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Needham, Ma., 06/13/12, Volante Farms has expanded, with outdoor seating, an icecream window, green houses, larger market, and an in-house chef. Chef Todd Heberlein, cq, prepares meals to go. Section; West Weekly Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Needham, Ma., 06/13/12, Volante Farms has expanded, with outdoor seating, an icecream window, green houses, larger market, and an in-house chef. Chef Todd Heberlein, cq, prepares meals to go. Section; West Weekly Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staffSuzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/Globe staff

Culinary Experience on the Farm

Babson College’s entrepreneurs-in-residence and TV stars Andrew Zimmern (“Bizarre Foods”) and Gail Simmons (“Top Chef”) were at Needham’s Volante Farms last week for a Culinary Experience on the Farm, part of Babson’s Food Day festivities. A stellar crew of chefs — Rialto’s Jody Adams, O Ya’s Tim Cushman, West Bridge’s Matthew Gaudet, Menton’s Kristen Kish, Tico’s Michael Schlow, and Alden & Harlow’s Michael Scelfo — cooked dishes with Volante veggies for a crowd of food industry luminaries. We caught up with Zimmern for a few minutes, who declared Scelfo’s beef neck with spaghetti squash “amazing” and posed with his custom-designed orange and purple glasses. On a local note, Scelfo shared that Harvard Square’s Alden & Harlow will probably open in early December. Across the room, Michael Schlow chatted about plans to bring Tico to Washington, D.C.

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Renaissance Boston Waterfront

We’re told to expect a new name and a winter opening date for the hotel restaurant formerly dubbed MC Medici. The mystery restaurant at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront is ambitious: It’s run by James Beard award-winners and Top Chef Masters stars Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, the team behind Maine’s venerable Arrows. They’re going for an “Italian renaissance” theme in both cuisine and décor, and they’re selling Arrows to focus on the new venture. It replaces 606 Congress, which closed in August.

Felipe’s Taqueria

Felipe’s Taqueria will move from Mt. Auburn Street’s Garage to the old Bertucci’s space at 21 Brattle St., reports the Harvard Crimson. The taqueria will expand their menu to include housemade tortillas, fish and shrimp dishes, and even booze. They’ll also add outdoor seating. (Competition for the Border Cafe?) The new Felipe’s should open in February, and the garage location will probably close in March, when the lease expires. Bertucci’s, which had been on Brattle Street for many years, shuttered in August.

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Ikura

Urban Daddy reports that Ikura sushi has opened at 254 Newbury St. It’s run by a former sushi chef for the New England Patriots (Tom Brady deserves only the freshest fish), and it features more than 100 varieties of maki. Most intriguing is a Playboy Roll with shrimp tempura and tuna, reportedly “dripped with whiskey and blowtorched tableside,” which sounds almost as dramatic as some recent Pats games.


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