The Happening Food Scene In Hudson

It's no longer a sleepy Massachusetts river town, but a magnet for restaurant industry innovators.

Hudson Massachusetts restaurants

Rail Trail Flatbread Co. in Hudson opens at 11 a.m., and there's already a collection of locals waiting outside on a Friday afternoon. The restaurant smells more like the repurposed wood that lines the walls and bar than pizza, but it's early. A few cooks load up the hardwood oven while others toss dough. The bar is already in full swing and customers are knocking back housemade, spicy and briny Bloody Marys.

  • July 6, 2016

Meet The Cape Cod Distiller Ginning Up Excitement About Local Spirits

South Hollow's head distiller, David Roberts Jr., has had success in the wine, beer and rum businesses. His latest project, Dry Line gin, already has the New England bar scene buzzing. 

Meet The Cape Cod Distiller Ginning Up Excitement About Local Spirits | WGBH | Craving Boston

David Roberts Jr. has been around the wine, beer, and spirits world most of his life. His father, a longtime wholesaler, was well-versed in the sales and distribution side of the business, but digging into the production end of things is an entirely different matter. While there are certain similarities between brewing, making wine and distilling, each step of his education along the way has provided a new set of hurdles.

  • June 30, 2016

Weekly News Bites (June 23-30): Tuna's in Trouble, Boston Young Guns and 4th Festivities

Environmentalists say stop ordering the spicy crunchy roll, Eater celebrates the young and hungry. And America, what would you like for your birthday dinner?!

Weekly News Bites (June 23-30): Tuna's in Trouble, Boston Young Guns and 4th Festivities | WGBH | Craving Boston

This week in food we got an official warning: Step away from the tuna tacos if you care one iota about the ocean.

On a more positive note, Eater honored three talented restaurant industry folks from New England in their Young Gun awards.

And in case you wondered why the parking lot at work was empty on a Friday morning — it's the 4th of July! So of course we have everything you'll need to cook-out in style this weekend.

Happy summer holidays and here are your very digestible news vittles...

  • June 30, 2016

Your Guide to Perfect (And Easy) Summer Picnicking

From a blanket on the beach to a spread in your own backyard, here are the tips and recipes to create the kinds of picnics a New England summer is made of. 

Your Guide to Perfect Summer Picnicking | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Amongst the many nicknames we give summer in New England — beach season, BBQ season, construction season — my favorite is probably picnic season. From a simple blanket on the beach to an elaborate spread in a local park, it just takes a little advanced planning and know-how to take full advantage of the short season and execute the best summer picnics with ease.

  • June 29, 2016

Who Needs Napa? The North Shore's Got a Winery Worth the Trip

At Mill River Winery in Rowley, sip local pours and learn how wine is made, from dirt to bottle. 

Who Needs Napa? The North Shore's Got a Winery Worth the Trip |WGBH | Craving Boston

Standing in the sunny vineyard of Mill River Winery in Rowley, Donna Martin tells a group of visitors about her first shipment of vines in 2012. “I had been telling everyone, ‘The vines are coming! The vines are coming!’” she says, recalling how she gathered family and friends in anticipation of the plants’ auspicious arrival. What was unloaded from the delivery truck was not what she envisioned. The 200 nursery-grown specimens filled just two modest boxes. “I was totally underwhelmed,” Martin quips. Each year-old vine was no bigger than a stick. Guests, nevertheless, were put to work.

  • June 27, 2016

Weekly News Bites (June 9 -16): Coffee Doesn't Give You Cancer, Changing Chinese Food and Local Cookbook and Food Fests

Coffee won't kill you, says science. The local food scene in Chengdu is heating up (for better or worse) and we're celebrating our own local food with a Taste of Somerville recap and an upcoming cookbook fete. 

Weekly News Bites (June 9 -16): Coffee Doesn't Give You Cancer, Changing Chinese Food and a Local Cookbook Fest | WGBH | Craving Boston

New moms, night-shift workers and just about everyone else, can breathe a sigh of relief — there's no link between coffee consumption and cancer. (Really not at the forefront of most minds, but we'll take it.) 

You know what some people are worried about? The future of super-popular Sichuan food.  

Here in New England, we're psyched about the food scene and celebrating with festivals for local eats and cookbooks.

Here's your week in food!


