Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Mushroom seems like a new sandwich but…

6 November, 2019: It’s actually a take on a sandwich we had on the menu back in 2010. Ayr’s dad used to make a mushroom pâté, baked in a fancy French pastry crust. We made our own version, and called it a mushroom loaf. Back when I ran Sunday prep, before we had our own commissary, I remember making duxelles and… Read More

Why is there Elvis playing in my restaurant?

6 November, 2019: Get it? King of Rock? King of Sandwiches? Enjoy some Elvis while you munch on your (King) Brussels Sprout Sandwich today at lunch. We’ve abandoned our admittedly repetitive playlists (sorry staff and customers that we made you listen to Mr. Postman a million times!) and are testing out a service called RX Music. They can make custom… Read More

Burning carrots

6 November, 2019: Our carrot sandwich/Paul’s take on Buffalo Chicken is back. It’ll show up on the menu today at lunch if you’re on the Clover app, Thursday if not. We are using the first delivery of carrots from Michael Docter at Winter Moon Roots. These are straight out of the ground and haven’t been stored in the famous barn yet.… Read More

From the archives

Irish plumbers

11 September, 2008: Greg Vaughn of Vaughn Plumbing helped me install the gas system. I think he did a great job, and once I track down the right regulator, we’re ready to pop a fryer, and possibly another appliance in there. Read More

Alien invasion

5 November, 2019: The shipment of Paw Paw doesn’t even fit in one picture! Chris just told us 2019 will go down in history as a banner year for paw paw in Massachusetts, which makes us happy because usually it’s a very short-lived treat. If you haven’t gotten a chance to taste this alien-looking (yet entirely local) fruit, get over… Read More

Meet King Brussels

23 October, 2019: Ayr texted us a month or so ago with a crazy idea about King Brussels. I tried to ignore it, but visions of the king started creeping into my dreams and sketchpad. And now here we are. The reason? The Brussels Sprout Sandwich returns tomorrow (it’s secretly here today, if you’re on the app.) The King has… Read More

A sandwich worth sneaking for?

1 October, 2019: That first photo is a screenshot from last week’s Instagram story. A bit blurry, but the memory is worth the blurriness! Last week at Food Dev, we got to taste another sandwich from Chris S (creator of the Nashville Hot and of our corn chowder). It was inspired by a Vietnamese bánh mì & Taiwanese flavors –… Read More

This humble blog gets a bigger viewership

29 September, 2019: I think this was Jane’s idea. It was a really awesome one. Print big poster versions of blog posts and put them up in the window of the Boylston store while construction happens. So we’ve been writing posts on this blog that are doing double-duty as window art/Clover manifestos. We’re trying to focus on bigger themes, Jane has… Read More

From the archives

New counters for truck #2

26 February, 2010: I made the trek down to Berkshire Products. This place is about as far as you can get from Boston and still be in MA. But they mill some of the most beautiful wood anywhere. It’s just amazing. I’ve always loved wood. In the context of Clover I think wood can bring warmth to what is going… Read More

Homogenized!

28 September, 2019: We’ve been trying to figure out “retail.” We made some kits that you can take home and make Clover stuff. One of them is popovers! If you haven’t had a popover yet, stop by at breakfast. They’re an eggy, flaky pastry that is considered by some to be the “first American pastry.” We’ve been baking them ever… Read More

We hired a PR firm

27 September, 2019: We’ve got some exciting stuff in the works this fall/winter (more on that later), and we felt it was time to think more seriously about PR. We interviewed around 10 firms, narrowed the list down to 3, and asked each of those 3 to put together proposals of what they would do if we worked together. Then… Read More

It’s illegal for farmers to eat food straight from their own fields?!

26 September, 2019: The other day, a farmer told me that it’s now illegal for farmers to eat food straight from the field. It’s a new law. I have no idea why, but I suspect it’s because so many farms are now dangerous. Pesticides stronger than anything we’ve ever used in history, nasty antibiotic resistant bugs that are evolving on… Read More

Free coffee to (not fossil) fuel your climate strike walkout on 9/20

16 September, 2019: Everyone knows Clover was started as a project to address climate change. Ok, nope, that’s a lie. I think very few people know this. Part of that has been intentional. People do not choose where to eat lunch based on their beliefs about the environment. And the link between meat production and climate change is a hard… Read More

From the archives

Credit cards back up tomorrow

30 June, 2009: It’s too complicated to explain how this happened, but yesterday between our commissary and Kendall we dropped the credit card machine. I should say “I,” I dropped the machine. Thanks for insurance, something I had the foresight to include with all electronic devices in the truck. They are overnighting me a new unit, so credit cards should… Read More

Single-use is a nightmare and everyone loves it

14 September, 2019: There was a big article recently about Sweetgreen, Chipotle, Dig (formerly Dig Inn) calling out their bowls as containing “forever chemicals” and cancer causing agents. Scary stuff. And it has me thinking twice when I eat out. Naturally questions came our way about our packaging. I didn’t know the answer so we reached out to our packaging… Read More