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Blue Plate Special
Chef Michael Collins grills up some swordfish tacos at Ponte Restaurante in Shelburne Falls. Recorder/Paul Franz

Ponte Restaurante: Small but Substantial

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ponte Restaurante calls itself “the little place with the big taste.” Both characterizations are apt. The colorful space, nestled on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, could not be much smaller. It seats 18 people, but that number includes two tables just outside the restaurant. Indoors are a couple of tables as well as a long counter (a shelf, really) constructed … 0

Blue Plate Special: Northfield’s Highland BBQ ‘a homemade operation’

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

David MacDonald makes the most of his small kitchen and small business. The owner, chef, and everything else at Highland BBQ on Main Street in Northfield, MacDonald takes pleasure in making his customers happy. His tiny enterprise has no indoor seating, just several outdoor picnic tables with umbrellas. “There are a lot of … 0

Blue Plate Special: Cold River Cafe and Restaurant: ‘Everybody’s Main Street’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Michael Sisum and Kristie Faufaw of Hawley are very happy and very busy with their new business and culinary venture. Sisum is the owner and manager of the Cold River Cafe and Restaurant on Main Street (Route 2) in Charlemont. Faufaw, his wife, is the co-owner with Peter White of the Cold River … 0

Blue Plate Special: ‘Good food at good prices’ at Hubie’s

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shawn Hubert seems to have an unlimited supply of energy and enthusiasm. He monitors the P.A. system for varsity sports at Turners Falls High School. He covers high-school football for WPVQ’s “Bear Country” radio. Most importantly, since January … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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