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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: '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

Blue Plate Special: Hattapon's Thai Kitchen

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hattaporn Wattanarat wasn’t sure she could survive in the United States, she recalled in a recent interview. She didn’t object to the climate or the people ... but the food stymied her. The Thai native moved to this … 0

Blue Plate Special: Food for all

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Elmer’s Store on Main Street in Ashfield is a bright, friendly space. The walls are painted vibrant colors mixed by owner Nan Parati herself ... she is an artist and set designer as well as a storekeeper. And … 0

Blue Plate Special: Hager's Farm Market

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder By mid-morning, Hager’s Farm Market was bustling. Nestled in front of an orchard on Route 2 in Shelburne, the market is a busy store-cum-restaurant run by an equally busy family. Manager … 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