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KEVIN GUTTING
Almeida's Country Cafe which will be opening on State Street (Rt. 202) in Belchertown near the intersection of Turkey Hill Road (Rt. 21).

Belchertown restaurateur to open new cafe on 202

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — For years, Joan Almeida thought the land across from the Footloose School of Dance on Route 202 heading west out of the center of town, where she spent much time bringing her daughter for lessons, would be the perfect place for a restaurant. “Trust me, I’ve traveled this road many times,” she said sitting in a booth of … 0

Wine of the Week: The 2010 Borgo Scopeto goes well with just about anything

Friday, April 11, 2014

A WINE TO TRY The 2010 Borgo Scopeto Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 to $15 Style: Classic What it goes with: Pasta e fagioli, pasta with duck ragu, pizza, lamb chops For a while it seemed the days of the $12 Chianti Classico were long gone as the region hit its stride and … 0

Which famous recipe for roast chicken is the best?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Julia Child used to say that you can judge the quality of a restaurant by its roast chicken. Her point: It’s so simple, with just a few ingredients. But there are endless ways to do it. How well you can execute that one dish shows a lot about what kind of cook you … 0

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
Dave Roitman led a group of Activists with  Represent.Us in a chant during a protest Tuesday evening  on Main street Northampton calling for "No Taxation Without Representation."

    CAROL LOLLIS Dave Roitman led a group of Activists with Represent.Us in a chant during a protest Tuesday evening on Main street Northampton calling for "No Taxation Without Representation." Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Passover: Preparing the seder

Friday, April 11, 2014

The commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt is the rare Jewish holiday whose principal celebration is not at the synagogue, but in the home. The heavy lifting is done not by the rabbi but by the home cook … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, April 11, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., Unduragga Wine; Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., Jack’s Abbey Craft Beer WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.—Fri., 3 to 6p.m.,wine.; Four Seasons, … 0

More Amherst Carriage Shops tenants finding new locations

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Wines & Spirits, an anchor tenant at the Amherst Carriage Shops for the past 20 years, is likely to move to 320 College St. later this year. The business, owned by Stephen Freedman, is expected … 0

Wheatberry Cafe to close April 18 as owners focus on Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — The owners of Wheatberry Cafe at 421 Main St. are closing the restaurant as they shift their focus to the Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain Community Supported Agriculture. Adrie and Ben Lester of Shutesbury, who opened Wheatberry … 0

A light and airy fruit pudding from America’s past

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Snow pudding is a great American recipe that dates back to pioneer days, when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had — things like gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs. The very … 0

Stoneman Brewery starts ‘Beer Share’ series with ‘Co-Hop Spring Ale’ at River Valley Market

Friday, April 4, 2014

COLRAIN — Just call it “here-beer” — a new brew made with at least 90 percent local ingredients grown in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Stoneman Brewery’s Justin Korby and People’s Pint in Greenfield have teamed up with the River Valley Market food co-op in Northampton to produce and … 0

Eggs help crack haute cuisine scene

Friday, April 4, 2014

Don’t tell James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman that eggs are trending. True, he’s got a new book out this spring, “Egg,” that’s all about the sunny little kitchen staples. And he’s certainly aware that more people … 0

The rapidly growing IPA family in the US

Friday, April 4, 2014

Not long ago the American India Pale Ale (IPA) laid claim to the title as most popular style of craft beer here in the US — and there are a ton of great examples here in the Valley. Nowadays, this hop-forward brew has become a standard offering by … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, April 4, 2014

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Saturday, 4 p.m., Element Brewing beer tasting; Friday, 5 p.m., Mise Wines tasting. WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.—Fri., 3 to 6p.m.,wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: … 0

Amherst restaurant J. Gumbos Cajun and Creole to close April 13, owner hopes to open in new location

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AMHERST — J. Gumbos Cajun and Creole, a restaurant specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine, will close its Amherst location April 13 — though its owner said he hopes to open elsewhere. Todd Michael, owner of the 19 North Pleasant … 0