Shucking oysters, hot bricks and interactive food stations are just a few popular trends at Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Club! Spice up any special event with Nicky's Famous Oyster Bar! Chef Al Soto spares no minor details as he prepares spicy, mild and savory sauces and sides to please both small and large audiences. Book your holiday party today!
Personalize your wedding favors by sharing your grandmother's recipe for a favorite dessert or treat. Chef Al Soto, the Culinary Director of the East Coast Tavern Group, shares his family recipe for traditional Mexican Churros, crispy, fried fritters topped with brown sugar.
We packaged the Churros in cellophane bags, and printed the recipe on vellum to give it the illusion of parchment paper. Tied with a pretty bow, these edible treats were great favors to share during the Scholar Savory Showcase in September.
Chef Al’s Homemade Churros
Traditional Mexican Fritters
2 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Butter – Whole
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
2oz Canola Oil
2 ¾ All Purpose Flour
6 Large Eggs
1. Combine water, butter, sugar and salt in a heavy bottom saucepan and set over high heat.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove the saucepan from the heat. Mix all the flour at once and quickly stir with a wooden spoon so that the mixture forms a dough like consistency.
3. Lower the heat to medium. Return the pan back to the heat briefly and stir vigorously to remove any lumps in the dough
4. Cool down the dough briefly for approximately 15 minutes till slightly cool to the touch.
5. Place the dough in a table mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, and mix on high speed for 2 minutes.
6. Add the eggs one at a time into the dough. Allow each egg to mix before adding the next one.
7. When all the eggs have been added, beat the dough for 4 minutes to make sure it’s fully blended.
8. Place the finished dough into a pastry bag fitted with a Wilton Tip Star 2110 and refrigerate until needed.
9. Hold the pastry bag vertically about 6 inches from the top of the skillet, so that the tip is at a 90 degree angle to the oil. Begin squeezing the bag so that the churro dough comes out in a long line dangling vertically from the bag. When the churro is about 4 inches long, snip it close to the tip with the oiled scissors.
10. You can fry about 4-5 churros at a time. Watch them carefully, turning them occasionally so that they brown on all sides. Remove them when they’re golden brown and crispy, about 2½ – 3 minutes total cooking time.
Equipment Needed: Digital scale, measuring cup and spoons, pastry bag, Wilton Tip Star 2110, mixer, paddle attachment and wooden spoon
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Shelf Life: 5 Days
Churro Sugar Coating
1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
1/2 Tbsp 10x Sugar
1 ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
1. Combine all the ingredients together and mix well to blend.
2. Store in a plastic container, covered, label and date accordingly.
Decadent Chocolate Dipping Sauce
4oz Whole milk
4oz Heavy cream
3oz Dark chocolate
5oz Ibarra chocolate
1. Shave the chocolates, place into a mixing bowl.
2. Separately, bring the milk, heavy cream and vanilla to a hard simmer over high heat.
3. Immediately remove from the heat and carefully stir in the chocolate and stir to melt completely.
4. Serve immediately.
Congratulations to the lovely couple who said I Do on Saturday, September 10th. They had a small, intimate wedding ceremony surrounded by their family and friends in our Beacon Room, and celebrated the night away.
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Who's Your Office Pool Shark?
Nothing says team bonding like a little friendly competition, a few laughs and creating memories that are shared back at the office.
During the month of August, book your team bonding experience at Scholars and find out who the Pool Shark really is, or if that shy employee will impress you with their skills.
The Team Bonding Experience includes:
- 2 Hours of Pool
- Hor d' Oeuvres
- Small teams up to 20 employees (inquire for larger parties)
- Alcoholic Beverages (optional)
- $500 F&B Minimum (excludes 7% sales tax, 18% gratuity and 4% administrative fee)
- Time slots available Monday - Wednesday (excludes Thursday and Friday evenings)
Book your team bonding experience today at 617.742.3800!
He asked, you said Yes! And like many couples, you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day. With so many fad diets, best workout programs, fitness tips, and so on, do you feel a little overwhelmed? Jen Dehestani and Jason Sarbacker, the Boston based brother and sister fitness training duo, give their best tips for getting in tip top shape for your 'I Do'.
Jen and Jason advise you on what you should stop eating to lose weight, but they don't leave you hanging. They also provide guidance on what to do in place of those less effective eating habits, with your best interest in mind.
Original article can be found at Boston Magazine.
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called Wedding Traditions Unveiled about who traditionally pays for the wedding. Many couples split the cost of their wedding without much financial support, if any, from their parents or family members. If you've been pricing out venues, caterers, florists, wedding cakes and the other must have necessities, you've probably realized that the Big Day comes with a BIG price tag.
But, what if your boss paid for your wedding? Sounds crazy right? "That is exactly what Boxed CEO Chieh Huang did, when he surprised employee Marcel Graham and his fiancee, Tara Aucoin, with the news that the company would spring for their wedding." (Huffington Post)
Marcel spent his savings on his mother's medical bills, leaving little money to pay for their wedding. Most employees consider the common company benefits when job searching, like the standard medical, dental and vision insurance, 401K or a retirement plan, Aflac, PTO and tuition reimbursement, to name a few.
