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Walnut Wonder

The Vision: An intimate wedding by the walnut fireplace at Smith & Wollensky, dining on mouth-watering steaks and succulent seafood.

Architectural and antique elements at the historic Boston Castle were juxtaposed with modern trends to create an intimate dining experience. ”The inspiration behind this shoot was to showcase the existing architectural elements that the historical venue already offers, but exposing it in a different light by incorporating current trends with an antique feel,” described Catherine Leiras, Catering/Private Event Manger at Smith & Wollensky. A walnut farm table with custom stained infinity chairs from Peterson Party Center complimented the historically rustic charm of the room. Gold sponge chargers, gold Arezzo flatware, and loose floral arrangements in soft hues housed in antique vessels added chic romance to the head table. As a nod to current fashion trends (and the invitation suite), a plaid napkin was used amongst linens in varying textures and patterns from Table Toppers of Newton.

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Walnut Wonder

The Vision: An intimate wedding by the walnut fireplace at Smith & Wollensky, dining on mouth-watering steaks and succulent seafood. Architectural and antique elements at the historic Boston Castle were juxtaposed with modern trends to create an intimate dining experience. ”The inspiration behind this shoot was to showcase the existing architectural elements that the historical […]

Dining Destination – Smith & Wollensky

A premier dining destination, Smith & Wollensky at Boston Castle is an exceptional venue to host any type of event.

Tell us the history of Smith & Wollensky.

A prime spotting place for local celebrities, political figures and even a few movie stars, Smith & Wollensky has long been considered a premier dining destination. Offering simply elegant food, attention to detail in service, and a refined setting, the experience is uniquely American.  Smith & Wollensky continues to symbolize the timeless luxury of Prime USDA steaks, premium seafood, signature cocktails and award-winning wines. Smith & Wollensky opened in the Back Bay “Castle” in 2004, and is one of the most unique dining experiences and venues in Boston, indulging guests’ sense of history and feeling of luxury in its grand architecture and space, and rich furnishings.  The historic stone and brick castle was built in 1891 and originally served as the headquarters for the First Corps of Cadets, and is now listed on the National Historic Register. The first floor gun room, social hall and museum floor now feature the bar and main dining room. With four floors and 26,000 square feet of space, The castle boasts an expansive selection of private dining and event rooms, including the “Battle Room” ballroom – with features such as working fireplaces, a balcony, high ceilings and historic artifacts.  The uniqueness and history of the venue make it one of the most coveted settings in Boston to host corporate and social occasions.  The venue hosts groups from 20 to 250 for seated dining events and receptions.

About Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group owns and operates iconic Smith & Wollensky locations in Boston Back Bay, Boston Atlantic Wharf, Chicago, Las Vegas, Columbus, Houston and two restaurants in Boston, as well as its new Wollensky’s Grill in Chicago. Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group opened its first European location in London in spring 2015.

What types of events can you hold at the Boston Castle location?

We host all types of events here at the Castle from corporate to social events, including bar/bat mitzvah, galas, rehearsal dinners, and of course WEDDINGS! We do it all!

When consulting with the client are there signature dishes you always suggest? Are they offered on the regular restaurant menu or just catering?

That’s a hard one, as I have many.  I really enjoy selling our hors d’oeuvres. What makes them really special is that every item is prepared in house from scratch with all fresh local ingredients. A couple of my favorites would be our signature Wollensky’s Beef Sliders, the combination of beef and bacon brings a perfect balance of sweetness together. Buffalo Fried Oysters topped with crumbles bleu cheese… need I say more? Lucky for all, both of these items are available on our Bar Menu for anyone that dines at the restaurant!

How often do you change the menu (regular & catering)?

We change the menu twice per year, in the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter, offering guests new preparations of our steaks, seafood, sides and hors d’oeuvres that incorporate the freshest produce and flavors of the season.

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Dining Destination – Smith & Wollensky

A premier dining destination, Smith & Wollensky at Boston Castle is an exceptional venue to host any type of event. Tell us the history of Smith & Wollensky. A prime spotting place for local celebrities, political figures and even a few movie stars, Smith & Wollensky has long been considered a premier dining destination. Offering […]

Storybook Romance

Surrounded by the rich architecture and love stories of the Boston Public Library, Kelly and Andrew started a new chapter in their own storybook.

The Boston Public Library was the only choice for Kelly and Andrew. In fact, they chose their date based on the availability of the venue. They loved the architecture and the amazing cuisine of the in-house caterer, The Catered Affair, but most of all, they loved that it’s a public place and one day they can show their children exactly where they were married. Kelly loves all things pink and glitzy, but she wanted the wedding to be classic and elegant. Her event planner, Nicole of Simeral & Co, helped her find the appropriate team of event professionals to make her dream a reality. Ivory metallic linens covered each table in the Reading Room. Each head table held an oversized floral runner in blush and fuchsia hues while the other tables featured tall glass vases bursting with branches and flowers in vibrant pink and purple tones. Purple and gold lighting danced across the dome ceiling while guests feasted on an amazing dinner prepared by The Catered Affair.

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Storybook Romance

Surrounded by the rich architecture and love stories of the Boston Public Library, Kelly and Andrew started a new chapter in their own storybook. The Boston Public Library was the only choice for Kelly and Andrew. In fact, they chose their date based on the availability of the venue. They loved the architecture and the […]

Baby Love

The industrial space inside the Flowers By Semia Studio was transformed into an autumnal oasis for this twist on a traditional baby shower.

Farmer florist Semia Dune of Flowers By Semia hosted a baby shower for her friend and fellow florist, Michelle. Foraging local greenery such as bittersweet, porcelain vine, and autumn clematis vine, the team decorated the exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. Warm candlelight and plush throw pillows in dusty purple and cream softened the space and created a comfy lounge area for the expectant mother to relax with friends and family. “While the event was technically a baby shower, we really chose to make it more about Michelle. Our aim was to provide her with a wonderful evening surrounded by only her closest friends and family, her favorite foods, and the most gorgeous surroundings we could make with our own two hands,” Semia explained. The farm table was set with a textural mix of copper and ceramic tableware from Peterson Party Center. Autumn sweets like cinnamon sugar donuts and caramel apples surrounded a three-tier naked cake by Sweet Indulgence making for a perfect ending to a perfect night.

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Baby Love

The industrial space inside the Flowers By Semia Studio was transformed into an autumnal oasis for this twist on a traditional baby shower. Farmer florist Semia Dune of Flowers By Semia hosted a baby shower for her friend and fellow florist, Michelle. Foraging local greenery such as bittersweet, porcelain vine, and autumn clematis vine, the […]

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