Monday Munchies: KO Catering and Pies

As part of my Monday Munchies series, I will feature a different eatery for a review on the third Monday of every month. Hope you enjoy!

I had taken a winter break from my Monday Munchies series since it was just too dang cold out to go out. Just kidding. Well, sorta. It was cold, but the holidays are crazy and then from there we went into ‘moving mode’ and things got even crazier. But I’m back today and I have a great place to share with you.

KO Catering and Pies

Now, people typically think of Shrimp on the Barbie, ginormous steaks, and vegemite when they think of Australian food, but KO Catering and Pies educates Bostonians on what Australian comfort food is all about.

Since opening their first location in South Boston in October of 2010, they have selling out of meat pies left and right. Thankfully, I learned of the hole in the wall storefront soon after they opened so I have been a long time fan. At that point I was a decent 30+ minute drive to there from our house so I was fully committed when I would drive over to stock up on warm and frozen pies and sausage rolls.

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They opened a second location along the East Boston waterfront in the summer of 2012 which has a fantastic outdoor seating area that is packed during the summer. You just can’t beat hanging out with friends while drinking great beers, eating Aussie Pies, and playing corn hole.

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Their signature dish are their Meat Pies, the unofficial national dish of Australia and it’s part of the national identity of New Zealand.

A meat pie typically is a hand-held take-away dish that consists of a meat filled pie that has a pastry crust on the bottom and a puff pastry crust on top. Most often it is topped off with some ketchup prior to enjoying.

KO serves several pies, including Classic Beef ($6.35), Beef with Cheese ($6.60), Curried Vegetable ($6.00), Irish beef stew ($6.85) and Braised Lamb Shank ($6.95), and a Pie of the Month ($TBD). All of which are fantastic and have such great different qualities about each of them from their flavors to their textures of the different kinds of tender meat and vegetables.

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The crew at K.O. often hosts pie throw-downs when they invite local innovative, creative chefs to create pies that are signature of their restaurants to battle it out to get fun bragging rights and get featured at KO.

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You can also get a Pie Floater, which is any of their pies that is topped off with a scoop of mashed potatoes, gravy and mushy peas for and additional $6.50. It’s their awesome spin on the traditional pie floater that actually is a pie ‘floating’ in a bowl of pea soup.

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It’s very important to note that there is a proper way to Eat a Pie, which they so helpfully (and playfully) diagram out for meat pie newbies!

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You can pair their pies with their potato wedges ($6.50). The crisp wedges are seasoned right out of the fryer and are served hot with a Sweet Chili  Sauce & Sour Cream. I can’t resist getting these. The only issue now is that my daughter loves them as well so we have to share with her as well… ha!

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My husband enjoys their sandwiches most often. He worked near by for about a year at a satellite office for a project and went there quite often for lunch either by himself or with a group.

Like with their pies, they have a variety of sandwiches from burgers to chicken sandwiches to fish sandwiches. Everything is made to order and is really fresh and flavorful starting with fresh breads that cap off marinated meats that are topped off with zesty sauces.

The only sort of crummy situation is that their sandwiches change every now and then and I had to hear bummed my husband was when they changed out the chicken sandwich that he fell in love with.

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I highly suggest grabbing a sausage roll ($3.75) when you are ready to cozy up under a blanket and watch a good movie. Or to take to the nearby park to nosh on while you watch your kid run around. Or take it along with you for a beach picnic, just like Australians do.

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I love that KO brings everyone together around great quality food. Our 2 year old daughter is a big fan of their meat pies as they are easy to eat with a fork (or her hands!), not too spicy, and at just plain ol’ delicious.

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While the meat pies are awesome there, my absolute favorite thing to order their Spicy Shrimp on the Barbie entree($13). It’s a loaded rice and salad plate that is topped off with grilled shrimp. They provide a generous serving of 6 of very spicy Chermoula marinated shrimp that are grilled to perfection. In all, I love the fresh combination of the flavors and textures from the sweet corn and grape tomatoes, salty crumbled feta, crunchy cucumbers, and zesty lime.

It should be noted that things can add up quickly here, but I have found that most times I take things home or I will skip dinner after a filling lunch. But it can definitely sing our wallet when you go out for lunch and drop $30 on 2 pies, potato wedges, and drinks, but without a doubt the quality is top notch. It’s not like you’re just grabbing some fast food burger and fries.

