Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week at Watertown’s Own Market

It’s National Farmers’ Market Week, and Watertown’s own market will celebrated with special events on Thursday. The Farmers’ Market sent out the following information:

The Watertown Farmers’ Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers’ Market Week where we celebrate the awesome farmers, vendors, and community networks we support while shopping at the WFM and other locally-sourced markets. Join us in celebrating this Thursday with free prizes, market trivia, and shopping with all of your favorite farmers and vendors. Don’t forget to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work! On your way into the market, be sure to stop by the Market Manager’s tent for free giveaways to show your market pride and enter in our raffle for your chance to be one of 5 lucky winners of $20 in market gift certificates!

Watertown Chef Competing to Make Best Steak in Culinary Fight Club

Watertown’s Chef Mike Fucci will battle fellow chefs to see who can grill up the best steak at the Culinary Fight Club in Newton, and the proceeds will go to fight hunger. The Culinary Fight Club will be held Monday, July 31 from 6-9 p.m. at Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside and will raise money for Fight2Feed and Three Squares. Fucci, who runs Chef Mike’s Catering in Watertown and is a winner on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, will compete against Jes Childers of Port Bistro, Arty Bruno of Grill 139, Douglas Rodrigues of North Square Oyster, Drew Blanckenberg of Cricket Cafe and Catering and Justin Rexroad of Clipper Tavern. The chefs will each attempt to make the perfect steak. Attendees can sample each chef’s creation and vote for their favorite.

Watertown’s Celebrity Chef Joining Forces with The Talk Restaurant

Two of the biggest names in the Watertown food scene have teamed up. Food Network featured chef Mike Fucci has become the head chef at The Talk Restaurant, the Watertown Square spot owned by Kaz and Lisa Keuchkarian. Fucci has run Chef Mike’s Kitchen catering business for many years, and has not worked in a restaurant for about 15 years. In February, he appeared on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and won the challenge for football food called “Fry-Day Night Bites.” Moving into a restaurant kitchen is an exciting and sudden opportunity for Fucci, who got a call on July 5 asking him if he wanted the job.

Intelligentsia Coffee Seeks to Serve the Best Coffee in the World in Watertown

The founders of Watertown’s newest cafe started their business with the goal of selling the best cup of coffee in the world, and to do so they fanned out across the globe to find growers and helped them produce the finest beans. Intelligentsia Coffee will be opening in the next couple weeks on Mt. Auburn Street, across from Greg’s Restaurant, but the Chicago-based held a sneak preview on Wednesday evening. It will be the chain’s first cafe in the Boston area, which is only the fourth city after Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. The company’s roasting facilities are in Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco.

Watertown Farmers Market Holding Grand Reopening Celebration

The Watertown Farmers Market is back and this week organizers will celebrate with a grand reopening featuring music, art and activities, along with the all the vendors. The Farmers Market is held at the Arsenal on the Charles, in front of Panera, on Thursdays from 2-6 p.m.

The Farmers Market sent out the following announcement:

The Watertown Farmers’ Market is in full swing and to celebrate the new season we’re hosting a Grand Reopening Celebration! Come and join the festivities including live music, kids crafts, face painting, giveaways, and of course lots of local food! On your way into the market, be sure to stop by the Market Manager’s tent for free market giveaways (while supplies last) and sign up to be one of 4 lucky winners of $20 in market gift certificates! Join us each week for the very best of fresh, local food, meet the farmers and producers who make it all happen, and visit with good neighbors.

Watertown Vegan Eatery Announces It Has Served Its Last Meal

Watertown’s Wild Rice Vegan Cafe has served its last meal, owners announced this week. The restaurant that featured locally sourced vegan world cuisine “in a casual café environment,” closed after being in business for about a year and a half. The restaurant is owned by the team that runs Red Lentil on Mt. Auburn Street. Wild Rice served breakfast, lunch and dinner in the spot formerly occupied by Grappa, on Elm Street.

Watertown Greek Church Hosting Festival with Food, Music, Dancing and More

The Taxiarchae-Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown will host the annual Greek Festival, June 23-35, featuring Greek cuisine, music, dancing and more. The Greek Church is located at 25 Bigelow Ave., Watertown. The lineup includes:

Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. – Greek Music All Day, featuring Orfas Band from 7-11 p.m.

Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. – Greek Music All Day, Featuring Orfas Band 7-11 p.m., Dance performance featuring Sons and Daughters of Alexander the Great 8 p.m. Bar noon-11 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m. – Greek Music All Day. Bar noon-9 p.m.

Greek Cuisine: Gyro, Greek Pastries, Loukoumades, Kafenio,

Events: Raffle, Church Tour

Shopping: Book Store, Souvenirs, Candy Store

For more information call 617-924-8182, or go to Facebook.com/watertowngrecianfestival

Watertown Farmers Market Opens This Week With New Offerings

Visitors of the Watertown Farmers Market will see some changes this year when the market opens on June 1. The operation of the market switched from an outside vendor to to Live Well Watertown, a local group that is now part of the Town of Watertown. It is co-sponsored by Athenahealth. Farmers Market Manager Stephanie Venizelos said there will be more booths, including more of what farmers markets are known for. “The main criticism we heard about the Farmers Market was there wasn’t a wide enough produce selection,” Venizelos said.