Author: michellepruett


Consider the Cocktail: 4 Boston Spots Shaking It Up

The dining experience doesn’t always begin and end at the table. A great meal may start at the bar — where an aperitif can excite the appetite — and end with an after dinner drink, rounding out a fun night. Boston’s cocktail scene is burgeoning, and several places have distinguished themselves on the strength of their bar programs. Here are a few awesome spots to enjoy a spirited beverage:

Naz Riahi and Emily Schildt

Innovation Bug: Food & Culture with the Co-Founders of Bitten

Naz Riahi and Emily Schildt are the co-founders of Bitten — a conference that brings together innovators and pioneers passionate about tech, pop culture, entertainment and design to have conversations about the future of food — happening on February 12th in NYC. We recently caught up with them about being female entrepreneurs, the advanced palates of Gen Z and what our protein choices might look like not long from now.

Kevin Sbraga_photo by Michael Serpico

Industry Pros on Dining Trends to Look Out For in 2016

For American restaurant culture, 2015 was the year of enthusiastic nautical decor (boat ropes, life-sized buoys, wooden ship’s wheels, we could go on), many a smoked dish (finishing everything from briny olives to mashed potatoes over a smoldering flame) and even more elaborate cocktails (hand-cut herbs and rare spirits we understand but artisanal ice? Color us impressed).

Trish Tracey

Trish Tracey Loves SF Ingredients & Late-Night Burritos

Growing up the youngest of six children with a single mom, Trish Tracey learned from an early age how to cook — and fend — for herself. By the time she got to high school, she’d mastered making quick family meals and Home Ec, paving the way for a successful career in the culinary arts. We chatted with the restaurateur about the ins and outs of running San Francisco’s Myriad Gastro Pub, the rise of more casual fine dining and her favorite place to grab a late-night burrito.

Burlap sack lobster

Burlap Sack Lobster at ACME

Acme, a chic NoHo favorite, is located inside a space formerly occupied by a restaurant of the same name. Executive Chef Mads Refslund has helmed the kitchen since 2012, creating locally sourced, New American cuisine with a subtle Nordic touch. Ever inspired by unexpected ingredients and sensory experiences, he recently shared one of his favorite dishes with us — an herb-infused, whole steamed lobster inspired by the beach.