Your Civic Duty

Sarah Lee’s beverage creations effortlessly enhance the subtle nuances of Rick Araujo’s locally inspired dishes at The Civic Kitchen + Drink.

Armsby Abbey’s Stoutfest Breakfast Welcomes Shaun Hill

Beer nerds enjoyed a rare treat on Saturday morning when one of the world’s most celebrated brewers, Shaun Hill, addressed a crowd at Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Tickets for the restaurant’s annual Stoutfest Breakfast sold out immediately with no indication as to who the special guest would be. The appearance of Hill, who remains notoriously…

What Grows Together Goes Together: Lock 50’s Cru Night Mantra

Too often, commodities crafted for consumption sit on dusty shelves, coveted but never enjoyed. Cru Night was conceived as an occasion to share something remarkable.  This month, Lock 50 was selected as one of just 50 restaurants across the country (as well as a handful in Italy) – and the only one in Massachusetts – granted…

Sushi and Sake: Baba Pairs Rice with Rice

I like to keep my pairings simple: like with like. Sushi and sake take this practice to a literal level by creating an uncomplicated coupling of rice with rice. At Baba Sushi’s new Sturbridge location, the staff is well equipped to recommend sake that compliments each unique roll. You can even sign up for one…

Birchtree’s Pick-Me-Up Pair

Birchtree Bread Co. offers patrons a sprawling meeting place characterized by natural light, visual art, live music and plenty of caffeine. Located at Crompton Place, Birchtree has effectively maximized the attributes of a former textile factory to bring artisan breads and delicious pastries to the people of Worcester. With the recent addition of a serious…

Angostura in the Atrium

On a rainy autumn evening in the atrium of The People’s Kitchen, Chef Cornelius Rogers transported guests from Worcester to a Caribbean island oasis with the help of Angostura Rum. Rogers and co. turned up the whimsy, evoking the spirit of Trinidad with each and every pairing. Tot-chos and the Caribbean Spritz Guests were greeted…

Cortaditos and Cubanos: A Classic Morning Match at Cafe Reyes

Pair a cortadito with the Desayuno Cubano for a sweet start to your day at Café Reyes on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester. As a subset of the Hector Reyes House, Café Reyes offers on-site training for program residents and outstanding Cuban fare for Worcester’s breakfast and lunch crowds. A cortadito is a single shot of roasty…

Oyster Pairings at Sturbridge Seafood

Summer never ceases at Sturbridge Seafood, a fetching beach-bistro where oysters abound. Settle in at one of the butcher paper clad high-top tables to admire the open kitchen views and set to work making careful selections from the raw bar. Servers will be happy to provide articulate tasting notes and thoughtful suggestions upon your request….