Crompton Collective). We used her collection to create unique centerpieces for the guest tables. This gave every table its own style and look by incorporating the different and unique vessels that Judy had spent a year collecting.

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Caroline, another one of our Brides who tied the knot at The White Room, provided us an array of fun and unique touches to incorporate throughout her wedding.  We tied in her gold dinosaurs with our centerpieces of taper candles and potted ferns for a fun and natural feel. We displayed her handwritten placecard tags on our custom  “Find Your Seat” lattice board. For the ceremony aisle we set up large Boston Ferns and lanterns to line the aisle which we later utilized in the reception space to complement vintage seating and frame Caroline’s oriental rugs.

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Caitlin, who celebrated her special day at The Larz Anderson Automobile Museum, wanted to play on the castle-like car museum theme. Her brother and father collected license plates to use as table numbers. We then incorporated touches of rose gold to match her wedding ring along with mini teacup arrangements stacked on antique books around the license plates. She had found a retro radio from the dash of an old car that we used to accent her sweetheart table, where a eucalyptus garland was later draped around, recycled from the ceremony arch. For her bouquets, we wrapped her mother and mother in laws lockets along with the groom’s grandmother’s lace around the base of the bouquets. It was such a nice and personal touch.

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These brides utilized our style and design services while still providing many of their own personal items to complement their day. By working together we created custom style and design packages that allowed us to assist in bringing their dream wedding to life while having them be an active part in the design. We are happy to help our brides with as little or as much design assistance they need.  


We invite you to check out our pinterest page to get inspired from previous weddings and events we have done or contact us to learn more about our style and design services to see how we can work together to make a create a truly memorable and personalized celebration.



 

Asa Waters Mansion Photoshoot

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Feb 13, 2018

ASA Waters Mansion Photoshoot

We had the opportunity to participate in a styled photoshoot at Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury where four vastly different styles and looks were created to showcase the versatility of the venue.   

Vintage Elegance
Farmhouse tables paired with lace runners create a rustic vintage feel while rose gold floral vases and gold candlesticks add a touch of elegance. 

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 Turquoise Romance 
Bright pink and purple floral arrangements really pop on a turquoise blue linen. Peacock feathers with hints of blue and green help tie the linen and flowers together to create a cohesive look. 

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 Tangerine Dreams
Tangerine colored linens with hot pink napkins create a fun, fresh and tropical feel to the tables.  The bright colored florals accent the table linens and complete the look. 

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Garden Party

Deep wine colored pintuck linens paired with rustic garden centerpieces create a truly unique feel to these tablescapes. Natural elements of birch and moss add texture while the ivory roses soften the look.    

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No matter what the occasion or theme of your event, Asa Waters Mansion provides a wonderful backdrop to compliment your celebration.  

The Team
Venue:
Asa Waters Mansion
Photographer:
Alvah Reida Photography
Floral Designs and Centerpieces:
Peppers Artful Events Style and Design Team



 

Featured Event Venue: Asa Waters Mansion

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Feb 05, 2018

Featured Event Venue: Asa Waters Mansion


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Asa Waters Mansion, located in Millbury MA and registered on National and State Registries of historic places, provides a unique location for your wedding or special event. The mansion recently went through renovations while still preserving its rich history and unique architecture and grandeur. The venue offers great indoor and outdoor options for hosting weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, bereavements, meetings and cultural events. 

When hosting a wedding at Asa Waters, the estate is yours for the day. Ceremonies can take place on the lawn, on a 19th century bandstand, under a portico or inside the mansion. Following the ceremony your guests can enjoy cocktails outside under a tent or inside the mansion. Depending on the size of your guest list and look and feel of your wedding, receptions are held in the mansion, under a tent or a combination of both!

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Asa Waters Mansion hosts events year round and ensures a beautiful elegant celebration for everything from an afternoon bridal shower to a corporate cocktail reception. Contact us today to learn more about hosting your event at Asa Waters Mansion. 

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Bridal Shower Cake Ideas

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Bridal Shower Cakes

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Bridal showers are a fun pre-wedding tradition to celebrate and shower the bride to be. There are so many details that go into planning the perfect celebration with everything from deciding on the location, theme, invite list and beyond. On thing is for sure, dessert will always be on the menu and cakes never go out of style. Finding the perfect cake design that is right for your celebration can be fun and allows you to get creative. The cake not only is a delicious treat but part of the decoration for the party. We always recommend having the cake on display from the beginning of the event so guests can delight in the design. 

Bridal shower cakes can be personalized to fit with the celebration in many ways

  • Does the couple have a custom wedding monogram that you can include in the design of the cake?
  • The design can be centered around the wedding color scheme or season that the wedding will take place.
  • Sports fans or book fanatics? Go with a look that showcases something that the couple loves.
  • Tie in the overall look and feel of the wedding. Think rustic cake for a barn wedding or glam cake for an upscale city wedding. 
  • Girly, frilly and feminine is always perfectly suited for bridal showers. 
Here are a few of our favorite bridal shower cakes from this past year to help inspire you. These are just a starting point as we can work with you to create a truly unique cake for your celebration. 

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Modern and Glam Cakes

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Personalized and Theme Cakes 

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IMG_0017 (2).jpgTo see more cake designs and other desserts check out our CakeART page. CakeART

Molly and John's Dazzling Summer Wedding

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Jan 24, 2018

MOLLY AND JOHN'S DAZZLING SUMMER WEDDING

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   Molly & John were married at a beautiful church in Wayland, MA with their reception immediately following at Molly’s parents’ private residence. Guests arrived by shuttle and were welcomed by servers passing a variety of signature cocktails before making their way to the cocktail hour. The cocktail hour tent featured a full bar, a fresh iced tea and lavender lemonade station, a chef active raw bar, and a variety of passed hors d'oeuvres. Guests were able to take full advantage of the property- sitting on the deck, taking pictures by a tree with hanging picture frames, swinging on an old wooden tree swing out front and taking in the beautiful surrounding.

   When it was time for the dinner reception, guests received a small Moscow Mule mug which doubled as their place card and favor. The mini mugs were displayed on two free-standing, dark-stained wooden “pegboards” with gold hooks, creating a unique and impactful display.

         The dinner reception was held in a large clear tent, allowing guests to take in all of the beautiful scenery surrounding the home. The table linens and chairs were all white, making the blush and rose gold centerpieces really “pop”. The centerpieces were a mix of three styles, a grouping of three rose gold vases with matching votive candles, a geometric terrarium filled with florals and accented with candles, and vessels of floating flowers with candles. The mix of arrangements created great texture and height on the guest tables.  

    The Bride, Groom and all of their guests spent the evening dancing to a live band, enjoying a decadent dessert, and having a ball! The evening ended with the newlyweds running through an arch of sparklers leading them to their private town car. It was such a magical and perfect wedding for a truly lovely couple! 

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The Menu 
Cocktail Hour
Classic "Au Poivre" Sirloin Steak Skewer
Parmesan Tuile, Roasted Pear, Arugula, Local Honey
Coconut Crusted Chicken with Ancho Honey Sauce
Spring Leek Arancini with Tomato Basil Coulis
Avocado and Roasted Vegetable Quesadilla 
Bacon, Mozzarella & Tomato Panini
"AW SHUCKS" Raw Bar
First Course
Farming Turtles Rocket Green Salad
Second Course
Herb Rubbed Tenderloin of Beef with Fingerling Potatoes & Sugar Snap Peas
Seared Halibut with Fresh Summer Salsa, Quinoa and Vegetable Pilar, & Sugar Snap Peas
Creamy Polenta Cake with Vegetable Ratatouille served over Pesto Zucchini Noodles
Dessert
Tiered Wedding Cake- Lemonade Cake with Raspberry Mousse, Lemon Curd Cake, and Salted Caramel Devils Food Cake
Late Night Snacks
Sliders & Fries

THE TEAM

Caterer, Florist, Cake: Peppers Artful Events
Photographer: Once Like a Spark Photography
Tent: A Tent To Rent
Moscow Mule Cups/Peg Board: Designs at Peppers Artful Events
Rentals: Peak Event Services

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Katy and Rob's Summer Wedding at Tyrone Farm

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Katy and Rob's Wedding at Tyrone Farm

Katy and Rob were so much fun to work with. They were so easy and laid back but knew what they wanted. Their wedding vision was the rustic look of a farm with a touch of bling and blush. This was accomplished by incorporating with the natural beauty of the chestnut barn at Tyrone Farm sparkle and blush linens, a gold drip cake, and beautiful pops of color in the florals from It's So Ranunculus. We especially loved the placecard holder they made themselves with wood and chicken wire. It fit perfecly with the overall look of their day! Here is a sneak peek of their beautiful summer wedding. 

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The Wedding Menu

Passed Hors D'oeuvres
Thai Coconut Shrimp with Mango Lime Chutney
Parmesan Tuile, Arugula, Mascarpone & Caramelized Pear
Pulled Chicken Slider
Churrasco Steak Kabob
Bacon Mozzarella & Tomato Panini
Fish and Chips Cone
First Course
Chef's Pick Salad with Local Seasonal Vegetables & Greens
Second Course
Murray's Statler Chicken or Braised Boneless Short Ribs
With Leek and Potato Pancake & Summer Vegetable Succotash
Desserts
Lavender Pear and Cannoli Tiered Wedding Cake
Cheesecake Pops
Assorted Cookies

The Team:
Catering & Bartending: Peppers Artful Events
Wedding Cake: CakeART 
Photographer: Joanna Fisher Photography
Florist: It's So Ranunculus
Venue: Tyrone Farm 

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Featured Wedding Venue Tyrone Farm

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Tyrone Farm: Featured Wedding Venue

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Tyrone Farm, situated on a beautiful 170 acre country estate in Pomfret, Connecticut, provides an idyllic backdrop for weddings. With spectacular views, beautiful gardens, and perfectly manicured lawns, the farm sets the stage for an unforgettable wedding.

The farm only hosts one wedding a day so the entire estate is yours for the day. Ceremonies can be held under 2 granite pergolas, under a tent or in the barn. Cocktail hour is held on the bluestone terrace with expansive views of the estate. Guests are invited to stroll the grounds and gardens taking in all that the estate has to offer. Dinner receptions take place in the historic chestnut barn or bluestone terrace.  The Chestnut Barn has been renovated to create an elegant yet comfortable environment while showcasing the barns original structure with hand-hewn beams, wide plank floors and wrought iron chandeliers. Both the barn and terrace provide a memorable location to celebrate with friends and family.  

