Food & Drink

Cambridge’s Candy Making Legacy

The Rise and Fall of the City’s Candy Empire A hundred years ago, Cambridge smelled bad. Meatpacking in East Cambridge gave off an obvious stench, while the soapmaking factories—then part of the city’s largest industry—emitted their own terrible smell. But if you walked down Main Street, you might have gotten a whiff of candy. Nicknamed […]


Season’s Eatings

How Overseasoned Mixes Family Traditions, Timely Feasts, and Today’s Activist Climate Into Monthly Cookbooks The first leaves of spring haven’t even sprung in Amy Larson’s tree-lined West Cambridge neighborhood on the day that I visit her, but summer feasts are already on the food writer’s radar. “It’s the best time for food, obviously,” Larson says […]


After Detour, Highland Kitchen Owners Welcome Highland Fried to the Family

The story of the new Inman Square restaurant Highland Fried starts and ends with a local chef’s exalted fried chicken, but a detour where the owners veered from their gut instincts nearly derailed the now-flourishing restaurant. Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Mark Romano and Marci Joy—owners of Somerville’s Highland Kitchen—weren’t planning on taking over a previously owned restaurant, […]


New Food Truck Program Gets Rolling

On Taco Party’s first day as a food truck, the stove’s gas valve broke. “I burned my eyebrows off, and it was my first day,” owner Keith Schubert recalls. “From the get-go it was brutal. Just brutal,” he adds. Local operators say that nothing compares to the slog of running a food truck—even owners who […]


Food For All, Except the Dumpster

How a Cambridge-based app is tackling food waste head on 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 […]


Ahead of the Curve and Straight to Your Couch

Puritan Trading Company brings Puritan & Co. to the cutting edge Call it the Amazon or Netflix scenario—translated into the food industry. That’s how Will Gilson, chef-owner of Puritan & Company in Inman Square, describes the drive behind launching Puritan Trading Company, his new, delivery-only ghost restaurant. “We didn’t think our menu here would translate […]


Inman Eats Returns with a Craft Festival

Inman Eats is back for its second year this weekend, celebrating the restaurants and craft spaces that make up the neighborhood with special food deals, a beer garden, and an added craft festival. Rebranded as Inman Eats & Crafts, the outdoor festival will shut down Cambridge Street from Springfield to Prospect on May 20 from […]


Queer Makers Join Forces for First Queer Kitchen

Three Cambridge and Somerville chefs have teamed up to host Queer Kitchen, a night of food and music by queer makers that intends to be an alternative space for the queer community. Owners of Tanám, Tex Mex Eats, and 7ate9 Bakery want to hold an event for the queer community that isn’t focused on alcohol or […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


Bon Me to Turn East Cambridge Location into Test Kitchen

Bon Me will turn its East Cambridge restaurant into a test kitchen next month, unrolling several changes including a revamped menu and electronic ordering kiosks. The new experiments are part of an effort to stay ahead of the curve, according to CEO Patrick Lynch. “We opened seven years ago, and we chose to do a […]


World Baking Shop Sets Sights on Camberville

For Alyssa and Teddy Applebaum, it’s all about the grain. “Once people get introduced to it, it’s just like anything else that we’ve adopted and gotten really excited about that seemed weird 20 years ago, but now everybody gets it,” Teddy says. “There’s like 20 varieties of coffee and everybody talks about their variety of […]


Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant Roundup

Live Alive Life Alive is a destination for the crunchy (or crunchy-curious!) vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore. The official mission of Life Alive, in fact, is to “renew your energy and connection to life by soulfully serving you the most fantastic, vibrant, organic, therapeutic, whole food you could ever imagine.” Based on the line often displayed […]