Cambridge College’s 2018 Commencement Dinner
When the Cambridge College executive board is on your guest list, it’s time to think outside the box to elevate their experience in new and exciting ways. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to do just that on Saturday, June 2, 2018, when 60 VIP guests joined us on the Cambridge College campus for the commencement dinner.
Take a peek below at the creative custom menu, striking décor and exceptional service that gave guests the fondest memories of this remarkable celebration.
An Exceptional Boston Banquet
Delightful Passed Hors D’oeuvres and Drinks
With ferns and hydrangea plants on stage and clear votive holders lit by LED candles on tables, the scene was set for guests’ arrival at 5:45 p.m. With fine appetizers and wine in hand, our team gave each attendee a warm celebratory welcome to the Cambridge College campus.
Crafted to be eye-catching, inspiring and incredibly flavorful, each small bite convinced guests that this would be a banquet experience like none other. Among the fine passed hors d’oeuvres, you’ll notice a beautiful vegetarian option—one of many items that we included to satisfy guests with varying tastes and dietary preferences.
As guests mixed and mingled, benefiting from a full open bar, they sampled the following delicious small bites artistically presented with great style:
- Bite-size lobster salad: in profiterole
- Chicken and polenta: roasted chicken, fried polenta and romesco
- Whipped goat cheese stuffed dates: sea salt toasted pistachio and orange-balsamic reduction
Flawless Setup with an Attractive Flare
Among golden chiavari chairs and light wood flooring, we set up seven striking guest tables. Deep blue and coral linens along with colorful floral centerpieces greeted guests when they settled in for a scrumptious meal. Each table seated eight guests—the perfect number to keep an intimate and personalized atmosphere with conversations flowing. We also had four extra settings ready to go, just in case we needed to adapt to a larger guest count than expected. Being the first seated dinner in this conference space, this celebration called for extra foresight on our part!
At 6:45 p.m., we began to escort guests into the beautiful dining space, and everything flowed seamlessly. As each guest took a seat and our friendly staff poured them a glass of wine, they felt like royalty—just as they should at this important celebration.
A Fresh Start to a Diverse Dinner Service
As the speeches began, guests had their first taste of the multifaceted dinner menu designed to appeal to a variety of tastes. We pre-set a fresh summer salad served with dressing in a carafe so each guest could apply as much or as little as they like. Enjoyed with Iggy’s rolls and herb butter, this baby arugula and nasturtium salad was a fresh start to a flavorful dinner service. And, as an added bonus, the meticulous plating of nasturtium flowers, bright radishes and manchego cheese perfectly complemented the room’s décor. You’d never know that this beautiful dish came out of a portable kitchen—that’s a credit to our talented chefs!
Delightful Main Courses
Dinner service featured creative main dishes elevated to give guests astounding culinary experiences customized to their liking. In addition to the quinoa cakes with charred pepper relish that we handcrafted to please guests who desired a vegetarian main course, we also had hot sauce on hand for those who wanted to kick up the heat of these mouthwatering menu items:
- Red wine-apricot braised short rib + jumbo lump crab cake
- Cauliflower-potato gratin
- Sautéed haricots verts
Coming Full Circle with a Fresh Dessert
At 7:40 p.m., guests had finished their main course, and it was time to roll out a sweet seasonal dessert. Our peach shortbread with grilled peaches, Chantilly, caramel dust and fresh berries is as elegant as desserts get—making it the perfect match for this formal event. Enjoyed with coffee and tea served into pre-set white coffee cups, guests could just sit back and relax as we brought everything to them.
Having orchestrated a full graduation hospitality service for Cambridge College each of the last five years, we know how to impress their guests with innovative food and extraordinary service. We are always thrilled to hear from our clients that they are “certain this will be a repeat event for a few years to come.”
We can’t wait to treat your guests to an equally creative and enjoyable experience! If you would like our talented team to make your next event an unforgettable one, contact us online or give us a call at 617.581.1150.
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Timothy Seeberg is the Director of Major Events at BG.