Food & Drink

Brewing Community at Aeronaut

Brewery: Aeronaut Brewing Co. 14 Tyler Street, (617) 987-4236 aeronautbrewing.com Some people just don’t like a lot of attention on their birthdays, but for Ronn Friedlander, every day is essentially a birthday. “In some ways, it was like every other day because it was, like, bands and beer and people hanging out,” the Aeronaut co-founder recalls […]



Food For All Expands to Farmers Markets

There’s nothing that ruins a weekend outing to the farmers market quite like a surprise thunderstorm. But while it’s always a bummer to slog home with rain-soaked canvas tote bags, the consequences of a midday downpour—or a heatwave, or a citywide event, or an unannounced MBTA closure—can be dire for the small, family-owned businesses that […]


The Arts Council’s Rachel Strutt On the Language of Food

Rachel Strutt, program director at the Somerville Arts Council, has always been interested in helping to amplify marginalized voices. She got her master’s degree in medieval art history at Tufts, studying the “people on the margins.” She continued with her passion of promoting people’s stories as a journalist, and eventually carried that drive to the […]


Ellie Tiglao Brings ‘Narrative Cuisine’ to the Table With Tanám

“It’s important to tell your own food story.” That’s the driving force behind what Ellie Tiglao, one of Boston’s rising culinary talents, describes as “narrative cuisine.” Her new restaurant, Tanám—slated to open in Bow Market in late summer—blends artistic inspiration and historical awareness to create intimate and memorable dining experiences. A career scientist with a […]


Ignite! Festival Returns to Union Square

The annual Ignite! Festival will return to Union Square on Saturday for a night of food, cultural exchange, performances, and fire. Designed to “showcase the incredibly delicious and diverse food landscape of Union Square”—according to Rachel Strutt, cultural director for the Somerville Arts Council—the festival weaves together dishes from the fabric of the city. There […]


EHChocolatier To Move to Cambridge

Acclaimed chocolate maker EHChocolatier will move out of its Windsor Street home of eight years and into West Cambridge this fall, according to its founders. The new location at 145 Huron Ave. will allow for a better customer shopping experience than the current spot which, co-founder Elaine Hsieh explains, is a bit hidden in an industrial […]


Cuisine En Locale Offers Personal Cheffing, Dark Dining

JJ Gonson remembers a time from her childhood in Cambridge when going out to eat was reserved for special occasions. “Before the big takeout boom, I grew up with a mom who would cook every single meal at home,” Gonson says. “We would sit down and have dinner together.” Gonson learned to cook from her mother, […]


A Gluten-Free Labor of Love

Tucked away in an unassuming—yet fully licensed—home kitchen in West Somerville, the Clancy family works up to 12-hour days to create some of the best gluten-free baked goods in the region. Dawn Clancy, the principal baker at Curtis Street Bakers, often joined her mother in the kitchen as a young girl. But her love of […]


‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

Community Servings Crafts Medically Tailored Meals for Some of Somerville’s Most Vulnerable Populations A woman with diabetes had to call an ambulance every month to stabilize her glucose levels. The financial burden and disruption to her life were enormous. But after getting connected to Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves medically tailored meals to people […]


How Somerville’s Oldest Restaurants Stay Relevant in a Changing City

As people flock to Somerville, new restaurants fueled by imaginative concepts have proliferated, from Juliet’s rotating dining experiences to Health Club, the “fast-casual superfood spot” run by the owners of 3 Little Figs. But the city is also home to many restaurants that have been around since long before Somerville’s recent renaissance. Scout took a […]


This Little Piggy…

La Brasa’s Chef Talks About Preparing His Coveted, Wood-Fired Feasts Since opening La Brasa in Somerville four years ago, chef and owner Daniel Bojorquez has built a reputation for turning out impressive feasts from the restaurant’s namesake cooking methods—the embers of its open pit grill and its huge, cylindrical, wood-burning oven. While prepping a whole […]