HINGHAM, Mass. and NEWPORT, R.I., Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Catered Affair (TCA), New England’s culinary, event, and hospitality authority, announced today that they have been approved by The Preservation Society of Newport County to provide catering services at the Newport Mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. This agreement broadens TCA’s 40-year history of bringing culinary and event excellence to New England’s most reputable venues and functions.
“The Catered Affair’s reputation for fresh, exquisite cuisine, combined with their excellence in client-service makes them an ideal choice to represent the best of the Gilded Age,” said Philip Pelletier, Director of Special Events for the Preservation Society. “The Newport Mansions provide the backdrop for the most magnificent events in the Northeast, so we’re pleased to have an experienced partner that can provide an elevated level of service to meet our clients’ needs.”
Effective immediately, The Catered Affair will begin contracting events for the stunning Newport Mansions, including The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, and the Chinese Tea House.
The Preservation Society expands TCA’s roster of food and event service agreements within premier venues throughout New England and will receive a dedicated event planning & production team that will be supported by the TCA’s operational hub at their Hingham headquarters.
“The rich history, the gorgeous Gilded Age architecture, and the stunning water views make the Newport Mansions New England’s most magnificent and inspiring destination for weddings, festivals, and corporate gatherings,” said Holly Safford, founder & president of The Catered Affair. “We are delighted to be selected by the Preservation Society to provide catering and event services at these iconic mansions.”
The Newport Mansions exemplify three centuries of the finest achievements in American architecture, decorative arts, and landscape design spanning the Colonial era to the Gilded Age. Their ornate aesthetic offers incredible, spacious settings for the discerning event planner or client looking for the right venue for a spectacular reception or a gorgeous wedding celebration. Here is a brief outline of the available event spaces:
With Newport’s largest private ballroom and a heart-shaped staircase, Rosecliff, built in 1902, was the setting for many of the most fabulous social events of the Gilded Age, including a fairy-tale dinner and a party, featuring magician Harry Houdini. It continues in that tradition today, and has also been featured in many Hollywood films, including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Evening and 27 Dresses.
Ballroom seated dinner with dance floor: 180
Salon seated dinner: 80
Terrace stand-up cocktail reception: 300
Marble House Terrace
A National Historic Landmark, Marble House was built for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was the most lavish house in America when it opened in 1892. Marble House was the scene of both elaborate balls and political rallies to raise funds for the women’s suffrage movement. The view from the canopied terrace overlooks the colorful Chinese Tea House and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
Terrace seated dinner: 200
Terrace cocktail reception: 250
Chinese Tea House
For a more intimate affair, the Chinese Tea House at Marble House offers a picturesque and unique setting, situated atop the Cliff Walk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Seated dinner: 50
Cocktail reception: 75
The summer retreat of coal magnate Edward Berwind and his wife, The Elms was a thoroughly “modern” house in 1901. So technologically advanced for its time it appeared to work “as if by magic,” it also houses monumental art works, including wall-sized Venetian paintings, Chinese lacquer panels and tapestries.
Seated dinner: 100
Cocktail reception: 200
ABOUT THE CATERED AFFAIR
The Catered Affair is a Boston-area based culinary, event, and hospitality authority. Since it’s humble beginnings as a small catering operation, TCA has grown over the past 4 decades to manage the culinary operations for some of Boston’s most recognizable events and institutions and has recently expanded into operating noteworthy restaurants, cafes, and inns throughout Greater Boston. In addition to the Preservation Society of Newport County, TCA has food & event services agreements with the Boston Public Library, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. For more information, visit www.thecateredaffair.com.
ABOUT THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY
The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history. Its 11 historic properties–seven of them National Historic Landmarks–span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development. For more information, visit: http://www.newportmansions.org
Alex Viteri for The Catered Affair
Andrea Carneiro, Communications Manager
The Preservation Society of Newport County
phone: (401) 847-1000 ext. 131
SOURCE The Catered Affair