Hampshire House’s New 2017 Holiday Menu

The meal should be the highlight of any holiday celebration, and the Hampshire House holiday menu offers distinct cocktails, appetizers, dinners, and desserts that combine to provide an elegant culinary experience in an historic setting.

Hampshire House holiday dining features fresh, seasonal ingredients and a variety of options, from signature cocktails and adventurous appetizers to luxurious entrees. All are designed to allow you to customize offerings for a rich holiday celebration.

Your guests can start the evening with hors d’oeuvres such as lobster croquettes, celery root soup, and duck confit and wild mushroom tartlets. Or, if you prefer, butler-passed miniature appetizers can be on hand, including roasted fillet of beef tenderloin, herb-de-provence crusted chicken breasts, diver scallops, or porcini mushroom ravioli.

Specialty stations with unique offerings can make your party exceptional. One example is a station with Swiss potato pancakes made to order, including toppings like ratatouille vegetables, caramelized winter squash, chive sour cream, and slow-cooked pears and cranberries. Guests can also be treated to a Warm Winter Wonder Beverage Station, with hot cocoa and warm apple cider accented with marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint sticks, or shaved chocolate. Winter cocktails options include blood orange mimosas, tiramisu martinis, and spiked hot cocoa.

Plated dinners are a luxe affair. Guests start with appetizers such as warm Wellfleet oysters or a diver scallop rosette. Salads of winter vegetables or roasted pumpkin and gem lettuce are also available. Guests then move on to an entrée selection to suit any taste.

The choices include Lobster L’American, which is served with mushrooms, pearl onions, and roasted fingerling potatoes; a grilled pork chop, served with cider-braised cabbage, parsnip puree, roasted apples, and apple brandy sauce; a cod fillet, served with octopus, chorizo, and potato hash, tagliatelle vegetables, and romesco sauce; braised boneless beef short ribs, served with shallot mashed potatoes, glazed winter vegetables, and a red wine sauce; Lamb Noisette, served with saffron orzo pasta, winter vegetables, and rosemary jus; and a halibut fillet, served with French lentils, applewood-smoked bacon, julienned vegetables, and bouillabaisse sauce.

Dessert offerings make it impossible for guests to decline: A wildflower honey-glazed pear tart, an apple tart, or a chocolate napoleon are all tantalizing options. A Holiday Trilogy of Desserts is also available to tempt guests, offering a miniature Valrhona chocolate torte, a cranberry apple tartlet, and a frosted gingerbread cookie sandwich

All dinner entrees include an appetizer, salad, freshly baked rolls with sweet butter, dessert, and Terrazzo coffee or tea.

The Hampshire House, built in 1910, is always decorated for the holidays. Italian marble, carved oak paneling, Palladian windows, and working fireplaces combine to create a warm atmosphere that is both elegant and inviting.

The Hampshire House has been hosting special events for more than four decades and our professional events team stands ready to help you plan your celebration. All items on the Hampshire House holiday menu are available in addition to our traditional a-la-carte menu. If you are ready to plan your holiday party, please contact our event professionals at 617-227-9600 or via email events@hampshirehouse.com.
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Author Appearance: Elin Hilderbrand at Hampshire House

Author Elin Hilderbrand to Appear at Hampshire House on November 27

Get excited for the fourth and final installment of New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Street series, “Winter Solstice,” with a special author appearance at Hampshire House on November 27. Cozy up with tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as you get reacquainted with the Quinn family from this popular series.

The Winter Street series takes readers on a journey alongside a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it. After the death of celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe, his grieving family comes together to put the pieces back together. In “Winter Solstice,” readers will be reacquainted with their favorite characters one last time, as the Quinn family deals with Kelley’s terminal brain illness, Bart’s return home from Afghanistan and Margaret’s retirement. All new twists, turns and takes on this family’s dynamics make “Winter Solstice” a must-read!

Hilderbrand is a Nantucket-based author who makes the island a primary backdrop in her stories. And, not only does she do some of her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket, but she’s become a steadfast member of our own Beacon Hill community. We’re delighted to host Hilderbrand in the heart of our neighborhood. The author will be on-hand to speak, answer questions and sign books at the event.