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But don’t forget to leave room for dessert!

They have Lamingtons ($3) and Anzac Biscuit Cookies ($2) for dessert giving you the true experience of the land down under.

I highly suggest checking out KO Catering and Pies for your next lunch out, office luncheon, or party. From take-out to catering, you can’t go wrong with fantastic hearty meat pies, fresh salads, and sausage rolls.

I’m quite serious when I suggest KO, I made a point of going as often as I could and even went the last weekend in Boston to get one last pie fix before heading to Florida. Love it!

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KO Catering and Pies at the Shipyard

Boston Harbor Shipyard

256 Marginal St | Building 16

East Boston, MA 02128

617.418.5234

KO Catering and Pies- South Boston

87 A Street

South Boston, MA 02127

617.269.4500

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Butter Poached Lobster Eggs Benedict- State Street Provisions

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You’ve just taken a sip of your mimosa, when your plate arrives. It’s placed in front of you and you take it all in. The luscious yellow river of Hollandaise over the dome of poached eggs that are sitting on top of crisp Canadian Bacon and crunchy, buttery English Muffin halves. But the real beauty is when you take your fork, turn it on its side, and gently press it into one of those poached eggs, making the sunshine yellow yolk pour out. Then you cut a piece and take a bite.

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That is brunch for me. And that is pure bliss.

As someone who carefully ‘watches’ what she eats to maintain her weight, I make sure I live by the 80/20 rule so I still have some fun. I’m generally stricter with myself during the week so I can have fun on the weekends. I love brunch, and eggs benedict, more specifically, so I generally let myself really splurge while I am out.

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While recently visiting the brand spanking new State Street Provisions, located right along the Greenway by the aquarium, with a friend we let ourselves have a lot of delicious fun with their new menu.

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Now, I’m normally like Joey from Friends, and I don’t like to share food, but everything looked so good so my friend and I split everything since we couldn’t decide what to get. It actually worked out perfectly!!

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I typically order Eggs Benedict when getting breakfast or brunch, but when I read the brunch menu from State Street Provisions, I was really conflicted since I wanted the Apricot-Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast ($12). I loved french toast, but the stuffed french toast sounded extra incredible.

But the Butter Poached Lobster Benny ($19) sounded just as incredible. We both wanted to try it. I mean, how can you pass that up?!?! Buttery English Muffin topped with butter poached chunks of lobster, and poached eggs that are topped off with a Tarragon-Lemon Hollandaise.

 

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So we ‘settled’ on ordering both the french toast and the eggs benedict to share. Such a tough situation!

We also, decided on getting a side of sausage ($3) and giving the biscuit ($3) a try too.

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First our drinks arrived. My friend ordered the Dejeuener ($10), made with Aperol, Grapefruit, St. Germain, which she loved from the color to the taste. And my Aperol Spritz ($11) was so refreshing with its Aperol, Prosecco, and House-Made Soda.

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Both were so enjoyable and just so pretty! Such beautiful colors!

And then the real stars of the show arrived!

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The Apricot-Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast was a large plate of 4 thick stuffed french toast triangles. The pieces were arranged on the plate sitting in shallow pool of Maple-Molasses Syrup and topped off with Candied Pecans. Typically, the french toast is served with Candied Hazelnuts but substituted them for Candied Pecans when I visited, and I didn’t mind the substitution. I really enjoyed the pecan flavor and the texture of it.

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This is a very generous serving of French Toast. You would need some stretchy pants to take on this baby. But every bite would be worth it! We had some leftovers and I brought my doggie bag back to my husband and he liked it too (even cold! h.a!)

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One of the nicest things about the new State Street Provisions is the general ambiance of the space from leather banquets, rich woods, soft marbled stone, and the coolest lights.

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My oh my, this Eggs Benedict. If you like Eggs Benedict then you need to order this Butter Poached Lobster Eggs Benedict. I insist upon it.

The buttery English Muffin made for a perfect bed for the large chunks of butter poached lobster. The pieces were large but still bite sized. While the lobster was poached in butter, it was not overdone. It was not dripping in butter, which I honestly was afraid of, like it would be overdone to prove it was butter poached.

