A Brookline hostess prides herself on her parties

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By Jane Dornbusch | The Boston Globe | December 25, 2012

Ann Marchette isn’t exactly Gertrude Stein, but she does like to run a salon for her friends and enjoys her role as hostess. She modestly claims, “I love entertaining, and I think I do it well.”

But don’t take her word for it. Friends and family are eager to sing her praises. Says Robin Gorenberg: “She’s the kind of person who can make a special occasion out of nothing.” Janet Slovin, Marchette’s sister: “She’s a wonderful hostess and a good cook.” Diane Schuster: “Only Ann could do this.” And Dottie Feinzig: “Every party is amazing. She’s” — wait for it — “the hostess with the mostess,” a reference that originally referred to 1950s Washington, D.C., socialite Perle Mesta.

The occasion for this outpouring is a session of City Salon: Boston, the latest in a long string of Marchette brainstorms. As Marchette, 70, tells the story, a year ago, she had surgery and lost her job. “I was hanging around the house, lying on the couch. My sister said, ‘You should combine your talents; how about starting a salon?’ ” Read More

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