How to Attend

The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 at Hampshire House. Not only will you get to enjoy a conversation with this beloved author set in the cozy atmosphere of our turn-of-the-century mansion, but you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase copies of “Winter Solstice,” as well as the three other books in the series through Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill. Signed copies will also be available. Please R.S.V.P. by contacting us at 617-854-7628 or via email at catering@hampshirehouse.com.

Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and Back Bay are proud to be the bookseller of Winter Storms for this exciting event at the Hampshire House. We are now offering autographed copies of Elin’s new book for purchase online (http://www.blackstonesbeaconhill.com) or instore to be picked up at the event.
Please note: Attendees may not bring books purchased from another bookseller. Proof of purchase from Blackstone’s required for autographing at this event.





Fall 2017 Wedding Trends

Fall is always a special time to marry, and the fall 2017 wedding trends in food, flowers, dress, and décor promise to make for some truly unique events at the Hampshire House this season.

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite topic, and the one that often has the most impact on guests: food. Food and drink stations are becoming popular, and not just the well-known dessert bar. Stations are a time-honored way to feed guests a main course or a significant side, ensuring they get exactly what they want in whatever proportion they want.

This season, we are seeing new twists on this traditional idea. How about a carving station that serves barbeque? Or a bar offering potato pancakes with sweet or savory toppings? Hampshire House has offered station dining for years. If you have an idea, we’ll work to make it happen.

Stations can also be used to serve drinks that make your wedding unique, from specialty coffees to craft beers. A professional barista or mixologist can add to the fun. One simple but elegant idea: Borrow a page from the Hampshire House holiday menu and offer a warm beverage station featuring cocoa, cider, or even cordials.

What about the cake? In this department, less is more this fall. Where ornate wedding cakes were once in style, more modest tiers have become the fashion, often sans-topper. These elegant confections often take on a clean and unadorned look (some couples have even opted for a translucent icing effect). When they are adorned, humble greenery, and flowers are in fashion.

Here’s another fall wedding trend: Cakes are getting smaller. Often, they are large enough to facilitate the traditional cutting of the cake, but auxiliary desserts are employed to feed all of the guests. One great idea for fall: pie. If ever there was a season for it, it’s fall.

Flowers and Decor

Popular color schemes this fall will hue toward plums and burgundies, with neutral or pastel accents. Ivory, rather than glaring white, can be used as an accent to create a Victorian effect. Want something bolder? Add a metallic color to your palate. This fall, copper will be popular.

This theme continues in floral arrangements, where wine-colored dahlias are popular. Overall, wild-looking arrangements have taken hold, from bouquets to table decorations. Leafy greens are popular, including some that may surprise you. Succulents, eucalyptus, bay leaf branches, and even berries are all making an appearance on tables this fall. The natural look compliments the season well.

Indeed, tables are the subject of much consideration this fall, when it comes to décor. Many brides and grooms are looking to fill the space between the tabletop and the ceiling, which often goes unused. Formal weddings will use tall candles and candelabras, which will be perfectly at home amid the elegant Italian marble and carved oak paneling at Hampshire House. Other options might include large flower arrangements.

Calligraphy can be used to great effect throughout the event, adding a distinct touch to match elegant surroundings. For example, you can ditch the day-of stationary in favor of custom signage. Cocktail and drink offerings can be written on a mirror. A welcome message can be presented on a blackboard. Either can be adorned with floral arrangements for a custom touch.

Fashion and Dress

Perhaps the most important element in any nuptials — and certainly so for the bride — is the wedding dress. In the fall, temperature often demands longer sleeves and layers. Two-piece separates will be a fall wedding trend. One idea: A cashmere sweater over a full-length bridal skirt. It’s a unique look that can be comfortable, too.

Here’s another comfortable idea: Consider a costume change before the reception. A second, less confining dress, built for dancing, and shoes to match can make the special night painless.

Not to be left out, fashion for grooms this fall will continue efforts to move attire beyond the traditional black suit or tux. Look for fitted, two- and three-piece suits in darker browns, blues, and burgundy. Tweed is also a consideration. With suit, vest, and tie to play with, layered color combinations will be popular.

After all, fall is all about color.



Photo by therealbridgetpalmer
Photo by therealbridgetpalmer