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Hosting the Holidays

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Oct 22, 2021

Hosting the Holidays: How to Enjoy Your Own Thanksgiving

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For many people, hosting the holidays is something that you look forward to for your whole life. You grow up watching your parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents putting on these big productions, and when you are an adult, you want to do the same. But then you realize- hosting the holidays is HARD. Below are the tips that we have found to be the most effective in making sure you don't get too overwhelmed amid all the planning. 

1. Remember What Makes Them Important. Thanksgiving is not about what you eat, wear, or where it takes place. Thanksgiving is a time to come together and be thankful for the time that you have with your loved ones. It is time to reminisce about past good times and remember loved ones who are no longer with you. It is also a great time to look forward to what you have to be thankful for in the future. While you're planning, take the time to stop and think about all of this so you can keep the upcoming holiday in perspective.

2. Do As Much As You Can In Advance. One of the most stressful parts of any holiday is running around last minute trying to figure things out! Before you even begin to invite people into your home for Thanksgiving, first think about what you want to make! Do research to determine how many people your recipes will feed and how much the ingredients for each one will cost you. Make sure you can get everyone at a local store, or if not, that it can be delivered in time. Once you have a plan, then you can begin making your guest list. 
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3. Take Some Of The Pressure Off of Yourself. People love to be involved! Ask people who are coming to bring something small. You can ask them to bring a side or a dessert. If you would prefer to provide the meal, you can always ask people to bring a game, a beverage, or even some photos of family or friends that can be enjoyed by all. This will help draw your guests in and make them feel engaged and it will also help you to feel like you don't have to do it all. 

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4. It Doesn't Have To Be Traditional. The best thing about holidays is that you get to decide how they are celebrated. You don't have to follow the way the adults did it when you were a kid! Shake things up, try something new this year! Maybe you don't like pie and want to do something more fun for dessert, or maybe you want to host Thanksgiving but absolutely hate to cook. To explore some ways you can host Thanksgiving without ever having to make a single recipe, take a look at our Thanksgiving Menu. 
5. Follow CDC guidelines! Now more than ever, it is so important that we protect ourselves and our families. Do whatever you can to ensure that your holiday guests help you to follow CDC guidelines for a safe and fun get-together. If weather permits, host your party outside! If not, you can open windows, socially distance, and make hand sanitizer and masks readily available for anyone entering your home. 

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The holidays are one of the most special times of the year. It is not often that people can join in with their friends and families and share a meal and a laugh. This time should be joyful and happy, so don't stress yourself trying to make everything perfect! Make your plan, and then take a step back to enjoy your efforts. Interested in learning more about us - contact us today! 



Support for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Posted by Lillian Davis on Tue, Jul 27, 2021

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On June 10th, members of Congress introduced the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act to add $60 billion dollars to the fund to support independent restaurants and bars. We’re advocating for the program to be refilled so that everyone who needs relief can access it. 

 

How can you help?

Step 1: Get to know the bill! Visit https://www.saverestaurants.com/advocate/ to learn more about why this bill was created, and why it is so important to your local bars & restaurants that it be refilled.

 

Step 2: Email your reps! This only takes a minute, and by visiting the link above you can find a form that will guide you through creating your email.  

 

Step 3: Call Congress! You can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your members of congress. 

 

Step 4: Share on social media! The more people who know, the more support the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will get. 

 

These small steps can help to make a big difference for the future of your favorite local bars and restaurants! 

Planning a Memorable Graduation Party During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Planning a Memorable Graduation Party During Covid-19

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We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic has put a lot of summer parties, especially 2020 graduation parties, on hold. With the introduction of phase 3 in Massachusetts, our clients are looking for ways to still have a memorable graduation celebration while following state guidelines. Here are our top tips for planning a graduation party during Covid-19.

