The ‘other’ Swiss cheese

A 10-pound wheel of raclette sizzled under the panels of an overhead heat lamp. The top started bubbling, stifling the room with an unmissable scent, and Chef Patrice Martineau used the flat edge of a knife to ease the melted cheese onto a waiting plate. “When it bubbles, it’s ready,” Chef Martineau said. Raclette Night […]

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The Island Food Pantry errs on the side of generosity

When the early October nor’easter canceled ferry service two days in a row, the Island Food Pantry panicked.  “We usually get a mountain of produce from Elio [Silva] at Vineyard Grocer,” Island Food Pantry executive director Kayte Morris told The Times. “They go [off-Island] to pick up produce from their distributor every Friday, and they […]

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Alchemy: A drink for every occasion

In its 20 years in business, Alchemy has always offered “really good cocktails.” That’s how Alchemy’s beverage manager Meaghan Hughes remembers it — freshly 21, visiting the Island for a summer turned to fall, winter, and spring. Okay, maybe one more summer — and one more fall. And so the cycle continues. Ring a bell, […]

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Heart and soil

Like any industry in the modern world, farming and agriculture embraced technology like a long-lost friend. Suddenly, tilling — a centuries-old practice of loosening plant soil — could be done in a matter of minutes. No shovels, hoes, or hours of manpower. Engine-operated tractors with calibrated wheels and blades could cut through rows of land, […]

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A kinda-sorta bar in a kinda-sorta dry town

It starts with a lime wedge and a handful of fresh basil — as fresh as you can get, Jenna Petersiel tells me. She drops one ice cube into a shiny silver shaker, followed by the bundled herbs and sliced citrus, and then muddles it all down. She works into the stems and skin, diffusing […]

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The Fish House: Takeaway 2.0

On May 11, Everett Whiting signed on the dotted lines finalizing his part-ownership of the Fish House — a meat and fish market at the Airport Business Park — first opened in summer 2018 by husband-wife duo Tyler Gibson and Shane Laderoute.  “I’ve been friends with Tyler and Shane for years now,” Whiting said. “They […]

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Mad for Mad Rosie’s

Some people frequent Mad Rosie’s for the sandwiches. Others, for the acai bowls. One customer wants to try every salad on the menu.  “That’s what makes my heart melt,” said owner Rosie Cassidy, “seeing the same customers come back again, and again, and again.” Mad Rosie’s opened on 9 North Water St. in Edgartown in […]

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