Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Catered Affair...

Sunday I had the chance to meet up again with the amazing Boston Bruncher's Group! In the past year I have attended several events with this group and each time gets better and better!

This week we were invited to attend a brunch at the home base for Bakers Best Catering company in Needham, Ma.  Bakers Best have been around for almost 20 years, first through a retail store serving sandwiches after the owner Michael Baker was discouraged over a badly prepared turkey sandwich he had one day. Today Bakers Best has transitioned into a full service catering company for Greater Boston.

We were greeted by the staff  of Bakers Best with one of the tastiest bloody mary shooters I have had. The celery salt rimmed glass was chuck full of green beans and a GIANT gulf shrimp that was succulent and perfect!

After introductions and a run down of the business we were invited to a tour of the facility.  Bakers employees close to 120 workers that man the kitchens & office almost 24/7/365.

It was so impressive to see how efficiently and seamlessly the production of 100s of orders is handled by a relatively small staff.

Baskets of hot fresh pastries on each table, accompanied by lavender butter!

During our tour we enjoyed a sampling of passed "eye openers" including this Everything bagel gravlax.  It was so delicious I may have grabbed a second one!

Gravlax, red onions, lemon pearls, creme fraiche, frisee on a bagel crisp
The kitchen staff buzzed around us preparing orders for the day, many of which were headed to various Academy Award parties throughout the city.

So calm!
While we were busy tasting,  Chef Phyllis Kaplowitz and her team prepared our tasty dishes.!

Ever wonder what a room full of bloggers looks like when they see delicious food? Something like this!

Can you imagine?  No tasting till 13 woman snap photos of bacon cups.  Yeah I said it... Bacon Cups!

This might have been my favorite item of the day!  Sweet Potato Corned Beef Hash in a Maple Brown Sugar BACON Cup!

Crunchy, Salty and sweet!  Heaven in a tiny bacon cup!
The final passed item during our tour was simply perfection.  Asian Tuna Tartare in miso sesame cup with siracha aioli, wasabi greens and soy pearls.  It was crisp, cool, spicy and refreshing!  A perfect way to end the tasting and kick off the buffet!

Perhaps the prettiest of the "eye openers" as well don't you think!

The room was set up so beautifully for us!  After grabbing some java and hearing a bit more about Bakers Best we were welcomed to help ourselves to the AMAZING buffet the chef's had prepared for us.
So springy and vibrant!  Oh spring, please hurry up won't you!!

Wait is this a munchkin or a tiny muffin?  Try BOTH!
First up was an amuse to kick off the brunch.  A tiny perfect lil' waffle egg sandwich.  Served with homemade turkey sausage, quail egg, tomato jelly and camembert cheese.  So much yummy in one tiny bite!

The buffet started out with a Beet Ravioli Salad followed by an assortment of mini quiches and challah french toast.

Beet Ravioli with queso valdeon, field greens, shaved fennel, blood orange and spanish vinagrette

Challah French Toast with bananas foster, fresh berries and vermont cider maple syrup
Time out for more pictures before we all dig in!

My plate jam packed with deliciousness!

We were served 3 types of quiches: spinach, mushroom & leek with goat cheese; bacon, potato and caramelized onions; tomato, asparagus and feta.

The Spinach and mushroom was my favorite!
We had such a lovely time at Bakers Best!  It was great to see many bloggers that I have met at previous events.  We were having such a great time, I didn't even notice over 2 1/12 hours had passed since we arrived!

Oh and did I mention we all left with a goodie container of mini whoopie pies!  Oh yeah, this PB and fluff creation below has stolen my heart!

A special thanks to Michael Baker, Adam Klein, Renee and Boston Brunchers for putting this event together. 

**Brunch was provided complimentary by Bakers Best but my opinions of the food and event are 100% my own.***