Cultural Dining Comes to Chelmsford, Westford Investigates Cupcake Trend
Welcome to our round up of area restaurant and food news.
We know Chelmsford residents don’t just stay in Chelmsford when they want a night out and a break from cooking.
Restaurant coming and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on area Patch sites over the past month.
Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories local Patch sites have covered over the past month. Read through our round up for the latest food news in the area.
Chelmsford can get ready for a few new dining options. Yanagi Sushi will open at 83 Parkhurst Road, Unit 1, where Evzon Greek American Restaurant used to be. Pho Dalat opened its new location at Drum Hill on May 30. The restaurant is located where Garlic Bistro used to be in the Starbucks plaza.
For more information on the market check out the Sustainable Westford website.
Elizabeth Almeida grew up on a farm in Ohio, daughter to a beef cattle farmer and a teacher. Her husband’s family owns mango and coconut groves in India. Together, Elizabeth and Noel “share a love of tasty, fresh, and healthy food and hope that you will soon join them at the farm to be part of the local food movement.”
Fat Moon is located at Meadowbrook Farm on Gould Road. The name, Almeida explains, comes from their son “who would call the full moon the Fat Moon. And the moon over the field is beautiful.” The farm began last June with pumpkins and squash. This year she is planning a full season of growing. Arugula, basil, several varieties of beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, eggplant and that is only up to “E” in her long list of vegetables! Spinach, Swiss chard, over 10 varieties of tomatoes, turnips and watermelon round out the alphabet. Her planting plan extends through the fall. For more on Fat Moon, check out Westford Patch.
Anyone reading Westford Patch in 2012 knows that small cupcake companies have been one of the big trends in town this year, but it isn’t as easy to start as one would think. Westford resident Jannelle Cioffi had always received rave reviews from friends and family for her homemade cupcakes, and when Colonial Kitchen moved out of Westford Plaza in 2008, she began to look for storefront locations in town where she might fill the vacant baked goods niche.
While the best option at the time was the current location of Paper Goods now at the Westford Valley Marketplace, the rent would have required her to sell 500 cupcakes per day in order to make a profit.
Need a way to cool off and ice cream isn’t cutting it? A Tewksbury man started a shaved ice truck recently. The concept of Kona Ice is a simple one; A truck, complete with refrigeration, that delivers and serves shaved ice treats. That description, however, doesn’t begin to explain the true experience that is Kona Ice.
Smolak Farms is launching a new Pick Your Own Fruit Community Supported Agriculture group, in which you can buy a share (or half share) and enjoy the benefits of locally grown fruits.
The PYO Fruit CSA will be available from strawberry season through the apple season. There are 50 shares available. There will be 25 PYO Fruit shares available for Wednesdays and 25 PYO Fruit shares available for Thursdays.