Japanese Italian?

1 March, 2018: Vincenzo (leads food production at Clover) and Greg (our COO) both have Italian heritage. So what did they think of Italian Japanese food? To be fair we only tried it once. But capturing this expression on film wasn’t that hard because they held this pose for a while. The site horrifying them: a giant wheel of parm… Read More

Savory breakfast at Clover?

28 February, 2018: I first started thinking seriously about savory breakfast when I saw my father-in-law make oatmeal with soup stock. I’ve been wondering for years now whether there is a place for savory on Clover’s breakfast menu. Enzo says emphatic YES. First morning in Japan. And we’re having a traditional Japanese breakfast. I want to make this when I… Read More

Eating Japan

27 February, 2018: We try to get a food trip in once a year or so. Past trips have included Calabria and Sicily for the Panelle and other recipes, Texas BBQ sauce (we ate at Franklins when we were both still trucks), New Orleans for chicory coffee, Great Lakes for frozen custard. This year we’re Japan bound. I’ll be updating… 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

Popovers in Buffalo, NY

14 February, 2018: This past weekend we drove to Michigan to visit my family. It was a grueling trip. Heavy snow for 80% of the drive, 35 mph on highway, low visibility, no plows out. The 12 hour trip took 16 hours. We were in Michigan for less than 24 hours then returned through another storm. But it was all… Read More

Future of packaging

13 February, 2018: We’re on the eve of our first ever public release of the Clover App. I started dreaming about this back in 2009 when we built what might have been the world’s first cloud-based POS. Back then we had 1 food truck. Over the past 18 months or so we have been beta testing an app. It’s been… Read More

Does our sausage egg and cheese stack up?

23 January, 2018: We’re testing Justin Kelly’s suggestion for a sausage egg cheese breakfast sandwich at CloverHFI for a few more weeks. If you’re curious to try the next iteration of Impossible meat, head over to Central Square and give it a try. We may ask you to voice your opinion about whether this belongs on the menu everywhere at… Read More

Grab a souper hero today at lunch!

16 January, 2018: Go soups! If you click on this post you can see my little souper hero animation. You may have noticed we’re making lots of soups this winter. And while we believe all our food helps the environment, there’s something extra special about soup. We want everybody to eat more soup. Read on if you’re interested in learning… Read More

From the archives

MIDWEST FOOD TRIP

11 February, 2012: Those of you who have been with us for a while know that once a year during our slow time (now) Rolando and I make a food pilgrimage. The first year it was to the West Coast where we checked out food trucks and coffee roasters (Intelligentsia, Barefoot, Ritual, Stumptown, Ecco). Last year we went down south… Read More

Medlar the person

13 January, 2018: Were you able to try a medlar this weekend? If not, we will hopefully have them at most locations Monday and Tuesday, but we can’t guarantee them much longer. Medlar mania is hitting Boston hard, as we realized when we got a very special visitor to CloverDTX on Friday. Fabricio, who leads up communications at CloverDTX, sent… Read More

Beer finally flows through the Longwood Medical Area starting 1/11!

13 January, 2018: Hey, Longwood. Is there any area in Boston that has fewer places to get a drink? Well, we’re about to change that. First some backstory. When we opened CloverLMA, we noticed there was NOWHERE to get a beer. Ok, there was one place. The great Punter’s Point near Northeastern — and it just closed this winter! I will miss… Read More

Boston loves medlars! Only 5 days to try!

12 January, 2018: Who would have thought? We launched the Medlar Sandwich yesterday. And it was a blockbuster. We sold 500 medlar sandwiches, and sampled around 500 more medlars and jam to folks who were curious. This is the type of ingredient you won’t find in most restaurants, definitely not fast food ones like ours. It’s hard to find (it… Read More

Pizza 🍕 emoji

12 January, 2018: A bunch of us were having a meeting about the Public Release of the Clover App, coming in mid-February. And we’re all thinking about ways to make the app fun to use. Like, really fun. We want to incorporate some elements of surprise, some elements of playfulness. Jane said, “You know you can text a pizza emoji… Read More

From the archives

Pancake Sunday, 5/3, 11am – 1pm at the truck

1 May, 2009: Alright, we will not be boiling syrup, but we’ll be doing everything else we can to re-create the sugar-house experience. Some details for you all: Sunday, 5/3 (this Sunday!) 11am -1pm At the food truck (20 Carleton St., Cambridge, MA near the Kendall T stop) Pancakes, corn fritters, local maple syrup, pickles, coffee, tea, fresh juice –… Read More

Mislabeled Medlars

23 December, 2017: You think you know everything about fruits, and then you meet a medlar. It comes into season in the winter. And it needs to “blet” (or rot, or ferment, however you want to call it) a little bit before it is yummy. For this reason, medlars have been used as metaphors (kinda inappropriate by today’s standards) by many… Read More