On Sunday I had the opportunity to attend my first Boston Brunchers event! Apparently, it was a bit non-traditional. Normally, there is a pretty typical brunch set-up where everyone orders a dish and eats it.
On Sunday, we got a special treat! I and eleven of my fellow food bloggers visited Baker’s Best Catering, in Needham, MA. Not only did we get a tour of their gorgeous new kitchen, but we were treated to glorious bite-sized treats along the way and an over-the-top buffet at the end.
We were greeted by itty bitty tangy bloody mary shots with poached shrimp, pickled green beans, and a celery salt rim. These were the only item on the menu that I wasn’t a big fan of, mostly because I don’t enjoy shrimp. I did, however, absolutely love every other bite sized “Eye Opener,” as the menu called these appetizers.
The tuna tartare in a miso sesame cup with sriracha aioli, wasabi greens, and soy pearls was complex and fantastic, but the “everything” bagel with gravlax, red onions, lemon pearls, creme fraiche, and frisee on a bagel chip was even better. (It took me back to the bar mitzvah brunches of my youth…) My favorite of all the bite-sized appetizers was the sweet potato corned beef hash in a maple brown sugar bacon cup. A bacon cup! I’m not even on the bacon bandwagon, but the perfectly balanced crispy, sweet, salty, smooth bite was unforgettable. As if all of those items weren’t enough to get us started, there was a basket of warm, fresh-baked goodies on the table waiting for us. Muffins and biscuits and scones- Oh my!
After the tour (and the many delicious bites), we got down to the true brunch business. We started with an amuse bouche of a bite sized waffle sandwich with one tiny perfect quail egg, turkey sausage, tomato jelly, and a sliver of camembert. Boy, did I feel fancy eating that! I didn’t want to ruin this lovely dish by eating it, but I managed somehow.
Then, we moved on to the buffet! There was enourmously thick challah french toast with the topping options of fresh berries, bananas foster, and cider maple syrup. I had all three, but the caramel-y bananas foster was my favorite.
There were also three kinds of mini quiche (they were killing it with the mini food!), a blood orange salad, and beet ravioli. The ravioli were definitely the dark horse of the menu- they turned out to be one of the most creative dishes of the day! Delicate slices of beet sandwiched a creamy blue cheese filling. I love beets and this dish really brought out the best of them, especially when they were paired with the light, punchy, citrus adorned salad. Is your mouth watering yet?
So I guess this whole Baker’s Brunch thing was a good idea! I hope I get to attend more events in the future and meet more awesome food bloggers!
Disclaimer: All food provided by Bakers Best was complimentary. This post reflects my personal opinions and I was not compensated in any way, aside from the delicious food!