  1. Host your party outdoors. We have always been fond of backyard graduation parties because they feel more personal. We recommend renting a tent to keep both your guests and the food out of the sun. Following guidelines of keeping guest seating 6 feet apart will impact the size of the tent needed based on your anticipated guest count. You will want to keep in mind the space you have to work with and size of the tent needed to determine the number of guests you can safely host. Our team, in coordination with a tent rental company, can help you determine the appropriate size. 
  2. Order food from a caterer that is following CDC and state guidelines for sanitization and food preparation. Whether looking for pick-up catering or a full-service event, the way food is presented is important. Guests may not be comfortable with a large self-serve buffet with many different hands touching the serving utensils.
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    Consider offering a boxed meal for each guest or individually served items. Boxed meals don’t have to be just your standard sandwich or salad. Think gourmet sandwiches served alongside homemade chips, individual Asian noodle salads served in Chinese takeout boxes, or a curated bento box with a variety of healthy offerings.

    If you’re thinking of having a full-service catered event, servers can handle food from the buffet to limit the amount direct contact guests have with the buffet. BBQ style cuisine like BBQ chicken, pulled pork sliders, and cornbread have always been popular options for summer grad parties and can easily be served by staff. Another option is an on-site chef cooking fresh burgers right from the grill for each guest. You could even bring in the sports game-day feel with individual open-top boxes assembled for guests, each filled with mini sliders or chili dogs served alongside fries. 
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  3. You can’t have a graduation party without sweets. A cake can still be served but think of having one person assigned to cutting all the slices and putting them on individual plates for each guest to grab as they are cut. You can also offer cake as individually wrapped cake pops. Or if pies are more your style, you can do individual pie pops. Looking for a dessert that helps beat the summer heat? Individually wrapped novelty ice cream desserts are a great way to go. Check our some of our bakeries past dessert creations
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  4. When it comes to drinks -- you can include them in the boxed meal if you are doing that style of service, or have servers bring drinks to each guest individually. If you are hosting an event without a caterer, you could encourage guests to bring their own beverages.
  5. How about adding in a unique way to follow mask guidelines? You can incorporate face masks into the celebration by getting custom cloth masks in the school colors or with the school logo on them.

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  1. Make it easy for guests to follow sanitization guidelines. Consider having hand sanitizer out and available for guests on every table and trash cans close by.

Graduations are a very special and important milestone to celebrate. We are here to help you plan your event so you, the graduate, and your guests feel safe and have an enjoyable time. Interested in learning more about us - contact us today! 



Featured Event Venue: Boston Innovation and Design Center

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Mar 03, 2020

FEATURED EVENT VENUE: BOSTON INNOVATION AND DESIGN CENTER

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The Boston Innovation and Design Center is a modern and industrial event venue located on Boston’s waterfront in the Seaport district. This former naval base can accommodate anywhere from 25-600 guests. It’s convenient location with various indoor and outdoor spaces makes it versatile for galas, meetings, social and corporate events. 

Drydock Hall is a hip and industrial 8,700 square feet space that can accommodate up to 600 guests for a cocktail reception or 250 for a dinner or gala. With access to an outdoor Promenade, you can incorporate the outside in your event. 


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Galley West is an open and inviting event space sized at 5,500 square feet. It can accommodate up to 350 guests and is perfect for cocktail receptions or dinner events. Plus the surrounding design showrooms make for fun window shopping during your event.

The Loft provides 14,400 square feet of raw and inspiring event space that can hold up to 570 standing capacity or 350 for a reception style event. It provides the perfect backdrop for creating your own experience from scratch and with rows of windows you will get lots of natural light and beautiful city views. 

The Loft Space at Boston Innovation & Design Center

The Seminar Room offers a warm and inviting setting for smaller sized events up to 100 guests, making it perfect for meetings or seminars. 

Seminar Space at Boston Innovation & Design Center

Clients can take advantage of one or multiple spaces when planning their event. Whether you are looking at holding an all-day conference with multiple breakout rooms or an extravagant gala for 300 guests, the BIDC offers an array of unique options for your event. 

Contact us to learn more about hosting your event at The Boston Innovation and Design Center.

Event Venue Feature: Allrose Farm

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, May 01, 2019

VENUE FEATURE: ALLROSE FARM 

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Photo: Halie Olzswoy

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

 Allrose farms offers many amenities included with your rental.

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

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
 

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 on 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 fun linens, the space is a blank slate that can take on a 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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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