Rapids Bar and Grill in Huntington offers dining with a view (review, photos)

Mar 16 2019
Taking its name from the white water that rushes by, the Rapids Bar and Grill in Huntington serves up contemporary American “eats” in a backwoods lodge setting.
Taking its name from the white water that rushes by, the Rapids Bar and Grill in Huntington serves up contemporary American “eats” in a backwoods¬†lodge setting. [continue reading]

Off The Menu: Restaurants pushing ‘dining experience’

Jun 12 2018
The rise of “the experience economy” is an article of faith for marketing practice in the 21st century. Today’s consumers, marketing experts assert, are now less interested in acquiring things than they are in enjoying experiences. Buying stuff is out; having adventures and creating memories is in.
Of course the restaurant industry has long [continue reading]

Chef-owner of new Palmer restaurant Humble Pie describes fare as ‘from scratch, comfort food’

Dec 13 2017
PALMER — As the owner of the newest restaurant in town, chef Jordan Langley had plenty to do when the Palmer Redevelopment Authority held its second annual holiday season “Meet and Greet” on Tuesday night at the public library.
Langley, 35, opened Humble Pie on Nov. 17.
He describes his dishes as “from [continue reading]

Bistro at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke a work in progress (review, photos)

Dec 7 2017
Those promoting Holyoke’s Arts and Innovation District, that¬†part of the city surrounding the Heritage State Park, have high hopes for the neighborhood.
Among the many plans for the District are interesting food experiences, such as the opening next month of the MGM-HCC Culinary Arts Institute.
Already doing business in the District, the Bistro [continue reading]

Off The Menu: Brunch is bigger than ever

Dec 6 2017
There’s been a 25 percent increase in the number of brunch menu listings since 2015.
According the American Egg Board, brunch as a restaurant dining experience is back and bigger than ever.
In a recent research report distributed to food service operators, the egg industry trade association emphasized the growth in brunch dish [continue reading]

Off The Menu: Dining out at Thanksgiving

Nov 12 2017
Thanksgiving, once a holiday intimately associated with festive family dinners at home, is increasingly evolving into one of the calendar’s major dining out occasions – for many operators it’s now among the busiest days of the year.
Blame this change on smaller, more geographically fragmented families, time-starved lifestyles, and changing gender roles, but no [continue reading]

Western Mass. dining news: Wild game and beer in Ludlow, benefit dinners and more

Oct 12 2017
There are several dining events worth checking out in the weeks ahead.
Europa Black Rock Bar and Grille in Ludlow is collaborating with five local breweries to present a Wild Game & Local Beer Dinner on Oct. 26.
The five-course dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with elk sloppy Joe sliders. [continue reading]

Coco & The Cellar Bar is one of the most interesting restaurants between Boston and the Berkshires (review, photos)

Aug 25 2017
Coco may be small in size and in menu, but its dedication to carefully curated flavor experiences makes it one of the most interesting restaurants between Boston and the Berkshires.
Thirty-plus seats, a five-item menu, and four nights a week reads like a high-risk strategy for restaurant success, yet Coco & The Cellar Bar [continue reading]

Dining news: Basketball Hall of Fame dinner, Great Falls Harvest pairings and more

Aug 14 2017
The MAX Restaurant Group is hosting a commemorative dinner at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m.
The evening celebrates 125 years of basketball; it also marks the debut of “Birthplace Pale Ale,” a new beer from Harpoon Brewery of Boston and Windsor, VT that’s being [continue reading]

Review: Using locally grown, sevenstrong creates unconventional dining experience in Northampton

Apr 21 2017
missing image“Eclectic” is a word we’d mostly retired from our review-writing vocabulary, but in the instance of sevenstrong it’s the ideal adjective.
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At sevenstrong, a downtown Northampton eatery that opened in September 2016, the idea of “local” seems to be equal parts ideology and business strategy.
Co-owner and [continue reading]

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