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Meet Mae Barber of Boards by Mae in South End

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mae Barber.

Mae, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I moved into my first New York City studio, I was working late hours and it was always easier, although less kind on my bank account, to throw together a cheese board for dinner to wind down from the day. The more I did it, the more I began to enjoy playing around with different flavors, accoutrement combinations and pairings. I started to get asked by friends and family friends to make larger boards for gatherings and parties and it really evolved from there.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Is it ever a smooth road? I’m definitely (still) learning about my costs, how to price boards appropriately. It’s a lot more work than most people realize, between the prep, shopping, planning, etc before I even get to the event to set up. I have had my fair share of Boards where I’ve lost money, but slowly I’m realizing the right equation…!

Boards by Mae – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Boards by Mae is for the modern hostess, bringing custom, designed gourmet cheese and meat boards to your home or event. It is really my way of modernizing that at-home entertaining experience.

I was always fascinated by the traditional hostess. It might be the Connecticut in me, but I love the idea of planning, grocery shopping, and prepping all week for a weekend gathering of family and friends in your home. I feel like this has been lost in the modern age. Especially among my younger generation who would rather meet at a bar for happy hour than come over to someone’s home or apartment after work for food and drinks. I like to think that Boards can bring back that sense of at home hostessing, but with so much less effort, for the modern hostess, because whether it’s a studio apartment, or a sprawling estate, the comfort in entertaining at home is like no other.

By far my favorite part is getting to create completely different boards based on the client, their home, their vision and of course their taste pallet.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I would call Boards a success when someone, anyone, in Boston is having a small gathering for friends/family/colleagues at their home and thinks, “‘Boards’ would be perfect for this.”


  • Board for 2-3 guests start at $150
  • Board for 4-10 guests start at $250
  • Board for 10+ guests start at $400

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1 Comment

  1. Donna Di Mauro

    November 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Congratulations…I wish you the very best. I experience your talent @ the Mercy Sip & Social.

    Donna Di Mauro Mercy 67

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