Like Peppers, Tyrone Farm is committed to environmental stewardship. The farm is solar-powered and was placed under conservation easement to preserve this singular estate for future generations. Just another reason Tyrone Farm is a unique location to host your wedding! 

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Contact our Sales Team to learn more about hosting your wedding at Tyrone Farm or check out our Pinterest page for more inspirational photos from previous weddings at Tyrone Farm. 

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Marisa and Garrison's Elegant Garden Wedding at Tower Hill

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Dec 27, 2017

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden was the perfect venue for Marisa and Garrison's elegant garden style wedding. The natural beauty of Tower Hill provided the ideal complement to their wedding theme.

Wooden handmade signs, rustic lanterns, and ivory and green colored florals welcomed guests to the ceremony in the Lawm Garden, setting the stage for the celebration. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a walk through the gardens basking in the beauty of Tower Hill, as they made their way to the Winter Garden. Once in the Winter Garden guests were greeted with cocktails and a chef active gnocchi station.

Dinner and dancing took place in the Orangerie, a beautiful 18th-century glass conservatory. The Orangerie looked stunning with rustic farm tables, a soft neutral color palette and lots of candlelight intertwined throughout the table designs. Each place setting was adorned with a rosemary sprig and a mini infused oil bottle. It was a perfect blend of rustic and elegance.

We were honored to be a part of the celebration and had so much fun bringing their wedding vision to life!    

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THE TEAM

Photography: Love & Perry Photography
Venue: Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Rentals: Peak Event Services
Farm House Tables: Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals
Florals, Favors, Signage, Design: Peppers Artful Events
Cake & Cannoli Bar: CakeART at Peppers Artful Events
Catering: Peppers Artful Events



 

Featured Venue: The Worcester Art Museum

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Dec 11, 2017

FEATURED VENUE: THE WORCESTER ART MUSEUM

Worcester Art Museum WeddingsSince opening its doors in the spring of 1898, the Worcester Art Museum's internationally renowned collection has impressed all those who enter, with its grand spaces, over 35,000 works of art, and 50 centuries of creative spirit. This lasting impression can be yours to share for your corporate event, holiday party, meeting, wedding or social event.

Imagine your guests in this one-of-a-kind space with the ability to offer a unique entertaining experience. Host your event in the Renaissance Court and grant your invitees access to a wealth of history and art among the first floor galleries. This is the perfect location for a cocktail style event or seated dinner reception.  The balcony above the Renaissance court can also be used for dinner receptions, accomodating up to 120 guests, providing a unique view of the museum. The Museum Café, with its adjacent outdoor Courtyard can accommodate 30 to 150 guests — depending on the style of food service you choose. This space allows your guests to enjoy the outdoor courtyard in good weather months. To complement your event, you may want to offer your guests a docent-led tour of selected galleries, or an opportunity to view one or more of our galleries on their own.

For a weekday corporate meeting, consider the Museum's Conference Room. With audio, visual, and Internet capabilities, the Conference Room seats 100 guest’s theater-style and 40 in a classroom-style scenario.

Weddings at The Museum

With stunning architectural spaces and elegant surroundings, Worcester Art Museum sets the stage for an unforgettable wedding. Imagine your bridal party's big entrance down the grand staircase of the Renaissance Court, surrounded by 50 centuries of art. Following the ceremony guests can enjoy cocktails and hor’s duerves in the Renaissance court and make their way through the surrounding galleries on the first level of the museum. Depending on the size of the wedding, dinner can take place in the Renaissance Court or on the balcony. Following dinner guests make their way back to the Renaissance court for dancing and dessert. Your guests will get to enjoy all that the Worcester Art Museum has to offer in a one-of-a-kind space.worcester art museum weddingscatering worcester art museumworcester art museum weddings and events

Photo Credits: In order- Jackie Riccardi Photography, Eric Limon Photography, Jackie Riccardi Photography. 

Contact us today to learn more about hosting your event at the Worcester Art Museum.
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Holiday Party Themes

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Nov 24, 2017

HOLIDAY PARTY THEMES 

 Winter Wonderland

Winter wonderland is a fun theme that incorporates a lot of white and silver accents. Think white linens adorned with fake snow, silver Christmas trees, white and silver balls, and lots of candlelight. For more of an outdoor winter wonderland incorporate pinecones, mini Christmas trees and natural elements like birch logs. For the menu create a festive dessert display with snowflake shaped cookies, white chocolate mousse cups, and a Baked Alaskan. Cocktails are a great way to carry the theme-  how about a Godiva white chocolate martini or for a non-alcoholic option a white hot chocolate?

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 Ralph Lauren Inspired Party

A great way to get inspired is to window shop designer stores during the holidays. Ralph Lauren, a leading designer for home furnishings and clothing, is a great brand to pick up some design ideas from. Think plaids paired with classic timeless holiday accents. Colors ranging from reds and maroons, to greens and golds. One of our favorite looks is pairing a plaid tablecloth with gold candlesticks, greenery, and vases filled with cranberries in water with a floating candle. For the menu you can include classics like beef wellingtons, baked ham, green bean casserole, and potatoes gratin. Pair your entrees with timeless holiday dessert recipes like rum balls, a yule log, bread pudding, or a croquembouche- to name a few!

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Rustic Holiday

How fun is an old-fashioned rustic Christmas? We love the country charm look for the holidays. To create this look incorporate details like burlap ribbons, pinecones, wooden trees, rustic lanterns, and green garland. Some of our favorite rustic displays include pinecones and holiday balls displayed in glass cloches alongside lanterns with flickering lights. For dessert, our classic buche de noel cake fits perfectly within the rustic look. 

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Christmas Around the World

Christmas is celebrated in so many ways around the world. This is fun theme to learn about how different cultures celebrate. For the decor, you can stick with traditional holiday colors like reds, golds and greens. Within the menu create different stations reflecting holiday traditional food like Panettone bread and fish dishes for Italy, Swedish Meatballs and rice pudding for Sweden, tamales and snow ball cookies for Mexico, fish (oysters, caviar) and bûche de Noël for France, there are so many more options too! You can have stations with different entree dishes from around the world then offer a large dessert display with a dessert from each country.  

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Theme and decor ideas are endless for your holiday celebration. Our design experts can work with you to bring your vision to life with everything from menu selections to custom table designs. 

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Winter Reimagined with Tower Hill and Peppers Artful Events

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

WINTER REIMAGINED WITH TOWER HILL AND PEPPERS ARTFUL EVENTS

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Winter Reimagined is a fun family event for all ages. As evening falls at Tower Hill, visitors have the opportunity to marvel at glittering lights displayed throughout acres of formal gardens. The prized collection of trees and shrubs, along with illuminated paths, sculptures, and fountains, come to life in the glow of the lights. Inside, guests will see hand-made and nature-inspired ornaments, a wishing tree forest, an up-cycled igloo, and two towering conservatories brimming with subtropical plants and seasonal music.

We’re excited to partner with Tower Hill Botanic Garden to offer a variety of dining options for their annual Winter Reimagined light show. Take a break from walking and dine in the cafe with a selection of delicious small plate offerings like our ever-popular short ribs, chicken pot pies, and butternut squash lasagna! Also available will be flatbreads, seasonal salads, and hearty soups. No dining experience would be complete without a sweet ending like our homemade cinnamon apple cranberry crisp or a slice of pecan carrot cake - to name a few! The cafe will also be offering themed cocktails and craft beer. 

Looking for something on the go? Stop by one of our food stands to grab a warm cider donut paired with mulled apple cider. Or head outside to the Winter Garden to roast marshmallows over an open fire and build your own s'mores. A perfect activity for the kids to enjoy!

Don't miss out! We strongly encourage making dinner reservations and purchasing tickets in advance as Tower Hill frequently sells out on busy nights and weekends.

Purchase Tickets Here or call Tower Hill 508-869-6111 x 147 to place a dinner reservation. 

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Holiday Moscow Mule Recipe

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

HOLIDAY MOSCOW MULE RECIPE

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Ingredients
.5 oz lime simple syrup *
.5 oz cranberry juice
1.5 oz gin 
2 oz cold ginger beer
1 rosemary sprig
Candied cranberries and orange slice garnish

Instructions
Combine simple syrup, cranberry juice, and gin. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. Serve garnished with rosemary, an orange wedge and sugared cranberries.


* Lime Simple Syrup Recipe: Heat equal parts water and sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and add juice from a lime. Let cool before using for cocktail. 

 

Peppers Sales Team's Favorite Cookie Recipes

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

THE PEPPERS SALES TEAM'S FAVORITE COOKIE RECIPES

Our Sales Team shares their favorite recipes to bring to a holiday cookie exchange. Enjoy and happy baking! 

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Jody: Old Fashioned Ginger Cookies
Ingredients

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup mild molasses
  • 2 TBSP milk
  • 1 TBSP ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 & ½  cups all-purpose flour  

Steps

1. Prevent oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with  parchment paper.

2. In large mixing bowl beat shortening with electric mixer for about 30 seconds.

3. Add sugar, beat until light. Add molasses, milk, ginger, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat until combined

4. Beat in flour until combined.  

5. Shape dough into about 48  1 and ¼ inch balls, roll in the additional sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

Flatten slightly. Bake  10 – 12 minutes until edges are firm. Cool on wire rack.
*perfect compliment to our Holiday Moscow Mule Recipe! 

Melissa: Soft and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Steps                                                                                                  
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar & white sugar with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and egg.
  2. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and pinch of salt in a seperate bowl then beat into the mixture in the stand mixer until combined.  
  3. Stir in the cranberries and white chocolate. 
  4. Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 1 hour. You can chill it overnight if you'd like, but one hour chill time is mandatory to prevent cookies from spreading and to create that light, soft and chewy texture.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or mist lightly with cooking spray. Remove chilled dough from fridge and roll into tablespoon sized balls. Place onto the cookie sheets about 1-2" apart from one another.
  6. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure an even cook. Cookies may appear slightly undone but they will continue to set as they cool. After 10 minutes transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. 

 

Patricia: Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 10 miniature)

Steps
 
1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture.

2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 2-in. rounds with the bottom of a glass. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set (do not overbake). Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

3. In a microwave, melt white chocolate with 1 teaspoon oil; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Repeat with semisweet chocolate and remaining oil. Sprinkle tops with crushed candy canes; let stand until set. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Liz: Oatmeal White Cranberry and Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 6-ounce package Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips
Steps

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well.

