Lisa Marie, the founder of Creative Ambiance Events, recognizes that no two parties are alike, and so tailors her floral and decor services to meet each client’s needs. Having studied at design school in Boston and overseas at the Sorbonne, Lisa brings an artistic eye to her decoration business, planning and executing design schemes for weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, and more. She works with a dedicated team to ensure that tables twinkle with candles and vases brim with hydrangeas instead of tears.
Ease into the day with a 6:45 a.m. Vinsyana yoga class with rising-sun salutations on Mondays or empower your prettiest part with a belly-dance class on Thursdays. Hula-hoop dance and urban hip-hop bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into any weekly routine or routine of salvaging dryer lint to stuff a spare mattress. New classes are added to The Spot's schedule about every six weeks, so fast learners can mix and match their five to master the fancy footwork of a wide array of dances (all classes must be redeemed within five weeks of attending the first session.)
Even after 30 years, the culinary wizards at Blue Grotto are still committed to refining the restaurant?s menu, continually assessing its classic Italian dishes and asking how they can improve them. Rather than dulling meals with premade ingredients, the chefs instead prefer to work from scratch with local, seasonal ingredients. They prepare as much as possible by hand, showing a meticulous attention to detail while forming the gnocchi and stuffing mushroom caps with crabmeat. The restaurant?s alluringly generous menu washes down with an equally expansive wine list composed largely of Italian and Californian wines. Located in historic Federal Hill, Blue Grotto lovingly embraces guests in its pleasant setting, which boasts such comforting touches such as a fireplace and waiters who sing-speak in a gentle baritone.
Since 1954, Cozy Caterers has set table for special events with crudités, entrees, desserts, and other delicacies. Executive chef Christine Todaro custom-designs menu items for each wedding, business lunch, or party to celebrate graduations or successfully contested parking tickets, crafting spreads such as custom pizzas, stilton cheese and hazelnut dip, and miniature coconut macaroons to suit every palate and theme. Cozy Caterers also dips into full-blown party planning upon request, coordinating with favorite local vendors to find entertainment and decorations to fit all manner of fetes.
Pauly Penta's Gourmet Italian Deli feeds hordes of hungry houseguests with a fresh menu of soups, sandwiches, grilled specialties, and bakery items forged with signature ingredient combinations and filler-free meats. Chefs adorn individual meals, party platters, and public sculptures with Boar's Head deli meats and natural, additive-free flavor. Italian-style cold-cut platters ($70) provide 15–20 couch referees with artfully arranged game-day fuel, and 12-inch stuffed calzones keep cheese hidden in warm, flaky crust ($40+). Chicken parmesan ($65) and baked penne ($50) simmer in 13"x9" entree platters, and stuffed mushrooms ($18.50/dozen) help to keep stomachs from interrupting broadcasts.