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Congratulations to This Month's Beach Blanket Winner

  • Posted on: 5 December 2017
  • By: Brian and Mick

Congratulations to June M. from Franklin, MA.

She is this month's lucky winner of the Facebook Fan-of-the-Month Beach Blanket!

Facebook fans win the fresh lobster oversized terry blanket

Our oversized terry blanket is not just for the beach, you know.  This time of year, it is perfect for bath or shower time to wrap you in warmth and comfort.  Then, when summer returns - and you know it will - this is the perfect blanket to bring for beach picnics and summertime outdoor fun.

Congratulations, June!

Be sure to send us a photo of The Fresh Lobster blanket in use!

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We randomly select a new Facebook fan each month to win a TFL blanket.  

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Saying Yes to the Menu

  • Posted on: 1 December 2017
  • By: Brian and Mick

 

How to Choose Your Dream Wedding Caterer 

wedding catering event services 

Tis the season for holiday parties, sleigh rides and engagements! Now that your sweetie’s popped the question and you’ve got that gorgeous diamond ring on your finger, you may have a million other questions spinning in your head. When should we set the date? Who is going to be in our wedding party? How many people should we invite? What kind of theme should we have? What style dress? 

 And one of the most important questions, What kind food will we have on our menu? 

While we may not be able to help you say yes to the dress, we’ve got you covered when it comes to good food! Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when it comes to narrowing down your dream wedding caterer!

 

1: Nail Down Your Date: 

Before you start thinking of the menu, you should probably book your date! Make sure that your venue and your caterer have the date you want available, so there aren’t any unexpected surprises later on. Not sure on your venue yet? Here are some of our favorite local New England venues we’ve worked with in the past!  

 

2: Choose Your Wedding Theme:

From rustic fall weddings to beachside bashes, there are dozens of different types of themes you can choose for your big day. And the food should match your theme From Classic Clambakes to our elaborate 'This Ain't Yo Mama's Traditional Wedding Menu' to simple Backyard Barbecues, B & M owners Brian and Mickey will help make your wedding a true reflection of you and your unique style, no matter what theme you’re going for. You can also discuss additional options like passed appetizers, a slider station, and other fun add-ons.  

 

3: Consider Your Party Size: 

Are you having a small backyard wedding with 40 people, or a fancy sit-down dinner with 300 people? You’ll want to discuss this with your potential caterer, so they have a heads up on your party size when it comes to menu planning and cocktail hour. Here at B & M Catering, we’re prepared to cater weddings of all sizes -- big or small! 

 

4: Schedule a Tasting:

We’re a big believer in trying before you buy! That’s why we offer complimentary tastings for our couples so they can sample some of our favorite dishes before their big day. Our commissary is located in Pawtucket, RI, and we would love to have you drop by for a trial and to get a chance to meet in person!

 

5: Will You Be Having Happy Hour? 

Will you be serving alcohol on your wedding day? If so, you’ll want to think about hiring a bar service. Fortunately, we make it easy by offering not just traditional catering, but also professional bar services. From open bars to cash bars, we offer flexible packages, glassware rentals and more so you can choose the right fit for your budget!

 

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Thanks For Being Our Caterer

  • Posted on: 25 November 2017
  • By: Brian and Mick

thanks for being our caterer

 

Dear B&M,

We want to sincerely thank you for the fantastic job you did catering our wedding on October 14, 2017 at the Kinney Bungalow. The food was phenomenal! We have gotten so many compliments on it. 

The service was great, too. 

You were a pleasure to work with!

We can't wait to order your Clambakes to Travel this summer!

Thank you,
Alicia and Nick M.

Kinney Bungalow
Narragansett, RI
Wedding - 145 guests

 

 

Alicia and Nick's Surf and Turf Menu included:

 

Appetizers:

Tomato Mozzarella Skewers

Stuffed Mushrooms

Watermelon

Soup:

Choice of Red Chowder or Clear Chowder served in Clamshack Cups

Main Course:

Steamed Lobster

BBQ Steak Tips

Grilled Vegetable Medley

Red Bliss Potatoes

Cornbread

 

We were thrilled to be able to help Alicia and Nick put together their special day at Kinney Bungalow.

