Food & Drink

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 […]


Revival Cafe & Kitchen Opens in Davis Square

On its seventh day in business, Revival Cafe & Kitchen’s Davis Square location is bustling. The cafe is cozy and bright, with light streaming in through a wall of windows that will open up in warm weather. A rectangle of clipboards announces the day’s food menu—The Jimmy Pesto (egg, pickled red onion, spinach, feta, sunflower […]


Fresh Bites For Your Holiday Feast

The holidays are upon us, and that invariably means traditions—especially when it comes to the dinner table. And tradition is, well, traditional. Maybe even … predictable. Now, don’t get us wrong—we like tried-and-true family recipes as much as you do, and nobody’s suggesting that it’s time to retire your great aunt’s legendary crab dip. But […]


Food Art Celebrates Local Eateries—And It’s All For A Good Cause

We love eating food, looking at food, and talking about food. But food art is still considered a “low subject” by many creatives, artist Kendyll Hillegas explains. That perception kept Hillegas away from creating food art for a long time, she says. But while she was largely bedridden with an autoimmune disease, she found solace […]


Hidden Harvests with the League of Urban Canners

Some things are hard to miss: the leaves changing to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange, the impossibly long line at that one ramen restaurant in Porter Square, the traffic in Union Square at 4:15 p.m. Other things—like the hundreds of fruit trees tucked away throughout Somerville and Cambridge—are not so easy to notice. […]


Financially Accessible Dining Comes to Juliet

Ever since its opening, Union Square’s Juliet has experimented with revolutionizing how typical restaurants run. From its rotating dining experiences to its elimination of tipping to its profit-sharing model for employees, the owners have become groundbreakers in the local restaurant world. Now, Juliet is testing two ways to make fine dining accessible to a broader […]