Food for Thought...

Sweet To Eat Cheesecakes Is “Cheesecake Heaven!”

LACONIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Prepare to have your taste buds blown away, and your sweet tooth tested, when you sink them into the delicious homemade cheesecakes created by Sweet To Eat Cheesecakes, based in scenic Laconia, New Hampshire. Established in the spring of 2015 by Meredith Kelley, her passion is to literally create the best cheesecake you've ever tasted!


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Sweet To Eat Cheesecakes

“I have forever been challenged with making a truly delicious cheesecake,” Kelley told Standing Room Only in a recent interview. “I did not want my cheesecake to just be an 'average-everyday cheesecake' that you could walk into any restaurant and order. I wanted to make my cheesecake, the one that you walked out of the restaurant saying, 'Damn, that was good! Who made that?'... and over time, I honestly feel like I have accomplished this.”

Creating Clean Food and Honest Roots With Genuine Local

Helping Small Food Producers Bring Their Product To Market

MEREDITH, NEW HAMPSHIRE-Welcome to Genuine Local, a “purpose-built” shared-use, specialty food production facility based in Southern New Hampshire and committed to providing local communities, small food producers, local businesses, and farmers with crop surplus, a venue for professional food production, nutritional information, cooking classes and more.


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Genuine Local

Launched in 2016 by Gavin and Mary Macdonald, and located at The Arts Collaborative in Meredith, New Hampshire, Genuine Local is a kitchen and food incubator space designed to assist local, individual food entrepreneurs in producing their recipes in bulk. After converting a warehouse space into the production facility, the Macdonald's have put together an impressive assortment of equipment and resources which includes technical support, training, regulatory assistance, collective ingredients, packing and packaging and access to outside networking and additional resources.

Sharing A Grandmother's Recipe With Ruth's Mustard

CHARLESTOWN, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Over the holidays and during a traditional, family “Yankee swap” exchange, I received a delicious present. Packaged in a cute and handy wooden box, was a three jar gift-pack of Ruth's Mustard. I had never seen Ruth's before, and was pleasantly surprised to hear from my brother that the gourmet mustard was local and in fact, produced by a company right down the road. "Score!" I thought... not only can I devour this delicious gift, (of course, I didn't swap it for another) but I can also write about Ruth's for my food column... so, here we are!


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Ruth's Mustard

Laurel Smith, along with her husband, Ed, and two sons, started creating gourmet mustard, inspired by her Grandmother's recipe that had been passed down through generations. “I grew up eating my Grandmother's wonderful mustard recipe, and just thought everyone did. She was always warm and welcoming, and she loved to feed others,” Laurel said in a recent interview.

Orchard Hill Breadworks: Baking Bread and Creating a Sense of Community

ALSTEAD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – What began as a seemingly modest interest in baking for Noah Elbers at the age of 17, has now risen – one artisan loaf of bread at a time – into the thriving specialty food company Orchard Hill Breadworks, the commercial kitchen and retail shop located on the family farm in the scenic hills of East Alstead, New Hampshire.

So, how does a 17-year-old high school student become interested in the art of baking bread, one might ask?


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Orchard Hill Breadworks

“I discovered baking in the winter of 1994, when a family friend who lived a mile from my home, had built a wood-fired oven in his backyard that fall,” Noah Elbers said in a recent Standing Room Only interview. “One day, in the middle of a snowstorm, he called to ask if I wanted to help with the bake that day. His house was literally over a meadow and through the woods (plus a lake) so I strapped on my cross country skis and headed out.

New Restaurant Owners Open Taverne on the Square in Claremont

CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Purchased a short couple months ago by new owners, Mike and Christine Charest, the Taverne on the Square – formerly New Socials Bar and Grill – opened its doors on July 14 and is located in the Oscar Brown Building at the corner of Pleasant Street and Opera House Square in downtown Claremont, New Hampshire.


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Taverne on the Square

Stemming from the owners' French background, the Taverne on the Square offers delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts, all prepared with fresh ingredients daily and served in a comfortable atmosphere which feels like visiting a traditional French taverne. The previous New Socials establishment had been in business for seven years and the owners, who also own the Revolution Cantina located on The Square in Claremont, recently sold the restaurant to the Carests because they are moving to Florida for personal reasons and to open a second Revolution Cantina restaurant.

