Subscribe via E-mail

Your email:

Posts by category


Current Articles | RSS Feed RSS Feed

Billions of Bubbles By BCAE Wine Sponsor 90+ Cellars


90+ Cellars
Celebrity Chef Class wine sponsor 90+ Cellars shares some tips to help you keep your "bubbly"s straight:

Billions of Bubbles: How to Choose

Oh, bubbles. They're perfect for parties. They're sensational at celebrations. They're tasty for toasts. But they're also numerous (maybe not billions, but you get the idea), and selecting the right bottle of bubbly can be difficult -especially with so many varietals and brands out there to choose from! So we're here today to help you decide which variety of bubbles is perfect for you (or for your party guests) so that you can please your crowd but most importantly, your palate.

Champagne: As many know by now, Champagne can only be called as such if it is made from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. But another requirement also exists: the carbonation must be created by secondary fermentation. The texture of this sparkling wine is delicate and a glass is extremely refreshing. Sweetness can range from none at all (Brut Zero) to fairly sweet (Doux), but the most common level of sweetness in champagne is the Brut offering. There are even more sub-varieties, but that's for another blog post altogether!

someecard champagne
Prosecco: This sparkly wine hails from Italy and brings to the table both froth and fizz, and the tasting notes tend to be floral, fruit, and/or dessert-like (think lilac, peaches, or almond). Prosecco is more frothy than champagne and therefore easier for sipping. The flavors are simpler, but no less enjoyable, than those of Champagne. It also makes a great addition to a cocktail! As for a recommendation...well, we think our 90+ Cellars Lot 50 Prosecco from Veneto, Italy is pretty tasty! (In fact, BCAE students get 20% off their purchase of 3 bottles or more in our online store – just enter code BCAEWINE at checkout.)

90 plus cellars prosecco
Moscato: There's some pretty tasty Moscato out just have to know where to find it. This sparkling wine is experiencing a resurgence especially as spring (hopefully) rolls in. With a lower alcohol content than other sparklers, the wine can be best described as "spritzy". Its body is very light and the flavors very fruity. Folks who love something sweet, bubbly, and refreshing are going to love Moscato! It's also an excellent wine to pair with your party desserts.

Sparkling Rosé: Sparkling Champagne Rosé is actually most commonly created by adding some Pinot Noir to the sparkling cuvée. Sparkling Rosé in general (not Champagne) is often made by letting red grapes remain in contact with their skins - the traditional way. Again the sweetness of sparkling rose can vary - you can have mostly dry varieties and mostly fruity varieties, but "Brut" is a good indication of flavor on the drier side.

That wraps up your bubbles education today – but if you want more wine education, be sure to check out the BCAE’s wine classes! Best wishes for all your learning – and celebrating - to come!

Which of these bubbles do you think you'd prefer? Let us know in the comments!


Learn more & taste 90+ Cellars wine in any of our Celebrity Chef classes!

Recap of 4th Annual BCAE Fundraiser Chew on This 2015!


Deep Eddy cocktailPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

Thank you to everyone who made it out for our 4th annual fundraiser, Chew on This: Kicked Up Classics last Thursday, March 12th, 2015 right here at the BCAE. We were sold out, with close to 300 people in the building, but in case you were unable to attend, here's a taste of what you missed.

decor hubPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

The theme for the evening was classics, kicked up, and the BCAE transformed into a retro diner for one night only. The event started out with our VIP Reception, featuring a mashed potato bar, passed Kabobs appetizers, and New England Charcuterie. And of course the bars were open as well, featuring Downeast Cider House, Polar Seltzer, Peak Organic beer, 90+ Cellars wine, and a Deep Eddy Vodka & Polar Seltzer cocktail.

mashed potato hubPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

NE CharcuteriePhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

Then the chef stations opened up, with 9 celebrity chefs on 2 floors cooking up their takes on some classic foods.

meatloaf and chickenPhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

Chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow wowed with his unusual take on "meatloaf," a Seared Pheasant Terrine, Sunchoke Crema, Pearl Onion, Lemon. Chef Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks prepared what she called a "Crispy Chicken Waco," a cross between Chicken 'N Waffles and a taco.(Both Pictured Above) All of the dishes had hungry attendees lining up for a taste!

Mei Mei hubPhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

Billy Costa auctionPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

From the Hunt's photo booth to the auction to the wacky chef shenanigans (Mei Mei Street Kitchen brought their own indoor "truck"!), it was a fun-filled night!

selfiePhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

After all, it's not often you get to mix, mingle & dine with Boston's culinary elite. We even caught Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson of Dining Playbook taking a selfie with Chef Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang!

