Join us each Thursday evening thru September 20th for mini Nibble book parties in Union Square Plaza. This is your chance to check out the spanking new 132-page color book, participate in the Nose Olympics, sample the hottest products found in Union Square markets—and have your portrait drawn in exchange for a food story!
First of all, thanks to all who came out to our kick-off Nibble book party last Wednesday night. The book arrived from the printers only hours before the event (we like drama) yet everything went off without a hitch! It was lovely community event and we were thrilled so many cooks, restaurant and market owners and neighbors came out to celebrate. The array of food was delicious and so was the company. Above, Leah Gourley Lindsay (left) and Julie Betters, who both contributed recipes to the book, strike a pose for Nibble party paparazzi. But wait, we’re not done celebrating! Every Thursday night we will have mini Nibble Book Parties as part of the Swirl & Slice Farmers’ Market in Union Square Plaza (5-8pm, thru Sept. 20). This is your chance to buy the book and participate in artful foodie activities and general tomfoolery. But first…
About the Nibble book
This beautiful 132-page color book explores how food tells a story about Union Square, Somerville. We think the square is a very special neighborhood right now; it is diverse, artsy, yet has enough grit to keep things interesting. This is illustrated through the food landscape, with its beautiful, motley mix of pizza joints, mom-and-pop markets, lively pubs, farmers’ markets, posh new restaurants and brimming global flavor. This book aims to capture this dynamic—and delicious—sense of place.
The Nibble book costs $20; all proceeds support the public programs of the Somerville Arts Council. Nibble includes:
—Over 25 recipes from the folks at Taza, Casa B, Hightland Kitchen, the list goes on—and fabulous cooks, including the Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s mom, Maria! In this photo at right, they pose with a tiella de Gaeta they made together.
—Feature articles about: the locavore scene; Latino-American restaurant owners and food tourism; the many wonders of Market Basket; and local wine makers
—Interviews with artists who use oreos and spices as media
—First-person food stories about making yucca flour in Brazil, making tamales in Guatemala and a “secret Indian joint” in Union Square with great saag paneer
—Plus, a Union Square restaurant, market and food producers guide!
About the Upcoming Nibble Book Parties
Thursday, August 2, 5-8pm: Nibble Book Party, Part Deux. Participate in the Nose Olympics! Try to discern the culinary contents of 8 boxes. Guess all 8 and win a lifetime supply of fenugreek. Plus, artist Meagan O’Brien will draw your portrait in exchange for your food story! Check out the Nibble book and sign up for a FREE Union Square market tour.
Thursday, August 9, 5-8pm: Nibble Book Party, Part Trois. The Nose Olympics returns! Try to discern the culinary contents of 8 boxes. Guess all 8 and win a lifetime supply of fenugreek. Sample brigadeiro, delicious Brazilian chocolate treats (you’ll find the recipe in the Nibble book). Also, check out the Nibble book and sign up for a FREE Union Square market tour.
Thursday, August 16, 5-8pm: Nibble Book Party, Part Quatre. Artist Len White will draw your favorite vegetable and tell you about Union Square’s secret Indian joint. Visitors will also have a chance to play Can you Handle the Heat? in which participants are invited to sample the hottest products sold in Union Square markets. Also, check out the Nibble book and sign up for a FREE Union Square market tour.
We will also be selling the Nibble book at Swirl & Slice markets on August 23, 30 and September 6, 13 and 20. Stay tuned for more information. Nibble is also available at Union Square’s Saturday farmers’ markets.
Cantina La Mexicana, 247 Washington Street, Union Sq.
Magpie, 416 Highland Avenue, Davis Square
Sherman Market, 22 Union Square
Union Square Farmers’ Markets (Thur. evenings & Sat. mornings)
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
You can also stop by the Somerville Arts Council any time (50 Evergreen Ave., Winter Hill; please call first: 617-625-6600, x2985). Many other places, like the Taza Chocolate Factory, will be selling the book soon. We’ll keep you posted.