Taste of Cambridge 2011

Cambridge is one of my favorite foodie cities in all of the US. Like Boston, it has an ever-growing number of amazing restaurants and celebrity chefs. Our little New England home is all grown up when it comes to food, wine, and cocktails.

Taste events are ideal for anyone looking to check out the food scene, and I love Taste of Cambridge for the incredible collection of restaurants and the creative high quality food samples. Warning: at an event like this you might be overwhelmed, and you could get full very quickly. Pace yourself.

I didn’t photograph everything; with over 50 restaurants, food purveyors, brewers, and wine distributors, there was a lot going on. Hopefully my little tour will give you a glimpse into what I ate.

Formaggio Kitchen

The beloved Formaggio Kitchen was standing by with what else but their gorgeous cheeses.


Bambara was grilling up bruschetta, but I went for their pulled pork with truffled honey. For whatever reason, I arrived at this event craving meat, and meat I ate.


Upstairs on the Square had one of the big hits of the night, duck tacos with all sorts of toppings. I could have easily parked myself at their table, filling tacos with lime sour cream and jalapenos. It was brilliant.


Oleana also stole my heart with a wheat berry and vegetable salad, cool, light, and refreshing, with a creamy yogurt topping and a flavorful blend of spices.

vegan pie

This vegan pie looked too good to eat!

And on the not-so-vegan side, bacon cotton candy from Harvest.

Harvest Bacon Cotton Candy

Harvest also made these delectable pulled pork banh mi sandwiches with crunchy slaw.

banh mi

Other favorites? Homemade hobnobs from Craigie on Main, sushi rolls from Café Sushi, deviled eggs from Russell House Tavern, and brisket with BBQ beans and cornbread from Savenor’s. I told you I was all about finding the meat dishes!

Craigie on Main sushi
Russell House Tavern Savenor's

Taste of Cambridge was truly a delight for the senses, if not a little overwhelming at times. Everything I tasted was delicious; I was glad that my strategy included taking photos and surveying the food before I dove in. I definitely missed a few things that I should have tried, but you can’t eat it all!

What do you go for first at big food events? Do you have a strategy?

Note: My entry to Taste of Cambridge was via a media pass which I did not pay for. However, my opinions are entirely my own.

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Tags: beer, cambridge, events, Food, wine

  1. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    How did I miss Harvest? I’ve been dying to try banh mi. This was a great event – definitely got my fill!


  2. Kelly’s avatar

    I really need to go to this next year- I love Cambridge restaurants and all the food you photographed looks amazing!


  3. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Too bad I missed it! Next year I will skip class hehehe. I love the deviled eggs from RHT!


  4. Elizabeth’s avatar

    That oleana dish was pretty stellar. And I love those hobnobs!


  5. Sues’s avatar

    Wish I could have made it this year! Mostly because I want all that cheese from Formaggio :)


  6. Michelle’s avatar

    I had a fantastic dinner at Chez Henri tonight and I’d have to agree…I adore Cambridge!


  7. Ronald McDonald’s avatar

    Stategy!!??! Go directly to the Shrimp Cocktail table and dont stop eating the delectable goodies until you get kicked out! What kind of food chonosaur are you!??!


  8. Megan’s avatar

    I definitely needed a better strategy for Taste of Cambridge this year. I feel like I only managed to sample half of what was there. Oleana and Upstairs on the Square were standouts for me too!

    (And chonosaur? Is that some new kind of dinosaur?)


  9. Elina (Healthy and Sane)’s avatar

    That’s funny – I wasn’t a fan of a few of your favorites… but there was certainly no lack of food. I usually try to pace myself while Adam grabs whatever he can see, but this time I tried to eat so I can put the camera down so I definitely filled up waaaaaaay too fast. Such a great event!


  10. Meesh’s avatar

    jealoussss! this looks really really good. a guy from my work got to go for free and i almost cried when i found out.

    p.s. i miss your blog, ive been super busy but just caught up on the last few posts and im glad to see you’re doing well! and eating well, obvs


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I miss seeing you! Hope we can catch up soon!


    2. Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant’s avatar

      Aw man, I didn’t get a chance to go but it looks like it was AMAZING! Cambridge has such a great collection of restaurants, I feel like I could eat there every night for a month and barely make a dent.


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