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2016 Springfield Restaurant Week!

We are happy to announce the dates for the 2016 SPRINGFIELD RESTAURANT WEEK! This year, Restaurant Week will be held from April 21st – May 1st! Dozens of restaurants within Springfield will be participating as we expand our reach to the entire city! For $20.16, enjoy a prix fixe menu option at your favorite place, or take the opportunity to try that new place you’ve heard all about!

Make sure to Share this post with your friends! We want to hear from YOU – which restaurant are you most excited to try this year? Make sure to follow us on Twitter @DineSpringfield. More details will be released in the upcoming weeks! ‪#‎DineSpringfield‬

Sweet Ideas new location

Sweet Ideas has relocated to Market street just inside the The Marketplace Atrium. Stop by and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Seattle’s Best coffee or a Tazo tea. Breakfast sandwiches and sweet treats available.

Springfield Under the Stars

Story courtesy of MassLive.com

Outdoor movies Springfield – SpringfieldMassDevelopment, City Mossic, and the Springfield Central Cultural District are planning “Springfield Under the Stars, ” a series of outdoor movies, starting Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Stearns Square Park in downtown Springfield.

An oversized LED screen in the park will show three cult classics, “The Sandlot” as the first film, “The Princess Bride,” on Sept. 23 and “Office Space,” on Sept. 30.

A photo booth, refreshments, and music will start at 5 p.m. with the movies beginning around 6:30 p.m. The events will also feature chalk art and live painted murals.

Centerplate unveils new food items on the Falcons concourse

Story Courtesy of MassLive

A new trio of foods will be debut at the Springfield Falcons home opener on Oct. 10.

The three new items available on the MassMutual Center Concourse are a Pulled Pork Sandwich served with a tangy and sweet coleslaw, a Four Cheese Mac & Cheese and a spicy Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese.

“The Four Cheese Mac & Cheese has cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Parmesan and mozzarella with a nice cream sauce,” said Alan Judkins, executive chef for Centerplate.

“We can tweak it up a bit for people who want it a little bit different. We’re going to add a grilled chicken breast and the buttered Buffalo sauce that we use on the wings. That butter really smooths the palate and lightens it up a little.”

Diane Leader, general manager of Centerplate, shared that the spicy option is a riff on their Ghost Pepper Wings and something hearty for winter.

“People always think concessions is just a hot dog but we offer so much more. It’s about getting people engaged and excited about food,” she said.

The Pulled Pork Sandwich is made with ingredients from Arnold’s Meats in Chicopee and Chef Judkins slow roasts the cuts.

“Depending on the size of the cut, it’ll take anywhere from five to seven, even ten hours to slow roast in the oven. It literally just falls off the bone,” said Judkins.

“Toss it with Sweet Baby Rays barbeque sauce, that mixes perfectly with the flavor of the rub, and then you get that cole slaw on the top. I get goose bumps talking about it — I love food and I can’t help it!”

All items will be served over in the Dog House, located in Stand 5 near Section 3. Price points at press time are still to be decided.

A little unique, because most arenas don’t have an executive chef on hand, Centerplate adds new items to the menu each year. For them, it’s about offering something new for guests who come here game after game and year after year.

“We’re very fortunate that Centerplate is a wonderful food and beverage provider at the MassMutual Center,” said Springfield Falcons President Sarah Pompea.

“This is another innovative way that centerplate is staying on par with what’s trending currently and I’m sure our fans will enjoy it this season.”

Tony’s Tailoring New Location

The Springfield Business Improvement district would like to welcome Tony’s Tailoring to their new location at 1365 Main street (inside the Market Place).
Don’t forget to stop on by if you need something tailored or just to say hello!

Mattoon St. Arts Festival is Right Around the Corner!

Story courtesy of MassLive.com

You know that autumn is knocking at the door when fairs like The Big E and craft festivals like the Mattoon Street Arts Festival begin to pop up.

On Sept. 12 and 13, the 43rd edition of the free arts and crafts show – held on historic Mattoon Street lined with restored brick Victorian row houses – will feature over 100 exhibitors – painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, weavers, glass workers and more – food vendors and strolling musicians.

“What is very rewarding is that we have been filling up our booths much sooner over the last five to six years, even after adding more booth space four years ago. What we are hearing is that our exhibitors speak very highly of us to artists and crafters at other shows,” said longtime Mattoon Street Arts Festival coordinator Robert McCarroll.

Rick Morest – “I’ve always wanted to create stained glass pieces. So I just started buying equipment and a little glass, then over one of my vacations I tried it and loved it, and have been doing it ever since,” said Morest, of Springfield.
His work is currently on display at the Typical Sicilian restaurant in Springfield, where their stained glass logo hangs in their window. While Morest will have a variety of pieces at his booth from flamingos and fish to Christmas stockings, it is his pet memory boxes that are garnering a lot of attention. “We take an image of a person’s pet and then use it on the front of a square box that almost looks like a Christmas gift and has a ribbon around it. On the top of the box we cut out a silhouette of a pet – a cat, dog, whatever pet, almost like a headstone and the box also lights,” he said

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Last CityBlock Concert – don’t miss it!!

PLEASE NOTE:  THIS CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT COURT SQUARE across from City Hall and MassMutual Center.FATAugust 27:  FAT Springfield’s own FAT plays makes its annual appearance at CityBlock. This acclaimed rock band sold out its MassMutual Center Ballroom show in December of this year and will bring a star-studded “special guest” lineup to the final CityBlock show of the year.  Plus we are excited to announce special guest Mitch Chakour.

“We decided in anticipation of the size of the crowd for this show; plus the lead in to an amazing weekend of fun with Valley Fest occurring in the Square just two days later; that this made perfect sense as a location,” shares Executive Director Chris Russell.

REMINDER:  Concert being held at Court Square.  There will be no street closures for this event, plenty of on-street parking; as well as garage parking in the Civic Center and 91S garages.  This special night will also include awesome prize giveaways and the double decker Budweiser Beer Garden Experience.