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Bourbon Burger with carmelized onions, beer cheese, bacon, house made pototo chips and bourbon sauce at the Black Cow Burger Bar in Turners Falls. They still offer chocolates for desert in homage to the former Equi's Candy store that was there. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Blue Plate Special: The Black Cow Burger Bar

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pamela Tierney has been in the food business for most of her life. “As a youth I worked in restaurants most of the time,” she told me in a recent interview. “I ran the Starlight Diner in Erving for six years. Took a break, tried a few other things, and then I came back here.” “Here” is the Black Cow … 0

Blue Plate Special: The rustic elegance of Bernardston’s The Farm Table

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

At first glance, Chris Pappademas looks too young to be the chef at a large restaurant. In fact, this middle-age reporter might even use the word “baby” when referring to him. The head chef at the Farm Table on South Street in Bernardston is indeed young for his job at 25. His fluidity … 0

Blue Plate Special: “A hidden jewel”: The Crazy Horse Bar and Grille

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Nature is the dominant theme at the Crazy Horse Bar and Grille. This restaurant at Berkshire East Mountain Resort on Thunder Mountain Road in Charlemont features chairs and tables made of rustic wood and its large windows look out on a ski slope. In past years, The Crazy Horse has been open only … 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