Feast For All Senses Blog

A Heart Picked Event

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Feb 10, 2016
We had the pleasure of helping Sarah Crutcher, a young and talented author, host a book signing for the unveiling of her children's book about adoption called, Heart Picked: Elizabeth's Adoption Tale. 

The tile of the book served as all the inspiration we needed to delight the guests throughout all the details of the party. 

Hors-d'oeuvres and pastries - All were heart-shaped. From canapés to macaroons, our chefs were able to truly capture the magic of this touching story with these delicious bites. Even the displays, all of varying heights, were made using covered books to match the theme and colors of the party.There's no more fitting way to celebrate a book than to recreate it's cover on the cake, which took center stage on the table where Sarah autographed books for her guests. 
 
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Our host was thrilled we were able to capture her vision and execute it with all the finishing touches that make each of our events special. She asked for an elegant book signing for a small group and we delivered in big way! We wish Sarah tremendous success in 2016!

Tags: Events, Event Design and Planning, Menu Catering

Bright and Beautiful Summer Wedding

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Feb 02, 2016
 

Looking for creative and colorful New England summer wedding ideas? Here’s how a recent bride collaborated with Peppers to make her special day memorable.

Crisp navy linens and white chairs created a classic but casual look. To jazz up the color scheme we added pops of chartreuse in various display linens and in the gorgeous floral table centerpieces that Peppers designed.  The visual appeal was refined, yet relaxed.   

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An oyster bar was an important stationary hors d’oeuvres menu item for this couple. Instead of a basic table set up, we used a moving cart with striped awning and attached chalkboard signage to create their  “AW SHUCKS” seafood display with a touch of nautical detail.  Talk about the wow factor! We custom built the cart and yes its available for rent! 

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And her wedding cake was an understated design with a bit of a twist – literally. We turned the square tiers on an angle to give it some sass and tied in navy blue and chartreuse with a ribbon on each tier and floral garnishes.   

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Each design element complemented the others to bring the Brides wedding vision to life. This was an elegant and fun reception that truly reflected the couples’ personalities. 

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We couldn't help but share some more amazing images of their day!

Venue: Tower Hill Botanical Garden
Photographer: Joe Dolen 

Tags: Events, Wedding Catering and Planning, Menu Catering, towerhill

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. 

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 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.

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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/

 


 

Tags: Event Design and Planning

Impress Your Guests With Mini Cheesecakes

Posted by Peppers Team on Tue, Jan 19, 2016

If you love sweets as much as we do it can be difficult to choose just one dessert to try! This weekend we served a trio of our most popular cheesecakes to give the guests a variety of different flavors. We artfully plated three mini cheesecakes- banana foster, citrus and dark chocolate for their pleasure. Try this new york style cheesecake recipe at home or for your next party!  

New York Style Cheesecake

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Ingredients 

Make sure all ingredients are room temperature 

2.5 cups graham cracker crumbs 
1/4 c melted butter 
1/8 c sugar 
1lb of cream cheese 
1 cup of sugar 
3 eggs 
1 cup of sour cream 
1TB vanilla

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350°. 

Mix 2.5 cups of graham cracker crumbs with 1/8 cup of sugar. Pour the melted butter into the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Mix with a fork. Scoop mixture into bottom paper lined muffin tins. Push the crumbs down with a flat object. (Ex. Bottom of a glass).

In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment mix the cream cheese until smooth. Then add the sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time mixing until each is incorporated. Add vanilla. Add the sour cream until the cheesecake is smooth and creamy. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the whole cheesecake giggles all at once. Cool until room temperature. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and then pop out of the pan. Decorate as you like and enjoy! 

Tags: Events, Recipes

Can I get a yeehaw for this wedding!

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

This past August one of Pepper’s very own tied the knot! Morgan & Jon we’re very DIY with their wedding. For the ceremony, Jon built a birch arbor which was decorated with a giant elk skull and pretty pink roses to add a soft touch. The bridesmaids all wore cowboy boots with their light pink dresses. The Maid Of Honor was swiftly escorted down the aisle by the couple’s pitbull mix, Diesel. Followed by Morgan herself with her father, donning a handlebar mustache. For guest seating there were hay bale benches covered in blankets which were later turned into couches for guests to sit back and rest their dancing feet.

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 The reception took place under a beautiful sailcloth tent that looked stunning next to her parent’s red colonial home. There were no seating assignments except for the bridal party who dined at a large farmers tables in the middle of the tent.  

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Being the handy-man he is, Jon (who spends his weekends at the farmers market with his builds for Johnny Appleseed Designs) built his bar using wine barrels and a curved wooden top set in front of a large, fully bloomed hydrangea bush. Off to the side was an actual horse trough that was used to ice down the beer on this hot summer day.