3. Combine oats, flour, aking soda and salt in a seperate bowl. Then add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well. 

4. Stire in fried cranberries and white chocolate chunks

5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes then cool on a wire rack. 

Dianne: Chocolate Dipped Florentine Shortbreads

Ingredients

Pastry
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice and chilled
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice and chilled
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Topping
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chesnut honey
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 cups sliced blanched almonds
  • 2/3 cup finely diced candied orange rind
  • 3/4 pound buttersweet chocolate, chopped
Steps

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter the bottom and sides of an 11-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet. Line the bottom with parchment paper, leaving about 1 inch overhanging at the short ends. Butter the parchment.

2. In a food processor, pulse the diced butter with the sugar and the salt 6 times. Add the flour and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Spread the crumbs on the baking sheet and press them into a thin, even layer. Prick the dough all over with a fork. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, or until firm. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack. Increase the oven temperature to 425°
 
3. In a small saucepan, heat the cream with the orange zest over moderate heat just until bubbles appear around the edge, about 5 minutes. In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the sugar with the corn syrup and water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring just until the sugar dissolves. Cook the syrup over moderately high heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until a medium amber caramel forms, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the honey, the infused cream and the butter and stir until the butter melts. Cook the caramel topping over moderately high heat until a candy thermometer registers 255°, about 4 minutes. Stir in the almonds and candied orange rind and immediately spread the caramel over the pastry with a wooden spoon.
 
4. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake the pastry for 10 minutes, or until the topping is bubbling. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and let cool for 30 minutes.
 
5. Run a knife around the edge of the baking sheet to loosen the pastry and slide the parchment paper onto a work surface. Using a sharp, heavy knife, cut the pastry into 2 1/2-inch strips. Cut the strips into 2 1/2-by-3-inch rectangles. Cut each rectangle diagonally in half.
 
6. Line 2 large baking sheets with wax paper. Melt two-thirds of the chocolate in a bowl in a microwave oven for about 1 minute. Add the remaining chocolate and stir until completely melted. Dip 1 corner of each cookie into the chocolate and transfer it to the prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate until the chocolate is just set, about 5 minutes.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Nov 02, 2017

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE RECIPE

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Makes: 8” cheesecakePumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients:
2 cups graham cracker crumb
3 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp melted butter
1 Pound cream Cheese
2 cups pumpkin puree
¾ cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Line an 8” spring form pan with parchment paper. On the outside of the cake pan wrap with foil up to the sides of the pan on the outside (this will prevent water from getting into the pan when baking the cheesecake mixture). Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and melted butter. Pour into an 8” spring form pan. Press the crumbs down into the bottom of the pan and the sides of the pan, you can use a measuring cup or spoon to push down the crumbs even more. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool for 5-10 minutes.

Cream the cream cheese, pumpkin puree and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the side of the bowl until all incorporated. Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix on low for 2 minutes. Pour the batter into the spring form on top of the crust. Make sure the batter is evenly distributed. Place the pan into a dish that can hold hot water 1” deep. Place dish with cheesecake into oven, pour hot water into pan once in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until there is a slight wiggle but not wet. 

Steamed Cranberry Pecan Pudding

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Steamed Cranberry Pecan Pudding
A wonderful and classic dessert than can be made days in advance of the big day. 

INGREDIENTS
¼  cup unsalted butter, plus a couple tbsps. to grease the pan
3 tbsp. sugar, granulated plus extra for dusting
¾  cup pecans, chopped
1 & 1/2 cups cranberries, coarse chopped
1 & ½ cups flour
1 & ¼  tsp baking powder
½  tsp baking soda
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ cup molasses
2 tsp orange zest, minced or from a zester
1/3 cup buttermilk
Serve with your favorite seasonal ice cream

1. Generously grease the inside of a decorative bundt / angel food cake style pan, especially the bottom. Dust the mold well with granulated sugar and shake out the excess.
2. Combine the cranberries and the 3 tbsps of sugar and set aside while mixing the remaining ingredients.
3. In a large mixing bowl, blend the butter, brown sugar, molasses and orange zest. Mix at low speed for 2 minutes to blend well. Add in the dry ingredients slowly then add in the buttermilk and blend until mixed. Lastly, fold in the pecans, cranberries and any liquid in the bowl.
4. Spoon in the entire mix into the baking pan, spread evenly and cover with aluminum foil if you do not have a cover. Place the pan into a larger pot with boiling water, to come half way up the pan. Place this hot water bath on a medium low heat for 1 and ½ hours until the cake pulls away from the side of the pan and a knife inserted comes out clean of any batter.
4. Remove the cake from the water bath to cool for 15 minutes, then turn upside down onto a wire rack.

* This cake can be served or cooked a day or two in advance and kept wrapped in the refrigerator until service or ideally, gently warmed in a 275 degree oven until warm, before serving.



 

A Perfect Fall Cocktail Apple of My Eye

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Nov 02, 2017

PERFECT FALL COCKTAIL
APPLE OF MY EYE

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A perfect cocktail to compliment the fall season with a delicious blend of fresh apple juice, whiskey, allspice dram and a dash of bitters. 

Allspice dram originated in the tropical hills and valleys of Jamaica, the allspice berry has for generations been prized for its exceptional tastes of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

Ingredients
1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
.75 oz Fresh Apple Juice
.5 oz Allspice Dram 
2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Steps
Dip the rim of the martini glass in fresh apple juice then in a plate with
cinnamon sugar.
Shake together all ingredients with ice then strain over rimmed martini glass.
Garnish with a tart apple slice or orange peel.



 

Featured Venue: DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Nov 01, 2017

VENUE FEATURE: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

deCordova Sculpture park weddingEstablished in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, 20 miles northwest of Boston. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations.  Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming. With a rich history and unique backdrop, decordova  provides an unforgettable location to host your event. 

deCordova sculpture park weddingsThe Museum offers a variety of locations to host your event. The Dewey Family Gallery and Sculpture Park Terrace combines an indoor and outdoor space that overlooks picturesque flint pond and the sculpture park. This combined space can accommodate up to 140 guests with dinner and dancing, 170 for just dinner, and 200 for a standing reception. The Rappaport Roof Terrace, located on the 6th floor of the museum with expansive views of Flint Pond and the sculpture park is a great location for a cocktail reception. It can accommodate up to 100 guests for evening functions and can be rented with other spaces within the museum. The DeNormandie Library on the 4th floor is the perfect spot for a small corporate meeting or retreat accommodating up to 25 guests. Lastly, tented events can be held right in the Sculpture Park surrounded by more than 60 works of art. This truly creates a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your occasion.

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Hosting a corporate dinner, retreat, holiday party, birthday or wedding? Contact us to learn about hosting your event at the decordova Sculpture Park and Museum or check out the Museum's website to learn more.

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Annual Farm to Table Dinner at Indian Head Farm

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Oct 25, 2017

ANNUAL FARM TO TABLE DINNER AT INDIAN HEAD FARMFarm to table indian head farm

Our fourth annual farm to table dinner at Indian Head Farm was a huge success. We partnered with Lilac Hedge and Indian Head Farm to create a menu with fresh seasonal cuisine. The evening started off with passed appetizers and drinks, followed by a buffet dinner, and dessert. The turn out was fantastic and the weather was beautiful! 

Menu

Appetizers
Lilac Hedge Farm Pork Belly Slider with Tomato Compote and Arugula
Chevre Rhubarb Crostini
Summer Vegetable Gazpacho Shooter


Dinner
Mixed Field Green Salad 
Basil, Mint, Dill, Sorel, Arugula, Malabar Spinach, Shaved Red Radish, Local Maple Syrup Vinaigrette
Squash Gratin with Leeks and Tomatoes
Made with Fresh Indian Head Farm Squash and Maple Leaf Gouda
Lilac Hedge Crispy Pork Cutlets
Prepared with Local Eggs, Lemon and Arugula
Baron of Grass Fed Lilac Hedge Beef
Served with Sauce Perigueux
Honey Roasted Carrots
With Tahini Local Yogurt and Coriander
Corn Pudding
Made with Fresh Indian Head Farm Corn
Bean and Potato Salad
Made with Fresh Indian Head Farm Beans and Vermont Crème Fraiche Dill Dressing

 

Dessert
Lemon Poppy Cake
Local Blueberries and Lemon Curd

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We love any opportunity to partner with local farms and suppliers in our area to host farm to table events. As a Certified Green Caterer we understand the importance of environmental stewardship. 

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Featured Venue: The White Room at Crompton Collective

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Oct 10, 2017

VENUE FEATURE: THE WHITE ROOM AT CROMPTON COLLECTIVE

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The White Room at Crompton Collective is a spacious 5,000 sq. ft. space in a historic, beautifully renovated building located in Worcester's vibrant Canal District. The space can accommodate up to 200 guests providing an ideal setting for weddings, social events, photoshoots, corporate events and more! With a sophisticated industrial feel inside and a beautiful brick patio outside, Crompton Collective’s White Room provides a unique and memorable location for any event!

Weddings: Ceremonies take place in a beautiful lush green courtyard with cocktails to follow on the brick patio. Guests then enter the white room for dinner and dancing, a large open space that lends itself to many unique styles and themes. Included in your rental are fun amentities like a rustic white bar, vintage wood chairs and couches, unique wood tables to be used for cake and cards, and string lighting.

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Crompton Collectives White Room is also an excellent space for product launches, corporate events, holiday parties, baby and bridal showers. Contact a member of our Events Team to learn more!
Photo Credits: Joseph Gonzalez-Dufresne Helloimjoe.com (first, third, fourth image), Amy Lynn Imaging (second image)

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Oystering in Wellfleet With John Lawrence

Posted by John Lawrence on Thu, Oct 05, 2017

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One Sunday afternoon while sauntering down the path to Mayo Beach in Wellfleet with fellow chef and friend,  Mark,  I was suddenly struck by the spread of oyster cages as far as the eye could see. Imagine - 250 acres of pristine ocean with fast churning tides and wire racks spread out like rows of corn. Oyster nirvana for us oyster guys.

