January 19, 2017

Table Hoppin’: Local chefs to vie for ‘Best of the Best’

Foodies won’t want to miss this culinary showdown!

“The Best of The Best” 10th celebration will include Iron Chef champions and top finalists from the last nine WBC competitions.

The WBC organizers report they have taken the event in a new, fun-engaging direction, one that introduces unique attributes and experiences to the foodie community and showcases to the more than 1,000 expected guests the “culinary genius” of chefs not just from Worcester but also from Central Massachusetts, Springfield and Connecticut.


WBC will host farmers from Central Mass. Grown Growers will showcase fresh produce, honey, preserves, etc. Some of the participants will provide information about Community Supported Agriculture programs and how consumers can support them.

(…..) Chef competitors: Shane Anderson, executive chef at Eller’s Restaurant in Cherry Valley; Christopher Bairos, former executive chef at Amaia Martini Bar in Hudson; Cristiana Ernst, executive chef/owner of Clintons Bar & Grille in Clinton; Allen Granberg, executive chef/owner of Bella’s Bistro in Putnam, Conn.; Mark Hawley, executive chef of the Worcester Restaurant Group (111 Chophouse, Sole Proprietor, VIA Italian Table); Adam Hicks, executive chef and co-owner of Depot Street Tavern in Milford; Albert Maykel III, executive chef and co-owner of Bottleggers Prohibition Pub in Worcester; William Nemeroff, culinary director at The International and executive chef who recently joined forces with Brian Treitman, executive chef/owner of B.T.’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge; Christopher O’Harra, executive chef at the Flying Rhino Café in Worcester; Neil Rogers, executive chef de cuisine for Niche Hospitality Group in Worcester (nine restaurant locations including Niche’s Test Kitchen in Worcester); Christopher Rovezzi, executive chef/owner of Rovezzi’s Ristorante in Sturbridge; Brian Treitman, executive chef/owner of B.T.’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge; Tim Russo, executive chef of Lock 50 in Worcester; Wilson Wang, executive chef and owner of Baba Sushi in Worcester and Sturbridge and Chuan Shabu in Worcester; Ken Zhang, executive chef and co-owner of Yummy’s Asian Steakhouse in Worcester.



Barbara Houle


December 15, 2016

The Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Central Mass Grown —dedicated to promote the purchase of local agricultural products and to foster the education about its benefits to health, communities and economy, has named Mackenzie May as their new Executive Director. Mackenzie, born and raised in Shrewsbury, studied at the University of New Hampshire and has a career of volunteering with members of her hometown community, as well as her work in regional farms. Her interest in local farming (as she participated in the launching of a local Farmers Market) gained her experience as the chief fundraiser for Worcester County Conservation district.

For more information on this non-profit organization as well as memberships and upcoming events, visit their official site here.

November 22,2016

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $300,000 to Support Agricultural Buy Local Organizations

“For projects that will enhance efforts in western, central, northeastern and southeastern Massachusetts. Regional agricultural Buy Local organizations connect Bay State farmers with their surrounding communities…”




Central Mass Grown
2 Washington Square - Union Station
Worcester, MA 01604