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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. 

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Torrons Fèlix: Traditional Spanish Turrón

The Story The exact history of torrón or nougat (“torró” in Catalan) making in Agramunt, located about an hour and a half drive northwest of Barcelona, Spain, is unclear due to lost or destroyed records over the years and through various wars. The earliest known documents reference torró d’Agramunt production as early as 1741, but the history of Continue Reading »

I Contadini: Exceptional Preserved Vegetables and Spreads from Puglia

The Farm and Process The “I Contadini” farm is a third generation family business based in the Puglia region of Italy (the heel of the boot) – near where our Maglio chocolates come from. Puglia is known for its excellent growing climate for all sorts of grains, olive trees and vegetables. I Contadini utilizes this Continue Reading »

Rare Corsican Honey, Direct from the Source

Owners Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal first discovered the honeys of Gaec de Lozari when visiting a Paris boutique in 2002. They immediately reached out to owner and apiculteur Michel Gacon, to see if they could bring his honey to Formaggio Kitchen. Michel and his brother François worked at a scale where they sold all they Continue Reading »