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Riverbend Gala: Hoedown Hooplah

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Sun, May 10, 2015
Riverbend Hoedown

YEE HAW For Fundraisers!

 

Over 130 guests donned their finest western duds – boots, denim, bandanas and cowboy hats – and headed to Elm Bank for Riverbend Montessori School’s recent “Hoedown” in support of the South Natick school.   

 

Peppers Fine Catering’s Style and Design team loved coordinating creative theme details including building custom swinging saloon doors at the entrance, “cowboy and cowgirl” signs for the rest rooms, hay bale and whiskey barrel lounge seating areas, and a coordinating buffet display.

 

An old west dinner included spit-roasted pork loin cooking outside for guests to see as they arrived and to smell the flavors that awaited them at dinner.

 

Guests danced to a lively country-western band, while a caller got the crowd to participate in new and favorite line dances.

 

Talk about putting the FUN in your fundraising!  

 

 

Custom Themed Events: Play Ball!

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

The Art of Baseball

 

“Play Ball!”

 

You could practically hear the umpire’s call at the Concord Museum’s recent opening party for their latest exhibition “The Art of Baseball”. With over 50 fine and folk art pieces that interpret America’s national pastime, plus many Boston Red Sox artifacts, this is a baseball lover’s paradise.

Over 200 guests arrived to enjoy Peppers Fine Catering's fun baseball-park themed menu. Delicious beef sliders, mini hot dogs, petite grilled Italian sausage subs and warm pretzel bites with Dijon crème & honey mustard were a hit amongst guests.

The beverage stations had vases filled with baseballs and baseball bats under glass for the table top. Even the staff offered flair with red and white checkered ties, khaki aprons and baseball caps.

And, of course, our homemade Cracker Jack in baseball paper decorative cones (with a mini American flag prize inside! ) ended the night with a home run!

Concord Museum's Senior Membership and Development Officer wrote us to say: " I have never heard so many compliments about food at an opening, and when our director thanked Pepper's in her remarks there was applause. Wow-what a fantastic evening last night! I cannot thank you and your team enough for helping make the baseball opening wonderfully run, successful and a great time all around."

 

*We'd like to thank The Concord Museum for the positive feedback!

 

 

 

Style & Design: Custom Portable Beer Tap Wall

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Dec 30, 2014

by Style & Design

 

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One of the things that makes Pepper's Fine Catering great is our ability to serve brilliant food and create a stunning displays in any setting. From museums, to event halls, to isolated fields, we promise a perfect event. We recently added to our arsenal of decor props by building this custom beer tap wall.

With a faux brick and bead board facade, wood display shelves, and lovely beer tap pulls, this facade is reminiscent of a traditional pub. We can hook up one of our custom brewed beers, a popular seasonal favorite, a cider or even something you may have brewed yourself. With four separate taps, you have lots of possibilities! We even have mini 4oz beer steins if you want your guests to have a beer tasting experience, or, you can give your guests their own mason jar mugs that they can refill all night long! You can set it up as a serve yourself station, or as a backbar to one of our fully stocked bars so that one of our talented bartenders can serve up your guest in style. For a wedding, a gala event or house party, we've got you covered!

Learn more about our Style & Design services here.

Revolutionary Themed - Old Manse Gala in Concord

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Fri, Sep 26, 2014

 

Pepper’s had the great pleasure to cater and design a Gala for the Trustees of the Reservation at the Old Manse property in Concord Massachusetts this summer, and since we’re not quite ready to accept that summer is over, we thought we’d share it now! We love events like this, that have not only a delicious menu but also lots of style and design elements for Pepper’s to design, create, and set up for clients!

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The Trustees of the Reservation decided on a Revolutionary war theme, and even had a Revolutionary reenactment, muskets blazing and all!

 Rustic Cheese Display

On top of the passed hors d’oeuvres, we wanted to have an impressive cheese station for this event as there would be plenty of time while watching the revolutionary reenactment for guests to snack. With stacked wine crates for height and tea dyed reproductions of historical documents to add a historical feel to it all.