A second (or fourth) cup won’t kill you

  • June 16, 2016

A Tale Of Two Chocolates

A chocolate maker and a chocolatier — who share space in Somerville's Aeronaut Foods Hub — show us the secrets behind their sweet crafts.

Tastemakers: A Tale of Two Chocolates | WGBH | Craving Boston

There's a lot of great chocolate coming out of Somerville right now. Whether you prefer the gritty, elemental goodness of bean-to-bar, or the decadent, silky mouth-feel and creative flavoring of a French-style confection — you can find your fix at the Aeronaut Foods Hub.  

  • June 13, 2016

Somerville Adds a Pop of Flavor

Local immigrant food entrepreneurs bring their home-inspired cuisine to Union Square with the Flavor Lounge pop-up restaurant series.

Somerville Amps Up the Flavor | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Have you ever had the pleasure of sinking your teeth into a piping hot arepa? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing. The nutty, almost buttery taste of the masa is the perfect vehicle for a wide range of fillings, and can be eaten any time of day.

  • June 9, 2016

Weekly News Bites (June 2-9): ATK Launches New Site, Trillium Takes Up More Space and There Be Bee-Snatchers Afoot!

New digital digs at ATK, craft beer comes to Canton, and thieves who aren't afraid to get stung.

It was a good week for kitchen geeks, as ATK announced its digital, no-pay platform that explores the scientific side of cookery.

It was a bad week for farmers whose beehives are getting lifted by keepers who've gone to the dark side.

It was a great week for lovers of craft beer in Canton, who got a new taproom from the hoppy-hipster darlings at Trillium Brewing Company. Here's what you need to know!


America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation

  • June 9, 2016

What's Buzzing Above Boston? Rooftop Bees Making Local Honey.

City-dwelling bees aren't a pest-control problem, they're an urban enhancement. Here's how they're making honey high above the streets. 

What's the Buzzing Above Boston? Rooftop Bees Making Local Honey. | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

What if I told you there are beehives on the roof of The Lenox Hotel? (Nope, not a pest control issue. No pending class actions for vacations-gone-wrong.) There, in the midst of the Back Bay boutique bustle, thousands of bees are hard at work. In fact, they've been up there since 2013! What's more, it's not the only hotel rooftop that's home to bee colonies. The Intercontinental is just another one of several peppered throughout Boston. And they don't just post up there on their own either — these are legit beekeeping operations.

  • June 6, 2016

Learn. Celebrate. Donate. It's Negroni Week!

Whether the Negroni is your cocktail of choice, or you're just learning about it now, this is the week to get out and order one — for charity. 

Learn. Celebrate. Donate. It's Negroni Week! | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

If we were to erect a Mount Rushmore of cocktails, there are a few that would be unanimous picks for inclusion. Naturally, you’d expect to see the Manhattan, the martini, and the old fashioned, or perhaps the margarita, depending on who you ask. But there’s one, while beloved by bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts alike, that deserves its place as well, in the form of the Negroni. Call it the Teddy Roosevelt of cocktails, pugnacious, occasionally divisive, but no less lasting in its historical impact. 

  • June 6, 2016

This Food Truck Is A Mobile Grocery Store For Boston Neighborhoods

A local nonprofit is providing an oasis of produce in places where there is otherwise a food desert. 

This "Food Truck" is a Mobile Grocery Store for Many Boston Neighborhoods | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

"Is there anything else you want us to have that we didn’t have today?" This is a question that Fresh Truck co-founder and executive director Josh Trautwein asks every customer. All afternoon he talks food with patrons. They discuss everything from the trials and tribulations of garlic breath (solution: make sure your significant other shares your love for garlic) to soup served with avocados.

  • June 2, 2016

Weekly News Bites (May 26-June 2): Back in the Day Brewing, Trickster 'Tasty' Vids and Chris Kimball's New Kitchen

Did you know the Chinese were brewing beer 5,000 years ago? Or that those viral cooking videos might be false advertising? Or that Chris Kimball is back with a brand new kitchen (and company)? Now you do!

Weekly News Bites (May 26-June 2): Back in the Day Brewing, Trickster 'Tasty' Vids and Chris Kimball's New Kitchen | WGBH | Craving Boston

What a week! Archaeologists unearthed an ancient party, a Bostonian home cook called some viral videos' bluff, and Chris Kimball is back to test the hell out of recipes. And more.

Beer geeks have been around longer than you think

  • June 1, 2016