MDH and I have enjoyed the Federal for years. We bring all of our out of town guests here and while it may have started as a special occasions location we frequent it on random dates when we just want to treat ourselves. When planning a celebration for my 50th birthday my family asked where I would like to celebrate and there was no contest. The Federal, largely due to Tina's experience and planning direction and Robert's very competent and engaging service, hosted 37 people at a 3.5 hour event in the first weekend of December that many are still talking about. We began with a station of antipasto and crudite that surpassed anyone's expectation of veggies and Italian meat and cheese. On Tina's urging we limited our passed appetizers to 30 minutes given that we were offering a buffet lunch. Given our experience with the Federal we chose "chefs choice" which meant that while we didn't know what would be passed (other than the famous risotto balls which we requested) 6 different items (instead of 4) were passed. All were delicious but the buzz was really about the method of delivery. All were passed on spoons with empty plates on tables for disposal. We elected to offer 3 entrees on the buffet (salmon, chicken and braised short ribs) along with mac n' cheese, spinach salad, insalata caprese, roasted potatoes and green beans. All were hot and lived up to the Federal's reputation as a culinary destination. A cake was purchased from Cerrato's in West Springfield. The Federal artfully plated the cake with gelato...yum. People who know us know have long known that we enjoy the Federal Restaurant, but now they know why. Thanks for making my 50th memorable for all the right reasons. See you soon!
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