06.17.2016

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We’re so excited that we’ve launched our new Podcast! In “A Thyme To Chat” we will talk with Event Industry Experts about events, weddings, and more!

In Episode 1 we chat with Linda Sample, our owner, about the history of ATTC, hot trends, a catering trip thru Italy and a lot more!

We’d love to hear your opinions! Share them with us in the comments below.

Download this episode (right click and save)

04.22.2016

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Happy Earth Day to everyone! As a Certified Green caterer, we strive to “walk the walk” of being green – and we LOVE doing it!

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Like most of you, we recycle our plastic, metal and paper. We grow and use all our own herbs and a lot of vegetables. We compost all our food waste and return that compost right back in the gardens. We source from local farms all around us such as; LoPresti’s, Maple Lane Farms and Full Heart Farm.

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However, there are a lot of things that go into being certified green. Many of which, you can replicate at your home or place of business. Below we will share 10 items we do that we know you can too!

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04.05.2016
It's Baseball Season!

It’s Baseball Season!

Although there were a few games the other day, here in the Northeast – today is opening day. The Red Sox and Yankees are currently playing and we’re still shoveling snow off our Cookery steps.

We needed to feel the warmth that baseball season sends to the hearts of fans. So, thanks to the amazing artistry of Robert Norman Photography, we are revisiting our baseball themed pop-up dinner.

In July of 2015 we shared an amazing meal ON the field at Dodd Stadium – home to the Connecticut Tigers professional baseball team.

As guests arrived in the stadium concourse, they were greeted with a signature "Orange Crush" cocktail.

As guests arrived in the stadium concourse, they were greeted with a signature “Orange Crush” cocktail.

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02.05.2016

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We talked buffalo chicken. We talked decor. We talked commercials and we talked beer! But now, it’s time for the extra point of any good Super Bowl party – the SWEETS!

You’ve got your sheet cakes decorated to look like a field, your ice cream sundae bar, your grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. But how about a dessert that is as sweet as it is SUPER?

We asked our Pastry Chef, Angela, to come up with the perfect Super Bowl Dessert. And yes, she offered up her recipe! Feast your eyes on the Chocolate Bacon Brownie Bliss!

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02.04.2016

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You can’t talk about a Super Bowl party without talking about BEER! For today’s post, we went right to the experts. We asked our friends at Outer Light Brewing Company in Groton, our host venue for our February 16th Pop Up Dinner (some seats still available!), for some input and Tyler Cox, their Brewmaster, sent in the following phenomenal piece. Cheers!

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Howdy folks. Tyler Cox here, Brewmaster for Outer Light Brewing Company in Groton, CT.

Unless you’ve been living with your head in a keg, you’ve probably heard that the Super Bowl takes place Sunday night. The Super Bowl is the most watched television show in the history of US television. Last year, more than 114 million people tuned in. That’s over a third of the US population!

Sports fan or not, the Super Bowl makes for a great excuse to throw a party. When you’re serving up delectable dishes for your friends, make sure you’ve got the right beers to pair with them. A proper pairing enhances the taste of both the food and the beers and may highlight subtle flavors that you’d never noticed. Plus, it’s fun to geek out a little, and having fun is the whole point of parties, right?

Here are a few ideas for your festive day, from the mind of a guy who knows a little something about beer.

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02.03.2016

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As we get nearer to the big game on Sunday – the team at A Thyme to Cook is sharing our ideas and guidance for your Super Bowl party.

We’ve talking about food, and decorating…. but we can’t talk about the Super Bowl and not talk about the commercials!

We turned to our pop-pulture guru, Keith, who also happens to be a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, to share his favorite food-related commercials…

You gather your friends and get more excited for the commercials than the game. You start to talk about your favorites from the past years – but then your mind goes blank! You have nothing to offer up! No worries, I’m here to help! The Super Bowl is filled with commercials with animals, talking babies, and lots and lots of cars. But the top commercials, in my opinion are the food ones! I searched my brain came up with my Top 10 Favorites. Mention them at your party and you’ll sound like a TV genius!