The home fries were cooked perfectly with a soft, get firm potato that had a nice, crisp exterior. They were seasoned well with a bit of a spicy kick to them. They did a great job of scooping up the creamy Hollandaise Sauce. The pale yellow sauce was buttery and rich without being overpowering. Every bite felt like a special occasion.

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My one comment about the dish was that the eggs were under-cooked, for my preference, with one egg being very undercooked. I am super picky about eggs, especially poached eggs. But don’t get me wrong, I completely understand how difficult it can be to make perfectly cooked poached eggs (no, I’ve never thrown a pot of water in the sink in disgust after my 4th failed poached egg. No, never…) But I am picky so it was my one comment about the otherwise perfect dish.

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Our ‘impulse buys’ were just as good. The biscuit was incredible. It wasn’t very flaky, but it has such a great soft texture with a nice chew. The accompanying butter and jam were paired perfectly. The butter was soft and easy to spread on the warm biscuit. And then the homemade raspberry jam was luscious and perfectly sweet.

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The brunch really made the weekend. It gave me the opportunity to relax, enjoy spending some quality time with a friend, drink some great drinks, and eat some amazing food.

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State Street Provisions recently opened and I think that with what fantastic brunches like this they will be really successful! I’m really hoping to make it back before I move for another brunch or to check out their lunch or dinner.

Rating

English Muffin– 20/20 pts

Butter Poached Lobster– 20/20 pts

Poached Egg– 20/25 pts

Hollandaise- 25/25 pts

Homefries– 10/10 pts

Total: 95/100 pts

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State Street Provisions

255 State Street

Boston, MA 02109

617.863.8363

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While I received this complimentary brunch in exchange for a review, all opinions expressed are my own.

Thanks for visiting. Please leave me a comment to provide some feedback. I appreciate all the comments I receive. 

 

Our Boston Bucket Update- 100 days to go!

We are currently 100 days out from when we are planning on closing on selling our house and moving to Florida. Yay!!!

I seriously can’t wait. To be honest, I’m really depressed now with a lot of things and the only thing keeping me from not doing this to Boston is looking forward to checking things off this list. It’s helping keep things fun when I just want to wear my pajamas 24/7 while watching every Meg Ryan movie ever over and over again while eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Wonderbread. With wine.

That being said, we have been working on our Boston Bucket List! It’s been fun to visit places again or for the first time. It is keeping our weekends fun and busy.

Here is an update on our progress.

RED = Done!

BOLD= Still on to do list

CROSSED OFF= missed our chance

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Places/Events/Things

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Attend the Head of the Charles

We had so much fun going to the regatta this fall (Post here!)

A Day in Provincetown

 Visit Provincetown

We went this summer for the day and had a wonderful time (Post here!)

Duck Boat Tour

Missed our chance this summer. I had previously gone on one with my mom, but we wanted to take Autumn on one

Visit Martha’s Vineyard

Visit Nantucket

Go to the top of the Custom House

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Visit Cape Cod… maybe even the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour! 

So crushed this one! We stayed for the week with my family in August. And even went to the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory (Post here!)

Plymouth Plantation

Walk the Freedom Trail (again!)

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Boston Harbor Cruise

We sorta did this… I will say that we did as we took the ferry to P-Town (Post here!)

Go on a Whale Watch

Unfortunately, we were unable to go camping this summer, but honestly I think Autumn would have been bored. Bummer, but we did go once before a few years go 

Shop at SoWa Market & eat at the food trucks

We missed our chance this busy summer but did other fun shopping at the Saturday market on the Greenway 

Visit Boston Harbor Islands

Unfortunately, we were unable to go this summer

Candle Pin Bowling

Foodie Things

Top of the Hub (again)

 Cutty’s Sandwich Shop – Brookline

Bamboo Thai Restaurant (one of our favorites)

Durgin Park

Moody’s Deli- Waltham

Rino’s Place- East Boston

Blackbird Doughnuts- South End

Kane’s Donuts- Saugus

Speed Dogs

Cheers Bar

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Parish Cafe for Zuni Rolls (can’t have enough of these)

Went on Memorial Day! (Post here!)

Gruyere Cheese Croissants from Clear Flour Bakery

Autumn’s Firsts

Attends a Red Sox game and runs the bases at Fenway

Unfortunately, we missed our chance, but we did go to Fenway with her on Father’s Day

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Take Autumn to Make Way for Ducklings Statues

We did it on Mother’s Day!!! (Check out our post here!)

