Around Town, Table Settings

Stone Hearth Pizza

No Comments 20 March 2012

Hands down, the best pizza in Boston comes from the ovens of Stone Hearth Pizza. As something of a pizza connoisseur, I’ve yet to find a match for their delicious thin crusts and locally sourced toppings. My first meal at their Cambridge location started my partial boycott of Boston pizza standby Upper Crust, even before their labor scandal.

stone hearth pizza's executive chef michael ehlenfeldt

Stone Hearth Executive Chef Michael Ehlenfeldt

And even better than their creatively topped house originals? The salads. At Stone Hearth you won’t find your standard pizza parlor Greek and Caesars. Every month Stone Hearth features a wonderfully fresh (and creative) salad of seasonal vegetables and fruits.

We stopped into Stone Hearth’s Belmont restaurant (57 Leonard St.) to meet their Executive Chef Michael Ehlenfeldt and watch him prepare one of Stone Hearth’s most beautiful pizzas, the Farm Fresh. Garlic oil, cherry tomatoes, charred red & yellow peppers, Yukon gold potatoes, artichoke hearts, green olives, fresh mozzarella, arugula, red onion, and a slice of prosciutto all come together in what’s a perfect example of Stone Hearth’s attention to their quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Their take-out boxes are even printed with a map of their sources.

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Table Settings

A Printable Menu Template for Your Next Dinner Party

No Comments 31 January 2012

One of the non-gastronomic marks of a professional (and very special meal) is a printed menu. You see it at pop-up restaurants, during restaurant weeks, on Valentine’s Day and other prixe fixe occasions, and at meals provided by private chefs.

We put together this printable menu template for readers who might wish to dress up their next dinner party. Menus look fantastic laid out on a well set table and allow your guests to anticipate what’s to come. They make a dinner all the more memorable, since everyone has something to take home with them. And when your guests are Facebooking and Tweeting the next day about your delicious gourmet four course dinner, they’ll know exactly what everything was. And we guarantee it will impress your mother-in law.

Just download one of the versions of the PDF menu template below and open it up in Acrobat Reader. You can fill in what’s for dinner and print it out on card stock. We’ve included some matching place cards as well.

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Table Settings

Serving Chinese Takeout

No Comments 17 January 2012

chinese food in pillivuyt quartet servingware

We love spring rolls and lo mein and pork fried rice and all the other classics of Sino-American takeout cuisine, but as self-professed dinnerware snobs, we hate a table set with cardboard takeout boxes, as emblematic as they might be. So, we put a dinner order in with House of Chang, which makes some of the best Kung Pao Tofu this side of the Charles, and pulled together some Pillivuyt Quartet dinnerware for a sharp-angled geometric setting to serve it in. Continue Reading

Table Settings

Our Favorite Tables of 2011

No Comments 31 December 2011

With 2011 coming to its close this evening, we took some time to look through our always-expanding Flickr to reminisce on this past year’s dinners, cocktail hours, and get-togethers. From a seaside supper to wintry holiday meals to a breast cancer fundraiser this was a great year for the Dinner Series. Below are some of our favorite photos of our favorite tables of 2011. Hopefully they’ll inspire you in 2012. Happy New Year from the Dinner Series!

winter table setting with simon pearce belmont dinnerware and libeco home napoli vintage napkins Dinner 8: Jim & Page’s: A winter table with Simon Pearce Belmont dinnerware, Sabre cutlery, and Libeco Home Napoli Vintage napkins Continue Reading

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