Rum Bar

We carried this look through to our a delicious rum bar with copper cups, and our own wine barrel display.

 Antique Book and Vessel Centerpieces

When guests moved into the tent for dinner, they were lead to their tables with centerpieces of antique books and vessels filled with flowers. We actually scoured antique shops for all the unique vessels and books found at each table. Complimenting the antique books with newer hardbacks that were all spray painted and then hand painted with gold accents on the spine to make them blend in with the older books. We then built some lovely floral arrangements in everything from antique teapots to vintage metal beer steins.

Dessert Display 

Last but not least was our opulent dessert display, with all our tasty treats displayed on gilded mirrors, surrounded by candlelight, with a backdrop of colonial flag bunting. We loved creating all the design elements to complement this event and the property.

Wedding Theme Inspiration: ORANGE You Glad…

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Tue, Sep 09, 2014

by Jody Boyajian

Senior Event Designer


Mango. Tangerine. Or just orange. Whatever hue you call it, this sunny color is sure to make a summer wedding original and memorable.

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A recent bridal couple spiced up all aspects of their Larz Anderson Auto Museum wedding with a winning combination of navy and white chevron striped linens with orange charger plates, napkins and floral centerpieces.

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Other details included an orange slice in each water goblet, orange paper lanterns throughout the tent, orange display linens and orange imprinted sunglasses for guests to wear during the outdoor ceremony. Even the bride and bridesmaids wore bright orange shoes!

This wedding had a cohesive and fun design plan that reflected the personalities and spirt of the couple.

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Here’s to coloring your wedding with creativity!  

 

 

Wedding Inspiration: What’s Your Sign?

Posted by John Lawrence on Thu, May 22, 2014

by Jody Boyajian

Senior Event Designer

 

Looking for some inspiration and ideas for your wedding? Personal touches are one of the ways to make a wedding extra memorable.

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A recent couple did just that – hand lettering, painting and framing oh-so-beautiful signs for the various elements of their Elm Bank wedding: welcome and direction signage to the ceremony site, gift table board, bar, dinner and dessert menus.

This takes DIY wedding projects to a whole new level!

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But the pièce de résistance was the life-size love letter to each other in the bar/lounge area. What a great way to celebrate their union and individuality.

I Love You More Than…”

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So sweet and heartfelt. Definitely a wedding design element their guests will remember.

Just fabulous!

Beautiful Brides

 

 

Catering for Open Houses: Champagne, Exquisite Food & Selling a Luxury Home

Posted by John Lawrence on Mon, May 19, 2014

Catering for Open Houses

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It's no secret to successful real estate agents, who are looking to sell multiple properties or that extra special “designer showcase home”, that attracting the right prospect calls for the some “out of the box” thinking.

People seek to imagine themselves in the right home and setting the stage with furniture, lifestyle function and special activity is certainly an important strategy that many progressive developers and real estate brokers deploy to move the sales of homes.

While the depiction of Annette Bening in her role on American Beauty and her quote of “I will sell this house today” depicts a harried broker scrubbing the tiles, dusting up a storm, savvy brokers deploy numerous tactics to move a high end piece of property. 

Hosting an open house, especially a broker open house, is still a strategy that has numerous other benefits besides finding the right buyer. This is where, as in life, putting together a well thought out plan will drive a higher percentage of results. A high end broker open house should also attract sharp agents who also sell to the upper level marketplace and have a Rolodex of contacts who can expose the Host agent to a network of new contacts.

As a caterer who has been called on by dozens of agents who seek a tasteful and memorable solution for custom beverage and clever food stations that really showcase a home and its special nuances, we have achieved the highest amount of raves by placing food and matching beverages in focal points around the home and property that gets visitors to slow down and take a moment to capture a home’s unique aspects of architecture, views or simply it’s terrific and useful design. We recently catered a gorgeous open house that was featured on a segment of Nightline Prime on ABC. You can read more about it in this article in the Telegram & Gazette.

Toll Brothers, a nationwide upscale home builder employs these strategies and takes it a step ahead in some of the following ways.

