Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Saucy Spin on Shortcake

We know, we know, it's summer and it's a lot easier to stay away from the sweet treats in this heat but trust us, this dessert is too good to pass up! A true comfort food, this saucy spin on shortcake is the perfect way to end an outdoor barbecue. Strawberries and blueberries soaked in amaretto accompany a fluffy vanilla bean biscuit making one unbelievable bite! Check out the recipe and dish out this dessert to your family and friends before summer ends.

Vanilla Bean Shortcake Sliders
Makes about 12 cakes
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
  • Fresh mint for garnish
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

A few hours before making the cakes, place the berries in a bowl and add liqueur. Stir to combine, then let sit at room temperature, stirring every half hour or so.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda, and whisk until combined. Using a fork, pastry blender or your hands, add butter pieces to the flour and mix until coarse little crumbles remain. Mix egg and milk together, then pour in and stir with a spoon until just combined, not over mixing. Add in vanilla bean paste. Use your hands if needed to bring the dough together.

Use a 1/3 cup measure to drop batter onto a nonstick baking sheet, or press dough on a sheet of parchment paper or cutting board into a 1-inch thick slab, then using a biscuit cutter to shape the dough into rounds. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown. Let cool completely.

Once cool, slice cakes in half and fill with mascarpone whipped cream and berries.

Mascarpone Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extact
In the bowl of your electric mixer (fitted with a whisk attachment), add heavy cream and mascarpone. Beat on medium high speed until peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Toss in sugar and vanilla, mixing until just combined. Serve immediately!

Definitely one dessert we want to devour! Get a little buzz and sugar rush with this saucy spin on shortcake and end your summer day the best way--sweet!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Mashups: Add to Your Summer Events with Pool Floats

With summer in full swing, floats are a necessity at any pool party. And we're not talking about those standard inflatable tubes you remember from your childhood. You've seen them in celebrity Instagrams and even on some magazine covers. We're talking about those trendy products resembling unicorns, golden swans, monarch butterflies, and even yachts. Here's a look at high-end pool floats that can be used at your events this summer—and ways some recent functions have incorporated them already!

Perrier Flavor Studio

Perrier Flavor Studio

Perrier celebrated its many flavors—including the new strawberry and watermelon varieties—with a weeklong pop-up experience that came to an event space in New York’s SoHo neighborhood from July 12 to 16. The event featured a branded bubble ball pit in the Perrier colors, as well as props that included fruit-theme pool floats such as watermelons, strawberries, and oranges. A fabulous use of these fun inflatables!

‘Toronto Life’ Doughnut Festival

‘Toronto Life’ Doughnut Festival

At Toronto Life’s inaugural Doughnut Festival, which took place in June at Dufferin Mall, doughnut pool floats were used as ceiling decor. Definitely an eye-catching element. If only all doughnuts were life-size!

BuzzFeed Presents: Glitter Bomb

BuzzFeed Presents: Glitter Bomb

At BuzzFeed’s annual Pride party, which took place in June at Villain in Brooklyn, colorful photo ops incorporated a variety of pool floats, including this one that was designed to look like a castle. We love how these pool floats add a playfulness to any event space!

Got Yacht?

Funboy’s Yacht

For a float that pulls double duty, this yacht-inspired float is exactly what you need with a daybed for two, two drink holders, and a front cooler. Perfect for in and out of the pool!

Inflatable Floating Cup Holders

GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island Drink Holder

Be on island time with these inflatables! Keep your drink afloat in any body of water with these awesome cup holders. With so many different designs, you can definitely find the right set to match your event decor!

Make s plash at your summer events with these fun inflatables and devour the details of your decor and theme with these fantastic floats!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Spend a Brew-tiful Weekend in Boston

What a weekend we have ahead of us! The sun will be shining and the rain will hold off long enough to spend sometime out and about in the city. No plans yet? Don't worry--we've got that covered. Have a brew-tiful weekend in Boston at these upcoming events!

Thursday, July 20
Samuel Adams Brisket and Brews
Despite its size, Sam Adams has never forgotten its craft beer roots! That's why later today the company will be hosting a party honoring the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). The AHA is a not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, CO, dedicated to promoting the community of homebrewers and empowering homebrewers to make the best beer in the world. AHA members get in for free, but anyone can attend to talk about the brewing process with Samuel Adams brewers and explore the rarely seen Nano Brewery where the company creates its new beers. Tickets include five beer samples and a full-course brisket meal from Northeast CafĂ©. Can't go wrong with substituting your Thursday night dinner plans for a tour and full-course of brisket at Sam Adams brewery!


Friday, July 21
City Tap House Celebrates “Belgian National Day”
On July 21, the patio at City Tap will be set to bring guests the best in distinguished yard games. In addition to pouring over a dozen brews from Allagash to honor Belgian brews, the kitchen will dish out some traditional Belgian favorites with City Tap twists such as Ham, Gruyere & Endive Croquettes with fried parsley and Belgian mustard ($12); a Farmer's Board spread with fromage from the Belgian Trappist beer-and-cheese Chimay Abbey, boudin blanc sausage, apple compote, cornichons, bister mustard and rustic bread ($15); and, Moules Frites in a flavorful broth of Belgian ale, leeks, garlic and butter with fries and andalouse sauce ($16). For those who loves to eat breakfast anytime, there are Belgian Waffles with fresh fruit, Nutella and whipped cream ($10). Don't miss this feast! Head to City Tap this Friday and celebrate like a Belgian on their national holiday!

Public House USA

Saturday, July 22
Dorchester Brewing Anniversary Bash
Dorchester Brewing is going all out for its one-year anniversary on Saturday, even securing a one-day permit from the city to double its capacity so no one will be left hanging. Double the space, double the fun. (Thanks for thinking of all of us DBco!) The brewery will hand out free giveaways throughout the day, host a trio of live music performances, and debut a new beer to mark the occasion. On the food side of things, the brewery will have pretzels, a pig roast, food trucks, and birthday cupcakes. You won't want to miss this all day bash!


It's time to step away from your Netflix-binge and head into the city to celebrate summer! Join us at these upcoming events and devour the details of a brew-tiful weekend in Boston!