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A Stunning Transformation

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Jan 26, 2016
We had the pleasure to help coordinate the many details to completely transform the hall at St. Spyridon Greek Church into a stunning wedding reception. This was accomplished by softening the space with gorgeous colorful linens, adding drapery and lighting, and incorporating beautiful place settings. The florists stunning centerpieces were the final touch in transforming the space. 




 Hidden behind sliding divider walls was our large display of delicious mini sweets adorned with gold and purple embellishments. At the end of the evening we created a "big reveal" as we opened the doors to present the guests a sweet finish to what was an absolutely magical day.


When you start with a blank slate you can create a completely custom and unique design for your wedding or event!

Photo Credit: John Lenis Photography http://johnlenisphotography.com/



Caroline and Rob's Equestrian Inspired Wedding

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Dec 01, 2015

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We had the honor of being a part of Caroline and Rob's equestrian themed wedding this summer. Caroline’s parents beautiful farm in Berlin, MA set the stage for a memorable celebration.  Caroline wanted to include her love and passion for horses in her wedding day.  From blue trophy ribbons and horseshoes to farmer’s tables and horse drawn carriages the theme was intertwined throughout all the details perfectly. 

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The Team

Caterer: Peppers Artful Events
Wedding Planner: Nancy Sitta
Photographer: Channing Johnson Photography. 

The Farm at SummitWynds Tasting Showcase

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

This past weekend we hosted an exclusive wedding tasting event at the Beautiful Farm at SummitWynds in Jefferson, MA. The historic fieldstone ski lodge, turned horse barn has been converted to a rustic style event venue that is perfect for weddings, rehearsals, and other social events. 

Any brides looking for a rustic style farm wedding should be sure to look here. The stone barn with white washed walls, fieldstone fireplace, rustic chandeliers and beamed wood ceilings is a perfect location for a small ceremony or cocktail hour. Couples can also get married outside on the lawn with panoramic views of the rolling hills.  Dinner receptions take place in a large tent with removable walls to allow the stunning natural surroundings in. Above the stone barn, there is even a cozy bridal suite for the wedding party to get ready in prior to the festivities. For any guests looking to kick back and relax during the reception they can find their way out to the fire pit!  

This sought after venue is truly remarkable and offers so many benefits. 15 minutes from local hotels for guests and an on-site honeymoon suite available for the couple to rent are among some of the numerous advantages.

The owners have tied in beautiful details around the venue from rustic benches to a wooden cart and vintage style furniture. We were able to seamlessly incorporate many of our own rental items into the space for the tasting. Check out some photos from the event below!


Our design team created all the signage, florals and decor for the tasting. Items seen above that are available for rent include our light up beer wall and wine barrels with wooden top.  Looking for more inspiration? Follow our Barn and Country Wedding Pinterest Page. https://www.pinterest.com/pepperscatering/barn-and-country-weddings/

Interested in SummitWynds? Visit their website here http://thefarmatsummitwynds.com/ or schedule a tour!



It's a 40 under 40 Fiesta!

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Mon, Nov 16, 2015

Pepper’s recently catered Worcester Business Journals 40 Under 40 event at Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester. This yearly event celebrates the best and brightest leaders under 40.

This year we offered Mexican inspired cuisine to accompany the celebration. Our passed appetizers consisted of avocado and roasted vegetable quesadillas, beef empanadas and spicy tequila shrimp. We also featured a large stationary display of homemade chips and fresh vegetables served with warm fondue and various toppings like sour cream, diced tomatoes, and goat cheese crumbles.






We love the opportunity to get creative with our displays and showcase delicious cuisine in a fun intriguing way.  Sombreros, cylinders filled with brightly colored vegetables and maracas added visual interest and appeal to our display. We even filled a sombrero with chips! To finish off the event, we passed Mexican Wedding cookies, Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies and Mexican Sugar Cookies on colorful platters. What a fun fiesta! 


Think Green, Live Green, Cater Green!

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Nov 09, 2015

Pepper's Catering was recently certified as a 2 Star Certified Green Caterer by the Green Restaurant Association, a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable. 

We have taken great steps to become a leader among catering companies by maintaining several sustainability initiatives.  As more information has become available about the importance of maintaining our environment and preserving our natural resources, Pepper’s has chosen to make sustainability a key corporate value.  Over the past year Pepper’s has been inspired to take steps to limit our energy consumption, increase our recycling initiatives, and source many food and floral products from local farms and vendors.

Water Reduction:

As a provider of off premise catering, water is a critical component of our ware washing and event preparation.  By installing a state of the art energy efficient ware washing machine, Peppers has been able to reduce ware washing related water consumption by nearly 50%.  Furthermore, Pepper’s has taken steps to become mindful of wasting water in our day to day operations by installing flow regulating aerators on prep and hand washing sinks.  Flow regulating aerators have allowed our team to become more mindful of how much water they actually need to use in day to day tasks.

