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Bridal Shower Season: Time to Celebrate!

  
  
  
  

 

 

  

Bridal shower season is here once again and that means it’s time to celebrate! This cake was made for a special bride whose shower was held at Cyprian Keyes Country Club. The bride wanted something in pale pastel colors with an elegant look. We selected shades in pale pink and pale green with simple chic pearl drops and fresh flowers. The cake flavor had to be something absolutely delicious! We decided on a double tiered round cake with two separate distinct flavors. The first tier was our popular Pink Lemonade cake, a delicious three layered cake in pink ombre colors, filled with fresh lemon curd. The second tier was a hit for the chocolate lovers, an amazing chocolate raspberry fudge combination.

After the shower, the bride (Gail Arcieri) let us know how much she and her guests enjoyed the cake with this great feedback: “We LOVED it! As a matter of fact, people thought it was one of those fake ones because it looked so pretty!! We put some rose petals around it on the display table which was just enough to set it off. Thanks so much-it was a big hit and we told everyone where we got it!!” 

Riverbend Gala: Hoedown Hooplah

  
  
  
  
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!  

 

 

Brighten up your table: Rhubarb Salad

  
  
  
  

Rhubarb Salad

 

Spring?

 

What does your Spring taste like?

After this past Winter, many are saying, "Thank goodness"!

But seriously, what local foods do you look most forward to every Spring?

Ramps, Asparagus, Peas, Rhubarb, uuurrrrppp?

 

* Rhubarb isn’t on your short list seasonal Spring food sourced from local farms?

* Rhubarb only goes with strawberry and it’s in a crust !

 

Stop for a minute and ponder these rhubarb ideas...

* Made into a chutney and napped over grilled chicken

* Roasted with golden & Chioggia beets and combined with Berkshire Blue Cheese

* Pickled sweet & sour rhubarb over deviled eggs

* Wheatberry Field Green & Spelt Salad, Rhubarb Mint Dressing

 

OK, are you still with me?

We spoke with one of our favorite local food sources, farmer Tim Wheeler over at Indian Head Farm, in Berlin, the other day and he expects to see his first of the season Rhubarb in his food stand in mid-May. His asparagus is in and it is yummy. Rush on over and prepare this terrific salad.

 

We'd like to suggest trying a Spring Salad with a roasted beet combo, roasted rhubarb, local blue cheese and orange section garnish as a delightful first course for Spring/Early Summer Entertaining.

 

Beet, Blue Cheese and Rhubarb Salad

2 Lbs. Beets, peel and cut into bite size pieces

3/4 Lb. Rhubarb, cut into 1/2" pieces

1/4 cup Sugar

2 tbsp. Kosher Salt

1 tbsp. Pomegranate Molasses

1 tbsp. Sherry Vinegar

2 tbsp. Maple Syrup

1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil

2 pinch Allspice

1 each Red Onion, peeled, cut in half, then strips (julienne)

1 cup Parsley, coarse chop

4 oz. Blue Cheese, Berkshire Blue or other creamy Blue Cheese

Salt and fresh peppers grinds

Pre-heat a 375 degree oven set on convection.

Combine the cut up beets, dust with kosher salt and 3 tbsp. of the olive oil in a bowl and toss for 20 seconds.

Place the beets on a cookie sheet and roast till softened. 30 minutes should be close.

Combine the rhubarb with the sugar and a splash of olive oil and also roast for about 10 - 12 minutes, let cool.

Place the vinegar, molasses, maple syrup, remaining oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a

few grinds of pepper, along with the onion into a bowl and let this sit for 15- 20 minutes to soften the onion a bit.

Combine this mixture with the roasted beets and give everything a stir or toss.

Add in the blue cheese and rhubarb to the above ingredients and give it a gentle mix.

Taste, adjust the salt & pepper and serve, topped with the chopped parsley or arugula sprouts.

 


 

Wedding Table Design: The Vintage Traveler

  
  
  
  
Wedding Table Design: Traveler

 

 

Sometimes a couple wants to design their wedding around something they love, so we decided to design a table around something we love, travel! To bring in some rich colors and develop the look, we decided to go a more vintage route with our triage theme. We started with a dark moody green linen and added a more classic design for our place settings.

Next, we wanted to build up our centerpiece to make a real statement. We created multiple levels with stacked vintage books and an old travel chest. Having multiple levels allows the eye to bounce between all the different design elements, which adds interest and dimension. We used two vintage silver vessels for our florals and added quail feathers for texture and height. Next we found a mini globe and painted it black and the stand gold. Then we hand-painted the table number on both sides of the globe so the guests could approach from any angle and be able to see the table number. Last but not least, we incorporated paper elements.

To tie into the vintage feel, we wrote our menu and place cards by hand in white calligraphy and then added foil to tie into the gold on the spines of our vintage books. A table like this can't help but make the special couple excited for their honeymoon!

