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{VENUE SPOTLIGHT} The Ocean House

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

The Ocean House is a breathtaking iconic New England seaside resort high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, Rhode Island.  They are the first and only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Hotel in the state and were also ranked No. 1 Resort in the Continental United States and No. 5 Hotel in the World by the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.  Originally built in 1868; in the early 2000s the building was beyond repair and had to be torn down.  The new owners at that time managed to salvage more than 5,000 artifacts from the original hotel, so that today’s Ocean House evokes a feel of the golden era of New England hospitality, but provides all the modern convenience.

Did you know that they have their very own, on-site Food Forager who is available to work with brides/bridal parties for some fun pre-wedding activities, such as teaching the bride how to make her soon-to-be husband’s favorite dish.  Whether you are coming to relax as family, celebrate a life moment or just dropping by to see the views it will not take you long to figure out why you will never want to leave.

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No Eye Has Seen

Two Chefs Really Are Better Than One!

Written by Tania Atkinson

From the moment the first plate was presented, we fell head over heals in love with Two Chef Are Better Than One catering! They have mastered the art of full-service catering, and even set a new standard in service, personality and presentation.  We were invited to a tasting in their facility in Lowell, Ma  where they not only run their catering business, but also operate a corporate kitchen for the employees of 1001 Pawtucket Blvd.  We were not alone in our tasting, as a number of soon-to-be brides and grooms were also having their tastings, however, the service we experienced was as if we were the only people in the room with an entire staff dedicated to just us.  Our meal began with the most elaborate cheese board I have ever experienced.  It included the most diverse array of tastes, color and texture all presented on a rustic wood board.  Every course from then on consisted of the most delicious combination of flavors we have ever experienced.  From the cajun style shrimp with a slight hint of sweetness, lobster crostini that melt in your mouth to the chicken skewers with mango chutney, every bit was delicious.  But the chefs at “Two Chefs” didn’t stop at the mouth watering food.  Their thought to presentation was flawless.  From the simple placement of the each bite sized mouthful, to the single fresh bloom on each plate perfectly coordinated with the color and season of food; their plates were a work of art.

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We can’t write this blog without mentioning the fabulous staff of Two Chefs are Better Than One.  We had the most enjoyable time chatting with Tara, Jamie and Alison who truly made us feel like the only ones there.  They had a very easy way of working with their guests that was efficient, yet not intrusive at all.  They were extremely knowledgeable of the foods that were being presented and easily answered any and all of our questions.  We can’t say enough about this fantastic organization and their outstanding quality of work.

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