Four Seasons Boston

What.a.night. Prior to my first Board meeting with the American Institute of Wine & Food, I was one of a few Boston bloggers fortunate to be invited into the kitchen at the Four Seasons Hotel. Being that it was such a warm evening, I took the train to Park Street and walked across Boston Common to the Four Seasons where I arrived early enough to get some shots of its classic beauty.

For those of you not familiar with the Four Seasons, it overlooks the Boston Public Garden. Back when the hotel hosted their weekly bubbly bar, I was a frequent guest and enjoyed sipping bubbly and eating truffle popcorn, looking out that this view.

Four Seasons Boston

Ahhh, that winter light again. This photo was taken after 5:00. It absolutely fills me with joy that it is staying lighter, longer. Spring will be here soon!

view from the Four Seasons Boston

The inside of the Four Seasons is just as lovely as its views. Attention to detail and service are impeccable.

Four Seasons Boston decor

This beautiful flower display near the entrance of the Bristol Lounge further reminded me of spring and added a brightness and a freshness to the hotel’s very classic interior.

Four Seasons Boston decor

I wasn’t alone long; I soon met up with the other Boston bloggers attending the event. Here we have Megan, Fiona, Amy, and Katie. I also saw Rachel, William, Richard, and Michelle.

Boston food bloggers

Our Four Seasons hosts led us through the bar and the restaurant that was the famed Aujourd’hui to a place none of us had been before. . . the Four Seasons kitchen!

kitchen at the Four Seasons

It was beautifully set up for our group, with candles, snacks, and of course, wine.

Chardonnay

I didn’t catch what Chardonnay this was, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It did not have a hint of buttery or oaky flavor at all. We were also presented with souvenir aprons. I desperately needed an apron and was excited to bring this one home! 

aprons

The Four Seasons’ Executive Chef Brooke Vosika gave us a little bit of background on himself and the hotel’s cuisine. Needless to say, we were all captivated with his introduction, and we were all snapping photos like crazy.  Smile 

Chef Vosika

The menu for the evening included Nantucket Bay Scallop Chowder, Chicken and Truffle Dumplings, and Warm Chocolate Cake. Chef started on the chowder right away, and we got to watch him work his magic at the stove. This chowder was incredibly quick and seemed very easy. Chef’s secret ingredient? Gin. He said it reminded him of gin and tonics on Nantucket in the summer, and it does add a unique juniper flavor to the chowder. It was light and lovely.

prepping for Nantucket scallop chowder

While we watched Chef cooking, we were served Buffalo Brussels Sprouts.

buffalo Brussels sprouts

Just one of my favorite vegetables ever, fried, with a kick, with a creamy sauce. Heaven!

buffalo Brussels sprouts

When I got back to my spot at the table, my wine glasses were filled again, this time one was a glass of Chef Vosika’s own homemade wine. Chef explained to us that he has all sorts of hobbies like making wine and sausage and this year, curing his own olives. He said he is busy but loves what he is doing, so it is fun. That made me smile.

wine at the Four Seasons

As did this beautiful little cup of chowder. It was so comforting yet light, with perfectly cooked bay scallops. I hope I can do as good a job at home.

Nantucket scallop chowder

Back at our stations, we started in on the beautiful cheese board awaiting us.

cheese plate

We weren’t there long until Chef offered to show us where the Four Seasons dry ages their meat. I am not a beef-eater, but I could not pass up an experience like this!

dry ageing room dry ageing room

There was a LOT of meat dry ageing in there!

bloggers at the Four Seasons

Back at our prep station again, eating, and taking photos again.

bloggers at the Four Seasons

This time around, I was able to get a little closer to this beautiful display.

charcuterie

And Chef asked if anyone wanted to break down a chicken. Megan was the only eager volunteer, and she went right in there, breaking the chicken down like a Top Chef!

Megan from Delicious Dishings

She needed very little instruction from Chef Vosika. What a pro!