The night ended on a sweet note, with Dustin Rennells mixing up some ice cream floats. Taster's choice: Boozy with Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale or Mocha Stout, or not with Polar Beverages Classic Sodas.

We can't possibly fit all of the fantastic moments from the event here, but looking for more photos? Search #ChewonThis15 and check out the Facebook album here!

Thank you to all who made this event possible:

Karen Akunowicz//Tiffani Faison//Mei Mei Street Kitchen//Kevin O'Donnell//Steve "Nookie" Postal//Erwin Ramos//Michael Scelfo//Michael Schlow//Jeremy Sewall

Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson of NESN's Dining Playbook!

90+ Cellars//Accardi Foods//Deep Eddy Vodka//Dole & Bailey//Downeast Cider House//Edible Boston//Espresso Plus//Filippo Berio Olive Oil//Hunt's Photo & Video//Kabobs//New England Charcuterie//Northeast Family Farms//Peak Organic Brewing Company//Peterson Party Center//Polar Beverages//Victoria Gourmet//Wüsthof//Zesty Cookie Co.

...and our friends Diane Manteca, Dustin Rennells, and Jan Quinn for their help in the kitchen and with the decorations!

The BCAE Presents Chew on This 2015. Let the Countdown Begin!


The 4th annual BCAE fundraiser is 2 WEEKS AWAY, and we could not be more excited for you to join us. As you may know, we changed up the theme a little bit this year...moving from "What's Your Beef" 2012 and 2013, then to "Beyond Beef" last year, now to "Chew on This: Kicked Up Classics."

This year, we are STILL featuring 9 of Boston's finest and most highly renowned chefs that will be cooking and mingling with attendees come March 12th. What's the difference, then? What you will be eating may not be beef or even might be seafood or cheese or vegetables...but WARNING: may cause feelings of nostalgia.

We asked our 9 featured chefs about some of their favorite classic foods, and then we told them to pick one and kick it up...and we mean WAY up! This is not your average blue plate special nor is it your mother's meatloaf. What will it be? The only way to find out is to buy a ticket and join us on March 12th. Step back in time as the BCAE transforms into the diner of your foodie dreams.


The All-Star Celebrity Chef Lineup:

Karen Akunowicz - Myers & Chang
Tiffani Faison - Sweet Cheeks
Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Food Truck
Kevin O'Donnell - The Salty Pig
Steve "Nookie" Postal - Commonwealth
Erwin Ramos - Olé
Michael Scelfo - Alden & Harlow
Michael Schlow - Via Matta, Alta Strada, Tico
Jeremy Sewall - Lineage, Row 34, Island Creek Oyster Bar

What else to expect:
-Live auction hosted by Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson of NESN’s Dining Playbook
-Silent auction
-Fabulous raffle items
-Hunt's photo booth to document your night
-**Surprise food-related addition new to this year's event!**
-Peak Organic beers, 90+ Cellars wines, Downeast Cider, a Deep Eddy Vodka & Polar Seltzer cocktail
...and more!

Early entry at 5:30PM with full bars, passed Kabobs appetizers, New England Charcuterie, and special early access to the surprise food-related addition. Take home a deluxe Wüsthof gift bag full of outrageously good goodies.

VIP Admission 5:30PM | $130
OR General Admission 6:45PM | $85

Join the conversation #ChewonThis15


Thank you to our sponsors!

90+ Cellars
Accardi Foods
Deep Eddy Vodka
Dole & Bailey
Downeast Cider House
Edible Boston
Espresso Plus
Filippo Berio Olive Oil
Hunt's Photo & Video
New England Charcuterie
Northeast Family Farms
Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Peterson Party Supply
Polar Beverages & Polar Seltzer
Victoria Gourmet


Recap of Local Love 2015: Market at the BCAE


It may have been snowing outside, but it was warm and toasty inside the BCAE on Sunday, February 8th for our second annual Local Love: Market at the BCAE!

Vendors came from all over (even Nantucket!), braving snow and cold to sell their local handmade goods, and shoppers also donned their hats and boots to join us in force!

We started the morning off right, with surprise guest Blackbird Doughnuts, our new South End neighbor helping to bring a sweet breakfast treat to the lucky shoppers who got there while they lasted...