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To bring the theme full circle, the one thing Morgan really wanted at her casual, but elegant backyard BBQ wedding was Pepper’s infamous copper boot. Filled with straw, and bright sunflowers the boot made a big statement piece on the buffet.

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The birch frosted cake on a custom made stump stand, centered on a wooden market cart was displayed throughout the night. The fun loving Groom, who usually can be seen dressed like a lumberjack, did not hold back from shoving a little bit of the Salted Caramel Devil’s Food Cake (which was a Pepper’s favorite this year) into his bride’s face when it came time for the cake cutting. 

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Even though it was raining cats & dogs by the end of the night, that didn’t stop anyone from having a great time, devouring the cake and mini sweets and dancing up their own storm under the beautifully lit tent. The combination of the Pepper’s touch and the Bride & Groom’s do-it-yourself this wedding was both perfect and personalized.  

 

Photo©: www.helloimjoe.com Hyperlink: www.helloimjoe.com

 

Tags: Events, Wedding Catering and Planning, Menu Catering

This Holiday Cocktail is a hit

Posted by Pepper's Team Blog on Thu, Dec 24, 2015

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Try this delicious Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktail this holiday season. The rosemary scents speak to the holidays while the refreshing nature of this cocktail make it perfect for the warmer December weather. 

Ingredients

2 oz. Gin

1 tbsps. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 tbsp. Rosemary Simple Syrup (Recipe Below)

2 tbsps. Pomegranate Juice

Splash of Club Soda

Pomegranate Seeds

Rosemary Sprigs

 Rosemary Simple Syrup

  1. Boil 1 cup water with 1 cup of sugar
  2. Once the sugar dissolves remove from the heat and add 1 sprig of rosemary
  3. Let sit for 15-20 minutes
  4. Remove rosemary and keep cool 

Drink Instructions

  1. Mix gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously then pour over ice in a lowball glass
  2. Top with club soda and stir gently
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and large spoonful of pomegranate seeds.


Tags: Events, Holiday Events, Recipes

Equestrian Inspired Wedding

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

 We had the honor of being a part of Caroline and Rob's equestrian themed wedding this summer. The event took place at the Caroline’s parents beautiful farm in Berlin, MA.  From blue trophy ribbons and horseshoes to farmer’s tables and horse drawn carriages the theme was captured perfectly. The brides love for horses was shown throughout all the details of the wedding.

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Following the ceremony guests took a tractor pulled hay ride down to the reception tent. Upon arrival guests were greeted with wine and artfully plated appetizers. Then when it came time to sit down for dinner, guests collected their mini horseshoe placecards and were directed to their tables. Everyone awed at the beauty of the tent adorned with twig chandeliers and silver and lace accents. We incorporated our own lace hoops and mercury glass into the displays of the bar and buffet to blend with the overall look of the wedding. 

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 Congratulations Rob and Caroline! Wishing you many years of happiness! 

Wedding Planner: Nancy Sitta

Photographer: Channing Johnson Photography.  http://www.channingjohnson.com/#boston-wedding-photographer

Tags: Event Design and Planning, Wedding Catering and Planning

Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Posted by Peppers Team on Fri, Nov 27, 2015

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Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Directions

STEP 1: Place milk and half-and-half in a saucepan and heat to a simmer over medium heat.

STEP 2: Meanwhile, sift together the cocoa powder, sugar, and cinnamon.

STEP 3: A few teaspoons at a time, pour the hot milk and half-and-half into the cocoa mixture-stirring continuously to form a smooth paste.

STEP 4: Scrape the cocoa mixture into the saucepan with the milk and simmer 2 minutes; do not let it boil.

STEP 5: Stir in the vanilla

STEPG 6: Top with Whipped Cream, Fluff or Marshmallows and ENJOY! 

Tags: Holiday Events

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!

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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!

 

 

Tags: Events, Event Design and Planning, Party Planning, Wedding Catering and Planning

Thanksgiving Inspiration: Pumpkin Pie

Posted by Peppers Team on Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

(9” pie) 

 

Ingredients:

Favorite Pie Crust Recipe

1 Sugar Pumpkin

2 eggs

1 C. brown Sugar

1 TB All Purpose Flour

½ tsp salt

2 ½ tsp pumpkin spice

12 oz evaporated milk

 

Directions:

Cut pumpkin in ½ and remove the seeds. Place cut side down on lightly greased pan. Bake at 325 for 30-40 mins. Or until the flesh is tender. Cool until warm. Scrape pumpkin flesh out, mash or puree. Beat eggs, add brown sugar, flour, salt and 2 cups of pumpkin puree, spices and milk. Stir well after addition. Pour mixture into unbaked crust. Place strip of foil around edges. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, reduce temp to 350 and bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick is clean. Remove foil 20 minutes before taking pie out. Cool, chill overnight for best results.



Tags: Holiday Events, Recipes