This Week's Food

Tea Time!

Tea Time!

Right after the delights of Thanksgiving--the carb loading, the football, the snoring dads, and the naps--comes Black Friday. The "Only in America" Hellscape that turns normal people into mouth-breathing zombies fueled by capitalist mind games who are drunk on coupons. 
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A Sprout Out!

A Sprout Out!

One of our favorite fall veggies is the Brussels Sprout. Named after the city in Belgium, these little wannabe cabbages were brought to the US in the 18th century to delight our autumnal palates. They look like JV cabbages because they come from the same family (genus Brassica) and first cousins in this this family are called cruciferous vegetables.  They got that odd little name because their four-petaled flowers look like a crucifer, or cross. 
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New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block

The time has come! Tomorrow we will be doing our first deliveries in Maine. We are pleased as punch to be working with so many local growers and producers to put this first share together. Some of their delicious products will also make their way into our Massachusetts shares, so we are spreading the deliciousness.
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Free Stuff!

Free Stuff!

My father, the inimitable Andy Baumgartner, loved free stuff.  The man was an aficionado for all the little tchotchkes that come with a trip to the bank, a conference or even the dentist.  When you would chide him for picking up yet another TD Bank branded chapstick he would say "what do you want from me? They were giving them away!"
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Talkin' Turkey

Talkin' Turkey

This year's turkeys will be from Tide Mill Organic Farm in Edmunds, Maine, a 200-year/ninth generation family operation!  The birds grow up eating fresh green grass and organic grains, and enjoying fresh air and Edmunds' notoriously varied coastal weather.  Processing occurs on the farm, which means the turkeys do not have to endure the stress of transport.  Tide Mill Organic Farm turkey is always tender and delicious because of the respect and care with which they were raised.  Turkeys will be delivered fresh or previously frozen.

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Making Friends North

Making Friends North

You've probably heard, likely because we can't shut up about it, that Family Dinner is soon expanding to Maine.  

We were drawn to Portland for its incredibly diverse and vibrant food ecosystem and some truly incredible restaurants.  Portland's Cong Tu Bot made it onto the NYT Top 50 Restaurants last week with the Times claiming "Happiness is a bowl of Cong Tu Bot’s chao chay on a chilly Maine morning." During the pandemic Cong Tu Bot transitioned into a daytime cafe and the throngs of people waiting outside every day are evidence that was a good call.  Reservations not accepted, and per their eerily delightful website, neither are racists. "Seriously tho, no reservations and no racists please." My kind of folks and my kind of food. Hell, yes.

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A Recognition

A Recognition

Monday is Indigenous People’s Day. To highlight this, we will be doing a couple of things this week. First, a land acknowledgement of the land on which we operate and the land from where the food was sourced or prepared.
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Happy Birthday - to us!

Happy Birthday - to us!

We have a lot to celebrate here at Family Dinner!

It is our 4 year anniversary and our one year anniversary at our space in Woburn. Add to that our expansion to Maine AND that there's a new episode of Ted Lasso dropping tonight and we are simply buzzing with excitement. (Seriously, if you haven't yet watched Ted Lasso, allow our encouraging voice to join the chorus urging you to do so. It's like hugging a puppy while simultaneously eating a warm chocolate chip cookie.)

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Mushroom Puns!

Mushroom Puns!

"Mushrooms are a fascinating crop! They’re not plants—they’re members of the fungus family. Unlike wild mushrooms that spring up only when seasonal conditions are ripe, cultivated mushrooms can be grown indoors year-round, provided the climate conditions are right. 
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BIG NEWS!

BIG NEWS!

Today we  are launching a fundraising campaign with NuMarket to help build out the expansion, we are hoping to raise $75,000. The campaign will help us build out essential infrastructure for the expansion such as a refrigerated truck, warehouse space, and a team based in Portland, serving their own community. When folks contribute they will get back 120% of their contributions in credits to use towards Family Dinner’s offerings in Massachusetts and Maine!
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Tuna at Sunset

Tuna at Sunset

For our side we will be stealing from the menu of the Sunset Club in Newburyport.  This is the newest gem from the great folks who own Trina's, Paddle Inn, and Parlor Sports (the bar responsible for the genesis of Family Dinner! We spent WAY too much time there 4 years ago, noodling over ideas, crushing cheeseburgers, and planning out this crazy venture). The Sunset Club is a beautiful spot to sip rose, delight in delicious nosh, and watch the sun go down. If you have a viciously competitive streak, they have all the yard games you need to ruin your friendships while you sip cold beers in the sunshine.  
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CAN You Believe It??

CAN You Believe It??

Throughout history, humans have been preserving foods for lean periods via drying, salting, and fermenting; however, canning is a relatively new food preservation method.  It wasn’t until a “small” general in France needed to find ways to feed his constantly moving army that canning became prevalent.
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