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“I like a cook …

“I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work.
Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm.”
― Robert Farrar Capon

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Corporate Meetings, Private Functions, & Special Events-We are Ready to Serve

***Two Chefs Segment Begins at 15:41 minutes into Market Place Video

Find out why the service at Two Chefs goes above and beyond Customer expectations. Sous Chef Katie and Event Planner Tara reveal behind the scenes secrets to success. You want to use your grandmother’s recipe for your family reunion? Yes, we can do that! You need a team of experts to coordinate your wedding, making sure to iron out every detail? We’ll make it look easy and fun! Watch Market Place to find out more.

What to do when it Snows the day of your Party.

We do live in New England and well sometimes we get 29″ inches of snow. Okay we don’t usually get hit that hard but snow happens!  Most of the time, our parties go off without a hitch but our main goal is customer satisfaction and safety.  On those rare occasions when the roads are too risky, we do err on the side of caution.

If snow or ice become a factor there are a few options available.  Depending on the day and time of your party, we can shift the time to later in the day, or we can move the party to the next day (which we had to do for the 2013 blizzard).  This takes some flexibility but your food will be fine and your guests will be grateful.

If we need to move the date later in the week or month, that is something we’ll need to work out on a case by case scenario.  We want you to be safe and have a great party.  But we do have a cancellation policy since most of our prep work needs to be done ahead of time.  Your food is ordered and prepared so we all have to try our best to make adjustments accordingly.

Corporate clients may have to cancel meetings due to inclement weather and we certainly do our best to work with them to reschedule and plan accordingly.  This has not been an issue for us, nor was it with this past storm.  We are New England veterans and as long as we have our bread and milk, we will survive!

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Graduation Party tips & tricks

Graduation image courtesy of DaveAustria.com - http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveaustria/2532365821/sizes/m/in/photostream/It’s that time of year again…graduations are happening all over, high school, college, graduate school – it doesn’t matter what level, it’s a wonderful occasion and deserves an equally wonderful celebration.

Over the years, we’ve learned some things that might help with your planning and wanted to share.  The first consideration is the date – when is the best time to celebrate?  While the instinct to schedule the party immediately after the graduation is strong,  more and more families recognize that the graduates are happier when events are scheduled for a different time.  That way they get to focus on their classmates, and fully experience all the emotions and excitement of their day.   These days, we’re seeing graduation parties starting in May, and continuing throughout the summer – reach out to your guests, see what works best, and most importantly try to coordinate with the friends closest to the graduate, so as to limit overlapping parties!

Other concerns – location, length, menu for example – all tie together, and can be very weather dependent.  Here in the Northeast, with summer comes thoughts of backyard gatherings, but what if the weather goes bad?  Scheduling one date can be difficult enough, thinking of a rain date just makes it that much harder.  If your dream celebration is outdoors, or if your house isn’t big enough for all the friends and family that want to join in the big day, you can consider renting a tent.  There are tents of all sizes, from basic coverings to tents with walls and air conditioning, should you prefer.  Add some tables and chairs, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about that day.

Weather, length and location are also important considerations when it comes to planning a menu.  Too hot a day, or a party scheduled to go several hours to accommodate guests coming and going, and you’ll need to be sure that hot food stays hot, and cold food doesn’t warm up, to ensure the food stays safe to eat, and tastes wonderful.  Smaller options such as hors d’oeuvres and finger foods, which can be replenished throughout the event, or hot foods served in chafing dishes are just two options here.  Also, make sure you don’t over-plan – if your event is just one of a few that your graduate’s guests might attend, chances are they won’t eat quite as much as you’d expect – they’re here to celebrate the occasion, and the food should compliment it, rather than steal the spotlight from the real star of the day.

One last thought – in terms of a cake, consider taking a different approach, especially if you’re hosting a party where guests will come and go – go with cupcakes.  This unique take on dessert is easily replenished, and will look much neater than a cake that is cut up earlier and put out to serve!

Give us a call, and we can help you with all your planning, so you can focus on the important stuff – celebrating with your graduate!

Event Spotlight – Lowell Association for the Blind Spring House Party

Lowell Association for the BlindOn May 5th, 2011, Two Chefs Are Better Than One was thrilled to cater the annual Spring House Party for the Lowell Association for the Blind at the historic home of Cora and William Gauthier, located at 32 Belmont Ave.  This is an event we’ve been lucky enough to be part of in the past as well, an annual fundraiser held to support the wonderful programs and services this group provides.

The Lowell Association for the Blind is a non-profit community group established in 1923 that dedicates itself to working with blind and visually impaired people.  Services include youth and adult programs, a radio reading service where local newspapers are read, training on adaptive equipment, as well as social and recreational activities.

One of the event’s highlights is the annual presentation of the George Zermas Memorial Scholarships, given annually in memory of George Zermas, a client of the Lowell Association for the Blind.

This year, the Board of Directors planned another amazing event – in addition to the food donated by Two Chefs, guests enjoyed a huge variety of choices created by folks in the organization.  Dishes included pizza caprese, steak and chicken quesadillas, mushroom and cheese filo triangles, vegetable and cream cheese pizzas, crab puffs, sausage and cheese puffs, stuffed mushrooms, Caribbean shrimp with papaya salsa, Thai beef skewers, mini beef kabobs, chicken tika masala, artichoke dip, layered Mexican dip,fresh sliced fruit, traditional cold canapes, pinwheel canapes, deviled eggs, and countless desserts.

For more information on the Lowell Association for the Blind, you can contact them here:

Lowell Association
for the Blind
169 Merrimack St 2nd floor
Lowell, MA
(978) 454-5704

There are plenty of opportunities for you to help as well, with donations and by volunteering time – click here to learn more.  And remember, this is a yearly event, so keep an eye on their website for the date in 2012!

Venue spotlight – The Space

Function room at The SpaceTwo Chefs catered opening night Oct 21, 2009.  The Space is a fully equipped rehearsal and recording studio located on Western Ave. in a restored Mill Building. The space offers great opportunities to not only rehearse or record but to also host your next event, as this venue provides both an intimate and spacious setting.

There are two options for your event – the Grand Room alone, or the Grand Room with the Cafe Area reserved just for your party.  The Space is centrally located in downtown Lowell, and ensures the comfort of your guests or band mates with air conditioning and  internet.   If you’re feeling exceptionally creative, your events can include rental of the recording studio, band equipment and even an engineer.  Give them a call and they will work with you to make your event a huge success.

The Space
150 Western Avenue Mill B, Unit 5-A
Lowell, MA
(978) 459-4755

Or you can contact us and our event coordinators will gladly help you arrange everything!  Click here to see our Facebook album of a function recently held at The Space!

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Pizzuti Studios Photography Gallery

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Here’s where we get to show off the amazing work done for us by the folks at Pizzuti Studios, with the beautiful settings from Peterson Party Center.  We’d love to hear what you think!