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Posts tagged “Julia Child

In Cambridge for a day? Get an education!

There is a wealth of high quality education here in Cambridge, and travelers to our fair city have access to that education, if only for one day. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education offers a generous list of one-time Saturday or Sunday workshops that will introduce  students to a new topic, and provide a fun, rounded experience! Looking at the course list for late Spring, early Summer, there are plenty of ideas for travelers (and locals!).

Traveling to Boston and not quite sure how to work your new SLR camera? You can take a day long workshop and pick up techniques, then, you can spend the rest of your stay capturing the sites around town. Don’t have a SLR camera, but want one? The savvy staff at Hunt’s Photo and Video will help you choose the one that suites your needs!

Do you always stop at Julia Child‘s favorite butcher, Savenor’s Market, when in Cambridge? Well, if exploring the art of carving is an interest of yours, why not attend “Butchery 101” and learn through lecture  how master butchers make the cut.

Or, how about an introductory course on Glassblowing Flowers? Coupled with a visit to the Glass Flower Collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, you would have a beautiful weekend.

For an extremely unique New England experience, try A Taste of Blacksmithing! What a story?! You could say you visited the home of Boston’s (most historical) silversmith Paul Revere on Saturday and then took a blacksmithing lesson on Sunday!

The suggestions could go on (for a full list, see the Cambridge Center for Adult Education website).

Artist: Valerie Isaacs

But before I stop, I must provide one more idea: Painting Sundays on The Charles. The city closes Memorial Drive on Sundays, so the typically congested river-side scene becomes friendly and relaxing. If you don’t have your art supplies with you, no need to worry! Stop at Utrecht Art to arm yourself with watercolors!

We are happy to have such a spectacular center for adult education enriching our community. We hope you take advantage of a class, if time allows!



Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas


Menton: Boston’s First (and only!) Relais & Châteaux Restaurant

Congratulations to our friends at Menton for being awarded the incredible status as Boston’s only Relais & Châteaux property.  We’ve been fans of Barbara Lynch for years – and have spent many hours at the bar at No. 9 Park (which was the first place where Dan and I met Julia Child, the second time we had dinner with her is a private story.)

Read Barbara’s personal note about this accolade on their Facebook page.

“Chef Barbara Lynch is pleased to share news of Menton’s recent induction into Relais & Châteaux. Menton is Boston’s first and only Grand Chef property.

Photo by Justin Ide

With this unique distinction, Barbara joins an elite group of 19 chefs in North America and 161 chefs worldwide who have been awarded the title of Grand Chef including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Humm. She is currently the only female Grand Chef in North America, and Menton was the only free-standing Grand Chef restaurant to be inducted in January 2012.

As a Relais & Châteaux property, Menton joins a collection of 518 of the finest hotels and restaurants around the world, celebrated for their unequalled hospitality, excellence, and ability to offer truly exquisite experiences. North American Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux restaurants include Jean Georges, The French Laundry, and The White Barn Inn.

In addition to being named a Relais & Châteaux property, Menton was the only Boston property to receive both AAA’s Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star Award in 2012, further establishing the restaurant’s reputation as an exceptional culinary destination for locals and visitors from across the globe.”


Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 518 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.  Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony.  To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and discover a special place in a variety of destinations.  The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.” For information or reservations, call 800-735-2478 or refer to www.relaischateaux.com.

Posted by Benson Willis, General Manager of Hotel Veritas