1. Inviting the right guests, such as public officials, Chamber of Commerce, brokers and other “influencers” that network with people who speak with those who may be in the market for something special.

2. Schedule your open house after “working hours” for higher level of attendance.

3. Enlist local vendors who represent what is special about the area. Local craft brews (we featured Jack’s Abbey beer recently), farmers market, Spa and other lifestyle types of vendors. Everyone wins with this exposure.

4. Go digital & use social media to further boost awareness and interest. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are getting more powerful by the day.

So take a page from Annette Bening’s character and make the home a sparkling presentation, hire a great catering company to help you, the broker look great and with all of this advance preparation, relax and enjoy your Open House Event.

 

 

This Is Eggs-actly What The Customer Ordered

Posted by John Lawrence on Sat, May 03, 2014

By Heidi Bouchard ~ Head of Style and Design

Our menus at Pepper’s Fine Catering are always evolving. We recently debuted a new station, Deviled Eggs. This was the brainchild of Senior Event Planner Jody Boyajian. During frequent trips to D.C., her family often patronizes a local hotspot called The Founding Farmers where the first thing they order is a platter of deviled eggs.

She brought the Deviled Egg Station idea to the attention of the culinary team who added their twist with flavors like Buffalo and Sour Cream & Chives. She then sold the concept to two customers with corporate themed parties.

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One of the more recent events was for an Audi Vehicle Debut Party, located at a Boston area car dealership. The client’s ideal design was for an upscale, sleek, modern and night-club aesthetic. Their chosen colors were shiny red, silver and gold.

To achieve the look we started with spraying eggs metallic red. The light bulb went on for added glitz.

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Rolls of chicken wire behind one of our storage buildings would frame our vessels.

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Old tarnished wire was sprayed with adhesive and coated in silver glitter.

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10 dozen plastic eggs were sprayed gold.

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Raffia/Hay was sprayed gold and added to the bottom of the vessel.

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One vessel was layered with Hay and Eggs.

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A glittered chicken wire column was filled with eggs and the slipped into a glass vessel and then addedto the Deviled Egg Stations for that finishing touch. 

 


Lululemon Event

Posted by John Lawrence on Mon, Nov 11, 2013

By Sarah Blakeslee ~ Senior Event Manager

We recently had the pleasure of working with high-end Yoga and Fitness Apparel Company Lululemon to take their vision for their customer appreciation event and bring it to life. The exciting event took place at the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, the perfect setting for a rustic fall garden look.

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After the guests enjoyed yoga in the open air great hall they made their way into the reception room to be greeted by staff members presenting fun and healthy appetizers.  

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Guests also got to snack on granola from the Granola Bar. They could choose from Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Granola or Chocolate Chipotle. All accompanied by various nuts and candy mix-ins. The Granola Station was truly a hit!

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A Cider Station provided the beverages for the evening. Offering both cold and hot apple cider served in Irish coffee mugs. Wine Barrels provided a unique table to display the glassware for the station. Note:These can be rented from Peterson’s Rental Company.  

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Before guests departed for the night they took with them Seed Bomb Favors presented on hanging branches by the exit.

Dr. Seuss - 'Cat in the Hat' Themed Party

Posted by John Lawrence on Tue, Oct 01, 2013

By  Amanda Yano-Litwin 

Pepper’s had another great event on Saturday! Working with repeat clients is always a pleasure, especially when our staff is allowed some creative freedom in putting together an event, and Saturday was no exception!

Saturday’s event was a Bar Mitzvah with a Dr. Seuss, 'Cat in the Hat' theme.As many of you can imagine the topsy-turvy world of Dr. Seuss brings out the inner child and imagination of everyone. 

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For the event, we at Pepper’s wanted to ensure that the playfulness of Dr. Seuss was evident, but also had a refined, understated look that went along with the Client’s needs. The end result was a bright, beautiful scene which had class, and the playfulness one would expect from Dr. Seuss.

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Our team at Pepper’s is always looking for ways to stretch our imaginations and bring a client’s vision to life, and I think our Cat in the Hat evening was a great success!

 

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 Images by 'Le Petite Studio'