While Megan was working, the rest of us were eating more. . . here a tender pork belly with an Asian flair. It was the perfect bite.

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carrots, celery, onions

There was some more prep work for the chicken portion of the meal.

Chef Brooke Vosika

And then the Four Seasons’ Pastry Chef started talking dessert, warm chocolate cake to be specific. As he prepped the cake, he told us the countless types of centers these little cakes could have, like peanut butter cups and fudge. I think I can do this!

Four Seasons Pastry Chef

I did have to leave the event early and missed the actual eating of the chicken and dessert courses, but the folks at the Four Seasons did not send me home empty-handed. In addition to the apron and the recipes, they also gave us a bag with macarons and gourmet chocolates from Norman Love Confections. My husband and I shared the macarons, which were perfect for a bite each, last night.

These chocolates might be too pretty to eat. . .

Norman Love Confections

Norman Love Confections

Norman Love Confections

Or maybe I will do an entire post on their beauty AND deliciousness. Only time will tell. Smile 

As you can see, the Four Seasons provided us with an unforgettable experience. I love their luxurious surroundings, great food and wine, and warm welcome and look forward to eating at the Bristol Lounge soon. . . Burgers and Burgundy, anyone?

Now if we can only get them to bring back bubbly bar. . .

Last night was an amazing culinary experience for me. Do you have a really memorable experience related to one of your hobbies or passions? A run in with a celeb or something else?

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  1. Daisy’s avatar

    I knew I’d regret missing this one. What can you do, at least I’m almost fully recovered. Really great recap!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      It’s hard to go to everything! Glad you are feeling better!

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    2. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

      GREAT recap! I was sad to see you leave, but so glad to see you! Congratulations on your appointment!!

      Also- gorgeous shot of me chowing down! I couldnt help myself :-)

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    3. Megan’s avatar

      Last night was sooo much fun! Thanks for getting some Top Chef shots of me. Ha ha. I was so surprised when I opened those chocolates… they are gorgeous. I might have to do a full chocolate post soon… I just bought a bunch of stuff at Hotel Chocolat too.

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I still need to get to Hotel Chocolat! It is on my spring outing list!

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      2. Samantha’s avatar

        Ohh, I miss Bubbly Bar too! The passed hor d’oeuvres were the best. They should definitely bring it back!

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          The truffled popcorn! I miss it so much!

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        2. Michelle’s avatar

          Last night was so much fun and I can’t wait to catch up with you a little more next week at dinner!

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        3. betsy’s avatar

          What a fun event. Those chocolates look plastic!

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        4. Katherine: Unemployed’s avatar

          how amazing! I love this post

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        5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

          The flowers are stunning! Look at Meghan go on that chicken! This looks like a fun experience. Thanks for sharing.

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        6. Enrico’s avatar

          I dont know how you are invited to these events – but everyone looks like they are having fun. Its good to know that there are still places like the 4 seasons where service and tradition and simply respect for craft is still observed. Thank you for bringing us another post in your very interesting life…

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        7. Amanda L.’s avatar

          Looks like you had a great time!

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        8. Kinsey Michaels’s avatar

          I love the pic of all the bloggers with their cameras. This looks like an incredible event, that’s really cool that you were invited to this! What a presentation!!! Everything looks impeccable.

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        9. RavieNomNoms’s avatar

          What a great time! I absolutely love the picture with all of you and your cameras! That is so totally what I would be doing if I were there. Looks like so much fun

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        10. Judy’s avatar

          You get invited to the most amazing events. I guess you have to run marathons to keep from weighing 400 lbs with all that good food!

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        11. Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan’s avatar

          This looks like such a good time! And those chocolates look like art :)

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        12. Jean’s avatar

          Buffalo Brussels Sprouts…yum! Love your new web design!!

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        13. Jason Phelps’s avatar

          How did you come by this event? It definitely looks like a great breadth of ingrediants and techniques. A dream for sure!

          Jason

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