Articles by Reena Karasin


Local Fourth of July Celebrations

July 3 – All American Wine Dinner at Forage 5 Craigie Cir., Cambridge Who says America can’t make good wine? Forage is getting patriotic this week, offering up wine pairings from Maine, Vermont, and California alongside a dinner that features fried spicy kimchi, fennel-rubbed pork loin, and creme fraiche ice cream. The meal is $50 […]



‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

Community Servings Crafts Medically Tailored Meals for Some of Somerville’s Most Vulnerable Populations A woman with diabetes had to call an ambulance every month to stabilize her glucose levels. The financial burden and disruption to her life were enormous. But after getting connected to Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves medically tailored meals to people […]


Far From the Vine

This Somerville Couple Mixes Business with Pleasure in Their New Zealand Vineyard As the housing bubble burst in the United States, sending its devastating effects rippling across the world, another market was failing some 9,000 miles away. The wine industry in New Zealand was producing more grapes than it knew what to do with, and […]


PHOTOS: Carnaval

The city’s ninth annual Carnaval festival offered music, performances, food, and activities for kids in East Somerville on Sunday. Carnaval is part of the Somerville Arts Council’s SomerStreets series, which closes down city streets for festivals. East Somerville Main Streets worked with the arts council to put on the festival, which ran from McGrath Highway […]


Food For All, Except the Dumpster

If you’re a restaurant, you never want to run out of food. Customers expect that you’ll have options available at all times, even near closing. They might find sparse shelves off-putting, and you’ll lose money if you don’t have what a customer wants to order. This expectation from customers pushes restaurants, especially grab-and-go establishments, to overproduce. […]


Big Gay Dance Party Is Back

Last year, the city decided that a Big Gay Dance Party was the perfect way to kick off Pride Month. The more than 1,000 LGBTQ people and allies who showed up to dance in Union Square seemed to agree. “It was just a huge hit, and it really showed that there was a need for […]


What’s New at Assembly Row

Assembly Row’s Phase 2 expansion is underway. Take a peek at the row’s latest additions and what’s headed there this summer. CYCLEBAR This spin studio will round out FITRow, the square’s center for different exercise classes including pilates and boxing. CYCLEBAR is slated to open at the end of June. Bocce Court Assembly Row has […]


Incubating Community, One Jar of Yogurt at a Time

When Sam Christy’s kids were young, he was making three quarts of yogurt a week. “I just thought, ‘I bet someone else is making yogurt tonight too. It wouldn’t be much harder for me to make four quarts and share them with them,’” he says. “And I thought, ‘Hey, maybe I could do this on […]


Getting Art Buyers to Say ‘The Price Is Right!’

Pricing artwork can be a real challenge for artists, Heather Balchunas of the Somerville Arts Council explains. Artists have to factor in time spent on the piece and the cost of materials and space, and find the perfect balance between making sure their pieces sell and not undervaluing their work. Figuring out pricing can be […]