Blackbird Doughnuts

And Fazenda Coffee Roasters provided a necessary caffeine boost and jolt of warmth to all who came through.
Fazenda Coffee
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

The BCAE was filled with vendors, both downstairs and upstairs, all showcasing a wide array of products.

For those looking for some sparkle, Alison Storry Jewelry did not disappoint, her colorful display catching the eyes of all passersby.

Alison Storry Jewelry
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

For the cheekier shopper, posh and prep's adorable cards and gifts were sure to please.

describe the image
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

Niche Urban Garden Supply brought the essence of spring on a cold, snowy day, and boy, did we need it.

describe the image
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

And Cameo Macaron truly delivered, bringing their iconic pink truck full of their sweet french treats.

cameo macaron
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

Sign Here Nantucket brought an array of Boston-themed signs perfect for any wall in your home.

sign here nantucket
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

Honey sweetened chocolates? Pure7 Chocolate took "chocolate bar" to a whole new level.

Pure7 Chocolate
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

The aptly named Extras by Alaina had adorable stamps and paper goods that were simply irresistable!

Extras by Alaina
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

Amanda Atkins Art brought us back in time with her fun retro art.

Amanda Atkins Art
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

And BCAE Instructor Loni Butera brought her beach-worthy sea glass art and acrylic monoprints.

Loni Butera
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

Johanna Sprague stunned shoppers with her gorgeous display of The Nomad Collection, jewelry and sculpture.

Johanna Sprague
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

Pop & Circumstance set up shop featuring revamped vintage goods, and so much more.

pop and circumstance
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

And SebellShavit Studio wowed with handcrafted pottery.

SebellShavit Studio
Photo Credit: Amy, Creative Soul Spectrum

Bash Studio's Kathryn Yee debuted the Everyday Napkin, an adorable and earth-friendly alternative to your typical napkin.

everyday napkin hub

Kitchen Millie, with too-cute-to-eat (well, we managed) 2-bite cookies, and Scoopsies not-your-average ice creams sweetened up the top floor in the best of ways.

kitchen millie and scoopsies

HUGE THANK YOU to all who came out, vendors and shoppers, to make for such a fantastic and fun event, and thanks to Amy at Creative Soul Spectrum for her beautiful photos! It was an honor to work with such talented local artists, and we hope to do it again soon :-)

We're Bostonians -- a little snow can't keep us down! Wanna see more? Search #LocalLove15
And stay tuned for upcoming events!

Local Love 2015: Market at the BCAE - Join Us February 8th!


Local Love date crop resized 600February in Boston is a time of cold and snow (especially the latter this year), so we're giving you a reason to get up, get out of the house, and spend a chilly Sunday warm inside the BCAE. We've invited some fantastic local vendors -- crafts, treats, and so much more -- to share their wealth of goods for your shopping pleasure. And what better time for a little shopping than right before Valentine's Day?

So whether you have a Valentine or not, or if you're shopping for a lover, friend, or simply treating yourself, join us this coming Sunday, February 8th from 10AM to 2PM for our 2nd annual Local Love pop-up market!

Vendors will include:

Alison Storry Jewelry

Cameo Macaron

Alison Storry Cameo Macaron

Extras by Alaina

Pure7 Chocolate

Extras by Alaina Pure7 Chocolate

Amanda Atkins Art

Pop & Circumstance

Olives & Grace

Amanda Atkins Pop & Circumstance Olives & grace

Kitchen Millie

SignHere Nantucket

Kitchen Millie SignHere Nantucket

The Everyday Napkin - Kathryn Yee Design

Stone & Skillet

Everyday Napkin Stone & Skillet

Niche Urban Garden Supply

Union Square Donuts

Niche Boston Union Square Donuts

Fazenda Coffee Roasters

posh and prep

Fazenda coffee posh and prep

SebellShavit Studio

Zesty Cookie Co.

SebellShavit Zesty Cookie

Best Bees & Follow The Honey

Doves and Figs

Johanna Sprague - The Nomad Collection

...and more! And Scoopsies will be giving out samples!



40% Off January & February Computer Classes at the BCAE



Computer 40% off sale Jan 2015

We know it's hard to get motivated and find the time to FINALLY learn those computer skills you've been meaning to learn...the ones you know will help you advance in the workplace and in the world. Here at the BCAE, we're helping you achieve those resolutions and giving you an extra incentive to get out there (really just come here) and do it -- 40% off all January & February computer classes should give you that long awaited kick in the pants, right? Don't wait any longer. Sign up now!

