Check Out Our “On Foodable Side Dish” Episode Featuring Boston Public Market [VIDEO]

Boston has increasingly become a food mecca in its own right, and advancements like the city’s Boston Public Market are all the more proof. The year-round market is filled with a variety of vendors from all backgrounds with a similar tie: all are locally based (or, at least, have local outposts). Fare is fresh, seasonal, and ever-changing, and has become an advantageous resource for chefs and foodies alike.

In this “On Foodable Side Dish,” brought to you by the Foodable WebTV Network, Foodable video correspondent and Boston local, Jacqueline Church, takes us into the Boston Public Market, where we explore a few of the 30-something vendors. Check out the full episode to dig in!

What's on Tap — Besides Beer?

What's on Tap — Besides Beer?

By Jacqueline Church, Foodable Contributor

When you think of what’s on tap, you think of beer. There’s a growing trend in bars around Boston to serve a variety of beverages on draft. Could there be a better time than the dog days of summer to expand the offerings at your bar? 

If you’d like to venture beyond the typical taps, just ask Boston bars what they’re pulling. And don’t stop there, nitro coffee is coming on strong.

A Different Drum

The Beat poets inspired free-thinking and challenged the conventions of their time. The Beat Hotel in Harvard Square (also known as Beat Brasserie) challenges the conventions of wine lovers, enticing us to expand our vision of how wine must be served.

AJ Merritt, GM at the Beat Hotel perfectly embodies the confluence of the on-tap trend and the spirit of the Beats. Though he speaks of his “departure from the rigid background” and now enthusiastically embraces this counter-culture philosophy. Wines on tap are green, too. Less weight than shipping cases of glass bottles, the carbon footprint is lower. Many are also biodynamic, organic, or sustainable certified. 

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Buzzed in Boston: Honey Gets Hyper Local

Buzzed in Boston: Honey Gets Hyper Local

By Jacqueline Church, Foodable Contributor

Do you know just how important bees are to our food chain? Without bees, 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat would disappear.

Bees are tireless workers, and cover a radius of 3-6 miles or more from their hives. Luckily for us, urban beekeeping is on the rise from coast to coast, and Boston benefits from an active apiarist community and an increasingly green city which provides a variety of pollen sources creating a safe haven for local bees.

If your travels take you near Boston, check out food and drink featuring hyper-honey in several of the city’s leading hotels. Our chefs and bartenders are creating delicious menu items with honey produced by their own rooftop beehives. Often, these featured dishes also include vegetables and herbs grown on their own rooftop gardens.

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Boston Food Trucks Roll Into Brick & Mortar Operations

Boston Food Trucks Roll Into Brick & Mortar Operations

By Jacqueline Church, Foodable Contributor

The early road to Boston’s food truck scene was littered with speed bumps and orange cones. From established restaurants worried about competition, to the bureaucracy of licensing, early food truck owners needed equal measures of chutzpah and mustard to champion a new way to feed Boston.

In the Beginning

Back in 2008, the public was hungry, the hungry were mobile, and the mobile were tweeting. Kogi BBQ had just hit the west coast and Twitter simultaneously, taking advantage of these two huge trends. Here in Boston, then-mayor Thomas Menino got a taste of some early advocates’ food and created the first “Food Truck Challenge” to gauge response.

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The Evolution of Fan Food: Stadium Offerings Reflect a More Educated Consumer

The Evolution of Fan Food: Stadium Offerings Reflect a More Educated Consumer

By Jacqueline Church, Foodable Contributor

What are the top three foods you think of when you hear “ball park” or “stadium?” Most would answer: hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack. Increasingly, the answer is: local, sustainable, gluten-free. 

What’s that? You’re calling for an instant replay?

In fact, the traditional foods are still big fan favorites. However, food trends like locally grown (sometimes very locally grown, like at Boston’s Fenway Park rooftop garden), sustainable, and gluten-free are driving the evolution of fan food.

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Out of the Park: 7 Fenway Restaurants to Dig Into Before (or During) the Game

Out of the Park: 7 Fenway Restaurants to Dig Into Before (or During) the Game

By Jacqueline Church, Foodable Contributor

Gone are the days when the only thing to eat on game day was a Fenway Frank or box of Cracker Jack. In fact, stadiums all over the country have enjoyed an evolution in fan food that is worthy of a giant wave.

Surrounding Boston’s Fenway Park, the Kenmore Square neighborhood offers a growing variety of dining options. From prime rib to pizza, oysters, tacos or barbecue, the lineup might surprise you. 

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