Electrical Reduction:

Peppers has begun to take several significant steps towards reducing electrical consumption during day to day operations.  This year a Solar Panel array will be installed on the roof of our facility.  The array will be large enough to generate 20% of our annual electrical needs, all from the sustainable energy provided by the Sun’s rays.  Peppers has also begun the process of becoming an entirely LED lit facility.  By switching to LED based lighting fixtures, Peppers is able to reduce lighting based electrical consumption by nearly 50%.  Our electricity saving initiatives extend to our culinary team as well.  Our kitchen convection ovens were recently upgraded to energy star rated models that are able to offer our chefs improved cooking performance by utilizing less electricity.

Waste Reduction:

Since April Peppers has been utilizing a single stream or all in one recycling program.  Single stream programs have revolutionized recycling by simplifying the disposal process and reducing the number of trips vendors need to make to pick up products.  Our current arrangement allows for us to recycle all paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, and select other recyclable products with great ease.  Since inception Peppers has significantly reduce the amount of waste the company has sent to the landfill and the volume of product recycled has increased by 100%.

Sourcing Local Produce and On Site Composting:

Peppers culinary team take great pride in being able to source product, herbs, and florals directly from the company’s on premise, all organic garden.  The success of the organic garden, has been further enabled by Pepper’s on site composting system.  Our culinary team has diligently been contributing all eligible food waste into two rotating compost drums that help the food items to break down and become a natural, sustainable source of nutrients for the plants in the organic garden. Furthermore, we continue to support our local farms by sourcing our meats and produce from them. Each year we par take in a farm to table event in which all product from flowers to food is provided using local farms. 

Fuel Efficiency:

Pepper’s has taken great steps to be mindful of the impact that an off premise caterer can have on carbon emissions.  Since May, Peppers has taken delivery of three fuel efficient Mercedes Bluetech diesel powered catering vans.  Utilizing our new fuel efficient vans has represented a decrease in fuel consumption, and cleaner burning emission into the environment.  Pepper’s has been able to travel significantly further distances, while using less fuel than our former gasoline powered catering vans.


Cater green with us!


You Will "Fall" in Love with this Wedding!

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Nov 02, 2015

There is so much to love about fall weddings in New England. From the beautiful changing leaves to all the natural rustic elements, the outdoors creates such a picturesque backdrop. There are many venues to choose from for your Fall New England Wedding. 

Thayer Homestead is a fantastic location for weddings all year round but we especially love this location in the fall. It was newly restored last year by the town of Medway and they created a truly magical rustic venue.

With this wedding, the bride and groom took their vows under the old oak tree in front of the house.  The grounds made a gorgeous backdrop for photos which picked up the beautiful changing colors of the outdoors.

The dining room was perfect for an intimate dinner for 50. The bride is an artist who made a beautiful sculpture for the fireplace in the center of the room and created specialty lighting with the same dramatic look hanging from the ceiling. The couple set up the special lighting and décor early so that it could be shared with the group that was hosting a fundraising event the night before.

 The shades of whites and ivory were accented by beautiful fall colors in the flowers and the flickering candlelight on the tables. The menu had wonderful fall accents with a roasted butternut squash salad and delicious regional flavors like Nantucket scallops and Block Island swordfish. It was a lovely and memorable celebration!

From guest tables adorned with orange dalias and succulents to white pumpkin accents at each place setting there are so many details to love about this wedding.

We hope this weeks blog will inspire you for your fall event!  

Photo Credit: Meghhan Gregory Photography http://meghanngregory.com 




Fantasy Themed Wedding

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Oct 13, 2015

As a designer, there is nothing I love more than a couple who has a serious passion that we can tie into the design of their wedding. Sam and Sarah are LARPers or "Live Action Role Players" for those of you who don't know the term. Which means they love fantasy worlds and bringing them into their every day lives. We were able to tie that design direction into every aspect of their wedding.

We created custom crests for Sarah and Sam and each of the "Lands" that would designate the tables. We then used these crests on the place cards, each set up as a mini crest of the "land" just like you would see on a medieval battlefield. For the place cards table, thats exactly how we set it up. With a field of moss, each place card stood on its own waiting for the guests to find there land and alliances for the night!



We were then able to carry this look through all the elements of the wedding, from the programs, to the reserves seating cards, to the buffet decor and even for a game of Minglo. Minglo is "Minglin Bingo" which encourages the guests to get to know one another during cocktail hour by sending them on a search for guests with different histories and interests, perfect for the couple who loves games! They even wanted to have a game as opposed to the clinking of glasses to make couples kiss, so each guest was invited to challenge the bride and groom to a roll of the die to see who would be victorious! The decahedron die, most well knows in Dungeons and Dragons, was even recreated by our talented pastry chef Lisa as a favor, all tied together with the couples new family crest.




