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Itinerary for visiting sustainable cuisine chef -- Sun thru Tues in early April

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bon_vivant Mar 16, 2010 02:27 PM

We'll be visiting Boston on April 11-13 with our pal who owns a terrific sustainable cuisine restaurant in Baltimore. He'd love to soak up as much uniquely local food as possible while here. The challenge is we're talking Sunday lunch through Tuesday lunch so I'm guessing many great spots will be closed. Anywhere in the city or close surroundings works (will be staying in Waltham with a car). I'd also appreciate any thoughts about markets or other fun things to do between meals, too. Thanks so much.

  1. kobuta Apr 3, 2010 02:00 PM

    If I recall correctly I think both Rendezvous and Salts in Cambridge also try to source locally when possible.

    On a slightly different spectrum, Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta is a huge promoter of sustainability and green restaurants in general - not just food, but also reducing the size of the restaurant's footprint.

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      teezeetoo Apr 4, 2010 06:05 PM

      try some of our wonderful middle eastern stores: Severns and Arax in Watertown. Also Russian markets: Bazaar in Brookline and Baza in Newton. Erbaluce and L'Espalier are worth a visit and both use herbs and other ingredients that are homegrown. New Deal is a wonderful fish market and Courthouse Square is also very good.

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      L'Espalier
      774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

      Baza
      30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464

      Erbaluce
      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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      joannestarks Mar 30, 2010 07:38 AM

      Hello greenzebra. I just attended a Sustainable Cuisine event two weeks ago. Visit: http://fullyfamished.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/locavores-unite/

      I would recommend Formaggio for a fun local shop (cambridge and s boston). http://www.formaggiokitchen.com/
      Also, New Deal Fish Market in East Cambridge gets inventory from the Boston Fish Pier. Might be a fun trip.

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      New Deal Fish Market
      622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

      1. mcel215 Mar 18, 2010 04:33 PM

        Russo's in Watertown, well know farm stand.
        Formaggio's in Cambridge/cheese/meats/pastries (unique)
        Christina's Ice Cream in Cambridge, love the spice shop attached. Still can get baggies with very different spices.
        Dave's Fresh Pasta in Cambridge, amazing deli/home made pastas/sandwiches.
        Sofra Bakery and Cafe, very nice small plates, ethnic dishes.

        And while you are in Waltham, don't disregard a favorite restaurant of mine, Il Capricio.
        It gets mixed reviews here, but I have had exceptional meals there.
        www.ilcapricciowaltham.com Check out the menu, it changes frequently.
        Enjoy your visit!

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        Dave's Fresh Pasta
        81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

        Sofra
        1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

        1. PinchOfSalt Mar 18, 2010 04:05 PM

          If you have some time between restaurants.... why not take a road trip to central (well, the west part of central) Mass.? There is quite a bit of agriculture going on there, with much of it aimed at Massachusetts tables. In particular, I am thinking of two places that are close to each other (with some other relevant points of interest also nearby):

          - Chestnut Farm in Hardwick. This is a meat CSA that is popular with a good number of Boston Hounds. The farm had been fallow for a good number of years before the current owners cleared it of junk and unwanted brush, etc. They raise beef, pork, lamb, goat, and chickens using sustainable/organic principles. This would not be an eating destination but a touring/learning destination.

          - Nearby is the Robinson Farm, which sells wonderful raw milk (drink some on the way back to town, oh my goodness is it good), eggs, humanely raised veal, AND sells maple syrup from a local (also in Hardwick) sugaring operation.

          It is a nice day trip (90 minutes or so from Boston) during a very pretty time of year. Enjoy!

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            Splendid Spatula Mar 18, 2010 09:46 AM

            Definitely try for Craigie. Henrietta's Table does source a lot locally. It's a hotel resto, but they at least pay attention to sources. What about places like Ten Tables - others may know, do they have a local focus?

            For interesting markets, check out New Deal Fish Market, in East Cambridge. Old-school fish store with knowledgeable local staff. Probably Tuesday a.m.

            Others can direct you to good spots in the North End, which would be another nice place to visit.

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            New Deal Fish Market
            622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

            Henrietta's Table
            One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

            Ten Tables
            5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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              susanpmccoy Mar 17, 2010 04:26 PM

              In the next town over from Waltham in Weston, there is Land's Sake Farm. It has a CSA, plus educational programs for kids. http://www.landssake.org/

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                bon_vivant Mar 18, 2010 07:46 AM

                Cool -- AND they have a resident artist. My husband, the painter, will be thrilled!

              2. greygarious Mar 17, 2010 10:25 AM

                Farmer's markets don't gear up until mid-June. Your chef friend might want to contact the folks at the Cape Ann sustainable fisheries organization (http://namanet.org/csf/cape-ann-fresh-catch) to speak with/visit them regarding their fish version of CSA shares, since that made national news when it started up last year. Baltimore is known for its seafood restaurants so this might be something that spreads to the Chesapeake fisheries.

                Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton (http://gibbethillgrill.com/) is in the country, maybe 45 minutes from Waltham. It is on a farm (though the Angus cattle there are not on the menu) which now grows a lot of its own produce and last year featured a special banquet composed entirely of locally-sourced ingredients, down to the wine. There is also Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton (www.nashobawinery.com), which makes both dry and dessert wines out of a variety of fruits but no grapes. There's a tour with tasting, and J's Restaurant on the premises. It's maybe a little closer to Waltham than is Groton, but in a different direction.

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                  bon_vivant Mar 18, 2010 07:44 AM

                  Wow -- both look like fun trips. Thanks.

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                    greygarious Apr 3, 2010 01:28 PM

                    Here is the latest on Gibbet Hill: http://bistrobroad.com/

                  2. greenzebra Mar 17, 2010 08:15 AM

                    T. W. Food and Craigie on Main in Cambridge are two restaurants in Cambridge definitely worth considering. Both very committed to the local food movement and working with local farms (although April is just about the worst time for local food in New England). T. W. Food is open for dinner on Monday (Craigie is not, but is open for brunch or dinner on Sunday). Garden at the Cellar, also in Cambridge, could be a good lunch or dinner option.

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                      bon_vivant Mar 18, 2010 07:44 AM

                      Terrific! TW Food was completely under my radar but my friend and his wife run their restaurant together, just like the TW Food owners. I appreciate your help.

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