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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4th Annual Festival of Dumplings

Thousands of hungry dumpling lovers descended on the square on Sunday, October 11th to and eat their way through multi-cultural variations of the bite-sized stuffed dough staple. The festival, which honors local chef and restaurant owner Joyce Chen and featured 6 restaurants, saw record crowds and record sales this year. One venue sold 1800 dumplings in just 3 hours! Stay tuned for more Street Food Sunday Events. Meatballs, Soups, or Hot Chocolate may be next up!


Record crowds came to the square for delicious dumplings.

Record crowds gathered in the square for delicious dumplings.

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)


CSBA Member Event — 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Cocktail Huddle

CSBA Member Event — 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Cocktail Huddle

October 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

| Always free for CSBA Members

Please join us for our 2nd Annual CSBA Oktoberfest Cocktail Huddle hosted by ePlace Real Estate! Join us for Brats & Dogs, Harpoon Beer, Hot Pretzels,  and Pumpkin Ice Cream Cones.

Date: Wednesday, October 22nd
Location: ePlace Real Estate, 830 Mass. Ave, Across from City Hall.
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — please rsvp by 10/20/14 please

Meet new members and our Featured Non-Profit CHAF: Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund.

Sponsored by CSBA Members:  ePlace Real Estate, Anthony Troiano Esq., David Prothero CPA, Harpoon Beer, Middle East & ZuZu .

Please stop by for food, drinks and “the huddle!

Admission for CSBA members is always free!
Non-CSBA members are invited to pay $10 at the door.


The 3rd Annual Festival of Dumplings just in time for Joyce Chen "Stamp" of approval!

Sometimes a Peking-Ravioli is more than a dumpling!
In Central Square we celebrate dumplings, the genius of Joyce Chen, and the community she inspired!

The Third Annual Festival of Dumplings in Central Square
to honor Joyce Chen
Sunday, September 28, 2014
From 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The Third Annual Festival of Dumplings in Central Square in honor Joyce Chen this Sunday, September 28th from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Please join us for an exciting multi-cultural celebration of dumplings, cuisine and community.  Learn the inspiring story of Joyce Chen, Central Square’s very own Chef & Restaurant Owner, Entrepreneur, and Food Culture Pioneer.

Enjoy $1 dumplings in front of Central Square restaurants from1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and enter to win the “Central Square Peking Ravioli Gift Certificate” package!

Buy the new Joyce Chen Stamps just unveiled this weekend.

Current Participants:
  • 1369, 757 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Avenue
  • The Middle East & ZuZu’s 472 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Yoki, 485 Massachusetts Ave
  • Thelonious Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Dosa Factory, 571 Massachusetts Ave
  • Patty Chen’s Dumpling Room – 907 Main Street
For more info about Joyce Chen’s Legacy

Joyce Chen Stamp

The 3rd Annual Festival of Dumplings in Central Square
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Time: Noon until 3:00 p.m.

Eater Cambridge News

THE SHUTTER: Au Revoir to Rendezvous

Rendezvous served its last meal earlier this week. Chef/owner Steve Johnson is looking forward to “more sunshine, fresh air and salt water” as he spends more time at his second home in Westport and opens a new restaurant in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Rendezvous became a Central Square staple over its nine-year span, and the space will be taken over by two owners who have also spent ample time in the neighborhood — Greg Reeves and Mark Young, both alums of the nearby Green Street. Reeves and Young will open a new restaurant called Viale in Rendezvous’ place, serving “Italian food with Mediterranean nuances.” It could open in late summer or early fall.

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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