With a night full of LARPing, zombie dancing and time warps, everyone had a ball at this Tower Hill wedding!

Venue: Tower Hill Botanical Gardens Caterer: Pepper's Fine Catering Design: Pepper's Fine Catering 


A Victorian Garden Party at Gore Place

Posted by Peppers Team on Mon, Oct 05, 2015

Recently, a corporate client asked Pepper’s to cater a period Garden Party at Gore Place, in Waltham.  The venue was the perfect setting for this as the mansion, where guests toured and enjoyed a cocktail reception, surrounded by gardens, beautiful hedges and a small farm. The carriage house, where the multi-course dinner was served amid the wonderful sounds of a jazz trio is a little bit removed from the gardens.  So, we decided to bring a garden inside the Carriage House! 

A seven foot tall tree was built onsite in the center of the room, with guests enjoying dinner right alongside it.  From afar, the tree branches and flowers glowed from the twinkly lights woven throughout the branches.  As you got closer, you could see china tea cups hung from the branches with lace ribbon.  Toward the base of the tree, moss covered logs and tree stumps held tons of colorful, gorgeous flowers and greens.  And at the very bottom, antique books, wooden mushrooms, nests with blue eggs and candles were nestled in with even more flowers. 





It took a little over 3 hours for the tree design to be completed. See how this beauty started from the beginning stages in Peppers prop room to a gorgeous 7 foot tree build on-site!








The finished design was truely something to look at. Guests took photos of the tree all night long and said they really felt like they were in a garden paradise! I would say this was a sucessful design!

Bar Mitzvah: Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Rosenfield Bar Mitzvah
Pepper's had the pleasure recently of creating the Style and Design package for Sammy's baseball themed Bar Mitzvah at the Framingham Country Club. We wanted to create an environment that took guests right into the ballgame! That feeling started with custom designed place cards that looked like baseball ticket replicas, each with a different team and "game" to lead people to their tables. We set the cards up on a table with turf, a miniature sand baseball diamond and custom Red Sox signage (the favorite team!). Next we brought in the centerpieces, glass vessels full of peanuts, wheatgrass, custom printed baseballs and the team pennant to designate the table.


Rosenfield Bar Mitzvah


The biggest "WOW" factor we created, was the concession stand by the virtual baseball game. We made a custom Fenway Park 8x8 foot backdrop and brought in grass and wooden crates to create a stunning and realistic vignette. We made a table top awning (which is available to rent through Pepper's!) for the drink station, and kids could help themselves to fresh pretzels, popcorn and snacks throughout the night!


I think this party was a home run!



Summer Fun: BBQs, Outings & Events

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Thu, Jul 09, 2015
Summer Fun
By: Dianne Stahl
Director of Corporate Events

Summer Outing Fun!

Summer is finally here, after a brutal winter in New England many Corporate and Family Groups are planning that one summer event or outing that brings staff and family together in a relaxing setting to explore a new location, play games, and to feast on the local farm fresh foods. Where to plan that special day that will entice your employees to break away from the office? We have a few hidden gems to tell you about that offer everything from swimming and water sports to lawn games, hiking trails, beautiful gardens, scavenger hunts and more.

The Elm Bank and Horticulture Center on the Wellesley/Dover line offers abundant and themed gardens, expansive grounds, a seasonal tent, and plenty of shaded areas for all of your planned activities. From the formal Italianate Garden to Weezie’s Garden for Children to the Goddess Garden, there is something for everyone and every age at this gorgeous property. You can utilize the grounds at this location for lawn games, bring in inflatables for the kids, plan a scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and hire Pepper’s to provide a mouthwatering BBQ or Lobster Bake for all to enjoy. Why not try our Summer Grill Menu and kick your outing up a notch with fresh, locally sourced foods prepared by our culinary team. We will even include a homemade Lemonade Stand with freshly squeezed lemons, fresh spearmint and iced tea sweetened with our own honey! Or even better, spike it with some locally distilled spirits! Now that’s a party!  

The Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA offers guests 16 acres of landscaped property that includes Dorothy’s Garden, the Italian Garden with a frog filled reflecting pool, expansive lawns for games and picnic blankets, and an old Carriage House for indoor games and music. There are numerous hiking and walking trails in the area for all to explore. A tent can be added to the grounds to enhance your day-long experience. Why not have a balloon artist or Charicaturist to provide entertaining drawings for guests to take home. Musical groups and dancing are welcome and perfect at the Codman Estate. Your fun filled outing would not be complete without a game of softball, badmitton, volleyball or croquet. Pepper’s can provide the very best BBQ you could imagine including healthy salads, entrees made with farm fresh ingredients. Top off the day with an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Stand offering ice cream cones, a sundae bar or ice cream novelties.