Adjectives that describe taste

13 April, 2019: I loved this. A group of advanced ESL students came to Food Dev the other week. They were studying adjectives, and their teacher is a big fan of Clover. Here’s hoping they tasted smokey, sour, infused, herbal, creamy, and savory – but not rubbery or burnt or plain! Read More

Tearing up the chickpea platter

12 April, 2019: Back in the truck days there were boats. A boat was for someone who didn’t want the bread with their chickpea fritter. You took a fry boat, swiped it with hummus, and added all the ingredients in a chickpea fritter. Sometimes when we ran out of bread, all items would become boats. Boats became platters when we… Read More

What is this?

11 April, 2019: Eggplant has not been perfect lately. We’ve seen over-frying, over-and-under salting, and not cutting to the proper thickness. So what does this have to do with improving eggplant at Clover? These are Eggplant measurers! If your eggplant fits in the second-largest slot, it’s been cut to the correct thickness. We have Chris Strange to thank for this… Read More

From the archives

Clover from a dream

8 October, 2008: This might sound funny, but this logo is from a dream. Don’t worry, we’re not going to use it. But I thought the story was funny enough to share: I guess I’ve been a bit anxious about logos. So last night I was dreaming that I was at this place where they had an old Clover coffee… Read More

2019 version of writing on the side of the truck

11 April, 2019: New menus are up! If you’ve been by during the last month, you may have noticed some changes. This is the result of a lot of hard work from Ethan and Joseph, I can’t even admit that I understand all of what they did. But because of their programming work, we were able to put into place some… Read More

Survey Day: Thursday 4/11/19 (closed)

11 April, 2019: (This survey is now closed – we hold these surveys about once a month, so if you’re lucky you’ll come to Clover during a future survey day!) If you received a survey card in line today, please click on this post to get to the survey link. A huge thanks for helping us improve!! Click here for… Read More

Ditch blends?

29 March, 2019: Over the years, we’ve served you carrots from single farms, tomatoes from single farms, even medlars and paw paws from single farms. But did you know we’ve also been serving coffees from single farms? 98% of the coffee you find in Boston is a blend of beans from multiple farms or even multiple countries. There’s a reason for that.… Read More

This is not Clover’s new videographer

14 March, 2019: This photo of Jane was taken in December. Doesn’t she look hopeful? We spent hours planning a video series about soup we planned to publish to Youtube. We woke up early, went to Lindentree Farm, said hi to Moira and Ari (farmers), gathered vegetables, and filmed Ayr chopping, seasoning, blending soup. The kids came home from school,… Read More

From the archives

How did you spend your Saturday?

29 March, 2009: Blue and I hit Restaurant Depot this weekend. There in the Mini you see vinyl gloves, heavy duty floor cleaner (hey, I’m not a huge fan of heavy chemical cleaners, but nothing gets the floor clean like this stuff), ketchup, BBQ sauce, deli paper, and a few other things. The ketchup is Heinz (which I like), and… Read More

Just for a little while…

8 March, 2019: Starting today, a few vegan items on our menu are temporarily not vegan. Chris let us know that Just, the company that makes our delicious (vegan) mayo is having supply chain issues. They won’t have more mayo in the supply chain until late March or early April. For about 98% of you, this won’t matter. You might… Read More

Survey Day: Thursday 2/28/19 (closed)

28 February, 2019: (This survey is now closed – we hold these surveys about once a month, so if you’re lucky you’ll come to Clover during a future survey day!) If you received a survey card in line today, please click on this post to get to the survey link. A huge thanks for helping us improve!! Click here for… Read More

Wild Salmon Greens Bowl

26 February, 2019: We had an idea to do carbon comparisons of our menu items. We compared them to other items using a super simple calculation. I think for most customers this has been too tiny to notice. But Lynn told us that some people now believe we serve a Wild Salmon Greens Bowl. So funny. Read More

From the archives

Clover sales mix

12 October, 2016: I’m preparing some documents for investors and I’ve taken a crack at breaking down our sales mix. This is roughly where it has been for a while, but I’m not sure I’ve shared on the website and I thought you all might be interested. About 93% of our menu items exist on our menu for a limited… Read More

Meatball. Year 2

24 February, 2019: That little pic is a bit fuzzy. But this whole Impossible meatball thing has been sort of a whirlwind right? This drawing was left by a customer. It says: “me without meatball [frown] me with meatball [smile].” I wasn’t sure what Clover would be with a meatball a year ago. We had testing data from CloverHSQ run… Read More