Drink creator Mikey Bortone named his coconut whiskey after his hometown. (Courtesy of Watertown Whiskey)
Watertown native Mikey Bortone’s eureka moment came when he was enjoying a whiskey, while trying to hydrate at the same time. After perfecting his recipe, and with some help from a couple hometown buddies, Watertown Whiskey has become a reality. The liquor named for his hometown brings together rye whiskey and coconut. It debuted in California, where Bortone now lives, and he plans to bring it to his home state.
The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Community Fridge:
The Fridge coordinating team has been planning for the change of seasons and all the Holidays it brings! We are hoping to have a full fridge in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, and we appreciate any donations you can offer. Any monetary donations will go towards large fridge shops for Thanksgiving food, produce, and pantry items. You can donate via Venmo (@WatertownCommunityFridge), PayPal, or check.
As always, we need volunteers to ensure that the fridge is clean and donations follow guidelines twice per day. The Volunteer Sign Up is updated every Sunday with additional slots.
The Watertown Farmers Market sent out a customer survey to see how they can improve the market at Saltonstall Park. Also, people can get fresh produce from a couple of the market’s farm stands. The Watertown Farmers Market sent out the following information:
We Want to Hear Your Voice! Help Us Create an Even Better Market for 2023! Please take this brief, yet important survey about your experiences at the market this year. We want to hear from ALL community members: from weekly shoppers to those who were not able to make it this year – your feedback is important!
Follow Link to Take Survey: 2022 Customer Survey
Thank you in advance for your participation, and please share the link!
The following information was provided by Buttermilk & Bourbon:
Chef Jason Santos and Chef Paul Krato will host a thoughtfully paired Westward Whiskey Dinner at Buttermilk & Bourbon, Arsenal Yards in Watertown on Monday, November 14th. Kicking off at 6 p.m., guests will enjoy passed apps and a welcome cocktail followed by a seated four-course meal paired with Westward’s selection of single malt, Oregon-based whiskeys. Tickets cost $70 and can be purchased HERE.
4th Course: Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie with Westward Stout whipped cream
Monday, November 14
6 to 8 p.m.
Buttermilk & Bourbon, Arsenal Yard
100 Arsenal Yard Blvd.Watertown, MA 02472
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit the event page HERE. About Buttermilk & Bourbon:
Nationally recognized chef Jason Santos’ Buttermilk & Bourbon delivers Southern hospitality to guests in Watertown’s new mixed-use development Arsenal Yards. Drawing on the South’s trademark charm, the restaurant offers a vibrant, cozy atmosphere with an innovative American menu featuring Southern influences. Santos, who also owns and operates Boston’s Citrus & Salt, Nash Bar & Stage, and Buttermilk & Bourbon: Back Bay, channels his love of New Orleans and all things Southern to transport guests to the Bayou by way of Buttermilk & Bourbon.
Charlie BreitroseThe Watertown Arts Market returns to Arsenal Park in 2022. The following information was provided by the Watertown Arts Market:
The Watertown Arts Market returns to Arsenal Park on Saturday, Aug. 13th, noon-5 p.m. Rain date of Aug. 14. Over 120 artists and organizations who live or work in the area will be there – we hope you will be too!
The Watertown Arts Market is an initiative of the Watertown Business Coalition, this year in partnership with the City of Watertown.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria NapoletanaFrank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana will offer 97 cent small pizzas during its 97th anniversary celebration. The following information was provided by Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana:
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (“Pepe’s Pizza”), an iconic New Haven-based eatery known for its signature coal-fired pies, will kick off summer with an exclusive promotion at its Watertown location at 24 Eldridge Avenue.
To celebrate the brand’s 97-year legacy, from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, Frank Pepe’s of Watertown will offer customers one small, single topping pizza for 97-cents from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (in-store only). During these days, the Watertown Food Pantry will have a donation table set up at the restaurant with a check presentation on Friday, June 24. Jennifer Kelly, granddaughter of the late Frank Pepe, will be in town for the summer kick-off and available for interviews on Tuesday, June 21, and Wednesday, June 22. She can offer first-hand accounts of the brand’s history and share stories about growing up in the New Haven restaurant. She can also provide behind the scenes insight to Pepe’s unique cooking method, the “choreography” of how the “Pie men” work the “peels” and other signature elements of the Pepe’s experience.
Since the closing of Russo’s market in September 2021, a group of people has been working to create a new option for grocery and food shoppers in the Watertown area. On June 15, the Charles River Food Co-op formally kicks off the sale of shares in the planned store. The co-op had a soft opening in early June, and has already sold more than 70 shares, said Nick Quaranto, interim board president of the Charles River Food Co-op. The money raised by the shares, which cost $200 each, will go toward planning and building a store in one of the communities on which the co-op is focusing: Watertown, Waltham, and Newton. Shareholders will also be able to participate in co-op elections and will receive discounts after the store opens.
The following information was provided by the Charles River Co-op:
The Charles River Food Co-op is announcing that we will soon be accepting members! As a reminder, the impetus to create the Charles River Food Co-op was the closing of Russo’s in Watertown. We are excited about our mission and vision for this new store, which includes replicating Russo’s fresh produce and food diversity, in addition to a focus on sustainability and community. While we don’t have a store for you to shop in yet, buying a member-owner share now allows us to build the financial foundation we need to fuel the next stage of our growth and fund the eventual store opening. You are investing in the future of the Charles River Co-op and enabling us to take the next step to reach our vision.
Our share price will be $200 – which can be paid up-front or over 8 months in increments of $25.
Anaïs MarkwoodThe Watertown Farmers Market returns to Saltonstall Park on June 15. The Watertown Farmers Market will return on June 15 with four produce booths, and several new vendors including some familiar local names. The Farmers Market takes place Wednesdays from 2:30-6:30 p.m., rain or shine, at Saltonstall Park (next to City Hall, 149 Main St.). It runs from June 15 to Oct. 19, 2022.