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A View From The Kitchen: Conflicted

We had an occasional neighbor at Cobblestones I never got to know. Not the kind of neighbor who would help shovel the driveway, and not occasional like one who globe trots or summers in Maine. Our neighbor was of the homeless variety. For months, he would occasionally amble up the short, wide flight of cement stairs… Read More

Little Town Blues

One night on New York City’s Lower East Side (LES if you’re cool like that), my noodle buddy and I lingered in a ramen joint watching 14th Street passersby through the window. “If you folks are done, please pay your bill. We have people waiting for your table,” came the nearly polite manager’s request that… Read More

From the Kitchen – Trends Come and Go

While recently attending the National Restaurant Association’s annual exposition at Chicago’s grandiose McCormick Place, I was excited and daunted to see many industry trends emerging. I tend to think of trends as surges in popularity for items or ideas. Food trucks. Twitter. Once upon a time, mozzarella sticks. And stuffed sole. When a thing fades… Read More

From the Kitchen – Lessons in Love and Leadership

“The true measure of any great society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi  On the day that eight restaurants statewide collaborated to raise over $100,000 for No Kid Hungry, Boston chef Andy Husbands emailed encouragement while urging us as industry leaders to adopt a credo: “As people who… Read More