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Take Autumn to Salem around Halloween

We went early to beat the crowds and it was perfect! We had a great breakfast and had fun walking all around Salem (Post here!)

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Mother’s Day Make Way for Ducklings Parade

We did it!!! (Check out our post here!)

Skiing with Autumn

Umm, where’s the snow?!

Go on the Carousel on the Greenway

And Beyond

Smorgasburg- Brooklyn

Sadly, didn’t get a chance to go to NYC in the summer

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See the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center- NYC

Yes! So excited we did this recently, and I got to enjoy it with my family too! (Check out the post recapping our adventure here!)

Walk the locations of You’ve Got Mail around NYC

A Maine Lobsta Dinnah

Visit Gma’s House at Maine

We went this summer over the 4th of July weekend (Posts here and here and here!)

Visit Cooper and Tara in Maine

Get a Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery- NYC

Dinosaur BBQ (Syracuse/Stamford)

Becky’s Diner- Portland Maine

Camping Weekend in New Hampshire

Unfortunately, we were unable to go camping this summer

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwiches from the Firehouse Deli- Greenwich, CT

Yes! When I was in Greenwich for an overnight for work and again when we were visiting to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Delish!!

Garden Catering – Greenwich, CT

Chocolate Brioche Rolls from The Kneaded Bread- Port Chester, NY

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The 51st running rowing of the Head of the Charles was held this past weekend. Since it was our last chance to see it before we move, we went to check it and cheer along with other bystanders out along the banks of the River Charles.

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Although both Price and I have been in Boston since 2003, neither of us had been to it. So when we were creating our Boston Bucket List, it just had to be included.

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The day was beautiful, but brisk, so our visit wasn’t too long since the wind would sting your face a bit (poor rowers!).  It was just long enough to walk along the banks, enjoy watching the races, and give some cheers.

We even got to check out a playground, where Autumn mastered going down the swirly slide all by herself.

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The midmorning sun danced atop the ripples on The Charles and the vibrant fall leaves rustled in the wind. It made me so happy to be outside enjoying the sights and smells of fall. There is something so distinct about the smell of leaves that recently fallen to the ground and are being toasted by the sun. It is one of my favorite smells related to the season. I will miss it terribly next year, but knowing that there is a ‘last time’ for my experiences up here has made me much more aware of my surroundings and feelings than in previous years when I have taken this beauty for granted.

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After we took in our fill of the regatta, we headed back to Harvard Square to enjoy lunch at Tasty Burger (I wrote about their food truck here). Then we swung into Sweet Cupcakes for an afternoon treat. Autumn helped picked them out for each of us, but still, magically, ate half of mine. Mainly, she was so fascinated with the street performer that she was almost too distracted to really eat her cupcake. She was pretty happy carrying it around to give the street performer a dollar.

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It was such a great day together. I’m so glad that we were able to go to the Head of the Charles and cross it off Our Boston Bucket List. So fun!

So Fresh and Vibrant – The New Boston Public Market

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Years of planning, development, design, funding, and building have come to fruition for Boston’s brand spanking new Boston Public Market. The hard work has paid off at the beautifully designed space is filled with amazing artisanal vendors.

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I have been waiting anxiously for the 30,000 sq. ft. indoor, local-only, year-round public market to open ever since the first sign went up on the windows at the space at Haymarket Station. I’ve enjoyed my walks by to catch my bus home as I’ve had the chance to take peeks into the windows as the window signage has come down

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They have various kinds of vendors from ones that sell baked goods, produce, prepared foods, and meats. You can find everything from fresh local seafood to freshly made donuts and ice cream to stir fry.

I had the pleasure of attending a preview event of Boston Public Market on Wednesday night. Getting to tour the space was so exciting.

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We started off in The Hub of the space, which is the central spot in the Market where they have displays to feature different vendors, the schedule of what classes and programs are happening in The Kitchen.

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Directly off The Hub is an area that the architects nicknamed as “Meat Street” as that is where the butchers and seafood vendors are located. There are several vendors that sell organic, pasture raised meats (beef, chicken, lamb, rabbit, sausages, etc) and locally sourced seafood.