Celebrity Close Encounters of the Bartender Kind! (Part III)

LOS ANGELES - Standing Room Only contributing writer and co-owner of The Bar Professional, Kyle Branche, has tended bar at several up scale establishments and exclusive private parties over the years, rubbing elbows with countless musicians, athletes and actors alike. Recently, Kyle decided to document some of these cool, one-of-a-kind encounters that he's experienced over time, which SRO will now feature in a three-part, column-series. From the Editor


Article by Kyle Branche * Photos by Paul de Leon

Joffrey Lupul: For the last couple few years I've been asked to work Joffrey's special holiday parties right on the sand in Newport Beach of his awesome pad. These gigs are basically 10-hour hauls, but he makes it worth the drive down. He's such a cool guy. We get to see him in the off-season when he's healing injuries and bruises from being the left wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team. For me, these parties are like hanging in natural babe city for what feels like an entire day and night.

Celebrity Close Encounters of the Bartender Kind! (Part II)

LOS ANGELES - Standing Room Only contributing writer and co-owner of The Bar Professional, Kyle Branche, has tended bar at several up scale establishments and exclusive private parties over the years, rubbing elbows with countless musicians, athletes and actors alike. Recently, Kyle decided to document some of these cool, one-of-a-kind encounters that he's experienced over time, which SRO will now feature in a three-part, column-series. From the Editor


Article by Kyle Branche * Photos by Paul de Leon

Richard Carpenter: Just a couple years ago, I was called by a service to work the bar of a private party for Richard and his family at their home. It was a cool get-together in the back yard and a birthday for one of their kids. The property itself is huge. Like Jay Leno, Richard also is a car collector, with 25 to his name, and has garage space for all of them. I've worked in a lot of wealthy estates all over Los Angeles through the years, and as far as favorites, this one is in my Top 5. I went to grab some bottles from his built-in bar inside the home.

Celebrity Close Encounters of the Bartender Kind! (Part I)

LOS ANGELES - Standing Room Only contributing writer and co-owner of The Bar Professional, Kyle Branche, has tended bar at several up scale establishments and exclusive private parties over the years, rubbing elbows with countless musicians, athletes and actors alike. Recently, Kyle decided to document some of these cool, one-of-a-kind encounters that he's experienced over time, which SRO will now feature in a three-part, column-series. From the Editor


Article by Kyle Branche * photo by Paul de Leon

Clint Eastwood: He was standing at the bar having a glass of red wine with producer, Bud Yorkin, from a bottle that Bud had brought in from his wine cellar at home, for me to have behind the bar ready just for the two of them. Clint is just as cool in person as he is on-screen. Plus he has a son named Kyle, so that helped. When you’re serving drinks to a legend, an icon of the cinema, you wish you had a seatbelt on.

Not Your Average Cup of Joe: Precision Valley Coffee Roasters

SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT – Precision Valley Coffee Roasters, based in the scenic Southern Vermont town of Springfield, offers a fine line of small batch-roasted, cooperatively sourced coffee beans and featuring seven tasty flavors: Brazil, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Sumatra, Moka Kadir, Yemen and Decaf... each featuring its own distinct flavors.


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Precision Valley Coffee Roasters

Founded in 2006 by roaster Aram Polster, he originally started roasting beans while living on Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay, simply to feed his own coffee addiction. “I started the “New York Experience” on Smith Island because there was simply no place to get any coffee,” Polster said in an exclusive SRO interview. “I started roasting on a tiny, four-ounce roaster which had no controls to monitor roast temperature, or air flow—it was the most basic type of home roaster you could buy.”

The Wonderful, Italian Ice Cream Flavors of The Vermont Gelato Company

This is the first in a two-part article series about Southern Vermont resident Peter Solley. A renowned musician and record producer – having performed and worked with such bands as Procol Harum, Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Motorhead and The Romantics - Peter now resides in Southern Vermont and owns his own specialty food company called The Vermont Gelato Company, which produces a gourmet line of the smooth, Italian-style ice cream flavors.


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of The Vermont Gelato Company

BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT – Peter Solley has created two uniquely different ways of make a living in his lifetime and in fact, two entities you would not normally connect; professional musician/record producer and gourmet ice cream producer. As for being involved in the music industry as a keyboardist and producer for over 30 years, we'll save that story for the second article in this series, as we now take a look at The Vermont Gelato Company.

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