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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]