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Blue Plate Special
The Vegetable Pasta special at Hearty Eats Restaurant in Shelburne Falls features their carrot marinara sauce, along with cooked vegetables and fried tempeh, all served on top of rice noodles.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

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 college. She worked for several years as … 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: 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 Clay Oven opened in December and now serves dinner every day as well as a … 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

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: The Bakers Oven Bistro

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Baker’s Oven Bistro in Shelburne Falls is the perfect January eatery. Winter may be blowing outside on Bridge Street, but the atmosphere inside the small restaurant is literally and figuratively warm. The large pizza oven in the kitchen warms the air. The earth tones of the décor … 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