Maura In The News

Hub party plans brewing
3/15/2004

Democratic Party bigwigs at the 2000 national convention in Los Angeles supped with celebrities at Spago, sipped wine at Earvin "Magic" Johnson's Beverly Hills digs, cavorted at the Playboy Mansion, and partied with Barbra Streisand and Whoopi Goldberg at a gala benefit concert.

During this summer's Democratic National Convention in Boston, delegates can expect to knock back a pint of Cherry Wheat or Boston Lager at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain, or possibly tickle their tastebuds with Chocolate Tangerine Cookies or Lime Ricotta Cakes from Dancing Deer Baking Co. in Roxbury.

These offerings may not have the star appeal of Spago or Streisand, but they are home-grown. Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected to announce the 30 local businesses that have been chosen to host parties on behalf of the city for the 56 state delegations the weekend prior to the four-day convention.

Samuel Adams and Dancing Deer are expected to be on the list, a spokeswoman for the brewery said yesterday. Representatives from the mayor's office and the Boston Host Committee would not release names of the other companies yesterday, and it was unclear how much money businesses had anted up for the chance to host one of the evening receptions scheduled for July 24.

About the only sure thing is they will be uniquely Bostonian.

"We're not tinsel town," City Councilor Maura Hennigan said. "We can't be what we're not."

Still, Hennigan said the city probably should consider displaying some star power of its own, perhaps with appearances by homegrown celebrities at city-hosted receptions. "I would hope we could get Ben Affleck."

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