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Any experience with Tasty Plates caterer? or Tastings?

Thanks for the note, Bob! The wedding is at the Pierce House in Lincoln, which works with Tastings a lot. We ended up going with Howard Swartz out of Somerville because he was recommended by a number of close friends - but heard lots of great things about Tastings as well! Will certainly keep them in mind for any other event we're arranging. Glad your wedding went well.

Pierce House
3 Weston Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

Fun and inexpensive dinner/event for ~100?

Hi all,

I'm looking to host an event for ~100 people next July as a rehearsal dinner. Cambridge could be ideal as a location, but open to locations in Boston or Western suburbs (Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham). We're trying to keep costs down (<$50 per person). Would love to have great food - casual / creative is fine (e.g. bbq, brick oven pizza).

To this end, does anyone have suggestions about:

1. Locations that could accomodate ~100 people and would be inexpensive/free to rent out - outdoor or in a park is great as long as there is some sort of shelter in case of inclement weather. I've seen that you can rent some of the boathouses along the charles, which is the kind of thing that would be great - but even that is stretching our budget.

2. Restaurants that might be able to host an inexpensive event of this size - could be dinner or cocktail event with appetizers

Creative ideas (e.g. renting out a very casual restaurant, taco truck, etc.) are very welcome!

Thanks so much, chow-ers! I've searched the Boards and been digging everywhere, so would love to hear your ideas!

Any experience with Tasty Plates caterer? or Tastings?

Thanks all-very helpful!! I will let you know what we end up deciding!!

Any experience with Tasty Plates caterer? or Tastings?

Hi all,

Does anyone have any experience with Tasty Plates caterer in Winthrop? They're relatively new, but menu looks good and we've heard good things about Kate, who I think used to head catering at East Coast Grill. We're thinking of asking them to cater our wedding next summer.

Would also love input on Tastings in Framingham.

We're looking for great food but also to keep costs reasonable. Have seen several posts on catering in the area but haven't found reference to either of these, so any input is much appreciated!!! (can't-miss recommendations of other caterers that may be a great fit is also welcome, but know this has already been posted about . . . )

Many thanks!

East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Cheese-making classes?

thanks all! the hidden villa one looks great for my purposes, but it was full so i'll keep monitoring for an upcoming one. thanks!

Cheese-making classes?


Does anyone have a recommendation for cheese-making classes in the Bay area? In particular, I'm looking for one-time classes, but am flexible on this. I haven't found anything through google searches or chowhound searches.

(Recommendations for good books on cheese making would also be helpful)

Thanks for any help on this!

The Worst Hot Chocolate

I had the Mexican hot chocolate there and thought it was pretty good, though not the best I've ever had. In mine the spices were not overwhelming and the chocolate came through strongly - maybe you had a badly prepared cup?

Feb 25, 2007
evillagechower in Manhattan