From the archives

Death of composting

3 June, 2016: Yes, to take that picture I had to stick my phone in a trashcan, or more specifically a compost bin. I’m trying to keep my cool but I’m not doing a very good job of it. Savethatstuff, our composter, is not composting all of the compost they pick up from our restaurants. And they haven’t been for… Read More

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Phase 3

31 May, 2016: Clover is now 6 months into our multi-year effort to adjust pay rates. I started planning this back in November 2015. Low wages in our industry results in lack of stability in the workforce. I’m sick of it. I don’t think it’s a good way to build a sustainable company. It’s not what I want to be a part… Read More

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CloverNEW opening: Pay What You Want on Wednesday June 1, 11am-2pm

30 May, 2016: Wednesday (June 1) from 11-2 is the grand opening for CloverNEW. This is first electric food truck in Boston, located at Mass Ave and Newbury Street. We’ve been operating for a little over a month, and we’re ready to say hi in a big way. We are donating all the proceeds from Wednesday’s lunch to the Food Project. Last time we… Read More

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Meeting with Single Speed Design

1 September, 2008: I met with Jinhee and John of Single Speed Designs today. Phil, who is going to handle the design/build joined us as well. It was a ton of fun. I talked too much, gave a tour of the truck, and asked some questions. John and Jinhee showed me some of the ideas they have been working through.… Read More

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24 hours to sign up for your farmshare

30 May, 2016: Tomorrow (May 31) at midnight is the deadline to sign up for a farmshare with pickups at Clover. Unlike meal delivery services or farmer’s markets, farmshares directly support farmers (like Dave Jackson in the picture above) with a commitment of money at the beginning of the season that they need to buy seeds, grow food, and hire people. If you join a farmshare,… Read More

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Clover Order Ahead

24 May, 2016: When we first built a working POS back in 2009 I was already dreaming of order ahead. I thought the way this should work is that (A) people should be able to order how they felt comfortable, phone, email, online, text, tweet, etc., (B) the handshake should be really solid: tells you what we thought you ordered,… Read More

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Beer hits Clover in Boston: June 9, 5pm-7pm, CloverDTX

24 May, 2016: YES. Beer is finally approved and ready to start serving at CloverDTX! We’re launching a brand new program where brewers choose the beer we serve. We’ve picked our 6 favorite brewers in New England, and are allowing each of them to program their own tap. This means if Jack at Jack’s Abby is working on a new… Read More

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The ragman cometh

23 May, 2016: I remember taking rags every week from the MIT truck to the tiny laundromat underneath Cosi in Kendall Square. The proprietor was Persian so I think he liked me best out of all the employees on the truck. Back then we had a tiny bag of rags to give each week. Fast forward 7 years and we now… Read More

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First Weekend brunch

3 May, 2009: I’m sure you’re all starting to notice that we’re experimenting a lot. Today we did a syrup pancake brunch. It was our first weekend at MIT. We set up some tables on the grass, and made pancakes and fritters. For those of you who came by: thanks. It felt great to see everybody. And I hope you… Read More

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Hiring Blitz

18 May, 2016: We’re opening two new restaurants in Boston (Longwood Medical and Financial District) in the month of June, both of them are going to be massive. We need to hire 15 kitchen prep roles (to work at the commissary as well as at those locations), 10 assistant managers, and 70 team members over the next month. This means we… Read More

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The Murdough Sandwich launches Thursday 5/18

18 May, 2016: It started as Craig’s version of a Reuben sandwich. If you don’t know Craig, he runs prep at our Kendall restaurant. He was hired by Sara back on the Government Center truck in 2011 so he’s been with Clover through a lot. And he’s responsible for the killer whoopie pie flavors that Kendall has been churning out… Read More

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Carrot sandwich stock-outs

18 May, 2016: Sorry if you’re one of the customers who has tried to get Paul’s new Carrot Sandwich and been disappointed. The reason is: ovens. We have been roasting an insane amount of carrots back at the kitchen. The sandwich has been so popular that there aren’t enough hours in the day and enough racks in the oven to… Read More

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Foraging for garlic mustard

18 May, 2016: Last week Lieza, Ayr, Sara, Ryder, Lindsey and Stacia went on a garlic mustard pull at Blue Heron Farm in Lincoln. Garlic mustard was brought to the US in the 1700’s by early settlers. It was used in cooking and to treat ulcers and gangrene. Every April it pops up in the woodland areas around Boston. The… Read More

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Spooky Clover

31 October, 2008: I’m going to figure out how to have the menu pictures post to the sidebar. And I’m going to start doing this everything evening, the day before. For now they will be in the main-body, and I’m afraid, are the day after (not before). This was our Halloween menu. We served from 11:45am (our earliest start time… Read More

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Autogrill

14 May, 2016: One of my fondest memories from my trip to Tuscany last summer was Autogrill. So when we spotted one out on the highway outside Palermo I knew we had to stop. Autogrill is a fast food chain located inside gas stations. They have fresh-squeezed orange juice from local oranges, fresh-made espresso, and fresh-made panini. Those 3 things alone… Read More