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Jul 1, 2008 12:36 PM

wedding planning? need ideas for catering!

I just got engaged and thought I would check here first for ideas about venues with good food or options for great caterers in the Boston area. I'm a vegetarian so it is important that they can provide creative (read: NOT eggplant parmesan or stir fry) veg entrees but also food to satisfy the carnivores. Also, organic/seasonal minded caterers are preferred. Any tips are great!!!

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  1. I was at a wedding at the French Library in Back Bay years ago, it was very nice and the food very good as I recall. I just heard this weekend of a place in Beacon Hill called the Hampshire House -- seems to do a good business in weddings, it's in a townhouse overlooking the Public Garden, but I haven't been able to find anything on Chowhound about the food.

    There have been other threads here on weddings with more and better options than I can suggest.

    1. few venues that would might work with music luckys lounge, or maybe behive

      1. First of all, congrats!

        As for locations, the Gamble Mansion is actually a great deal for a beautiful setting for a wedding. I know that the building was recently sold, so I'm not sure how long they're accepting new events, but it's definitely worth checking out. You can find the information at

        If you do decide to go with the Gamble, or with many other locations for that matter, I would highly recommend The Catered Affair as your caterer. Having worked in events in a couple of different locations, I have been most impressed by the consistency and level or service provided by TCA. They'll take great care of you!

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        1. re: stay_classy

          Agreed-- Catered Affair is not cheap, but they did our wedding and it was spectacular; very flexible, they can do anything. Holly, the owner, really "gets it" and knows how to work with her customers. They set up a travelling kitchen in a garage and can work around most conditions gracefully, including the torrential rain we had that day.

        2. I'm sure they're not cheap, but I got an email yesterday telling me that Lumiere in Newton is now catering as well. They do a great job with local/seasonal produce and even have a vegetarian dinner event on September 8th so you can see what they're all about. I feel certain their veg entrees will go WAY beyond stir fry.

          1. I recommend Cuisine Chez Vous wholeheartedly. I have worked with them on various events (through my job), and they are fabulous. We did one event with them where they made sure that I got enough to eat, even as I was running around like a crazy person manning the event... and if there are problems, you'll never know because they handle them so discreetly ansd seamlessly. A really warm, professional, and fun-to-work-with operation.