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: 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

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