Hampshire House Unveils New, Winter-Influenced Menu

hh4Hampshire House announces its Wintry Wedding and Event Menu for 2016. Executive Chef Markus Ripperger has produced an expanded lineup of delectable dishes extending from hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, entrees, and side dishes to wedding cakes and desser
ts. Chef Ripperger’s enhanced menu ensures that every guest at your special event will experience only the best in elegant dining, driven by our abundantly sophisticated cuisine. Some of the menu items/categories may include:

Hors d’ Oeuvres

BABY LAMB CHOPS – Dijon mustard, herbed bread crumbs

MINIATURE BEEF WELLINGTON – with béarnaise sauce

DUCK CONFIT STRUDEL – Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, raspberry gastrique

MINIATURE LOBSTER POT PIE – garnished with lobster medallion

Please bear in mind that these items represent only a partial menu. Other items offer a range of gluten-free dishes as well. Please consult the complete winter menu to resolve your final decision-making.

Appetizers

NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER – clams, bacon, potatoes, cream

MAINE LOBSTER BISQUE – velvety lobster broth, sweet sherry, lobster meat garnish

LUMP CRAB AND SWEET COHH1RN CHOWDER – potatoes, cream CAULIFLOWER AND MUSSEL SOUP – saffron and mussel broth, PEI mussel garnish

Please bear in mind that these items represent only a partial menu. Other items offer a range of gluten-free dishes as well. Please consult the complete winter menu to resolve your final decision-making.

 Entrees

GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN – shallot mashed potatoes, haricots verts, port wine reduction

ROSEMARY BEEF TENDERLOIN – caramelized onions, fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus, rosemary jus

BEEF TENDERLOIN AND GULF SHRIMP – brandy peppercorn sauce, grilled hh2vegetables, Lyonnais potatoes

BEEF TENDERLOIN MEDALLION AND HALF – LOBSTER TAIL petit vegetables, fingerling potatoes, citrus butter sauce (Add $4.00 per person).

Please bear in mind that these items represent only a partial menu. Other items offer a range of gluten-free dishes as well. Please consult the complete winter menu to resolve your final decision-making.

Wedding Cake Options

CHOCOLATE KIR ROYALE – Chocolaty devil’s food cake filled with a rich dark chocolate raspberry filling and frosted with Chambord champagne buttercream.

THE RETRO – An update on an American classic: moist yellow cake filled with milk chocolate mousse frosted with Tahitian vanilla buttercream.

RASPBERRY CREAM – Traditional white wedding cake filled with a tart raspberry cream, frosted with a creamy vanilla buttercream.

STRAWBERRY ORANGE BLOSSOM CAKE – Orange Grand Marnier cake filled with a summer fresh strawberry buttercream, frosted with orange blossom buttercream.

Please bear in mind that these items represent only a partial Wedding Cake menu. Please consult the complete winter menu to resolve your final decision-making.

Desserts

UNION SQUARE DONUT BAR – small batch Artisan donuts from our local bakery. Select from: brown hazelnut crunch, vanilla bean, sea salted bourbon caramel, toasted coconut, maple bacon, Boston cream.

CHOCOLATE-DIPhh3PED RICOTTA CANNOLI

ASSORTED MINIATURE PASTRIES

HAMPSHIRE HOUSE COOKIE JAR – house baked chocolate chip, chocolate crackle, oatmeal raisin.

Please bear in mind that these items represent only a partial menu. Other items offer a range of gluten-free dishes as well. Please consult the complete winter menu to resolve your final decision-making.

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Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hampshire House

Give thanks the Hampshire House way with the Hampshire House Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 26 2015 from noon to 4 p.m. Menu offerings will include regional favorites with a twist, including roasted sweet corn and quahog chowder, and of course, staples like an oven-roasted turkey. Choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert and dine inside Beacon Hill’s most meticulously cared for turn-of-the-century mansion. Tables will be set to honor the season and spirit of the exquisite and elegant Hampshire House.

Seasonal ingredients with a festive finish separate our Thanksgiving menu and make it truly decadent. Appetizers like oven-baked heirloom pumpkin bisque pair perfectly with your choice of oven-roasted turkey, herb-crusted salmon and halibut or grilled beef tenderloin and Gulf shrimp. Then, choose from four Thanksgiving desserts, including — of course — pumpkin and apple pies.

Explore the complete menu here. Thanksgiving Dinner at Hampshire House is $65 per person, excluding tax, gratuity and beverages. Please call 617-227-9600 for reservations.

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Create a Paris Inspired Bridal Shower with French Hors-d’oeuvres

If you’re planning a Paris-themed bridal shower that you want to be awesomely authentic and amazingly appetizing, whip up some of these délicieux hors- d’oeuvres:

  1. Gougères (cheese puffs) — These light-as-a-feather French treats feature a delightfully doughy texture surrounding a heavenly cheese filling. Gougères are said to come from the town of Tonnerre, in Burgundy, and are most commonly made with a gruyere cheese center.
  2. Brioche with dip — It’s no soiree without a bit of croissant. Pair your fresh-baked brioche with a dreamy dipping sauce, like melted camembert cheese or a sweet cinnamon and sugar sauce, for a fun French finger food that’s perfect for tasting.
  3. Brie and raspberry tartlettes — This crispy, crunchy pre-dinner dessert is bursting with sweet, savory flavors and looks adorable, too. Lightweight and refreshing, this appetizer is absolutely ideal for an summertime shower or spring garden party.
  4. Cheese spread — You can’t have a French-themed party without a full complement of French cheeses. Get a slate cheeseboard or make labels and be sure to include all of the French favorites, including brie, muenster, camembert, gruyere and plenty of varieties of bleu.
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Summer Cocktails For Your Party

If you’re looking for a recipe for refreshment, you’ll love these summer cocktails for your barbecues and more.

  1. Summer breeze: Pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, gin, mint leaves and seltzer

The perfect pale pink sipper for a garden party or summertime brunch, the summer breeze is big on tropical flavor with pineapple and grapefruit juices. A splash of bubbly seltzer and fresh mint leaves help cut the gin’s herby flavor. Serve this cocktail over ice.

  1. Basil julep: Basil leaves, simple syrup and Irish whiskey

Give the classic mint julep a full-flavored twist with this basil variety. The sweet basil leaves will give the julep a round, robust flavor that you won’t get with the standard mint julep. This cocktail is great for making ahead in large batches for parties so the herbal flavor is fully absorbed.

  1. Moscow mule: Vodka, ginger beer and lime

It’s not summer without vodka, and this simple summertime staple will get you in the spirit with its effervescent and wholly refreshing mix of ginger beer and lime. You can give this classic cocktail the summertime treatment with additives like fresh strawberries and blueberries, if desired.

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Summertime Trending Food

If you’ve noticed that this year’s summer food trends seem to be traveling back in time, you’ve got a keen eye (or stomach, maybe) for tasty trends. Bakers, chefs and restaurateurs are pushing comfort food — apple pie, grilled cheese, Belgian waffles — and other reminiscent-of-childhood dishes done with a modern twist (wrapped in bacon, dipped in Sriracha). It’s only a matter of time before we start to see boutique Jell-O salad shops and food trucks selling Vienna sausages and deviled eggs.

This year’s summertime beverage trends are all about micro-distilled an artisan spirits plus, of course, locally brewed beers. Small, local distilleries and microbreweries have seen a massive spike in the past several seasons, allowing them to expand their operations and offer dozens of new and desirable drinks. This shift has inspired other drink-related trends, like “new-make” spirits, especially whiskey that has been quickly aged, and food-brew pairings listed on menus.

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