Microsoft Office Crash Course: Excel, PowerPoint & Word
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Ingenious Solutions [Entire Series]
Adobe InDesign for Desktop Publishing
Photoshop for Beginners
Workplace Computer Skills
Adobe InDesign Intensive
Open Source Content Management Systems
Microsoft Excel: Intermediate
Microsoft Access
Zoomed In: A Photoshop Intensive
A Gaggle of Google: Intro to Google Services
Computing Basics: One-Week Intensive
Twitter 101: Twitter Basics
Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint & Word
Basic Internet Skills
Excel Refresher: Pivot Tables & Macros
Personal Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe on the Internet
Twitter 201: The Anatomy of a Tweet
Facebook Basics

*Restrictions: Discounted class prices are as listed. Promo codes and additional discounts cannot be used. Discounted pricing available only on computer classes running through March 6th. Other restrictions may apply.

A Walking Tour (with beer) of Boston’s Revolutionary and Drunken Past


We are so excited to be partnering with Ye Olde Tavern Tours for our very own BCAE walking tour complete with the best of Boston's beer and history! The tour is right around the corner on January 20th, so sign up now!

To get an idea of what our students would be experiencing, we took a little preview tour, and here are some stand-outs:

STOP: The 21st Amendment in Beacon Hill is the first stop on the tour (seen below all dressed up for the holidays!)

FUN FACT: Did you know JFK is rumored to have written his speeches in this very location (before it was the 21st Amendment pub) while he lived on Bowdoin Street?

21st amendment bar Boston

STOP: Beantown Pub/Samuel Adams' grave

FUN FACT: Did you know Beantown Pub is the only place where you can drink a cold Sam Adams while looking at a cold Sam Adams?! Thanks for that, Ye Olde Tavern Tours, we do love a good pun :-)

Samuel Adams grave Boston

FUN FACT: While you may already know this, here's a visual. Did you know that all of the grey areas in the map below used to be water and are now filled in by land? Something to think about on your next stroll through the Back Bay...

Old Map of Boston

There is so much more to learn and drink on January 20th so sign up today to join the tour!

The Low Down on The Slow Down by BCAE Wine Sponsor 90+ Cellars


90+ Cellars wine sponsor

Celebrity Chef Class wine sponsor 90+ Cellars is sharing some more of their wine knowledge to help you start your New Year off right!

The Low Down on the Slow Down

As we embrace the start of the New Year, we are all thinking of ways to lead happier, healthier lives.

We love a great glass of wine as much as anybody, and we started 90+ Cellars as a way to share great wine with all of you. For us, wine brings people together, makes food taste better, and simply makes life more enjoyable. Moderate consumption of wine by adults can also have health benefits. Did you know that red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful anti-oxidant that can reduce heart disease? However, as with anything we put in our bodies, alcohol or not, all of us need to be aware of the risks of overdoing it.   

Here a few tips on ways to drink moderately and make wine part of your healthy lifestyle this New Year.

1. Think While you Drink

To be sure, there is a definite difference between drinking and tasting. Drinking seems to come naturally. Pausing to taste seems slower to catch on.  Given the sheer amount of sub-par tasting food and beverages available for purchase, it appears many folks would benefit by stopping to think about what they just put in their mouths. Slowing down to taste not only makes you appreciate better food and drink, but it lengthens the experience without you having to consume more. Try prolonging the enjoyment of every sip, and you’ll be surprised the hidden flavors and textures you’ll discover.

2. Share

Wine comes in a larger bottle for a reason. You’re supposed to share it.  Invite your friend, neighbor, or spouse to share a glass combined with a little conversation.  The act of talking will naturally slow down the amount your drink. Furthermore, conversing leads to better relationships and studies have shown the more relationships we have the happier we are.

3. Enjoy with Food

Think of wine as a part of your meal and treat it like an ingredient, the goal of which is to enhance one’s dining pleasure. Consuming alcohol by itself results in us drinking more, or at least relatively more. When we pair it with food, we can alternate between food and wine consumption slowing the rate of each.  Plus, we have the added benefit of experiencing new flavor combinations and added levels of enjoyment.

90+ cellars wine


4. Save Some for Later

You don’t have to finish a bottle of wine the same day that it is opened.  Most wine, especially red wines with texture (i.e. tannins) will keep for more than one evening.  In fact, some will even improve overnight.  Red Bordeaux, Piedmont reds like Nebbiolo & Barbera, and heavy duty California Cabernets will even improve on the second day. We’ve enjoyed our 90+ Cellars Barolos better after the bottle was open for 3 or 4 days. Don’t feel pressure to drain the bottle—save some for the next day.

