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Harold Tramazzo, owner of Hangar Pub and Grill, takes over operations at Amherst Brewing Co.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill is taking over all operations at the nearby Amherst Brewing Co., including food preparation, customer service and beer brewing. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday that he intends to keep Amherst Brewing moving forward as changes are made to the menu and the seating areas in the restaurant at 10 University Drive. “Amherst Brewing is not closing. Amherst Brewing is …

Northampton’s Tunnel Bar named No. 1 bar to ‘drink at before you die’ by Buzzfeed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If you’re a bar owner in the Internet age, when Yelp reviews can make or break you, there may be nothing better than having a hugely popular website tell hundreds of thousands of people that your establishment is the No. 1 bar in America they should visit before kicking the bucket. …

Fresh take on Irish stew

Friday, February 27, 2015

Chicken and dumplings is a wonderfully simple, deliciously comforting dish — a thick, meaty stew bubbling away beneath a patchwork of moist, pillowy dumplings. So we decided to channel that comfort for a dish suited for St. Patrick’s Day. Taking inspiration from classic Irish ingredients and dishes, we came up with this over-the-top …

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Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    JERREY ROBERTS Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval.

    KEVIN GUTTING Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval. Purchase photo reprints »

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Kim Carlino talks about her work in her studio at Eastworks Thursday, Jan. 22.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kim Carlino talks about her work in her studio at Eastworks Thursday, Jan. 22. Purchase photo reprints »

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, February 6, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., Beer Swamp Orchard, Fire Cider, People’s Pint beer; 2 to 6 p.m. Eden Ice Cider; 4 to 6 p.m. Ruby wines Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Charles River wine Friday, 4 p.m, Cafe Europa wine WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner …

Valley Bounty: Carrots

Friday, February 6, 2015

Carrots Carrots are easily one of my favorite vegetables. Locally available nearly year round, they are a staple flavor in soups, stews, winter roasts or root slaws — and their sweet crunchiness is a go-to snack in my …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s Been Reading All Wrong

Friday, February 6, 2015

I just love trolling the Internet for food articles that teach me something new. Something I’ve noticed recently is the overwhelming number of articles that are titled something like the following ... “The 10 Horrible Ways You’ve Been Using Your Chef’s Knife Wrong.” Those horrible ways usually include …

A wine to try: 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso

Friday, February 6, 2015

2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso Region: Tuscany Price: $36 to $46 Style: Rich and smooth Let’s celebrate this cold weather. It’s time to light the fire, roast a big hunk of meat and break out a big red. This …

Chef’s Best: Golden dip worthy of dunking into while watching the Oscars

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ask any Indian person why we love turmeric so much, and you just might want to cancel your appointments for the rest of the day. In its raw form, it’s not much to look at. Much like its …

Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton closes temporarily for renovations

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the next week the sounds and smells of  eggs and bacon sizzling on flatiron stove tops, coffee brewing and silverware clinking that usually fill Sylvester’s Restaurant at 111 Pleasant St. will be replaced by the clamor of sand blasters and whining drills. The popular breakfast …

Ten fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Friday, January 30, 2015

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — …

Drink up: Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pairings Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine A simple, clean wine goes best with this entrée The chardonnay is high-end, but lean and barely oaked. The sparkler from Italy is celebratory, and the unique white from Chile is the …

Healthy food that tastes good while being good for you — and that’s no cliché

Friday, January 30, 2015

How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Many resolutions to eat better and lose weight are born from holiday binge-eating guilt and regret. Some of us actually eat more sweets and goodies and egg nog …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Sicilian winemakers finally share the good stuff

Friday, January 30, 2015

Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola, Sicily 2013 $8.99 - $11.99 A few years ago, when Sicilian wines were relatively new to New England, I tried a bottle. It was an inexpensive dark red wine made from a grape that …