Food & Drink

Mass Provisions Brings Smoked Dishes Straight to Your Door

Despite working in product design, Dan Goodwin was always among the first called to cook at a tailgate outside a big game. “I used to go down to Patriots games and cook all the food for people down there,” Goodwin says. “Backyard parties turned into larger-than-backyard parties. People would tell me: ‘You should do this […]


A Feast For Your Ears

Somerville-grown ‘Gastropod’ tackles culture, history, and biology through food “What the hell is a Fluffernutter?!” Any good Somervillian knows the answer. But to properly answer the question, you should really go back to the Egyptians’ use of the mallow plant, touch on the sugar trade, and include the invention of the egg beater—or at least, […]



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. […]


Ditching the Desk for Family Dinner

Erin Baumgartner spent the last the 10 years working at MIT’s Senseable City Lab, but her attention kept getting pulled back to food. “We loved to cook, to eat, and to have people over,” she says about herself and her husband of five years, Tim Fu. “That’s really how we love to spend time, having […]


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 […]


Food System Report Examines Local Affordability, Availability

Home to an abundance of restaurants, specialty food boutiques, and food trucks, Somerville has no shortage of food. Yet even in this environment access to affordable, nutritious foods is not guaranteed. Shape Up Somerville and the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) set off to assemble a  comprehensive assessment of food access in the city a year […]


Queer Makers Join Forces for First Queer Kitchen

Three Somerville and Cambridge chefs have teamed up to host Queer Kitchen, a night of food and music by queer makers that intends to be an alternative space for the queer community. Owners of Tanám, Tex Mex Eats, and 7ate9 Bakery want to hold an event for the queer community that isn’t focused on alcohol or […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


From Beer to Bread

Wouldn’t it be great if all recipes began with “Pour a cold beer for yourself”? Somerville Brewing Company’s directions for making bread out of its spent grain are littered with instructions to treat yourself to a cold one. Take a sip when the dough gets hard to stir. Drink two or three beers while the […]


PHOTOS: Petsi Pies Gets Into Pi Day

Dozens piled into Petsi Pies and lined up outside on Wednesday for the chance to recite digits of pi and earn free treats. The bakery offered up mini pies to people who could recite 10 digits, large pies for 100 digits, and one pie each season for a year for 314 digits. Somerville Public Schools […]


World Baking Shop Sets Sights on Camberville

For Alyssa and Teddy Applebaum, it’s all about the grain. “Once people get introduced to it, it’s just like anything else that we’ve adopted and gotten really excited about that seemed weird 20 years ago, but now everybody gets it,” Teddy says. “There’s like 20 varieties of coffee and everybody talks about their variety of […]