Food & Drink

Five Questions With Backbar’s Sam Treadway

Thirst Boston, a cocktail conference (seriously!) that brings the city’s bartending experts together for a celebration of sipping locally, returns on April 28 with panels, classes and—of course—a few parties. Sam Treadway of Union Square’s Backbar is one such expert; he’s leading a discussion called “The Golden Age of Bitters: An Amaro by any Other Name…” And while […]


Five Fun Facts With ‘Fluff’ Author Mimi Graney

To Mimi Graney, Marshmallow Fluff isn’t just a whimsical condiment. As the founder of the annual What the Fluff? festival in Union Square, where the pillowy product was invented in 1917, she says the story of Fluff is a uniquely American one—as much a tale of innovation and modernization as it is a desire to […]






Meal Delivery, Local Style

So you’d like to have a make-at-home meal kit or ready-made dinner delivered straight to your door, but you don’t want to support a problematic, venture capital-backed behemoth like Blue Apron? You’re in luck! More than a few Greater Boston-based businesses offer meal delivery with a side of sustainability, whether you want to experience the joy of cooking […]


Around the World, “American Food” Means Chips, Cake and Fluff

It turns out grocers from Germany to Australia to Ireland think one thing when they think “American food,” and that’s Somerville’s own marshmallow fluff. Most frequently spotted “American” food overseas? Marshmallow Fluff–invented in my neighborhood! https://t.co/OyJqGsafJP @ScoutSomerville — Jason (@coolmcjazz) January 5, 2017 In a January 4 Buzzfeed post, Dave Stopera asked, “Have you ever […]


Highlander Kitchen: Somerville Students Serve a Serious Lunch

There’s a charming cafe on Highland Avenue, beautiful and bright, with natural sunlight streaming through a wall made up entirely of windows. In the dining room, two-dozen tables are adorned with white tablecloths and topped with little rectangular vases holding fresh-cut flowers, their deep red hue subtly echoed by maroon-colored cloth napkins folded into rose […]


Is Sudden Liquor License Spike Best for Somerville’s Bars and Restaurants?

A dramatic increase in the number of available liquor licenses seems, on the surface, like a boon for Somerville’s bars and restaurants. But not everyone is convinced that the influx serves the best interests of restaurant owners—or the city as a whole. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts legislature awarded Somerville 65 new liquor licenses—an increase […]


EHChocolatier’s Sweet, Small-Batch Treats | SCOUTV Episode #3

Welcome to Episode #3 of SCOUTV! This time around, we’re taking you behind the scenes at EHChocolatier, a Somerville-based, small-batch artisanal chocolate company that’s serving up sweets you have to sample to believe. EHChocolatier cofounders Elaine Hsieh and Catharine Sweeney were introduced in 1999, when a mutual friend asked if they’d make her wedding cake. […]


On the Factory Floor With Deano’s Pasta | SCOUTV Episode #2

In this episode of SCOUTV, you’ll meet the husband-wife team behind Deano’s Pasta in East Somerville. Their family business was founded in 1947 by Dean Matarazzo’s grandfather, Ralph Matarazzo, after he immigrated to the United States from Italy, making it one of the oldest pasta companies in the country. In a red and white warehouse building off […]