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What are you doing for the holidays?

Whether you’re staying or going, Charlestown has you covered

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November 23rd, 2018
Cannoli from the most recent holiday gathering at Charlestown.

“When you dine in one of our restaurants you can expect the same type of fresh, cooked-to-order food and great service you would receive anywhere else," says Aida Blanco Galindo, dining services director at Charlestown. 

When it comes to the holidays, there are two types of people—the type who travel about visiting friends and family, and the type who prefer to stay home entertaining their guests. No matter which one you are, Charlestown is the perfect place to be.

Whether you’re headed across the country or just a few hours away, Charlestown offers travelers the ultimate in ease and convenience. When you’re ready to go, just lock the door and leave without a care in the world. No more having to worry about your pipes freezing, your mail piling up, your driveway getting shoveled, or your house getting broken into.

“One of the things residents tell me they appreciate most about living at Charlestown is the freedom they gain when they shed the worries and responsibilities of their home,” says Sales Counselor Molly Fricker. “Many of our residents travel not just around the holidays but throughout the year. It’s comforting to know that, while you’re away, everything back home is safe, secure, and taken care of.”

Home for the holidays

If you decide to stay home for the holidays, Charlestown is a great place to host your holiday get-togethers. Seven unique on-site restaurants allow you to enjoy meals with your entire family without lifting a finger.

During the holidays and on any given day, for that matter, the restaurants at Charlestown serve up delicious cuisine for more than 2,000 diners. An executive chef oversees the culinary program and a chef de cuisine oversees each kitchen. A team of cooks and kitchen staff, along with hundreds of high school students who serve as wait staff in the dining venues, provide support.

Daily menus feature a variety of entrées and specials ranging from much-loved wintertime comfort foods like meatloaf and pot roast to international fare. Fish and chicken breast, tossed salad, and other special diet-friendly foods are always available.

“Our goal is to provide the quality of dining that you would experience anywhere else. When you dine in one of our restaurants you can expect the same type of fresh, cooked-to-order food and great service you would receive anywhere else,” says Aida Blanco Galindo, dining services director at Charlestown.

If you need even more room to spread out, the campus offers three private dining rooms ready for any kind of event.

“Guests can choose from that restaurant’s daily menu or a menu tailored to your specific event,” says Blanco Galindo. “We have some groups who regularly use the private dining rooms like the Rolling Hills Women’s Club and the Fireside Art Committee for their monthly meetings.”

Entertaining made easy

Another option: let Charlestown’s catering department help make your holidays easy and stress-free. Whether you’re planning a fancy dinner party or an informal brunch, Charlestown’s on-site catering handles all the details and lets you take all the credit.

“We cater all kinds of special events ranging from weddings, birthdays, and baby showers to memorials, bar mitzvahs, graduations, and galas,” says Blanco Galindo. “We have a variety of indoor and outdoor venues that can accommodate anywhere from 25 to 500 guests. We also deliver full buffet spreads to apartments and other spaces such as the lounge areas and art studios.”

Blanco Galindo notes that Charlestown’s venues and catering service are not exclusive to Charlestown residents but available at an affordable rate to anyone in the greater community looking to host an event.

The wide-ranging catering menu includes buffets with omelet and waffle bars; gourmet lunches with homemade sandwiches, soups, and salads; hot dinner buffets and plated entrées; afternoon teas; hors d’oeuvres; desserts; and a full bar.

Janice Boone, a member of the Fireside Artists group regularly uses Charlestown to cater receptions for the group’s art openings held throughout the year.

“They do a great job. We usually get a lovely arrangement with a fruit plate, cheese and crackers, and we also have a cash bar,” says Janice. “I’ve attended many other events here on campus that Charlestown has catered, and they always do a superb job.”

In addition to its many dining and catering options, Charlestown hosts a variety of concerts, performances, and other fun events throughout the holiday season, including the popular Chapel Concert Series in Charlestown’s historic Our Lady of the Angels Chapel.