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A Night at Pigalle

My friend and I had been talking about a weekend in Montreal for ages, we were hoping it would happen this spring, it didn’t. So in lieu of a trip to a francophone land, we decided to have an exquisite French meal. During our tenure in Boston we had both heard amazing things about Pigalle, a small French restaurant nestled in Boston’s Theater district. The chef, James Beard nominee Marc Orfaly, is constantly lauded for his culinary creations.  I am happy to perpetuate the ‘word-of-mouth,’ for Pigalle, that “You must go there!”

The restaurant is small and intimate. The decor really suits the restaurant. Whomever did the decorating knew the integrity of the restaurant, it feels perfect.

The people at Pigalle are warm, they really took care of us. I felt like a guest as opposed to a patron, a feeling that makes the restaurant experience very memorable.

At the bar was Jack and the Friday night “pop-up oyster bar.” Pop-up Oyster Bars are a new summer trend that Pigalle hosts on Friday nights. You can sit at the bar and enjoy Jack’s oyster knowledge while he shucks some of the best bivalves.

The food is remarkable, really, I know because I have been constantly talking about it. Can I recommend an entire menu? I really wanted to peak in the kitchen and see how it was orchestrated. I consider myself a great cook, but I could not recreate any of our courses at home.

Pigalle is a gem, a setting to have memorable moments, food that you’ll dream about, and meet people that will charm you. If you’re looking for a quicker trip, they offer a generous theater and bar menu.  No matter the occasion, I recommend Pigalle.

A votre sante,


Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas


“RAISE THE ROOF” Benefit Exhibition Returns May 5 – 28, 2012

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education presents RAISE THE ROOF, a show of art works by CCAE students and teachers – past and present – which will run from May 5 – 28, 2012.

“This is one of the most exciting art shows the Cambridge Center for Adult Education has ever done,” says executive director Susan Hartnett. “We expect to exhibit more than 400 works of art by artists at all stages in their careers – from the most accomplished to the very beginner.”

All work on display will be offered for sale to the public — most of it in the very affordable $100 – 300 range.

“The proceeds will be split 50/50 between the artist and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education,” says Hartnett. “CCAE will use its share to fund improvements to our class rooms, including but not limited to new lighting, new storage units and new sinks.”

RAISE THE ROOF first transpired in the spring of 2010, when a group of students and teachers joined with Hartnett to raise money to fix two leaky roofs over CCAE’s art and dance studios.

This year RAISE THE ROOF is being organized by Julia Csekö, an artist and independent curator who has worked with both emerging and established professionals through a series of exhibitions at GroupPy. She is also a second-year graduate student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“Julia has recently discovered and fallen in love with CCAE – our teachers, our students and our staff,” says Hartnett. “She now teaches here and has been visiting all of our art classes to reach out to everyone.

The first RAISE THE ROOF featured drawings, paintings and photographs.

“This year we are expanding to include sculpture, too,” says Csekö, “And Harvard University has donated the use of a great exhibit space at 92 Mount Auburn Street (formerly the Globe Corner Bookstore) which has track lighting, huge windows, and tremendous visibility. The exhibit will be staffed from 12 noon to 9:00 pm daily, but because of the fantastic location, most  of the show will be on view 24 hours a day.”

So far RAISE THE ROOF has been a lot of fun.

“The students and teachers are very devoted to the Center,” says Csekö. “There has been very strong interest in participating and contributing art work. Not only current but former students are eager to be involved, too.”

RAISE THE ROOF is part of CCAE’s ongoing revitalization of their Brattle Street campus.

“We have been raising money so that we can address historic preservation, energy efficiency, and classroom upgrades in our beloved buildings,” says Hartnett, “so that the Cambridge Center can flourish in the 21st century.”

“We hope everyone who visits Harvard Square during the month of May will drop by RAISE THE ROOF. Even if they are not able to buy a work of art,” adds Hartnett, “they will be inspired by the range and quality of work on display.”

There is an opening reception party on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm,  which everyone is welcome to attend.

Who:    CCAE students, instructors, and alumni

What:   Benefit exhibition of 400 art works to raise money for CCAE

When:   Saturday, May 5 – Monday, May 28, 2012

Where:  92 Mount Auburn Street in the heart of Harvard Square

Hours:  12 noon – 9:00 pm daily

Party:  Opening Reception on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Cost:   Opening reception is FREE (original works of art will be for sale at a range of affordable prices)

Phone:  617-547-6789 x1

Web:    http://www.ccae.org/raisetheroof

Not For Tourists: Cobble Stone Sidewalks

Yesterday morning my friends called at 8am to tell me they were unexpectedly in Boston for the day and hoped to meet up. I love when friends spontaneously come to town and want to tour Boston and catch up. Whenever I stroll the Freedom  Trail, my recollection of past guided Freedom Trail Tours come to mind.  I love walking around the Freedom Trail and having a wealth of knowledge and pride flood my mind.  I love being able to tell the story of the hanging tree, why we’ve maintained the old buildings instead of building new, and who’s physique is really on the Samuel Adams advertisement.

This time around, I joined my friends as they had finished touring the U.S.S. Constitution, Paul Revere’s House, Faneuil Hall and Old South Meeting House. They were ready to get off the beaten tourist path, so I took them to some of my favorite trails in Beacon Hill. They’re mouths were gaping as we traipsed down Charles Street, a street I regularly find every excuse to walk down. We headed up the incline towards Louisburg Square. When you walk to Louisburg Square you feel as though you are visiting Boston of yesteryear, with lavish townhouses and a park that will soon turn green. I kept my eyes open for the chance sighting of possibly the square’s most famous resident: John Kerry. We then navigated our way to charming, picturesque Acorn Street. Acorn Street always makes me smile, it’s so simple, so beautiful, so Boston.

While visiting Beacon Hill, we knew we were off the beaten tourist-track as we all needed to pay more attention to watch where we walked. Cobblestones are not friendly no matter what foot wear you wear!

To rest and refresh we enjoyed refreshing ice teas while people watching at Cafe Vanille.

It is no nice to pass time in a neighborhood seemingly unfazed by the changing times. Plan a leisurely jaunt through Beacon Hill next time you’re in the neighborhood!



Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas

Bar Hopping in Back Bay

Yesterday was another night of roaming; this time in Back Bay in Boston.  We started in the afternoon with a quick cocktail on the first floor of Bistro du Midi.  We love windows overlooking the sidewalk and Public Garden.

Next, a stop at The Bristol Lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel.  The tone and crowd at the Bristol can be hushed, as it was this late afternoon, or buzzing later in the evening.  One of our favorite nights here was Christmas night a few months ago when the bar was packed with many friends who stayed in town for the holidays.  The Bristol is popular amongst  noted Bostonians – and yesterday was no different, with Joseph Kennedy III a few seats away. He didn’t ask for our advice on his campaign which he just announced the day before.

We moved to Post 390 for a quick cocktail. The chef, Eric Brennan, is an old colleague (we both worked at the Four Seasons and Mistral)  and a great chef.  Guy Neil, the general manager, is really one of the nicest guys in world.   The bar was packed with the post-work crowd. There’s a big bar downstairs and a roaring fire to warm us up on the cool day.  A smaller bar is upstairs, when we occasionally go to hide out.

We were so close to Mistral, the we had to swing by for dinner.  Dan had a craving for their renowned tuna tartare with crispy wontons, ginger and soy.  I started with the French onion soup with a towering gruyere pastry crust.  We then shared the Black Burgundy Truffle Macaroni with Madeira and Parmesan, which was worth every calorie – not that we try to count on nights like this.

Posted by Benson Willis, General Manager of Hotel Veritas