Category Archives: Food

2016 Taste of Cambridge Check Presentation!

After helping to produce one of the most successful Taste of Cambridge events this past July in University Park Common,  Sidney Street, and the Landsdowne Quad, the CSBA was very proud to a be a part of the presentation of checks to the beneficiary organizations. Food for Free, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Young People’s Project, Institute for Health and Recovery, Paine Elder Services, On the Rise and CASPAR received a record total to support alcohol and drug education, and/or prevention and/or treatment programs.

The celebration and check presentation was graciously hosted by Andy Husbands and The Smoke Shop.

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Exciting new event in C2: VivaLatino Cambridge 9/26/15

The Central Square Business Association is pleased to present the first VivaLatino Cambridge: A celebration of Hispanic Heritage in the Central Square Cultural District! 

 Enjoy a day long celebration of art, music, futbolito games, salsa dancing, food and drinks in the magnificent green sculpture gardens of University Park at MIT.

Family friendly FREE event
for all to enjoy!

*Main Stage featuring
the Largest Salsa Lesson in New England!


5 Live Bands & Dance Performances
on Main Stage

Radio Volta


Awards to be presented for best Hispanic Employer, Staff, Entertainer, Sports Teams, Dance Event, Retailer, 

and Restaurant of the Year!

Family event

*VIP VivaLatino Restaurant Week area featuring food and drink presentations from local restaurants. 
Must be 21+ to enter – $21 admission fee. 
*Event is a benefit for local 
Cambridge Youth Programs.



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We hope you can make it!

The Central Square Business Association (CSBA)


"Clover's Newest Cambridge Location Will Be Open 24 Hours a Day" from BostInno

Hilary Milnes – Staff Writer,
BostInno 07/23/14 @1:25pm in Food & Drink

It’s no secret that Boston is sorely lacking in round-the-clock dining options. The city’s entire after-hours existence, in fact, is a current hot topic of conversation, from extended transportation hours and permission for bars to stay open past 2 a.m. Late-night dining belongs in that conversation, as it services not only those with the drunk munchies, but also entrepreneurs who work round-the-clock, students studying late into the night, and those traveling during odd hours.

This is the case that Clover made to the License Commission this week when the company applied for a license to operate its newest Cambridge location 24 hours a day. The new Clover will open in Central Square in late fall at 496 Massachusetts Ave. – where the former Hi-Fi Pizza used to operate until 3 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday.

Cambridge Day reports that while the proposal was approved by the License Commission, it was a split vote. Two members were in favor of the new 24-hour eatery, while Police Commissioner Robert Haas turned down the proposal. According to Cambridge Day, Haas is concerned that the late-night atmosphere might get out of control, and a 24-hour eatery could attract the rowdiness and violence from the surrounding area. He warned the Clover team:

We’ve had issues because of two places operating in the area [where crowds] have gotten out of control. I’d hate to see you falling into that mix. You’ve established a pretty good reputation for your business, and it only takes one bad incident there and it could change the nature of your business in that area,
For now, though, Clover will operate 24 hours a day at its new Central Square location once it opens this year, but three months into its opening, the team will have to go in front of the board again so the commission can determine if they can keep running 24 hours.

Let’s hope all goes well in those first three months for the new Clover outpost. After Gourmet Express Deli in Porter Square shuttered after 16 years of 24-hour operation, the city of Cambridge has been void of a round-the-clock dining destination (unless you count the Porter Square Star Market, which we decidedly do not).

Image via Clover/Facebook

The FIRST Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival takes flight in the Central Square Cultural District!

Cambridge Jazz Festival
Bringing community together for an afternoon of free music performed by brilliant local and national jazz artists — and supporting musical opportunities for Cambridge students.


Grammy winners…local artists…jazz greats. We’ve got them all!

Pick up your FREE Cambridge Jazz Festival Button for free admission at any of these locations. (You can get buttons at the Festival too.)

12:00-12:45 Fernando Brandão and the Berklee Brazilian All-Stars

Fernando Brandão, a jazz flutist, and the Berklee Brazilian All-Stars play diverse styles of Brazilian jazz from bossa nova to afoxé and choro. (more)

1:00-1:45 George W. Russell, Jr. Trio

Inspirational jazz from a local great who has shared the stage with George Duke, Bob Moses, Billy Pierce, Stan Strickland, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Semenya McCord, and Andy McGhee. (more)

2:00-3:00 Dominique Eade

Dominique Eade is a jazz vocalist and winner of several Boston Music Awards whose extraordinary voice has been compared to Sarah Vaughn’s. (more)

3:15-4:15 Ron Savage Trio featuring Jetro DaSilva and Ron Mahdi

The Ron Savage Trio, featuring the percussionist Ron Savage, combines elements of BeBop, Swing, Gospel, African, R&B and Brazilian styles into a fresh new sound. (more)

4:45-6:00 Terri Lyne Carrington with Valerie Simpson

Terri Lyne Carrington is a two-time Grammy winner, the first female artist to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, a dazzling jazz percussionist—and a Medford native. She’ll be joined by Motown legend Valerie Simpson. (more)

Be sure to check out the amazing food trucks and festival vendors who will be dishing up some great food and flavors to accompany these extraordinary artists.

