Blue Plate Special
Jesica Schvier puts grape ice cream on the peanut butter cookies. Recorder/Paul Franz

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 feeling of being in the midst of nature. Nature is also important to the chef, David Schrier, calls devotion to local farmers “the core” of his cuisine. He estimates that for eight months of the year the fruits and vegetables used in his kitchen will be 100 percent local. More than eighty percent of the meat and poultry will be raised within 30 to 40 miles. 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 obtained a master’s degree in accounting and a license as a certified public accountant after … 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 and Laurie Ellis of Gill started at food-truck business in Greenfield. It specialized in chicken … 0

Blue Plate Special: Color and flavor behind the Big Indian

Monday, September 9, 2013

By Tinky Weisblat Special to The Recorder Nestled behind the Big Indian at the Native Views shop on Route 2 in Charlemont is a diner-like structure painted yellow — not just any yellow, but a cheerful, eye-popping yellow. … 0

Lunch at the Foxtown

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Foxtown Diner was buzzing when photographer Paul Franz and I visited the eatery on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls in the early afternoon a couple of weeks ago. The lunch crowd was happily munching the day’s special, … 0

Blue Plate Special: Riding high and loving it in the Brass Buckle

Friday, March 29, 2013

JD Hairston loves his work. By night he and his partner Anika Balaconis play in Rebel Base, which they describe as a “sci-fi, heavy-metal” band. By day they serve breakfast and lunch at the Brass Buckle, a one-year-old … 0

Blue Plate Special: Josean Jimenez and the MRKT Restaurant

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Josean Jimenez discovered that he loved food and cooking when he was a child. “Pretty early on when my parents would throw parties, I realized I’d rather be in the kitchen than anywhere else. The kitchen is usually … 0

Blue Plate Special: Spicing up food and life at the Rendezvous

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Rendezvous is steeped in history. In the late 19th century this neighborhood bar on Third Street in Turners Falls began the first of many incarnations. “It has a history as a jazz club in the ’40s and … 0

Blue Plate Special: The fifth generation at Williams Farm

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sugaring season is Chip Williams’ favorite time of year. “After a long winter we’re finally getting outside. And things are starting to warm up a bit,” he told me in a recent interview. At 34, Kenneth Williams IV, … 0

Blue Plate Special: 7 South Bakery and Cafe

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

At this time of year, as the air takes on a chill and the days get noticeably shorter, 7 South Bakery and Café in Bernardston beckons enticingly. The small bakery is cozy and warm. And it sends forth … 0