On top in Chopped: Monte’s gains a boost from Chef Mizrahi’s first place performance

Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room has rightfully earned a boost from Executive Chef Dafna Mizrahi’s first place performance on Food Network’s “Chopped” last fall. Mizrahi, 23, competed for $10,000 and donated her winnings to Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, a non-profit in nearby Dover Plains. The chef faced three other experienced cooks in a gastropub-themed […]

McDonald’s proves to be mortal in a small town

McDonald’s proves to be mortal in a small town

McDonald’s is seemingly indestructible. With 36,000 restaurants worldwide, the mega chain familiarly proclaims 69 million customers served every day. As of 2012, according to statista.com, over 14,000 of those branches are in the United States alone; its prowess in America’s fast food industry is ubiquitous. So, when a McDonald’s location closes, it’s news — certainly […]

Urban Art/Graffiti in Rural Kent

Urban Art/Graffiti in Rural Kent

Behind the scenes in Kent, Conn. — a diminutive yet prosperous town in western Litchfield County — is a dilapidated concrete structure at the end of Railroad Street. This is not a common site in Kent, marked by tidy lawns and charming businesses. It’s tucked away downtown across the tracks behind the Village Barn Shops, […]

The Wassaic Project: Possibilities abound at closed NY state campus

The Wassaic Project: Possibilities abound at closed NY state campus

The Wassaic Project has become a familiar player in its namesake hamlet within the Dutchess County town of Amenia, N.Y. For eight years in Wassaic, this multi-faceted arts organization has brought festivals, food, creative people and culture to a once sleepy community. But the hamlet hadn’t always been sleepy. Last century, a 600-something-acre state-run residential […]