Drawing on its years of upscale event catering, Kelli Petri's team of chef instructors share savory wisdom with each culinarily curious student during on-site classes. Trim overweight plates and speed up your dinner prep with Healthy 30 Minute Meals, or master the most important part of eating, praying, and loving with Taste of Tuscany's rustic Italian delicacies. And just in time for the holiday season, you'll learn how to dazzle friends and relatives with cookies, chutney, and flavored butters—which make more welcome gifts than yet another edible sweater. Holiday Hors D'oeuvres will show you how to liven up your seasonal shindig with a variety of small, festive finger foods that also double as full meals during your next Christmas elf speed-dating event.
Although the North End is thought of as the go-to for Italian food in Boston, it certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on authentic pastas, housemade sausages, and imported olive oils. Perched far from clamoring tourists on Main Street in Medford, Bob's Italian Foods—a 2012 Medford Patch Readers' Choice winner—has been dishing up and importing traditional Italian foods for more than 70 years. Under the guidance of the DiGiorgio family, its butchers craft their own italian hot, sweet, and fennel pork sausages each day and slice quality meats, such as Angus sirloin and new york strip steaks. The deli counter wraps up to-go foods ranging from eggplant parmigiano with meatballs to hefty prosciutto-and-provolone subs. Shoppers also wander down aisles filled with imported goods including virgin olive oils, Italian cheeses, and pastas shaped like spirals and lock-picks. In addition to equipping customers for their own lunches or dinners, Bob’s helps them feed guests during parties with catered buffets.
For more than 40 years, the fearless team at Joseph's Catering, Deli & Wholesale has effortlessly taken on catering challenges for groups of up to 10,000 guests. With a menu that includes Italian-style deli platters, sandwiches, and entrees such as stuffed pasta shells and chicken cacciatore, the team efficiently keeps guests' stomachs from growling during company meetings or library camp outs. For daily meetings, company picnics, or holiday parties, the team also prepares dishes such as marinated barbecue steak tips or deli-style sandwiches with roast beef, roast turkey breast, or chicken salad with cranberries and walnuts.
When Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, and The Boston Globe's resident foodies all flock to a restaurant—praising the Hot Mess, Mac Attack, and The King, respectively—you know it’s a hit. That's the Boston Burger Company, whose founders have created a destination burger joint to rival the best of America's burgeoning burger scene.
Of their 24 burgers, all but three boast an eight-ounce certified Angus burger patty. But even their veggie, conch, and turkey burgers get the same creative, careful preparation—they can be beer-battered and fried or rubbed with Cajun seasoning, but all are cooked to perfection. Each burger is crowned with some inventive and surprising toppings, including balsamic mayo, fried bananas, and mac and cheese, to name a few. These seriously imaginative recipes have garnered a lot of attention, winning Rachael Ray's Battle of the Best Burger competition, Boston Magazine's Battle of the Burger, and a place in Guy Fieri's heart on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
The burgers are not the menu's only notable edibles, however. Besides creating a collection of classic salads and chicken sandwiches, chefs also fry up boneless wings tossed in one of eight sauces—including honey barbecue, garlic parmesan, or terodactyl sauce, a tangy fusion of teriyaki and barbecue sauces.
South Kingstown is the newest location opening in 2013 of Rock Spot Climbing’s multiple locations, where colorful footholds and route markers sprawl along artificial rocks create diverse climbing surfaces for every major discipline. Dozens of top-rope stations challenge climbers to scale the wall in safety, whether belayed by a human companion or hooked up to an auto-belay unit that reduces the risk of conversation. Meanwhile, others eschew ropes in order to tackle bouldering routes—low-altitude obstacles littered with arches, steep faces, and caves—and lead climbers set their own anchors as they scale the wall. The climbing courses vary for all skill levels, ranging from sheer faces with ample handholds to cliffs for expert climbers and lemmings. Cardio machines let athletes warm up or cool down between climbs, and instructors lead afterschool classes to teach kids the art of competitive climbing.
Communication is key at Massage Mantra, where a team of seven licensed massage therapists encourages clients to describe their pains and stresses and listens closely in order to structure treatments suitable to their needs. Once they have taken your input to heart, they stretch out their nimble hands and begin to soothe muscles with one of six available bodywork modalities, from reiki treatments that calibrate the body's energy levels to sports massages that methodically extract hockey pucks lodged between muscles. A roster of skin-specific facials complements the massages’ inner healing with infusions of nourishing vitamins that promote a healthy outer glow.