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Cambridge Community Center Fundraiser: Formaggio Kitchen Gives Back

Since 1929, the Cambridge Community Center has been an important part to the vibrant city that is home to both Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge and its owners Ihsan and Valerie. This nonprofit organization offers social, educational, and recreational programs for people of all ages, enriching the neighborhood through programs that empower, educate, and engage. After 88 years of serving the city of Cambridge, Valerie and Ihsan felt it was time to return the favor.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Darrin Korte, the executive director of the center. His passion for keeping this place running radiates through his words. “While the neighborhood has seen some changes throughout the years, the [Cambridge Community Center] has remained a constant resource for so many people,” he tells me. “The CCC is home.” Korte said they want to raise money locally so they can continue providing “the quality care and programming our community members deserve at a cost everyone can afford.”

To help with the fundraising, a few local restaurants and shops are donating a portion of their proceeds from a featured dish or item to the center. Our South End shop is donating profits from their popular olive oil cakes while the Cambridge store’s selection is their own house made Granola.

Other contributors include East Coast Grill, Oleana, Puritan & Co., Benedetto, Craigie on Main, and Flour Bakery + Café. We encourage you to visit any of these locations and ask about the menu items that will help support the CCC.


Alice’s Granola

This is the first year of the Dine and Do Good Restaurant Fundraiser and Korte is already dedicated to making it an annual event. “It has been a pleasure working with the restaurants.” He continues, “their generosity is inspiring.”

Be sure to buy the featured item or dish at any of the involved establishments through the month of April so you can “dine and do good” and give back to the center that supports the beautiful city of Cambridge. 

Housemade Pimento Cheese: Eat Well, Do Good

Eat Well, Do Good When Formaggio Kitchen South End owner Valerie Gurdal came up with the idea of dedicating sales of a single, popular product to Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, our pimento cheese, a comfort food and a family recipe, seemed like the perfect fit. Valerie grew up in the South, Continue Reading »

2014: Taking A New Look at Our Beer Section

As the new beer buyer at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, I will be delving further into an area of food and drink that has fascinated me for a long time.

Our New E-mails: Newsletters, Favorite Foods and More

We are happy to report that with a recent migration of e-mail service providers, we are now able to tailor e-mails to folks interests more than ever before — this means more e-mails with the things you want to hear about and less of the things you don’t!

Beer and Cheese Pairings: St. Patrick’s Day 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with an Irish cheese plate? We have put together a selection of some of our favorites and Eric, our beer buyer, has given us a list of fantastic beers to pair with them.

The Reuben: A Saturday Tradition

The Reuben has several key characteristics so far as we can determine: corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, all on rye bread. Variations do exist and we were interested to learn that there is one called “The Rachel” which involves substituting pastrami for the corned beef and coleslaw for the sauerkraut.