Wedding Table Design: Quirky and Bright

  
  
  
  

 

quirky and bright table design

 

Some couples want to be completely unique, and we think they should have a wedding table design that is different from the rest! Though the previous wedding tables we've talked about, Rustic Romance and Modern Romance  are beautiful and unique in their own right, sometimes, we like to do something a little... quirky! 

Bringing the Wedding Quirky Table to Life

For this table, we started with a bright chartreuse ikat and these white animal head vases. We filled the vases with bright flowers and greens to set the mood. Next we created this completely unique table number out of wood, nails and string. We think the table number is a perfect piece of graphic art! Next, to add another dimension to the table, we mixed different graphic china patterns to create a graphic place setting. Last but not least, we designed a modern and graphic menu and a place card that slides right onto the water glass, just another perfect little design detail that helps bring our quirky table to life!


Custom Themed Events: Play Ball!

  
  
  
  

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!

 

 

 

Wedding Table Design: Rustic Romance

  
  
  
  

Rustic Romance

 

In our first "Wedding Table Design" post we talked about creating a modern romantic table. This time we decided to design a table for a wedding around the idea of "rustic romance". We started with a tweed burlap linen which set the base for our rustic table, next we added heavy ceramic dishes with a worn vintage look and hammered flat wear. All these pieces set our rustic table and now we're ready for the details!


A purple crystal goblet adds our first hint of color, which we tied into all our paper goods. For a romantic touch, we added hand-painted flower details on the menu and favor tag. We used more casual and whimsical fonts for our paper goods at this table. Then with hand-painted table numbers on wood rounds, and craft paper cartons (filled with delicious macaroons from our bakery!) for the favors, we've brought in more rustic elements. Last but not least was our centerpiece, with a corrugated tin vase, purple cabbage, silver brunia berries and large white mums, we've created the perfect rustic table for your wedding!


Check out our Pinterest to see more of our creative table designs.  

 

A Magical “Starry Night” Bat Mitzvah

  
  
  
  

 Starry Night Bat Mitzvah

This past Saturday (3/28), Pepper’s Fine Catering had the opportunity to transform a raw, blank space at the Mass Ballet in Framingham and turn it into a spectacular “Starry Night” themed event for Harper’s Bat Mitzvah celebration.

With the use of lots of pipe & drape, up lighting, lounge furniture, café & high-top tables with bar stools, custom, themed décor, and lots of attention to detail the space came alive, wowing guests and creating a memorable event for everyone who attended.

Bat Mitzvah Table Design

Pepper’s Style & Design team brought in many custom pieces including posters and signage, centerpieces, a light up sign- in board, bathroom baskets with all of the necessities and bandana party favors with Harper’s logo on them.

Bat Mitzvah Starry Design

Our in house baker, Lisa, created a stunning “Starry Night” themed three-tier cake featuring fondant stars, purple glitter and Harper’s very own logo! 

Pepper’s offer a wide selection of food from passed and stationary appetizers, to fun chef-active food stations including Beef & Fried Chicken Sliders served with Spiced or Sweet Potato Fries passed to guests in paper cones, a Quesadilla station with Southwestern Caesar Salad and an Asian station with Steamed Dumplings, Beef Teriyaki Skewers and Springs Rolls.

Bat Mitzvah Food

There was a large bar available for the adults with a full selection of beer, wine and liquor and a Smoothie and Soda bar for the kids. The night ended with a fun “Decorate Your Own Cupcake” station and a Candy Bar. What a memorable and successful event it was!  

 

 

 

 

"It's My Party..." - Bar & Bat Mitzvahs

  
  
  
  

 

Bar and Bat Mitzvah resized 600

* 1st and 2nd image courtesy of Le Petite Studio

Dessert Displays: Shimmery Black, Gold and White

  
  
  
  

Our bakery at Pepper's Catering creates stunning cakes and delicious desserts to fit any event. In our style and design department, we like to create displays that show all those delicious confections in the best possible way!

 Dessert Display

Glamorous Dessert Display

We created this dessert display for a modern glamorous wedding in a palette of black, gold, and white. We started with a black glitter backdrop, black linen, and a white gold sequin runner- I mean, you really can't go wrong when you start with sequins! We added paper flower garlands to the backdrop to add more color and interest with the different colors and lengths. The next layer consisted of glass elements, like glass cake stands in a variety of shapes and heights to highlight all the different desserts. With glass cloches on the two accent cakes, we add a little more detail and another layer of detail. With tall glass vases on the ends, each holding a single tulip, we bring in extra height to frame the entire display. Our last and most important detail: the desserts! Each one is perfectly crafted and is a work of art on it's own!

Dessert displays are the perfect way to wow your guests after their dinner and fortify their stomachs before a night of dancing! Contact us to learn how we can help you create a beautiful dessert display for your next event.

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