• Garden of Eden

    Advice from Nano

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 25th, 2015

    There is Irish and Sicilian blood on both sides of my heritage. That means a dirt under the fingernails urge to make things grow. But my grandfather Nano had sound advice for the first garden.

  • 'A Second Helping of Life'

    A Benefit with a Cause

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 24th, 2015

    Helping to defeat breast and ovarian cancer is the goal of many persons and organizations in the world. The bond and urgency to defeat this disease that affects over 320,000 new patients yearly is universal.

  • Newport Wine and Food Festival

    Historical Newport Hosts New England's Finest Event

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 24th, 2015

    Newport, Rhode Island and the Mansions of Newport host New England's premier wine and food festival this weekend. Celebrity hosts, Martha Stewart ,Jacques Pepin, as well as Jacques Torres are just a few of the star filled foodie lineup. Over 400 wines will be poured this weekend, as well as two dozen top restaurants that will serve their specialties.

  • Big E (Eastern Stats Exposition) in West Springfield

    Fun from September 18th through October 4th

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 18th, 2015

    The Big E runs for 17 days, September 18 through October 4th, at its permanent location, the fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The fair is open from 8am to 10pm daily. The carnival midway hours are from 10am to 11pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 6-12 years old.

  • Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic 2015

    Packed House Under the Hawthorne Tent

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 18th, 2015

    The Berkshires' premier wine & food festival was a hit to the 1,000 plus patrons who wined and dined on local food and international wine.

  • Exploring Mexican Cuisine

    Vallarta Food Tours

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 14th, 2015

    In addition to the Pitallal neighborhood tour, Vallarta Food Tours offers a day tour that explores Puerto Vallarta’s centro and old town neighborhoods, with sampling of mole enchiladas, traditional ceviche tostadas, tacos from an authentic taco stand, traditional drinks, and regional candies.

  • Tanglewood's List of Vendors for Grand Tasting

    Aug. 15 International Wines Paired with Local Food

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 14th, 2015

    The list of vendors for the 10th Annual Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic is part of the slide show. For foodies this is August 15 event is eagerly anticipated.

  • Going Dutch Iron Pot Cooking

    Celebrating Nevada's Frontier Heritage

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 05th, 2015

    Dutch oven cooking, popular since colonial times, came to Nevada with the early Mormon settlers of the area and remains a way of life even today. Nevada state parks regularly give demonstrations of how to cook with the short-legged, cast iron vessel with the rimmed lid.

  • The Blue Moon Roof Top Party in Pittsfield

    Event for the Farmers Market

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 03rd, 2015

    Jessica Conzo, market manager for Downtown Pittsfield's Farmers Market, hosted the second annual 'Blue Moon Roof Top' celebration on Friday night, July 31st, on top of the Greystone Building, located at 446 North Street. The event was a sell-out.

  • That ‘70s Show

    Mass Birthday Celebration in Sheffield

    By: Charles giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2015

    My buddy Jim Jacobs, known as Shango back in the day, and Kathleen hosted a last hurrah for the Berkshire hipster clan. It was held in a barn and tent in Sheffield. Just up the road a piece from where Benno and Stephanie held all those holiday celebrations. We gathered from near and far for an evening of Indian food and a groovy rock band. On the dance floor Astrid had all the right moves.

  • The historic Old Inn On The Green

    Ambiance at its Best in New Marlborough, Ma

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 30th, 2015

    Candlelit dining, gourmet food and a historic presence make this unique New England Inn special in every way.

  • Feast a Celebration of Ethnic Diversity in Chicago

    Albany Park Theater Project and Goodman Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 31st, 2015

    No food is consumed by audience members in Feast, although by the end of the production, I was thinking fondly of a plate of lamb biryani with pappadums or perhaps some chicken mole.

  • Blue Moon Roof Top Party in Pittsfield

    July 31 Benefit to Support Pittsfield Farmers Market

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 22nd, 2015

    Dance drink and enjoy the stars from the Blue Moon Rooftop in downtown Pittsfield. It's a benefit for the Farmers Market.

  • Annual Naumkeag Garden Party

    Saturday, July 25th in Stockbridge

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 22nd, 2015

    Naumkeg needs your support by attending the annual Garden Party.

  • Rastas in P'Town

    Taste of Home Cooking

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 02nd, 2015

    With seasonal work visas the Jamaicans staff Provincetown restaurants and motels. For a good meal that reminds them of home there is takeout at the colorful food shack on Shankpainter road. The goat curry stew we tried was simply divine.

  • Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic 2015

    August 13th to 16th

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 16th, 2015

    Sample hundreds of wines paired with gourmet food at Tanglewood's 10th Wine & Food Classic on August 13th-16th.

  • Fishing

    No Luck with NOAA

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Aug 05th, 2015

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulates fishing. They say there's no cod out there. Tell that to lobstermen with their traps clogged.

  • Mac's Seafood Provincetown

    Enjoying Happy Hour

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 04th, 2015

    After groceries at Stop and Shop also on Shankpainter Road we found Mac's Seafood Provincetown. It was happy hour and we enjoyed magnificent freshly shucked Wellfleet oysters, the best in the world, for just a buck each. We also feasted on an array of half price appetizers.

  • Napi's in Provincetown

    Traditional Affordable Dining

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 29th, 2015

    For a cozy dinner our friend Chris Busa recommended the traditional Napi's. We found it to be both enjoyable and affordable.

  • Palace Cafe NOLA

    Part of the Dickie Brennan Franchise

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 12th, 2015

    Located across the street from our hotel we opted for the convenience of Palace Cafe. After another mediocre meal we learned that it was a part of the Dickie Brennan franchise of NOLA restaurants. We had already been disappointed by his upscale Tableau.

  • Giovanni's in NOLA

    New Age Ristorante

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 11th, 2015

    Giovanni Cafe in New Orleans promised high end Italian cuisine with a Louisiana influence. Utterly disappointed we left wanting to book a flight to Venice.

  • Tableau in the French Quarter

    Prix Fixe Fiasco

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 09th, 2015

    We arrived at upscale Tableau in the French Quarter at 5:30 PM with a 7:30 curtain just across the lobby at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. The leisurely prix fixe dinner with ATCA friends was a comedy of errors. The management and wait staff proved to be incompetent and even rude.

  • NOLA Comfort Food

    Acme, Red Fish Grill, Cafe du Monde

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 05th, 2015

    In the French Quarter there are many options for flavorful comfort food from a po boy sandwich to a bowl of gumbo. The throngs of drunks staggering down Bourbon Street seem more intent on drinking than eating.

  • Marti's in the French Quarter

    Favorite Restaurant of Tennessee Williams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 04th, 2015

    At the end of a day of writing Tennessee Williams walked across the street to his favorite restaurant Marti's in the French Quarter. With several colleagues from the American Theatre Critics Association we made a late night pilgrimage to these landmarks.

  • Dakoto Formerly Dakota in Pittsfield

    From an A to O No

    By: Pit Bulls - Mar 18th, 2015

    The Dakota was a popular destination for Pittsfield diners. It closed last summer, underwent extensive renovation, and has reopened as Dakoto. As the Pit Bulls discovered during a recent lunch more has changed than the last vowel in the name of the now Asian themed steak house. The upgrade seems more like a setback. Most of all we missed that snarling, stuffed bear that amusingly greeted diners. The new decor is spotless but enervating.

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