Boston Brunchers visit Bakers’ Best Catering

7 Mar

Catering company Bakers’ Best recently hosted a group of Boston Brunchers at their Needham facility. Owner Michael Baker welcomed us into the space with an extensive tour and sampling.

Preparing an order

Michael leading the tour

Sampling appetizers as we were guided around the facility, it was easy to make the connection between high-quality ingredients/preparation and an impressive product. Michael explained details about their kitchen that I hadn’t ever considered, like a separate refrigerated area for cutting meat, in addition to their regular refrigeration rooms. The attention to detail came through in the food we tried. Each flavor combination was complex, yet built with sensitivity and whimsy.

Bloody Mary Shots with poached Gulf shrimp and pickled beans. I was craving a full-size version from the first taste of a green bean. Shrimp was plump and firm and bloody mary proportions were right on.

Everything Bagel Gravlax with red onions, lemon pearls, creme fraiche, frisee on a bagel crisp. This was my favorite flavor combination of the entire visit – the little bundle melted when I took a bite.

Sweet Potato Corned Beef Hash  in a bacon cup. Sweet and savory, it would even make a great brunch dessert.

Asian Tuna Tartare in a miso sesame cup with siracha aioli, wasabi greens, and soy pearls. The sweet sesame cup was a perfect contrast to the cold tuna. A mild slight spice from siracha and wasabi brought all elements together.

What a gorgeous pastry basket. I sampled the lemon blueberry scone, cinnamon bun, and sweet potato biscuit, covering the latter two in lavender butter. I may have also eaten a spoonful of straight lavender butter…

 After the tour we sat down to drinks including mimosas and coffee and Chef Phyllis Kaplowitz brought us an amuse ‘Bite Size’ Waffle Egg Sandwich:

Quail egg, turkey sausage, tomato jelly, camembert

Then (no, we’re not done yet!) we were treated to a beautiful buffet, featuring three types of quiches, beet ravioli and greens with oranges (this was my favorite), and challah french toast:

Michael Baker began Bakers’ Best 28 years ago, opening a Newton store and restaurant. Michael explained that he started the company with a simple goal – to provide a delicious,  real-meat turkey sandwich. They’ve since expanded to over 100 employees and close to the same number of deliveries each day.

Bakers’ Best recently made the decision to close their Newton restaurant and focus solely on catering. I wasn’t able to visit their store location before it closed, but, after tasting so many amazing (and inventive) dishes, I look forward to attending any event catered by Bakers’ Best.

It’s refreshing to see a local business remaining true to its original mission of providing high-quality food after more than a quarter of a decade.

Thank you to Michael Baker and Bakers’ Best, Adam Klein and Erin Callanan of Callanan & Klein Communications, and Boston Brunchers for hosting and providing this complimentary – informative and delicious! – event.

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4 Responses to “Boston Brunchers visit Bakers’ Best Catering”

  1. Tobi Applebaum March 8, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    I’m in heaven just looking over your gorgeous pictures and reading about your delightful event. Liz, I think Gourmet magazine needs you! Keep up the good work. Love you, Grandma

  2. Elizabeth March 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I’m sad I got sick and couldn’t attend. I would have looved that pastry basket, and the beet ravioli

  3. Amy March 7, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    You got some great photos! I was so bummed when my camera battery died 5 minutes into being there. 🙂

    • Liz March 7, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks Amy! Took a little while for me to get them up…but it was definitely a fun event to photograph. Thank goodness for amazing camera phones – mine has saved me more times than I’d like to admit!

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