Wellfleet’s shellfish industry brings in over $5.8 million to the local economy. Although, 250 acres would make one wonder, is it sustainable? Well great news, Wellfleet and its farmers are all about sustainability. Each and every oyster is primed, sorted, and looked over at least a half dozen times before it goes to the market. During one of our recent visits, tour guide Alanna McGovern explained that the waters in and around Wellfleet are consistently tested to stay on top of any potential anomalies before they become an issue. The town of Wellfleet is also very careful to not introduce any bacteria to the waters, and the entire area is unspoiled and simply gorgeous.oystering cape cod

Mark and I look forward to getting out in Bourne to rake for oysters when the Sunday tides line up come November. It’s an inexact science; like many who do foraging, sometimes you hit it right and sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

During one of our recent tours we visited Andy Cummings at his “Wash-AShore Oyster Ranch.” It was quite a sight to watch Andy and his assistant go through hundreds of oysters.  Each one was scraped clean of anything attached, a little rounded trim at the hinge, and then sorted by size and beauty. It was such a smooth and careful operation.

Also joining us on this tour was, Michelle Insley, Executive Director of  S.P.A.T. Michele was terrific in her correspondence prior to our visit, and it was lovely to chat it up about the Wellfleet oyster industry.

I’ve tried to visit most farms and suppliers which we support.  Without a doubt, the hundreds of Wellfleet farmers and hundreds of aligned businesses have my support as they complete this long journey from a spat hatchery to bringing the oyster to your table. They earn every dollar spent on such terrific Massachusetts oysters.

My hat’s off to those in Massachusetts who give it their all raising oysters and to Wellfleet for arguably some of the most distinct oysters in our fine state.

By John Lawrence


 

Venue Feature: Five Bridge Inn

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Sep 06, 2017

VENUE FEATURE: FIVE BRIDGE INN

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Five Bridge Inn is a hidden gem in Southern New England. The Inn sits on 80 acres in a nine hundred acre preserve with miles of trails through pastures, woodlands, and bogs. Set back from the road providing an intimate and private setting for your event. A perfect venue to host weddings, corporate and social events, company picnics, and other outings. 

The Inn offers several locations for your event- a four season tent, outdoor patio and pavilion, sprawling lawns, a barn and a dining room within the inn. On-site amenities include a Bed and Breakfast, ample parking, a lap pool, tennis court, fitness center, fire pit and more!

Weddings

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Five Bridge Inn provides a stunning backdrop for your New England wedding. The venue is completely yours for the big celebration. Your event booking includes accommodations for 14 in beautifully decorated guest rooms, a bridal suite, a hair salon, and a make-up room. Your guests will enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast and after they can enjoy the fitness center, play a game of tennis, or go for a swim and relax poolside.

The Inn has 3 onsite ceremony locations- a wedding chapel, Greek pergola, and a birch arbor on the lawn. Following the ceremony, guests will head to the poolside patio and pavilion to enjoy cocktails and hors d' oeuvres. Dinner and dancing take place in the four season tent with built in flooring that has both heating and air conditioning for your guest’s comfort. An after party at the fire-pit with your friends and family will cap off your celebration. A Five Bridge Inn wedding will ensure the most amazing memories of a lifetime.

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 Corporate Events, Outings and Social Events

The inn offers several locations to accommodate lunch or dinner meetings, annual company outings, receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs, picnics, fundraisers, concerts and holiday parties! A new barn being built on the property is ideal for parties in the winter months. It is scheduled to be opened on November , 2017 and it will be an ideal venue for holiday parties and more intimate celebrations.  The property is equipped with enough space for parking, staging, lawn games, trail discovery, fitness center, tennis courts and more!

Five Bridge Inn is one of the most versatile event sites- a must see! Check out their website to learn more

Photo Credits: Angela Greenlaw Photography (top 4 images) & Black Thumb Studios (last image)

Hungry Hungry Catepillar First Birthday

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Aug 30, 2017

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The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar book was brought to life for Harrison's first birthday at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester. The party was nothing short of colorful. Our design team filled garden style baskets with wheatgrass for the centerpieces. Handmade cookies shaped like the caterpillar, cheese, ice cream cones, cupcakes and other delicious items the caterpillar ate --- doubled as decor and favors for the guests. Bright colored linens with polka dots mimicked many of the color themes in the book.

The menu consisted of a large buffet with an array of breakfast items, a chef-active omelet station, bloody mary bar, and a dessert bar. Our stations were fun and festive incorporating design elements from the story. From a large tree decorated with moss, butterflies, and hanging lights to our omelet stations with handmade fondant objects from the book and brightly colored flowers, the whole room had something to see.

We hope Harrison had as much fun at his party as we did planning it!

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The Team

Venue: Tuckerman Hall 
Photographer: Shannon Power Photography
Catering & Design: Peppers Artful Events
Linens: BBJ


 

Venue Feature: Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Aug 08, 2017

VENUE FEATURE: TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston, MA)  provides a unique and romantic backdrop for your special occasion with lush manicured gardens, mountain views, and beautiful architecture.  Accommodating celebrations up to 150 guests from Mid-May to Mid-September and celebrations up to 70 guests from October through April. Between the Limonaia, Orangerie, Great Hall, Auditorium, and various classrooms/meeting rooms you are sure to find the perfect space to host your next event. 

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Weddings are breathtaking at Tower Hill. Your day will start with a beautiful ceremony either in the Secret Garden, Lawn Garden or the Limonaia Conservatory. Following the ceremony guests will make their way around the gardens to the Great Hall with adjoining patio or the outdoor Winter Garden with fountains and inviting architecture for cocktails and appetizers.  

Dinner and Dancing take place in the 18th century glass conservatory. With brick accents and glass windows this space can be transformed to meet your own unique wedding style. 

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To top it off the photo opportunities are endless..

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a beautiful venue hosting everything from weddings and bridal showers to all day meetings and corporate dinners. Contact one of our Event Specialist today to learn more or See other Tower Hill Botanic Garden Weddings.



 

Michelle & John's Mechanics Hall Wedding

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Michelle & John's Mechanics Hall Wedding

   Michelle and John were so much fun to work with. Their vision was anything but ordinary, yet so very approachable, and incorporated many details that expressed them as a couple. With everything from a legends of zelda themed cake and a surprise stage performace from the Bride this was certainly a memorable and personable celebration. Here is an inside look at their magnificient Mechanics Hall wedding. 

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   The evening started off with a ceremony on stage under a custom floral arch.  Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour complete with a raw bar with stone crabs from the Florida Keys, a ceviche station, and a grand antipasto presentation with imported salamis, local cheeses, olives, bruschetta’s and roasted nuts. The delicious food didn't stop there as a 4-course dinner awaited them in the great hall. 
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Michelle and John's wedding style was bold and elegant with a black, silver and dark purple color pallette. We used a beautiful black and silver herringbone table linen and a black water glass for that extra pop! That, combined with the striking tall centerpieces dangling with crystals created the wow factor.

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No evening would be complete without something sweet! Our team designed an elaborate dessert bar with assorted sweets and cake accompanied by an espresso bar from Black Tie Espresso. 

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VENDORS

Photographer: Love Days Photography
Band: Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies
Cake: Cake Art at Peppers Artful Events
Florist: Jeff French
Catering: Peppers Artful Events
Ice Sculpture: Brookline Ice
Espresso Station: Back Tie Espresso



 

English Garden Chicken Salad Recipe

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

English Garden Chicken Salad
4 Servings

Our English Garden Chicken Salad is one of our most popular salad dishes that has been eliciting oohs & awes for over 20 years. It is a perfect summer salad combining delicious seasonal vegetables with tender chicken and a light lemon dressing.

English Garden Chicken Salad cateringChicken Marinade
1 1/4 lbs. boneless chicken breast
1.5 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp dijon mustard
Salad Ingredients
6 asparagus spears - blanch in boiling water for 10 seconds then cut on a bias into 1'' pieces
1/2 red pepper julienne cut
1/2 orange or yellow peppers julienne cut
1/2 red onion julienne cut
2 tsp fresh rosemary coarsely chopped
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes softened in warm water for 10 minutes
4 oz. stilton or local aged blue cheese crumbled *see note below
3 oz. premium ham cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Dressing Ingredients
3 oz. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 lemon - zested and juiced
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Dash of salt and pepper

1. Mix ingredients for the chicken marinade and toss in a bowl with the prepared chicken breasts. Let marinate for 30 minutes then grill the chicken breasts until they reach an internal temp of 155 degrees. Set aside to rest before cutting into bite size pieces.
2. Prepare all remaining salad ingredients and combine in a bowl.
3. Make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, lemon zest and juice in a bowl. Then pour over salad ingredients.
4. Set over a bed of fresh greens and enjoy with a crisp dry white wine!

*When Peppers began in 1987, we didn't have a local cheese industry so we chose English Stilton blue cheese. Nowadays, Great Hill Blue from Marion or Berkshire Blue from our Western MA neighborhood provides terrific local options.

 

FEATURED VENUE: THE GARDENS AT UNCANOONUC MOUNTAIN

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

FEATURED VENUE: THE GARDENS AT UNCANOONUC MOUNTAIN


 

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Tucked away just outside the quaint, New England village of Goffstown, New Hampshire, you will find The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain nestled halfway up the southern slope of North Uncanoonuc Mountain. The property covers 15 acres, with extensive gardens carefully tended over its nearly 40 year history. From tented weddings with 150 guests to smaller more intimate events the gardens provide a perfect backdrop for your celebration.  

Weddings can be hosted mid-May through mid-October. Ceremonies are held by the big beautiful Pine, a majestic beauty of the great New Hampshire woods, or by the lovely Formal Rose Garden.  Following the ceremony, guests enjoy cocktails within the Pine Grove, or at the Cottage nestled in the fountain garden. During cocktail hour your guests can stroll through the gardens and enjoy all the property has to offer. Receptions are celebrated under a beautiful Sperry Sailcloth Tent, surrounded by a field of flowers. Not ready to call it a night at last dance? Enjoy a post wedding bonfire with alcohol service and s'mores! The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain offer a truly unique and beautiful setting for your wedding day.

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Come experience their beloved gardens and the natural splendor of the mountainside. Now booking weddings, bridal/baby showers, corporate and nonprofit events.
Phone: 603-340-1518
Email: Connect@GardensatUncanoonuc.com
Website: The Gardens at Uncanoonuc

Photos (first and last) provided by Lindsay Hackney Photography

Photoshoot at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Photo Shoot

We had the honor of participating in a styled photo shoot at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA. The designers at JD Designs wanted to capture two distinctly different looks for the shoot- Great Gatsby and Rustic Romance. The Great Gatsby theme reflected upscale luxury through gold sparkle and black linens paired with ivory and gold china, crystal votives, and statement floral designs. The second design with farmhouse tables adorned with vintage china, wildflowers, lace, and pillar candles created an earthy, organic rustic feel.

