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Vendor Spotlight On: Blackstone Caterers

Vendor Spotlight is on Blackstone Caterers; known for their delicious farm-to-table cuisine and impeccable service, Blackstone Caterers never disappoints.

1. How did your business come to be?

Blackstone Caterers originated in the Blackstone Valley area in 1945. It was then we got our start catering at bereavements and local factories. Blackstone was known for our sandwiches, salads and traditional luncheon items (people still tell us stories of when they experienced Blackstone over 50 years ago!) but were ready to take our business to the next level. In the 80’s Blackstone migrated down to Newport to cater the lavish mansions parties and galas that were quickly becoming popular in this sought-after locale, and opened up The Market on the Boulevard (later known as The Market – Newport Gourmet).  The catering operated out of the back until the store came to a close in early 2000’s.  Blackstone made its final move to Aquidneck Park where we reside today!

2. What are the services you offer?

We are proud to be a full service caterer.  We design menus, have a full liquor license and manage all of our own staff.  Our clients work with our experienced Sales Team to create the style and design of their events through their menu, linens, china, glassware, signature cocktails, floor plans, and so on. Our completely customized approach allows us to foster lasting relationships with those we work with.

 3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?

We are located in Aquidneck Park in Middletown, Rhode Island.  In season we will travel within about an hour or so from our commissary and further in the off season.  We typically say that we caterer all over Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut as well as parts of the Cape.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?

We typically book a year out, but we see many clients booking even further to ensure they secure their preferred date.  We encourage those who are planning weddings to book as early as possible so they can experience the full range of venues and planning options available for their big day and not be limited by those that have already sold out. Our corporate business is a little closer to the date, but can sometimes range from a month or two to about a year out for larger galas.  We pride ourselves on never overextending or overselling—each of our clients are important to us and we promise to give them the level of service they expect and deserve, no matter the occasion.

 5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

Hire vendors that understand your vision and that have experience.  You need to trust your vendors to take care of you.  Additionally, don’t shop by standard of price alone.  Make sure you know you are getting as you do get what you pay for! When you hire vendors you trust you will be able to relax and enjoy your day!

Photography by Erin McGinn

Photgraphy by Sarah Pudlo

Photography by Sarah Pudlo

Photography by Emily Delamater

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Vendor Spotlight On: Blackstone Caterers

Vendor Spotlight is on Blackstone Caterers; known for their delicious farm-to-table cuisine and impeccable service, Blackstone Caterers never disappoints. 1. How did your business come to be? Blackstone Caterers originated in the Blackstone Valley area in 1945. It was then we got our start catering at bereavements and local factories. Blackstone was known for our […]

Pure Opulence — The Cuisine

Part two of our Pure Opulence photo shoot blog post highlights the delectable cuisine — stay tuned for part three highlighting the fashion on Friday!

The Vision

Rich greenery, chiffon draping, and opulent chandeliers create the perfect ambiance for a black tie affair at Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum.

The Cuisine

Inspired by the flavors of summer, the chefs of Russell Morin Catering & Events artfully crafted some of their signature dishes ideal for a black tie affair. Dishes like sesame crusted tuna on a fried wonton with wasabi aoli, garnished with pickled radish and tobiko, and blackened cod over a summer vegetable orzo with okra, tomato salsa, and roasted tri-color beets were finished off with an opulent 6-tier cake adorned with hand-sculptured flowers and leaves and dusted with gold by Ana Parzych Cakes.

 

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Pure Opulence — The Cuisine

Part two of our Pure Opulence photo shoot blog post highlights the delectable cuisine — stay tuned for part three highlighting the fashion on Friday! The Vision Rich greenery, chiffon draping, and opulent chandeliers create the perfect ambiance for a black tie affair at Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum. The Cuisine Inspired by the flavors of […]

Wooden Wonders by the River

Reclaimed wooden design elements are softened with lush summer greens, creamy white bouquets with pops of periwinkle, and a furry companion.

The vision was an intimate wedding along the Marstons Mills river edge, inspired by a Dory rowboat that was handcrafted by a local Cape Cod craftsman. “I am fortunate every day to walk out my back door and be inspired by the moving Marstons Mills river, lush trees, grapevine, and other natural flora indigenous to Cape Cod. The stone walls and antique buildings inspire me to follow my love for everything natural, vintage, and rustic,” Karen Taddei of Lilacs Florals described. A garland of textural garden flowers lined the rustic picnic table from Be Our Guest. French round back chairs and ivory place settings added a touch of modern refinement to the table design. Over in the lounge area, a weathered door was placed upon a wrought iron base to serve as the table where sugary confections fromArtisan Bake Shop could be enjoyed. Donning ethereal gowns from A Little Something White, the bridal party cozied up with Ted the Golden Retriever on an antique sofa and watched the sunset.

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Wooden Wonders by the River

Reclaimed wooden design elements are softened with lush summer greens, creamy white bouquets with pops of periwinkle, and a furry companion. The vision was an intimate wedding along the Marstons Mills river edge, inspired by a Dory rowboat that was handcrafted by a local Cape Cod craftsman. “I am fortunate every day to walk out […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Artisan Bake Shop

Vendor Spotlight is on Artisan Bake Shop; Meredith Ciaburri-Rousseau is a confectionery connoisseur known for her stunning cake art.

1. How did your business come to be?

Artisan Bake Shop opened its doors 12 years ago! We started as a more traditional bakery with breads and cupcakes and cookies, but over the years we began to focus on cakes, cupcakes and desserts for large events and wedding. We are a by-appointment bake shop, meaning that everything is available by pre-order and made especially for each and every client, we do not have a traditional storefront with a case where you can buy items.

2. What are the services you offer? 

At Artisan Bake Shop we create cakes and cupcakes for weddings, and any event! We also offer dessert tables for our special occasions and weddings!  We have lovely holiday menus, available by order, for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter Sweets as well!

 3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service? 

 Artisan Bake Shop is located on the South Coast of Massachusetts, between Cape Cod and Providence, in Rochester, Massachusetts. We will travel to the South Coast and Southern South Shore, and most of Cape Cod, also to towns in Rhode Island: Tiverton, Newport, Providence.

 4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?  

Before coming to see us for a wedding consultation and tasting, you’ll want to wait until you have large decor details planned: dress colors, linens, centerpiece color palette, and overall style chosen before coming in to see us.  You’ll be surprised how many of these details play into your cake design!    We prefer to see our clients at least 4-9 months prior to the event date, the  longer the distance we have to travel, the further in advance you should plan to book with us.

 5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

The one piece of advice that I always give me my brides is to be prepared for your appointments and consultations!  I always give me couples a list of questions to answer before coming in to see me, the couples who haven’t read through the questions or answered them ahead of time, are the ones who are confused by the process of cake design and tasting!  I remember wedding planning and when I booked my vendors I always figured – oh I don’t need to read through this WHOLE PACKET – but I realize now that I really should have! And that I missed out on a lot of really valuable information by not doing so.

Photography: Deborah Zoe

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Vendor Spotlight On: Artisan Bake Shop

Vendor Spotlight is on Artisan Bake Shop; Meredith Ciaburri-Rousseau is a confectionery connoisseur known for her stunning cake art. 1. How did your business come to be? Artisan Bake Shop opened its doors 12 years ago! We started as a more traditional bakery with breads and cupcakes and cookies, but over the years we began […]

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