Take this all into account when you open your next bottle of wine, and you’re on the road to a healthy and happy 2015.  I’ll drink (a glass) to that!



Keep an eye out for the 90+ Cellars team pouring their wines at celebrity chef classes and the BCAE annual fundraiser Chew on This! Kicked Up Classics on March 12th!

DON'T FORGET! Get 20% off 3 or more bottles of wine in the 90+ Cellars online store! Just enter BCAEWINE at checkout.* Click here to read more about our partnership with 90+ Cellars.

*Restrictions: Only valid for purchases within 90+ Cellars online store. Discount will be applied to product only. Tax and shipping is not discounted. Shipping is $9 flat rate, or free with purchase of 2 or more cases. Discount excludes Wine Club and special gift packs. Cannot be combined with case or Wine Club member discounts - this coupon overrides them. Other restrictions may apply.  Discount expires 9/2/15.

Make the BCAE Your Resolution Solution


It's that time of year again, when you're feeling gluttinous, and your wallets are feeling light. If we can find a few spare minutes amongst the holiday madness, we make that list of new year's resolutions: In 2015, I will...

We all make them in one way or another, whether we painstakingly write each and every item down in detail, or simply tell them to ourselves, but keeping them is a whole other ball game. And that's where we come in. No matter the sizes or types of resolutions you have, here at the BCAE, we have classes to help you out.


BCAE drop-in fitness pass
BCAE January/February Fitness Drop-In Pass
This might just be the best fitness deal in Boston. For only $96, you'll gain access to all 33 sessions of our fitness classes held at the BCAE in January and February. BUT you have to purchase by January 6th! Even if the pass isn't for you, we have lots of options to keep you fit. Browse all of our fitness classes here.



New Year's resolution health

Eating Clean: Tricks to Keep You On Track - Tuesday, February 3rd
Sticking to a plan and staying motivated to cook good dinners is not easy. Having a few tricks up your sleeve and some new recipes to get excited about may very well be the difference that you need.

5 Desserts: 200 Calories or Less - Thursday, February 19th
Start your diet off right in 2015, but no need to sacrifice ALL the good stuff! Learn to make some treats to fit the sweet into your diet.


Rebecca Pacheco

Your Best Year Yet with Rebecca Pacheco - Sunday, January 25th
The beginning of the year is an ideal time to lay the groundwork for the year ahead. This inspiring course is about settling intentions and pinpointing practical skills to create happiness and success in 2015. It's about understanding the most powerful tool you have for creating the life you want: your mind.

Health & Balance in the New Year - Dates & Times Vary
8 weeks of nutrition and lifestyle coaching, along with weekly group training sessions to truly kickstart your year.


novel writing

The Novel: From Second Draft to Publication - starts Monday, January 12th
Revive the pages that have been sitting there gathering dust. Don't be afraid to take the leap. Join us for the assistance you need.

Twitter 101: Twitter Basics - Wednesday, February 11th
Great for personal use, and even better for your business! There's no better time to start tweeting. All you need to get started in this one session class.

Fundamentals of Investing - starts Tuesday, February 3rd
Don't let your fear of the unknown prevent you from investing in your financial future! Get a broad understanding of financial basics, and learn some simple approaches to investing that can help you reach your long term goals.

Career Crossroads: How to Navigate What's Next - Tuesday, January 13th
Stop procrastinating. You know you need to make a change. Make 2015 the time to do it.


How to Build a Home Bar - Saturday, January 31st

Learn to Read Music - starts Monday, January 12th

Repurpose Your Old Jewelry at Hidden Jewel - Saturday, January 31st

jewels hub


Get more resolution guidance here!
And browse the full January/February course catalog here.

Happy Thanksgiving from the BCAE! Last chance for Early Bird.


We're wishing you a VERY Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the BCAE! We hope you're celebrating with friends, family, and delicious food!

And we also wanted to give you a friendly reminder that our Early Bird sale ends on Saturday!

A few January & February highlights...

January & Feburary classes

Super Bowl Tuesday: Beer Tasting & Wing Making

Flamenco Dancing

Personal Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe on the Internet

Vegan Dinners

A Tapas Style Brunch

Money Talks: Voice-Overs

Spanish for Travelers

Botanical Illustration with Graphite

The Novel: From Second Draft to Publication

Opera for Beginners

For more information on our Early Bird sale, click here. Browse the full January/February catalog here.

All Posts