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January 13, 2013

Orchard House Catering provides memories

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The room features a wide shelf at the base of the windows, which allow for seating around the outside of the room.

"It's magical out here in the summertime with the pool, patio, flowers and grounds," she said.

The Liberty Room accommodates up to 16 guests. It was the original dining room in the home.

Duquette said her husband built the large, farmhouse style dining table. They were also able to use the original wallpaper and wainscoting.

The Empire Room is suitable for up to 20 guests, and features a more casual atmosphere.

"We do a lot of luncheons in there," Duquette said.

The Orchard House Pub room is a small, private area with three tables, a wooden floor and wooden beam ceilings. It was originally the home's kitchen, and they were able to save some of the old cupboards and incorporate them in the new space.

Customers can rent any or all of the rooms for their event. It has also been a hit for business meetings, with all of the necessary technology available throughout.

Customers will often use one room for their meeting and another for a meal.

Outdoor events are available for up to 100 guests for a full day or up to 50 guests for a half day. the spacious, well-manicured grounds provide an ideal atmosphere, Duquette said.

The former foyer is ideally shaped to handle buffet lines, Duquette said.

The kitchen was originally the home's living room. She designed the gleaming, shiny, efficient space herself, with work angles and heights customized to her preferences.

"I'm really proud of my kitchen." she said.

Duquette said she limits the business to one function per day, whether its for 100 people or a romantic dinner for two. While the latter may not be as profitable, the word-of-mouth has really helped the business grow.

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