For each of these designs we provided a menu to compliment the look. For Great Gatsby our bakery designed a black and white wedding cake with gold and pearl accents. Our chefs created a composed plate of twin lamb chops, fried potato cup with garlic mashed potatoes, silver dollar mushrooms and a Japanese eggplant garnish for the culinary component.

The rustic romance design was complimented with a lace and floral cake and our ever popular short ribs with farm fresh root vegetables, seasonal asparagus and corn pudding. 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is one of those very versatile venues that can accommodate a vareity of different looks from Great Gatsby to rustic and everything in-between.

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Shout out to the vendors!

Photographer: Pizzuti Photography
Venue:
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Designer:
JD Designs
Rentals:
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THBG Lettering:
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Stationary:
August & Osceola
Cakes:
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Catering & Cheese Display:
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Venue Feature: The Connors Center

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Wed, May 24, 2017

FEATURED VENUE: THE CONNORS CENTER

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The Connors Center provides a memorable indoor and outdoor settings for weddings, corporate retreats, meetings and social events—just 20 miles from downtown Boston.

Situated on 80 acres in Dover, Massachusetts this unique venue can accommodate events of all sizes.  Offering an array of spaces to include an open air pavilion, functional meeting room, elegant parlors, and outdoor gardens and terraces, you are sure to find the perfect space to host your event.

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Connors Center provides a breathtaking backdrop for an unforgettable wedding.  From an intimate garden or chapel ceremony, mahogany parlors with adjoining stone terraces, to an outdoor tent overlooking the surrounding woodlands, Connors Center provides all the ingredients for a memorable day. Sit back and enjoy your day with professional on-site staff, a bridal suite, and lodging accommodations for you and your guests.

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Photo Credits: Eric Mccallister, Melissa Koren, George Street Photography,
Interested in hosting a catered event at the Connors Center? Contact one of our Event Designers today!

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Tying the Knot at Tower Hill

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, May 23, 2017

Tying the Knot at Tower Hill

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Planning a wedding is a mix of endless details, decisions, and stressful moments. Recently, we held our "Tying the Knot at Tower Hill" event to offer brides an opportunity to learn useful wedding planning tips in a fun and relaxed setting to help them begin the process of planning their dream wedding. With assistance from Brittni and Shauna at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens and Dave from Allegro Photography, this event turned out to be a big success.


Guests enjoyed brunch and mimosas while mingling with other couples. The program covered topics from maximizing your budget and personalizing your wedding to current trends in the wedding industry and how to select vendors. Guests took home a  swag bag and tiered cake cookie favors (which doubled as place cards when the guests arrived!) Most couples continued their afternoon walking around the beautiful gardens of Tower Hill on this perfect spring day.

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Photography: Allegro Photography
Venue: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Catering: Peppers Artful Events
Cake: CakeArt at Peppers Artful Events
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Art & Design: Spring in Bloom

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, May 09, 2017

ART & DESIGN: SPRING DESIGNS IN BLOOM

Spring is here and we couldn’t be more excited! Our in-house design team has been busy crafting and designing new looks to add color and interest to our food displays.

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Tulips are a staple of spring. One of our simpler, yet classic “spring looks” includes various heights of glass cylinders filled with tulips and river rocks, accented with silver candlesticks and floating candles. Not only does this simple but impactful display read “SPRING” but it coordinates well with many settings, venues and types of events. From a modern cocktail reception in Boston to a garden-themed bridal shower at Tower Hill- the look just works!

 

Hoops of different shapes and sizes with interchangeable fabric creates a great focal point. Our lace hoops are perfect for a rustic, vintage or garden bridal shower. The patterned fabric can be coordinated to fit with the overall look of the event.

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Our newest addition "The Wall" can be customized to suit the theme of your event. This unique display creates a wall of flowers as backdrop for a buffet or dessert table.

We love wheatgrass in the spring time. It creates beautiful pops of green in our displays. Our wheat grass terrariums make a beautiful statement that boasts of spring.

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Styling all of our food & beverage tables, for any type of event, is an absolute must and comes standard with any catering or bar package. We pride ourselves in creating unique and artful displays to enhance all of our food tables, bars, etc. and incorporate coordinating props, risers and signage to create looks that will simply “wow” your guests. We can also design custom displays to fit with specific themes and looks. Speak to your Event Designers if you are interest in unique custom designs.

Look for more of our new looks at your next Pepper’s event.

 


Planning a Stellar Backyard Graduation Party

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Plan a Stellar Graduation Party

 Graduation parties are a great way to celebrate your recent graduate’s achievements with friends and family. Here are some tips to help you throw a memorable backyard event.

  1. graduation partyChoose the date. You should select a date a month out to get your invitations to guests before they make their summer plans. Don't stress if there are other graduation parties on the same day, as most of your graduates' friends will hop between parties.
  2. Guest count. Determine your guest count based on budget and how many  you can comfortably accommodate. Do you want a smaller get together with close family or a larger celebration including both family and friends?
  3. farm to table9-1752Consider renting a tent. If the party will be held outdoors, consider renting a tent. The weather won’t always cooperate, and large party tents are perfect for keeping your guests dry and avoids the tough decision of rescheduling.  Rain or shine, a tent provides great shade to cool off and relax with friends. Not to mention, it also keeps your food out of direct sunlight.
  1. Catering. Booking a caterer to handle the food lets you enjoy the party and make memories. Don’t spend your time cooking and replenishing the food, or standing behind a hot grill for hours. When it comes down to style of service, buffets are a great option for a backyard graduation. Guests can eat when they would like and  you can accommodate guests that come and go. At Peppers, some of our most popular graduation menus include hamburgers and hot dogs, Texas BBQ (pulled meats, briskets, and all the sides), Mexican Fare (quesadillas, fajitas, and tacos) and flatbread pizzas - to name a few!

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  2. Stock up on supplies. Be sure you’re fully stocked up on supplies like utensils, cups, and plates.  An open-house party creates the kind of atmosphere where guests might put down a plate or cup they were using and forget to pick it up when they want a refill. A caterer can supply all of this and keep it replenished throughout the event.
  1. edited graduation cake1-0053Desserts. A sweet morsel is a must at any party.  
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    uation cake designed after the school’s logo or sports team? Or cupcakes topped with graduation hats?  Desserts are a great opportunity to get creativeand have some fun!
  1. Decorations. Make the party personal by incorporating school colors in the table linens, balloons, and paper products. Show off memories with a photo wall along with any trophies or awards the graduate has earned. At Peppers, our graduation buffets are adorned with graduation hats with custom tassels to match the school colors- to add a personal touch! 

    Most importantly remember to have fun planning!

    Interested in catering? The thought of planning a graduation party has you overwhelmed? Contact our team of Event Designers today. We are here to create a memorable stress-free event you and your graduate will remember for a lifetime!
     

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Venue Feature: Gore Place

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

FEATURED EVENT VENUE: GORE PLACE

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Gore Place (Waltham, MA) is a classic New England Country Estate. The mansion and surrounding landscape provide a regency style atmosphere while their newly renovated carriage house boasts casual elegance. Gore place is a lovely venue for weddings, social gatherings, and corporate events.

For weddings the lawn provides a beautiful backdrop for a ceremony or cocktail hour. Dinner and dancing can take place in their three season white peaked century tent with integrated dance floor or inside the carriage house. The tent can accommodate up to 200 guests while the carriage house provides a more intimate space for groups of 90-125 depending on event layout. There is even an on-site dressing room available to use prior to the wedding. Between the 50 acres of gardens, lawns, and farmland the picture opportunities are endless.

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The carriage house is the perfect space for off-site meetings, special events and corporate events. With many conveniences from A/V and free wifi to AC and ample parking, the carriage house can host groups up to 125 guests. The historic atmosphere and alluring grounds create a unique inviting space to host your next event corporate event.

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Photo credit (tent & cake): Brandin Tumeinski Photography

Contact us to learn more about hosting your next event at Gore Place

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Lillet Blanc Summer Cocktail Recipe

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Lillet Blanc Basil Cocktail

Lillet blanc is an aperitif wine that is pleasantly fruity but not overly sweet. When paired
with gin, orange juice and basil it creates a balanced combination of sweetness and
herbal notes. This is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail.

Signature Cocktail summer
Ingredients
4 oz lillet blanc
1 oz gin
2 oz fresh orange juice
¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil
splash of tonic
1 cucumber spear
Steps

 

 


Combine ice, lillet blanc, gin, orange juice and basil in a cocktail shaker- shake well!
Fill glass with ice. Strain contents of shaker into a glass.
Top with tonic water and garnish with a cucumber spear. ENJOY!

It's the Little Things in Life | Mini Desserts

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Mar 29, 2017

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE | MINI DESSERT IDEAS

Dare to go smaller at your next event. Offer your guests mini versions of your favorite dessert. These individual size desserts are fun to eat and can also double as an edible favor. We especially love individual desserts for a bridal shower or baby shower, in which you can customize the dessert to fit the look and theme of the event.

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Heart shaped pie pops are a perfect dessert for a bridal shower. Instead of dealing with a messy pie, it’s much more enjoyable for your guests to receive their own pie pop.  Oreo pops, cake pops, and rice krispie pops can be color coordinated to fit with the baby's gender at a baby shower. Or different kinds of cake can be served in small jam jars that guests can take home.

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Individual desserts can also be enjoyed at the event. We recently served mini wedding cakes at a bridal shower. Guests could choose from 3 different individually plated and designed 3 tier cakes.

Individual desserts are cute, convenient and fun! To see more dessert inspiration ideas check out our CakeART page

Featured Venue: Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

FEATURED EVENT VENUE: HANOVER THEATER

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Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA is a 2,300 seat theatre that draws over 197,000 patrons annually with world class performances and popular Broadway Shows. The Theatre combines old warm charm with state of the art technology making it a unique venue to host an event. Offering a variety of spaces to accommodate events of all shapes and sizes you are sure to find the perfect location for your event.

551 Main street, is Hanover's newest event space. Recently renovated with gorgeous hard wood floors and interesting architecture to create two contemporary and beautiful event spaces. 551 can accommodate groups of 40-250 depending on the event set-up. This is a wonderful space for both corporate and social dinners or luncheons.

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The historic lobby offers stunning chandeliers, antique mirrors, a granite bar and an iconic grand staircase. The lobby can accommodate up to 150 guests and is the perfect spot for a cocktail style event.