Snochi Festival in Central Square Cultural District!

SNOCHI Festival in Central Square

House of Vans Snow Board Park in front of The Middle East!
Free February School Vacation Events in Central Square for Kids and Teens!

The Central Square Cultural District (C2CD) kicks off its 1st Winter Festival with a pop-up House of Vans (HOV) Snow Board Park in front of the Middle East that will shred your mind. Central Square’s  “Snochi Festival” features treats for kids of all ages during February School Vacation week.

House of Vans Special Events:

2/18- 2/20 — HOV Musical Showcase at the Middle East
Lucky House of Vans fans scooped up free tickets in about ½ an hour to see:  ANAMANAGUCHI * BATHS * EARL SWEATSHIRT * XXYYXX * CITIES AVIV * TITLE FIGHT * METZ * DARK BLUE

2/18 & 2/20 at 8:00 pm — Free Outdoor Movie Screenings:
Vans’ “20 Years Off The Wall On The Snow” documentary.

2/19 from 6pm to 9 pm — Free Pop-up Outdoor Snow Board Park
&  Demos 
with New England’s best snowboarders.
House of Vans and Snowboy Productions are creating a one-of-a-kind, pop-up snowboard park in front of the Middle East. For one night only New England’s best snowboarders will do demos from 6-9pm
including Vans team rider Nick “Pooch” Poohachoff.

February School Vacation Events:  

Neighborhood Open House!
Date:  Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Middle East — Corner Restaurant
Join us for hot chocolate, music and information about local enrichment programs for Cambridge youth and their families. Programs include an Free, On-going, Summer, Afterschool, and Discounted Programs for Cambridge Residents!
Win a pair of Vans in our free raffle!

STEAM IT UP During February School Vacation
with FREE Activities for Teens from 12 to 17!
Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Middle East Downstairs
Free raffle for prizes!

Featuring: DJ’s and Demo’s! Snow boarding math and games! Snowmaking!  And hands-on art activities with House of Vans / Danger Awesome! / Young People’s Project/ MMMMaven / & Cambridge Science Festival!

PLEASE NOTE: ROAD CLOSURE –Brookline Street Closure.
Brookline Street will be closed between Green Street and Massachusetts Avenue from 7am on February 18, 2014 to 3pm on February 20, 2014.

Vehicles will be detoured to Franklin St to Sidney St to Green St to Landsdowne St and back to Mass Ave. Police Officers will be assigned at key intersections to reduce any delays and ensure safety on the detour route.

This is event is graciously sponsored by House of Vans, FYF, Snowboy Productions, the Middle East, the Central Square Business Association, The Central Square Cultural District, The City of Cambridge, Cambridge Arts Council, MMMMaven, Danger Awesome! Young People’s Project, and the Cambridge Police Department.

More about the House of Vans:
The HOV and FYF are bringing their pop-up music festival concept to Cambridge for the 1st time!  HOV pop-ups have been set up across the globe with stops in Europe, Mexico, Asia and Canada. The HOV has stopped in Huntington Beach, CA for the Vans US Open of Surfing and, the Mohawk in Austin, TX for SXSW.

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Healthy Market Program in Central Square!

On a recent Friday morning (Nov. 22), Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis and Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Claude-Alix Jacob joined staff from the city’s Public Health Department, Community Development Department, and Inspectional Services Department for a celebratory “apple-cutting” at Pires Market, 875 Cambridge Street, and Newtowne Variety, 93 Windsor Street, to celebrate the official kickoff of the Healthy Market Program.

The Healthy Market Program works with local convenience store owners to make healthy food and drink options available. By promoting healthy options, the local markets are helping make healthy choices easier for customers in Cambridge.

Look out for healthy choices at Pires Market and Newtowne Variety, and ask your neighborhood convenience store to offer healthy food and drink options too!

PHOTO ABOVE: John Gauthier, Newtowne Variety co-owner, is presented with a Healthy Market certificate.