Reds Best is a Boston based fish whole-seller and retailer that prides itself in providing you with fish days sooner and fresher than the fish you can purchase from your local grocery store, for the same cost. They track all of their fish with bar-codes and scanners so you can learn where exactly your seafood came from and who fished it. It really is a unique system that allows you to connect with their network of fisherman.

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The Kitchen is a 4,000 sf test kitchen style space connected to the market which has a kitchen set up to allow people to gather around for informal free classes or to attend a class to learn how to make a specialty meal. They are in the beginning stages of scheduling their class programming, but they are aiming to providing classes and cooking demonstrations at 3 price points – Free, $5-25, and $25- $85 depending on the length of class, topic, and ingredient cost.

It can even function as its own space to host parties, book signings, or classes well past the closing of the market (8pm). It’s such a fun idea to take a class together to learn how to make the dinner you are about to enjoy. Such a fun date night idea!

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I couldn’t get over the amount of fresh flowers that were throughout the space. They were just so beautiful. I can’t wait to get some flowers one day on my way home to brighten up our home. I was eyeing some stunningly beautiful boutiques for just $8. Awesome.

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Union Square Donuts is a favorite of mine (previously reviewed HERE) and anyone who has tried their amazing donuts. They are going to be very busy with people coming in for a donut on their way into work!

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Then we stopped by and chatted with one of the lovely owners of Mother Juice, an organic, cold-pressed juice, smoothie and plant-based cafe. They started as a food truck and then went brick and mortar in Cambridge and now they have their stall in the market. They serve vegan and gluten free foods that they locally source. Obviously, they don’t get their bananas locally, but they do the majority of their sourcing locally, even from the other market vendors.

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I absolutely love that the Boston Public Market has set up is a Cookbook Exchange. You can exchange cookbooks from ones you have well-loved (or maybe they are collecting some dust!) so that you can constantly try new cuisines from the cookbooks that are currently ready for exchange at the market.

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The market will be a buzz with people, but the outside will have plenty of great bees buzzing around the area, including the near by Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Boston Honey Company has set up a hive in their stall where bees can come and go as they please through a hatch along the facade on Hanover Street. Take a peak and look for the large blue and yellow stickers, which help them locate the hive from the outside of the building. I learned so much about bees in  just the few minutes that we stopped by the stall.

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Be sure to sample some of their honeys! They have a lovely selection of honey from their bees that are established in Massachusetts, New York, and Georgia. The bees winter in Georgia while it’s too cold in New York and Massachusetts, where they have hives to pollinate apple trees and produce honey.

I tried and loved the Galberry variety, which is from their hives in Georgia.

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Hopsters, a Newton based brewery, has a 1,000 sf beer alley, where they will sell beer, hard cider, and liquor brewed, fermented, and distilled in New England.

In connection to The Kitchen, they will do pairing classes. But if you can’t make it to a class be sure to request a sample of their beers (with proper ID, of course!).

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Nella Pasta is nationally recognized for their deliciously unique varieties of freshly made pastas. I previously took a cooking class from the BCAE (recap HERE) and was able to first hand learn about their pastas and taste their fun varieties of ravioli, like roasted butternut squash & sagebroccoli, feta & toasted cashew, and potato, leek & roasted garlic.

While there owners Leigh and Rachel were busy at work producing a gluten free variety.

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One of my favorite stops was at Red Apple Farm, based out of Phillipston, MA. We sampled their freshly fried apple cider donuts and apple crisp. Those mini cider donuts are going to be trouble for me this fall! Highly addictive.

I also picked up a bottle for their Fire Cider ($25), a apple cider vinegar based digestive tonic. I totally understand its namesake. Man, a shot of that really packs a punch!

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Care for some fudge?

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There are 3 non-food vendors in Boston Public Market. One such vendor is American Stonecraft, which is a Lowell based company that takes field stones from New England farms and cuts and hones them into trivets, coasters, and bowls.

From stunning, vibrant blooms, in season produce, organic meats, freshly made to-go meals and baked goods, the Boston Public Market offers something from everyone. The first of its kind to offer products from locally sourced farms, it’s a really special place.

Boston Public Market

100 Hanover Street( above the Haymarket MBTA station)

Wednesday — Sunday 8 a.m. — 8 p.m