The grand promenade overlooks the lobby and is a large space that can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner or 300 for a cocktail style reception. This space is ideal for a pre show cocktail party.

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The stage is Hanover's most unique space to host your event. Commonly used to host large corporate dinners, fundraisers and weddings. The stage can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated dinner. Additionally, the theatre can hold up to 2,300 guests making it ideal for a large presentation or tradeshow.  events hanover theater
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Interested in hosting your event at Hanover? Contact us!
For more information on renting the space or seeing a broadway show click here.


 

Bow - Tying it all Together

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Mar 15, 2017

BOW - TYING IT ALL TOGETHER

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   At Peppers Artful Events, we have a love for creativity and design. Picking out beautiful china, linen, glassware, and flatware are part of the big picture, and can be quite impactful to your wedding. One way to make your day unforgettable is to incorporate a design element that adds a very special touch to the overall look-n-feel of your celebration. It is a great way to express your style as a couple and can become that one detail that ties it all together. We’ve seen couples use retro bicycles, vintage keys or books, parasols and food items like a favorite candy or family recipe.

   This past summer, we had the special honor of working with Steve & Josh on their wedding at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. Their special detail was a bow-tie. This originated from their wedding invites which a friend designed with a yellow and navy bow tie. They loved it so much they decided to make it a a staple of their wedding.  The bow-tie was incorporated throughout their wedding from save-the-dates and invitations to décor and ring boxes.

   Bow-ties reflect style, elegance, confidence and attention to detail, which all represent who Steve & Josh are. Of course, each wore a custom made bow tie on their wedding day.  (knottytie.com - check them out!) Each time we saw that bow-tie, it made us smile thinking how fabulous and wonderful they are as a couple.

 Here is a sneak peek of Steve and Josh’s wedding!

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Photographer: Janelle Carmela Photography
Venue:
Tower Hill Botanical Garden
Catering:
Peppers Artful Events

To see more weddings from Tower Hill Botanic Garden follow our Pinterest board.

Catering for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Mar 07, 2017

Catering for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

catering bar mitzvahAs I await the assignment of my own son’s Bar Mitzvah date, I am thinking of all of the planning that goes into the big event. Where to have the party? Kids or adults? Afternoon or evening? Who sits where? One of the most important questions for me, is what will the food be? That leads to a whole other list of questions. Who will cater? Buffet or plated? Small kiddush or elaborate dinner?

As an Event Manager, I have planned -as well as attended as a guest - numerous Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. I find that choosing a menu for the kids can be more challenging than one would think. Gone are the days of chicken fingers and french fries. Kids today have much more adventurous palates. In addition, kids who go to Mitzvah after Mitzvah, weekend after weekend, grow tired of the same cuisine at every party.

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Food stations continue to be a popular trend. More focused than a buffet, a food station not only gives the kids an opportunity to create their own meal, but also offers a deeper dive into one particular type of cuisine. In addition, food can be eaten on the run, while dancing or during games. As we all know, kids don’t want to sit for long! Here are a few of my favorite food stations. 

  • Taco Station: Soft and hard taco shells, pulled chicken, ground beef, refried beans, tomato, shredded lettuce and cheese with a variety of salsas, hot sauces, guacamole, homemade tortilla chips
  • Burgers and Dogs: Beef and vegetarian sliders, hot dogs, chili, sliced and shredded cheeses, with all the fixins, paired with seasoned french fries or sweet potato fries.
  • Mac and Cheese Bar: Creamy mac and cheese with a variety of add-ins like bacon, tomatoes, jalapenos and more.
  • Salad Bar: Assorted mixed greens with a variety of toppings. For even more intrigue serve the salad in a martini glass!
  • Asian Dumpling Station: Soba noodles paired with veggie and beef dumplings, shrimp shumai, and all the fixins. Serve in asian food containers and you have a great on the move food station.
  • Grilled Cheese: Who doesn’t love a warm freshly grilled grilled cheese? Our chef active grilled cheese station is always a hit. Pair this with a warm soup for a perfect combination.
You can turn eating into an activity for kids. Know a sushi chef? Have a make-your-own sushi bar with lessons on rolling your own. Tired of ordinary cakes? How about a cupcake decorating station for dessert? Of course, this is only the beginning! Any of these suggestions can be rearranged or substituted to suit your or your child’s tastes.

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photo by Nancy Katz Photography 
Written by Jen Shotkin, Event Manager & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Specialist 

Let these ideas be a springboard for your own creative ideas! Contact us today to begin planning your bar or bat mitzvah menu. For more inspiration follow our Pinterest page

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Lindsey and Dave Tie the Knot at the Five Bridge Inn

Posted by Sarah Barrett on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Lindsey and Dave's Fall Wedding at The Five Bridge Inn

It was a beautiful fall day in October, when Lindsey and Dave said "I do" under the white gazebo at the Five Bridge Inn. This was an extra special wedding for us to be a part of, as Lindsey is one of our own talented Event Managers. We couldn't be more excited to share her wedding with you.

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Lindsey and Dave wanted a casual elegant feel to their wedding that also involved hanging out by a fire with friends and family at the end of the celebration (a past time they frequently enjoy). The Five Bridge Inn couldn’t have been a more perfect venue for them.  Between the sprawling lawns, poolside cocktail hour, stunning white cloth tent, and of course the fire pit, the inn created the perfect backdrop for their fall inspired wedding. They were even able to spend the night before the wedding celebrating their daughter Mckenna's birthday outside at the inn.five bridge inn.jpgcatering five bridge inn.jpgcatering five bridge inn.jpgfall wedding cocktail cider.jpgPeppers Artful Events Five Bridge Inn

The color palette of purples, oranges, greens, and pops of yellow were incorporated throughout many details of the wedding.  The centerpiece design incorporated wood stumps from Lindsey's grandmother's backyard. Between the wood accents, moss and bunches of kale a natural elegant feel was created.

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Lindsey, naturally with her love for food being in the catering industry, wanted her guests to enjoy a wide range of tastes and flavors. Dinner was served on stations with small plates. This allowed the guests to enjoy a range of food from grilled cheese and soup, short ribs atop savory corn pudding, to a chef active butternut squash ravioli station with a maple brown butter sauce.

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Following dinner, guests enjoyed cake and an array of cookies paired with milk. The cookie bar was a joint effort from family and friends, who spent days before the wedding preparing their favorite cookie recipes. There were so many personal details incorporated into the wedding that made it truly unique to Lindsey and Dave. We couldn't be happier to have been a part of the celebration - Wishing them both a lifetime of happiness (from the Peppers team!).

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Photography: Angela Greenlaw Photography
Venue: The Five Bridge Inn, Rehoboth MA
Catering, Cake, Design and Florals: Peppers Artful Events

 

Winter in Bloom Series at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Feb 20, 2017

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    This past week our in-house Floral Designer, Katie Gaucher, was invited to participate in the annual Winter in Bloom Floral Design Series at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens. Over the course of five weekends, guests are invited to Tower Hill Botanic Garden to experience a vast array of floral arrangements, participate in workshops, and hear from industry professionals.

This years theme was, “The Gardens of Tower Hill”, in honor of the 175th Anniversary of the Worcester County Horticultural Society. Designers, both professional and amateur, were asked to create a unique floral arrangement using one of the many Tower Hill gardens as their inspiration. These arrangement could only be made using freshly cut plant material.orangerie tower hill

   Katie chose the Orangerie for her inspiration.  “When I imagine the Orangerie in the winter, I picture many varieties of plants and trees all clustered together in one space. It’s a beautiful, natural and fragrant oasis full of light and life.”- Katie

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  She designed her arrangement using concrete/stone material- a trend in the wedding industry right now, as well as a key element of design in the Orangerie and other gardens at Tower Hill. Katie incorporated plants that she had at her own home to add a more natural, personal and interesting feel to the piece. “I just like how my succulents at home have grown over the years and aren’t as perfect as the new one’s you’d find at the store”.  Between the succulents, she integrated an array of colorful Orchids and Peperomia with various potted greens and natural moss. The outcome was a thoughtfully composed, beautiful and unique piece that evokes nature and life.

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Have you had a chance to make it to Winter in Bloom yet? Don’t miss this great opportunity to get out of the cold and experience Spring before it’s here! Click here from more information

To see more of Katie's floral and design work follow our pinterest page

 

Featured Event Venue: The Pierce House

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

FEATURED EVENT VENUE: THE PIERCE HOUSE
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The Pierce House, located in the heart of Lincoln, was built in 1900 by John H. Pierce, a farmer and businessman. Crafted in the Georgian-Revival style, the house and thirty surrounding acres of woodlands and rolling lawns originally included vegetable gardens, an orchard, and a carriage house.

In 1964, the Pierce family left the house and extensive property to the Town of Lincoln. Since that time, this elegant estate has offered a memorable venue for weddings, meetings, corporate and social events.
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The Pierce house offers a variety of options for your event from inside the estate, outside under a large tent, or on the beautiful landscaped fields.  Events inside the estate can accommodate 50-80 people, depending on the desired setup.  Tented receptions can accommodate 200+ plus guests. 

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The Pierce house is a great location for anyone looking for a romantic historic wedding venue. With two ceremony sites, near the pond under the old willow tree or in the colorful gardens, the picture possibilities are endless. The house also features a large wrap around porch, perfect for cocktail hour, where guests can look out over rolling lawns and charming gardens, including a field of wildflowers. The dinner reception can take place inside the estate for a smaller intimate wedding or outside under the large white tent for events over 80.

 For more information about hosting your event at the Pierce house Click Here or Contact Us directly.  



 

ARTbar's New Draft Beer Wall

Posted by Sarah Barrett on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

ARTbar's Newest Draft Beer Wall

Do you love craft beer? Are you looking for something interesting and unique for your next event that will have your guests talking long after your party is over? Our draft beer wall is a fun and unique addition to your next event. 

This stunning new beer tap wall makes a big impact on any party-whether it be a corporate function, wedding, birthday party, gala/fundraiser- you name it! It’s classic and clean design makes it blend well with many different venues and settings. With slate gray and metal accents it coordinates nicely with a wide variety of themes and colors.

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Photos by Lindsay Hackney Photography

We designed the wall to have a mix of straight and cross shelving to allow the addition of bottes, florals or décor for further customization based on your specific event. The tap handles are updated each event to display the name of your beer offerings.

