Articles by Alyssa Vaughn

What’s New: Arts & Entertainment

Union SquareUnion Tavern Launches Female-Fronted Residency Susan Cattaneo, a “New England Americana” singer/songwriter, will be performing every third Thursday at Union Tavern (formerly PA’s Lounge). A female-fronted residency like this, Cattaneo tells Scout, is a rarity in the Boston music scene, which is dominated by male performers. Cattaneo aspires to bring other women to join […]


What’s New: City Beat

Tufts Develops Gas-Sensing Thread Tufts University engineers have officially nailed the balance between fashion and function. Researchers developed thread that changes color when it is exposed to certain gases, according to a press release, essentially allowing workers in medical, workplace, military, and rescue environments to use their clothing to detect volatile gases. While these threads […]


What’s New: Changing Tastes

Union SquareVinal A Bagelsaurus alum is taking to Union Square to shine a spotlight on another beloved breakfast carb: the English muffin. Sarah Murphy’s Vinal Bakery, formerly a pop-up-only concept, has taken root in the former Pizza Palace space. The cafe features a menu of innovative English muffin sandwiches (built upon Murphy’s signature original, wheat, […]


What’s New: Policy Watch

Legal Defense Fund in Place for Immigrants Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, together with Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern and the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF), established the United Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants earlier this spring, according to a press release. The goal of the fund, the CCF’s website says, is to raise $500,000 for grants to […]


Drink Responsibly — By Choosing Eco-Friendly Brews

Local Brewers Are Taking Ownership of Their Environmental Impact Slumbrew co-owner Caitlin Jewell really wishes she hadn’t forgotten to pour herself a beer. She’s spent the past 25 minutes lecturing the small crowd gathered around the brewery’s tanks. She’s taken them through Slumbrew’s history, given them the simple breakdown of how beer is made, cracked […]


What’s New: The Report Card & Fresh Cuts

The Report Card UMass Professor Named New Poet Laureate The UMass-Boston English professor Lloyd Schwartz was named Somerville’s poet laureate earlier this year, the Boston Globe reports, and he plans to use his new platform to connect the community’s poets with those who are unfamiliar with the craft. “Having spent my whole adult life bringing […]


What’s New: City Beat

Assembly Square Puma North America Pounces on Assembly Row Assembly Row has landed another major office tenant. Athletic shoe brand Puma plans to move into its new North American headquarters, with 550 employees in tow, the Boston Globe reports. While Puma already has a presence across the Charles, with offices in Westford and Downtown Boston, […]


What’s New: Changing Tastes

Assembly Square La Cucina Assembly Row’s latest addition to its dining lineup pays homage to the area’s history. La Cucina, operated by former North End restaurateur Jeff Malloy, is serving up an Italian menu in a large industrial space, with a fireplace, a semi-open kitchen, and decorative touches that hearken back to Assembly Row’s days […]


Juliet Team’s Second Restaurant, Peregrine, Takes Wing

Juliet is known citywide for its ever-shifting identity. Now? Reserve a table to honor Persian New Year with monkfish and saffron panna cotta. Next week? Celebrate Greek cuisine with roast lamb and olive oil cake. A Feast of the Seven Fishes croquembouche, Roman stracciatella, and Quebecoise slow roasted pork with baked lentils have also graced […]


Small Change Brewing Had a Big Year

Ten years ago, Emily Vides bought her husband a homebrew kit, thinking he needed a new hobby (“as wives do,” she says). She didn’t know the kit would launch a passion that would become a family business—and if she could go back and tell herself that, she’s not sure her past self would’ve gotten the […]


Overseasoned and GRLSQUASH Present: A Guide to Feminist Food

When you ask Amy Larson how she would describe her three-year-old business, Overseasoned, she laughs. “That’s complicated,” she says. “I’ve lately been calling it a ‘culinary brand.’” Overseasoned’s first form was a series of mini-cookbooks, handwritten and illustrated by Larson each month. Then, it became a merchandise line, peddling everything from linen aprons to tea […]


What’s New: Construction Zones

Powder House Community School Redevelopment Powder House Square Redevelopment of the Powder House Community School is officially underway. The school is being transformed into an “inclusive urban village,” according to the Boston Globe, meaning it will be a mix of residences, commercial outposts, a makerspace, and an alternative high school called “Powderhouse Studios.” To reinforce […]