Food & Drink

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 […]


The ’Ville Gets A New Wine Haven

Joe’s Liquor’s Wine Destination is a Family Effort Paul Robichaud admits it’s an unlikely combination: an encyclopedic knowledge of tools and a deep appreciation and understanding of fine wine. “Not everyone understood how you could be in the tool business and know about wine,” he says. “It was hard to explain to anyone.” But the […]


The Feast of Friendship

Local women meet monthly to try recipes and build community The tables are covered in butcher paper that’s tied on with blue-and-white strings, just like the boxes that come from Mike’s Pastry in Harvard Square. There are many flavors of Polar seltzer, bottled by the Crowley family of Worcester. And soon, more than a dozen […]


At In Season Food Shop, Local Products Are Evergreen

It’s an icy Saturday morning, but that doesn’t seem to have had an effect on the lively crowd at Bow Market. Throngs of morning shoppers, dog leashes and coffee cups in hand, are milling around the market’s tiny storefronts. Some are eyeing vintage T-shirts, others are wondering if 11 a.m. is too early for a […]


Spoke Wine Bar Teams Up with Momi Nonmi for Pop-Up Dinner

Spoke Wine Bar will infuse its light, farm-to-table approach to food and wine with Hawaiian and Japanese flair on Monday in a pop-up collaboration with Cambridge restaurant Momi Nonmi. The prix fixe four-course menu ($49, with an optional wine and sake pairing for $35) will include local seafood, Japanese ingredients, and grilled dishes that both […]


At Vinal Bakery, the English Muffin Takes Center Stage

It’s tough out there for English muffins. Sure, they’re reliable, versatile, and a go-to foundation for everything from egg and cheese sandwiches to toaster pizzas, but it’s the more glamorous breakfast breads that earn spots on trendy brunch menus and likes on Instagram. In a world of golden brown brioche, savory scones, and seeded bagels, […]


Library Launches An Edible Book Club

Part book club, part potluck, the latest event series from the Somerville Public Library promises to build community around cookbooks. Each meeting of the Supper Club will focus on a particular cookbook from the library’s collection. Attendees will select recipes from it to cook, and together the club will get to eat its way through […]


New Liquor Store, PROOF, Aims to Be Community Space

Everything at Winter Hill’s newest liquor store is well thought out. Virtually all pieces of the shop are custom made, from the wine racks to the hanging lights. Wines hail from all over the world—South America, Portugal, Italy—and beers from beloved local breweries adorn the shelves. But lighthearted details, like a blown-up Prohibition-era photo of […]