The beer wall works as a great addition for a birthday party or graduation as well. Instead of beer we can serve various sodas and non-alcoholic beverages. 

We also offer a more traditional beer tap wall featuring dark stained wood and black accents which looks great in a more rustic or outdoors setting.

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Think of how fun this could be for your next event! For more design ideas from ARTbar check out our ARTbar Pinterest page. 

Event Venue Feature: Asa Waters Mansion

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

EVENT VENUE FEATURE: ASA WATERS MANSION

Asa Waters Mansion, located in the heart of Millbury is a beautiful estate for weddings, functions, meetings and cultural events. Whether you’re considering an intimate sit down dinner or an outside celebration, Asa Waters offers outstanding intimacy and elegance.

Asa Waters has a variety of options both inside the mansion and on their beautiful landscaped lawn. Events inside the mansion can accommodate up to 85 guests for a sit down dinner or buffet. For guest lists of a 100-150 a tent can be rented to combine the elegance of the manor while utilizing the spacious grounds.

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Planning a wedding at Asa Waters ensures a beautiful elegant event. Ceremonies can take place on their 19th century style bandstands, under stately trees or on a portico. Following the ceremony your guests can enjoy cocktails on the lawn and porches with dinner in the house or under a tent on the lush green lawn.

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For more information about Asa Waters Click Here.
Photo Credits: Rob Reiman Photography



 

Favorite Baby Shower Cakes of 2016

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Favorite Baby Shower Cakes of 2016

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A special day like welcoming a new baby calls for a special cake. When it comes to planning a shower having a cake that ties into the overall theme of the party is important since it is both a decoration and a delicious dessert. From monkeys to cows and sheeps to elephants these cakes are almost too cute to eat.

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 For more cake inspiration follow our CakeART Pinterest page.


 

Pantone Color of the Year 2017

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Pantone Color of the Year 2017 is Greenery

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We’re so excited about Pantone’s color choice for this year.

This refreshing greenish-yellowish hue is “Symbolic of new Beginnings” and has been created to “satisfy our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize” according to Pantone.com.

When you think of the color Greenery what comes to mind? new life? spring time? growth? nature? To us, the color and it's meaning represents an opportunity, as a company, to continue to grow and learn each day. It reminds us to always produce fresh, flavorful, wholesome food sourced from local Farms and businesses. It inspires us to continue along our path of being a certified green caterer and to remain socially and environmentally responsible. It excites us to be able to help design and execute our client’s visions, keeping up with current trends and inspire ways to use this vibrant color in many of our upcoming events.

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Greenery is a beautiful color to incorporate in both small or big ways in the design of your event. How about a moss backdrop for placecards to create a natural garden look? Or  magnolia leaf placecards for a more subtle use of the color. Colored napkins are perfect for adding a POP of color to your tablescape.

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Greenery also works well when incorporated into floral designs. We love the impact succulants add to an all white cake.

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2015’s color of the Year, Marsala, took the wedding industry by storm, inspiring brides to incorporate the deep burgundy-like color into many aspects of their big day! From bridesmaid’s dresses and cakes to centerpieces and bouquets, we saw many unique and beautiful touches of Marsala in every season that year and expect that greenery will be a huge trend in the upcoming 2017 wedding season- we couldn’t be more excited!

For more wedding inspiration follow our Pinterest page. 

 

New Year's Eve Punch

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Wed, Dec 28, 2016

New Year's Eve Punch Recipe

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Looking for a delicious and seasonal punch for your New Year's Eve celebration? This recipe is sure to delight your party guests. It can be made ahead of time and taken out when you're ready to enjoy.
 
Ingredients
4 cups Tito's Vodka
16 oz. rosemary-infused cranberry juice-recipe below
11 oz. Aperol
5 oz. simple syrup
2.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
3 cups club soda
Garnish: fresh cranberries and lemon wheels
 

Combine the first five ingredients and chill in the refrigerator. When ready to serve pour into your favorite punch bowl with ice, cranberries and lemon wedges then top with club soda.  Makes 16-18 servings
 

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4 (12-oz.) bags frozen or fresh cranberries
8 cups water
10 sprigs fresh rosemary
 
Combine the cranberries with 4 cups of the water in a large pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until cranberries soften then add the remaining 4 cups of water and rosemary. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and discard the berries and rosemary.

Brooke and Brian's Charles River Museum Wedding

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Brook and Brian's Wedding at Charles River Museum of Industry

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It was a beautiful day in September when Brook and Brian said "I do" at the Charles River Museum of Industry. This was the perfect venue for their rustic style wedding. The wedding started off with a lovely ceremony in the park by the Charles River. Following the ceremony guests made their way to the museum for the reception, where they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while exploring the museum's unique exhibits. 

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On the second floor, guests dined at farmers table adorned with wildflowers (designed by a very talented bridesmaid) and lanterns, which complemented the museum's brick walls, creating an elegant but relaxed setting.  Bistro lights from Boston Lighting made the space even more intimate and whimsical. Throughout the reception they adjusted the lighting to fit with the mood of the evening. 

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After dinner, the guests enjoyed our s'mores donut bar before dancing the night away. It was a sweet ending to a beautiful day.

The Team
Venue:
Charles River Museum of Industry
Photographer: Mark Spooner Photography
Lighting: Boston Lighting 
Farm tables & chairs: Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals



 

Honey Roasted Carrots with Tahini Yogurt

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Honey Roasted Carrots with Tahini Yogurt
Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients:
2 lbs carrots (assorted colors) honey roasted carrots recipe
1 oz honey clover
1 fl. oz extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. whole coriander seeds
1/2 tbs. fresh chopped thyme
2 tbs. fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. whole cumin seeds

Steps
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. cut carrots into 2.5 inch batons (sticks)
3. combine honey, extra virgin olive oil, coriander seeds and thyme then add to the carrots. Lightly season with salt and peppers
4. put in oven and roast until golden brown - about 20 minutes

Tahini Yogurt
Ingredients:
1 oz. sesame paste tahini
3 fl. oz plain greek yogurt
Juice from half a lemon and lemon zest
3 garlic cloves crushed

Mix all ingredients together & serve as a side or ontop of the roasted carrots. 

Trending in Floral Designs: Suspended and Inverted

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Unique Floral Designs : Suspended and Inverted

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A current event trend we are excited about here at Peppers Fine Catering is suspended florals  instead of, or in addition to, table centerpieces.

We recently created floral “chandeliers” at a corporate event in Boston. Because we couldn’t hang the arrangements directly from the ceiling beams in the venue, we custom-built 5’ tall frames to sit on the guest tables. The dangling flowers created an intimate, secret garden feel – gorgeous and totally unexpected.

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We heard many “oohs and ahs” when we revealed the dining space. The flowers looked great at eye level, but even more striking was the view when guests looked up from their chairs. Totally memorable!

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Another idea is to drape flowers from the top of a wedding arch or chuppah.  Imagine a bridal couple standing underneath a bountiful floral bouquet and the gorgeous photos! 

Let Peppers create the unexpected for your next celebration – with delicious food and design/ floral ideas that will simply wow your guests.

Venue: Boston Soceity of Architects
Designs and Catering: Peppers Artful Events

 

Tuscan Themed Bridal Shower

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Tuscan Themed Bridal Shower at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden was the perfect venue for Nick and Diana’s Tuscan themed bridal shower. Guests mingled in the spacious great hall while enjoying Italian specialties including our fabulous butternut squash and rosemary lasagna and a large antipasto presentation.

To create the Tuscan look and feel, we used topiaries, ivy plants, and branches throughout the room. We adorned the fireplace with lanterns and greens to help highlight the beautiful stone fireplace in the center of the room. Moss balls, neutral colors and wood gave the room a warm and welcoming feel that was accentuated by the blazing fire in the fireplace!  

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The Team

Photography: Joe Dolen Photography
Catering: Peppers Artful Events
Design & Flowers: Peppers Style and Design Team
Venue: Tower Hill Botanic Garden


 

3rd Annual Farm to Table Dinner at Indian Head Farm

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Thu, Sep 01, 2016

3rd Annual Farm to Table Dinner at Indian Head Farm

Another year and another successful farm to table dinner at Indian Head Farm. We are fortunate to collaborate year after year with Lilac Hedge, Indian Head and Crystal Brook Farm to offer a delicious dinner featuring great local products. Over the course of two days we fed more than 140 guests an array of passed appetizers, local beer, and a three course dinner. Music for the event was provided by The Brother Rule Band and The 19 Carter Band.

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Menu

Hors d'oeuvre

Zucchini, Lemon & Mint Bruschetta

Roasted Vegetable Croustade, Crystal Brook Chevre Boursin

Pissaladiere Tart with Honey from Peppers own Bee's

Eggplant Caviar, Bloody Mary Pearls, Basil Crust Cornet

First Course

Chilled Local Corn Soup, Basil Chantilly Crema

Field Green & Herb Salad, Shaved Radish, Beets & Herb Vinaigrette

Second Course

Nicoise Potato Salad, on Rocket Lettuce, French Tarragon

Farm Fresh Vegetable and Spelt Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette Honey Roasted Carrots with Tahini Yogurt

Braised Cabbage with Raspberries Zucchini and Summer Squash Potatoes au Gratin

Smoked Lilac Hedge Ham

Spit Roasted Baron of Beef from Lilac Hedge Farm

Third Course

Fresh Basil Pot d' Creme

For More Information about the farms:
http://www.indianheadfarm.com/
http://www.crystalbrookfarm.com/
http://lilachedgefarms.com/

We are proud to be a Certified Green Caterer by the Green Restaurant Association. Click here to learn more about our green catering program.  

 

 

Cheryl and Craig's Summer Wedding at The Five Bridge Inn

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Mon, Aug 08, 2016

Cheryl and Craig's Summer Wedding at The Five Bridge Inn

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Cheryl and Craig had a beautiful wedding reception at the Five Bridge Inn located in Rehoboth Massachusetts. Upon arrival to the inn guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres under the tented patio. Following cocktail hour everyone made their way to the dinner tent. Seating cards were strung across a beautiful book backdrop adorned with moss and flowers. String lighting created a starlight atmosphere inside the tent that fit perfectly with the tablescapes. The remainder of the evening was filled with laughter, dancing, surprise improv, yummy food and a late night food truck appearance. Here is a sneak peek into their amazing wedding.
 