How many of these do you remember?

#10 – The Showdown, 1993

For Super Bowl XXVII McDonald’s staged the most epic game of ‘HORSE’ ever with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Who’s got next?



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02.02.2016

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You have the guest list and menu figured out. But what in the world are you going to do to your home?

Our team of Event Managers – Lexie, Brian, Fiona, Megan and Patti shared some great ideas, trends and more!

DECORATIONS

  • Use the colors of the two playing teams in linen, napkins, balloons, etc. Dark blue, electric blue, white with hints of orange. It’s the 50th, so use gold somewhere in there too.

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02.01.2016

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Less than a week til the Super Bowl! This week, the team at A Thyme to Cook is going to share some great ideas for making your Super Bowl party the best on the block!

Kicking off our week is Chef Joe and his thoughts on, of course, Super Bowl Party FOOD!

The holidays have drawn to a close and the blistery weather has arrived, and yet there is still something to celebrate other than the New Year – THE SUPER BOWL!!! Baseball has long been regarded as America’s Pastime and yet American Football stands tallest among all other sports, and with Super Bowl 50 right around the corner, nothing can completely compare to the level of fandom and excitement that this event looks to provide.

So whilst many believe that the most important element is the game itself and treasured time with family and friends, many MORE believe that an equally important element to the perfect “Super Bowl Party” is the FOOD!!!

Regardless of the outcome of the game or who you’re rooting for, good food can truly make a “Super Bowl Party” really come together.

Taking the classics and giving them a twist is always a fun and exciting way to mix things up and stir the senses. Some other examples to try out are some cool things we do here at the cookery:

Mini Corn Dogs served with a Local Beer Shot

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12.30.2015

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With New Years Eve rapidly approaching, we were looking for a fun beverage that was both tasty and unique to wow your guests.

We went directly to Patti – one of our amazing Event Managers and longtime bartender – for one of her go-to drinks for New Years.

Here is Patti’s New Year Champagne Margarita. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Makes 2 Margaritas:
• 4 T. Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
• 2 oz. white tequila
• 2 oz. Triple Sec
• 1 T. fresh squeezed lime juice
• 6 oz. brut champagne/sparkling wine

For Sugared Rims & Garnish:
• About 1 T. turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
• About 1 T. granulated sugar
• Lime wedges

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12.22.2015

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We are happy to present the 6TH post of our 2015 Holiday Entertaining Tips series. This week, Linda Sample shares her thoughts on potential issues (disasters!?) to your holiday parties.

Chapter 6 has been affectionately dubbed “Cautionary Tales” by Keith; so this could go in several different directions. I considered talking about some of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ issues that happen and how we can prevent/and or handle them in such a way that guests are oblivious. I love to chat about the importance of thinking on your feet and letting nothing interfere with a wonderful guest experience.

However, we are talking about Holiday Parties now, and we are in New England, so there is a lot to consider. Rather than focus on the negative, I chose to look at logistical aspects that can make or break a good time. We’ll chat about safety, comfort/environment, and food. All are equally important to the success of a party and keeping your guests happy!

SAFETY

We are in New England and SUPPOSED to be enjoying snow and cold temperatures at this time of year. This may not be the case this year, but today is the official first day of winter, so there is still plenty of time for “real” winter to show its face. In fact, we got a taste of those chilly temps on Saturday!

When I walk into a home to do an assessment for a job, I pay attention to lots of details. How do people enter, where do they park, do they need to walk up several stairs, where should coats go?

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Weather is always the big unknown. In the event of snow/ice/freezing conditions, you want to pay particular attention to PARKING. You want it to be as easy as possible and may want someone to just get the parking started; once guests see a pattern, they will follow suit. You need to make sure that there is clear access to your home, which means shoveling/ clearing out. Ice is often worse than snow – stock up on rock salt or kitty litter (in a pinch). Once your guests get from their cars to your door, do you have a place for lots of wet boots?

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