According to Huang, paying for his employee's wedding is another perk that will keep his employees engaged and productive (I promise, the pun was not intended). No, not every employee will have a company sponsored wedding. But Huang understands the value of creating a culture of caring and support for his team. When he saw a need, he went above and beyond, a character trait that he values in his employees too.
Would your boss pay for your wedding? If you're the boss, your comments are welcomed too!
Visiting Boston this summer? Make the most of your vacation time as you experience the culture, local restaurants and city tours. Don't worry, it will only take you a day or so to decipher our 'Boston accent'. It really is English, without the R's and with added H's.
Ever wonder who pays for what when planning a wedding? Traditionally, the Bride's parents paid for the wedding, and the Groom's parents paid for the the rehearsal dinner and the wedding flowers. With economic pressures, cohabitation and couples waiting longer to get married, the etiquette has changed over the years, and more couples are paying for their own weddings. Read the full article at New England Bride.
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Welcome Maid of Honor, family and friends! We are here to help you plan a memorable bridal shower that will make the bride gush about all the pretty and personalized details. It's going to be a fabulous time of celebration, laughter and creating memories you'll recall years later.
If food is love and sharing is caring, you're in good company with Chef Al Soto! His Roasted Squash Hummus with Feta Cheese is one of the new appetizers, and a popular choice for cocktail receptions, networking and special events. You loved it, and can now make this tasty treat at home for your own dinner parties. Enjoy!
-12oz Chickpeas (pre-cooked or canned)
-12oz Roasted Butternut Squash
-.75 Tablespoon roasted garlic puree
-zest of half a lemon finely minced
-juice of 1 lemon
-half an ounce of tahini
-5.25 ounces of canola oil
-1 tablespoon smoked salt
-.half a tablespoon ground black pepper
-.25 teaspoon Ras al Hanout
1. Cook the squash up to 2 days in advance before assembling the recipe. Cut the squash into roughly large size pieces. Coat them with approximately 3 tablespoons of canola oil (not listed in ingredients list) and salt and pepper to taste and bake for approximately 25 minutes at 350 F degrees till tender.
2. Cool down completely and refrigerate preferably overnight.
3. TO ASSEMBLE:
Combine the chickpeas and cooked squash in a food processor and puree for approximately 2 minutes till very smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and puree for another 2 minutes.
Store in refrigerator preferably overnight to allow flavors to blend together.
To serve: top with feta cheese to taste and sprinkle with chopped fresh herb
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Whether you're a traditional, romantic, modern or vintage bride, every young lady wants to feel gorgeous and sexy on her special day. Take the Cosmopolitan Quiz and see what type of wedding dress you will wear on your wedding day!
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If you're having a city wedding, Boston has so many beautiful locations for your wedding pictures.
The Public Garden - Located in Back Bay, Boston Common was created as American's first public park. The Public Garden was the first botanical garden meant for beautiful strolls.
Kelleher Rose Garden - Surrounded by Boston's finest historic structures, memorials, community gardens and now serves at the Emerald Necklace Conservatory. Surrounding parks and gardens are a great resource for the local community to picnic and enjoy nature.
Christopher Columbus Park (on the North End) - Small weddings have taken place in Boston's favorite parks. CCP is a beautiful backdrop with scenic views for breathtaking wedding pictures.
Jamaica Pond Bandstand - Also part of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Jamaica Pond was where the wealthiest residents built their summer homes to escape the city life in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has since then been restored to one of the city's landmarks where the local community gathers for concerts, outdoor fitness with an extraordinary view.
Schoolmaster Hill (Dorchester/West Roxbury) - Restored in the 1990's by the Franklin Park Coalition and Boston Parks Department, it can be accessed from the Walking Loop, or the Valley Gates Parking Lot.
Each park offers its' own piece of Boston's history, with their own beauty and tranquility. Discussing your options with your wedding photographer can help you to get the best pictures by determining the best time of day, lighting and park locations.
Don't forget, you need a permit to have your wedding or wedding photographs taken in Boston's public parks. Apply by clicking here.
Photo Credit: Roberto Farren Photography
Does your Sunday routine sound a little like this? Wake up, grab a cup o' Joe, relax as you ponder 'what shall I do today?' Ladies, you need a reason to wear that cute dress you bought for that 'special occasion' with the cute shoes made for dancing. A jazzy Supper Club is the perfect fit!
Mark your calendar, New England based Blue Light Bandits will be performing on Sunday, February 28th. Admission is free. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. with a 3-course Prix Fix at $35 per person, and live music at 7:30 p.m.
Dan, Ricky, Ethan and Mike make up this 4-part band. Their style combines rock, pop and R&B which excites fans from Boston to Worcester and throughout New England. Their talent has been featured by multiple radio stations including Boston’s Independent Radio.
Supper Clubs became a hit during the 1920's where socialites would dress to the nines, gather with friends to delight over dinner, live entertainment and dancing the night away. At Carrie Nation, we have reintroduced this old school tradition once a month, with a Prix Fixe dinner by Chef de Cuisine, Jason Hanelt, and live entertainment from Boston's best local bands.
Don't miss this exciting event (or you'll have to wait a whole month for the next Supper Club). Call and make your reservation today! 617.227.3100
If you want to learn more about BLB, check them out on Facebook. They are revealing their newest recording project by the end of the month.