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The Team
Catering: Peppers Artful Events
Photographer: Black Thumb Studio
Videography: LMV Productions
Wedding Planner:  Fetching Events
Venue: Five Bridge Inn
Florals: Lyndsey Loring Design
DJ: Southshore Entertainment


 

Our Favorite Sweet & Savory Late Night Wedding Snacks

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Sweet & Savory Late Night Snack Ideas

Dinner has been served and the dancing has started but the food service doesn't need to come to an end just yet. Keep your guests energized and the party going with delicious late night sweet or savory snacks. Servers can pass on fun trays through the dancefloor as a nice surprise and quick pick me up for your guests. Here are a few of our favorite late night passed snacks that are sure to be a hit! 

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for your summer wedding. Mix and match your favorite cookie and ice cream flavors for fun combinations your guests will enjoy. 

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Photo Credit: Simi Rabinowitz Photography

 

Mini Filled Cones are a great quick two bite passed sweet. They can be filled with mousse, ice cream, sorbet and more! 

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Photo Credit: The Imagery Studio

Cookies and Milk Shooters are one of those all-time favorite comfort foods. Serve mini cookies with a shot glass of milk for a delicious sweet to end the night. 

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Dessert Pops - Think cupcake pops, cake pops, pie pops - the options are endless. Dessert Pops are easy to grab - plus they are so adorable and fun!

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Late night passed snacks don't need to be sugary and sweet. If you tend to lean towards savory and salty we've got you covered. 

French Fries or Chips- Pass these salty snacks in paper cones that match the theme and look of your wedding or event. Guests can easily handle the cones while busting a move on the dance floor. 

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Photo Credit: The Imagery Studio

Mini Sliders- Looking for a heartier late night snack then these sliders will be the perfect pair for you. 

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Sugared Bacon Planks- Bacon is delicious any time of day! They can be a wonderful mix of savory and sweet when dusted with our whiskey sugar blend. 

Popcorn- A fun snack that can be easily passed in miniature bags. Flavors can go either salty or sweet or pass both to please all of your guest’s taste buds. 

We hope these inspire you to start thinking about the many late night snack options you can offer your guests. 

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Group Bridal Tasting Sneak Peek

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Mon, May 09, 2016

Group Bridal Tasting Sneak Peak

Thinking of attending a complementary group bridal tasting at Peppers? You’re one step closer to experiencing all that Peppers has to offer….and it’s not just exquisite food!

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While we're most-known for our fresh, flavorful and locally-sourced cuisine, we provide so much more than just a delicious meal.  Consider us a “one stop shop” for all of your wedding needs, from cuisines to cakes, and drinks to decor. Let us bring your vision to life through other custom special details like edible favors, stationery ( invitations, menu cards, place cards, etc.), florals, and more.

When you walk through the front door you will step into an experience. You’ll be greeted with a passed seasonal cocktail, escorted to your seat and then encouraged to look around- and there’s a lot to look at! 

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Our style and Design department will have expertly designed a few different tablescapes for you. The tables are ever changing from rustic to industrial to glam and spring inspired. Even if they are not the specific look you want for your day- we hope they start the process of envisioning how you can change the look of your wedding with a unique tablescape.

You will be seated at a table with other excited couples.  At each table there will be placecards, a menu, and table numbers that have been specially designed to show you examples of what we can custom create for you. As a thank you for coming, there is an edible favor adorning each place setting, which we welcome you to enjoy or save for later!

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Tastings include a variety of our most popular hors d’oeuvres followed by a sample of some of our favorite entrees. Typically a beef duo plate, fish and chicken dish and vegetarian selections are served- each featuring a starch and vegetable that pairs nicely with that particular course. Our chefs will circulate the room, explaining what you are enjoying and answering any questions that you may have. We welcome you to take notes directly onto your custom menu for you to review following the tasting. Have a particular allergy? No problem! Let us know prior to the tasting and we will happily accommodate.  Throughout the tasting, some of our Senior Event Designers, Event Managers and Waitstaff will be available to talk and answer question for you, as well.  Following the main course, you will be invited to indulge in some delectable desserts and will receive a few slices of cake to take home and enjoy.

 Our goal at these tastings is to allow you to not only taste our food, but ignite all of the senses in one inclusive experience. We want you to leave feeling excited and inspired for your one of a kind day. Once you experience Peppers, you’ll see why we we’re so passionate about what we do and why you won’t regret having us cater your special occasion!

 


 

Dancing with Cars

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Mon, Apr 25, 2016

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Looking for a unique event venue that boasts both expansive outdoor space and one-of-a-kind exhibits for guests to enjoy? Then check out the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline – the oldest car collection in the United States.

We were pleased to be a part of the Larz Anderson Event Expo to help promote this gem of a museum. We love to see people’s faces light up when they enter and see the many vintage cars on display. Museum staff is well versed in the details of the autos, so guests feel like they get a personal tour. And, you are surrounded by the cars as you dance, socialize and enjoy a meal. How’s that for a memorable celebration?!

There are so many ways to use a  car theme for an event at Larz , such as “ Match Box” type  cars for place card holders, naming tables after classic cars, car drinks (ie Sidecar)  and much more.

And, with two natural locations outside to hold a wedding ceremony or put up a tent for large groups, Larz Anderson exudes warmth and charm for anyone who enjoys being a part of  history.

Check out their website for more information: http://larzanderson.org/ of follow our Larz Anderson Pinterest Inspiration Board

Peach Mint Julep Recipe

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Apr 13, 2016

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A delicious twist on the popular Kentucky Derby cocktail, the Mint Julep. 

Ingredients

1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
4 mint leaves
1 ½ oz. bourbon whisky
½ fresh peach pureed in food processor

Muddle mint leaves in shaker glass. Add all other ingredients and stir together with ice. Garnish with fresh mint and enjoy. This makes for one yummy cocktail! 

Fun Fact: Every year around 120,000 mint juleps are served over the course of two days during the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Church Hill Downs Racetrack. 



 

A Tasting Combination to Remember

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

What a fun night filled with tastings, delicious food, laughter and learning at Julio's Liquors in Westborough. We had the pleasure of being a part of a unique Grand Marnier and food tasting this past fall. Guests enjoyed 5 courses each paired with wine or Grand Marnier Liquor. As the servers passed each course, Master Distiller Patrick Raguenaud explained the background, history and flavors. We especially loved his enthusiasm and knowledge for the trade. Below are some of the fantastic moments captured by Erb Photography.

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First Course
Eclectic Beets, Beet Juice Reduction, Arugula Sprouts and Grand Marnier White Balsamic Syrup
Paired with Grand Mariner100
 
Second Course
Grilled Local Shrimp, Fresh Pickled Herbs, Shaved Bok Choy, Baby Field Greens with Light Champagne Vinaigrette 
Paired with Château de Sancerre Blanc
 
Third Course
Cocoa Dusted Short Rib of Beef, Demi Glace with Frizzled Leeks over Local Corn Pudding with Zucchini, Summer Squash & Broccoli
Paired with Clos Apalta Red 
 
Fourth Course
Blue Long Goat Cheese & Vermont 5 Year Cheddar 
Paired with Quintessence Served with White Gloves
 
Fifth Course
Ying & Yang Chocolate Dipped Fig Stuffed with Mascarpone Infused Grand Marnier
Served alongside a homemade Grand Marnier Salted Caramel
 
The final course included a demonstration of a dipped chocolate smoked cherry by our talented Executive Pastry Chef Lisa. 
 
Check out a great read featuring this event in Foodies of New England Magazine 

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Talk DERBY to Me

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Mar 16, 2016
 Kentucky Derby Themed Party

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With the 2015 holiday parties in our past and winter on its way out, its time to start thinking about a fun spring get together with friends! How about.....a Kentucky Derby Party!!?There’s no time like the present, so call up your friends, dial up the fun, and Run for the Roses!

What a great way to celebrate the Derby with some dazzle, a dash of Southern Charm and a great mix of music and friends to get your party going. The Kentucky Derby race tradition dates back many years, are steeped in fun, parties, hats and mint julep drinkers. You can bring some of that tradition and fun right into your very own home with some helpful party tips:

  • Encourage the women party-goers to wear big hats, and men bowties. You could even ramp it up a bit by offering a horseshoe pin to your guests upon arrival. Red roses are popular when decorating your home. The more equestrian, the better!
  • Bring the South to your home by offering some traditional Derby Favorites. Think Ham Biscuits, Kentucky Hot Browns, Deviled Eggs Tea Sandwiches and Burbon Balls. 
  • Go like-the-pros in Special Event Catering and offer a signature cocktail or two. This will help simplify your menu and ease the amount of items at your bar. Try Mint Juleps, Bloody Mary's and Mimosas!  

And finally, Be sure to have the race on television, or go softer and throw on some Southern Jazz Music. Entertainment is a very important piece to an event!

To wrap things up, be sure to design your menu and evening so you aren’t spending the whole time in the kitchen heating things up. Most people plan terrific parties, but don’t spend time with their guests because of this.  So develop a good plan, a great menu and be sure to HAVE FUN!!

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Embracing a Blank Canvas

Posted by Peppers Team on Thu, Mar 03, 2016

We love having the opportunity to work at so many unique venues and being able to create different looks and feels at each. Some venues lend themselves naturally to a particular style- rustic, futuristic, old fashioned, glamour and more. Raw space is always interesting to work with because you can turn it into virtually any type of venue that you like. It essentially is a blank canvas.

Mass Ballet in Framingham, is an old mill with old office cubicles running down one side, fluorescent office lights, and a rough unfinished interior look. We had a client that had grown up in the ballet school through all her years of lessons and wanted to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in this space that meant so much to her. We jumped at the opportunity to transform this blank canvas into her dream vision. 

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She wanted a glamourous festive and lively evening. We brought this vision to life by tranforming the space by bringing in many new elements and details. String lighting and purple uplights gave a whole new feel to the very industrial space. Monochromatic purples and pops of gold brought color and fun throughout the room. We even added in modern lounge furniture to create an inviting and comfortable feel. High cocktail tables with bar stool chiavari chairs helped create a cocktail style party where the guests opening mingled and socialized throughout the night. 

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It took a little creativity with design in creating a look for the room, but our finished product was a great representation of the style of our client. We showcased the parts of the room that were unqie and interesting and carefully draped and lit the rest to create a inviting and fun atmosphere. 

Photo Credits: Barry Alley Photograph Barry Alley Photography Website

One of Boston's Newest & Unique Event Venues!

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Feb 24, 2016

 Boston Harbor Distillery: One of Boston's Newest and Unique Event Venues