 

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Blackstone Valley Polar Express Experience

  • Posted on: 15 November 2017
  • By: Brian and Mick

It's that time of year again!  This is when the B&M Catering staff don our holiday whites and our puffy chefs' hats. We make gallons of hot chocolate and head on over to the Blackstone Valley Polar Express for some holiday FUN!

One thing we know for sure - every single year, the Blackstone Valley Polar Express train ride is well-received by everyone. 

How does it work?  As you enter the Polar Express train station and wait for your boarding time, you will find lots of photo opportunities with chefs, the elves and the conductor. Once you board the train you'll receive your golden tickets. 

polar express golden ticket

You can expect the train ride to last 90 minutes.  It takes 45 minutes to get to the North Pole to pick up Santa and then 45 minutes back to the station. The experience is seamless. Nobody gets bored as there is plenty of entertainment. 

Of course, there is a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's Polar Express story.  The chef will show everyone the pictures in the large-style book that he/she carries around.

blackstone valley polar express
(photo via RhodeyGirl Tests)

Then - and this is where we come in - everyone enjoys some hot chocolate and cookies, since that's what they do in the book too.  

polar express cocoa

Of course, everyone enjoys singing Christmas songs together.  

blackstone valley polar express christmas songs

Santa will make the rounds, spending time with each group of children and offering every child their very own bell within a beautiful box.  

santa polar express

After Santa’s visit, there is more singing, coloring, and games of bingo.

polar express games and coloring

When the ride was done, families and groups will find lanterns along the path to find Santa back at the station for more photos.

polar express photos with santa

In case you’re thinking of taking your children this year, here are some tips and thoughts shared by RhodeyGirl Tests:

1. Buy your tickets way, way in advance. 

2. Pay attention to the seating options.

There are different options for train cars with different seating and price points, so pay attention to that when buying your tickets. Our seats were in Comet which was perfect for our group of young children and parents.

Also note that we received different things based on which car we were in. For example, in the Comet car we received a basic plastic bag to hold all of our hot chocolate travel mugs, bells, coloring books etc. In the car next to us, where the tickets were more expensive, they received adorable reusable bags.

In general I would say the tickets were a huge value. Not only did we have 2 hours of fun, but the kids met Santa, got cute reusable Polar Express travel mugs, a high quality bell, a yummy cookie, a coloring book with crayons, and a candy cane.

3. Wear holiday pajamas as a family.

It was so adorable to see the different families dressed up in matching pajamas and robes. We had all the kids in the same jammies, but it would have been even more fun if we were in pajamas too.

4. Don’t bring your coat.

The train cars are heated, and they decorate the storage above the seats. Once we made it into the station we sent one person from our group to put all of our coats in the car. The station was packed and it would have been too much to hold coats and bags and not lose any kids.

5. Go early.

We got there about 15 minutes before boarding and it was perfect. The Blackstone Valley Polar Express train ride website actually recommends an hour before, but I don’t think we would have needed that much time.

6. Kids with allergies are safe here.

The hot chocolate at the Blackstone Valley Polar Express train is made without dairy, and the cookies have a clear label with the ingredients. I love that they take care to make it as safe as possible for ones with allergies.

Everything was clearly well thought-out, from selling popcorn and drinks in the station before boarding, to having portable heaters set up outside the station for when you’re in line. If you’re thinking about going to the Blackstone Valley Polar Express train ride but are unsure – GO FOR IT. You will not regret it!

 

Tickets are available online or by calling 401-495-1213.

The Blackstone Valley Polar Express is the largest fundraiser for Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, an international award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit that inspires and implements sustainable tourism in Northern Rhode Island. Proceeds from this event go toward their Blackstone Valley Heritage Environmental Trust Fund aimed at providing environmental education programs for local youth in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts.

(thanks to the Pintarich Family of Berry Insurance (Franklin, MA) for sharing their photos with us)

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