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Blue Plate Special
Rebecca Bradley  assembles her baked apple pancake at the Maple House B&B in Rowe. Recorder/Paul Franz

Blue Plate Special: Breakfast at Maple House in Rowe

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder More than two decades ago, when Rebecca Bradley was living in eastern Massachusetts, she told her husband Michael, “All I want for Christmas is a cross-country ski vacation ... with no kids!” The couple skied at Stump Sprouts Ski Lodge and Retreat Center in Hawley that winter ... and fell in love with … 0

Blue Plate Special: Christina’s in Erving serves up authentic Italian cuisine

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder Tony DiMaio has been in the restaurant business for 40 years — and he is only 54 years old. The chef and co-owner of Christina’s Restaurant and Tavern on the French King Highway in Erving began working in a relative’s restaurant as a teenager and hasn’t … 1

Blue Plate Special: Baker's Country Store in Conway: One-woman show

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “I’m the whole show,” Helen Baker told me. She is the proprietress of Baker’s Country Store and Luncheonette on Route 116 in Conway — and it’s a truly one-woman enterprise. She sells groceries, breakfast and lunch in the one-room store/dining room. She also takes money for … 0

Blue Plate Special: A new take on beef bourguignon? The Gypsy Apple Bistro’s got it covered

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder One of our area’s smallest restaurants is also one of its best. The Gypsy Apple Bistro in Shelburne Falls has room for only 20 diners, plus 12 on its diminutive patio … 0

Blue Plate Special: A good bite: the Alvah Stone

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder The view from the Alvah Stone is breathtaking. Perched above the Sawmill River in an old gristmill on Greenfield Road in Montague, the restaurant features large windows that give diners the … 0

Blue Plate Special: Cooking with heart at Shelburne Falls’ Hearty Eats

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder A few years ago, Andrea Beaudoin was all business. Today, her business — Hearty Eats on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls — has a lot of heart. The 30-year-old Conway resident … 0

Blue Plate Special: Kali B’s Wings & Things, a family favorite

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder Kali B’s Wings & Things has undergone a massive trans- formation since arriving on the Franklin County food scene a little over a year ago. In June of 2013, owners Jim … 0

Blue Plate Special: A touch of the tandoori in Greenfield

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I have always loved Indian food, so I was thrilled last year when I saw a handwritten sign at a storefront on Main Street in Greenfield indicating that an Indian restaurant was coming to town in 2013. The … 0

Blue Plate Special: New York pizza arrives in Charlemont via Berkshire Pizzeria

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Greg Rowehl has homes in New York City and West Hawley. A lover of good food and of good pizza in particular, he spent months eyeing the empty storefront on Main Street in Charlemont that … 0

Blue Plate Special: More than an April Fool, Jerry’s Place

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Jerry’s Place is a South Deerfield institution. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on major holidays, this Main Street eatery celebrated its 23rd birthday earlier this month. “I opened up on April 1,” owner … 0

Blue Plate Special: Johnson's Farm in Orange: 'Here for the long run'

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Family is paramount at Johnson’s Farm Restaurant, Sugarhouse, and Gift Shop. Steve Johnson and his wife Diane are the fourth generation to run the farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange, which the family acquired in 1900. Their children … 0

Blue Plate Special: 'One plate at a time' Great Falls Harvest in Turners Falls

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder Great Falls Harvest is a mom-and-pop restaurant ... literally. Husband and wife Chris Menegoni and Bridgette Chaffee are the proud parents of a six-year-old girl who is wise beyond her years … 0

Blue Plate Special: A touch of class: The Trail TOC diner

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Trail TOC Diner on Route 2 in Shelburne is a bright space. The walls are a vivid green; the menus come in day-glow tones. The proprietress, Bonnie Brown, tends to sport bright colors as well. On the … 0

Blue Plate Special: Champney's Arising from the flood

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

When Tropical Storm Irene hit our area in 2011, one of its major casualties was the Deerfield Inn, along with the inn’s eatery, Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern. The river proximity that made Deerfield attractive to English settlers in … 0

Blue Plate Special: Smithsonian Express

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Peter Langlois has honed his menu with care and flair. That was clear when the chef and business owner sat down with me recently at the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield to talk about his café … 1