The Taste Ticket

Taste Tickets are officially on sale.  Things have slightly changed this year, so we wanted to give a quick explaination on how things will work this year.

As of this posting, the event has expanded to include 19 restaurants from East Cambridge, Kendall Square and Inman Square.  Each Taste Ticket will ensure that you can try 10 samples of Ribs from the restaurant of your choice on a first come first serve basis.  So just like last year, the Taste Ticket gets you 10 samples, but this year you’ll have to choose the 10 out of the 19 retaurants to try.  Each Restaurant has a limited number of samples, so if they run out, Ticket holders simply have to get a sample from a different participant.  Everyone will get their 10 samples, but come early to make sure you get to try the restaurants you have your heart set on.

Just like last year, The Taste Ticket doubles as the ballot for the People Choice Award.  try your 10 samples and let us know which restaurant you liked the best.  The People’s Choice will be awarded at the end of the event along with a new Best Rib Award decided by a judged panel.

Smoke This Rib Fest 2011

The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2011, on Sunday October 9, 2011 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.

The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis.  Taste Tickets go on sale September 1st. Additionally, each restaurants will be selling a dish of their own, showcasing their own menu.
Join Abigail’s, Area Four, ARTBAR, Atasca, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, Bosphorus, CRLS Culinary School, East Side Bar and Grille, Lord Hobo, Midwest Grill, Muqueca, New Deal Fish Market, Portugalia, Lizzy’s, Redbones, Think Tank, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, and Tupelo as they compete for their chance at BBQ glory!
Enjoy cooking demonstrations from local chefs, brought to you by how2heroes, while the kids enjoy fun and games with The East End House.  Local favorites Hayride, and The Atwood’s Monday Night Bluegrass Band will get you moving with their Bluegrass and Americana rhythms.

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and
is sponsored by the East Cambridge Savings Bank, Alexandria Real Estate Equities,
Forest City, HYM Investments, Education First, Clark Hunt Ahern and Embry,

The Royal Sonesta, CPCU Credit Union, Gentle Giant, New England Tango Academy, McKinnon Company, Kroner Design, Royal Hospitality, M.I.T., City Retail, Vinfen, and SVNGR. See for further event and Taste Ticket info.

Hurricane Irene Hates East Cambridge Flower Baskets … but Galleria Loves Them

Earlier this afternon we received a phone call from the DPW alerting us that they will be taking down the flower baskets in anticipation of the bad weather heading our way.  Its rather unfortunate, since the baskets are really looking great and have alot of life left to them, but understandable.  Last thing we want is for a flower basket to crash through someones store or car window.
Unfortunately DPW doesnt really have the capacity to store them, espcially since they are battening down the hatches of the entire City right now.  So it was looking like the flowers were going to be done for the year unless we could find someplace to keep them safe for the next week or so.

We sent out an email to our members to see if anyone had any suggestions. Within 20 minutes 2 of our members came up big.  Both the Galleria Mall and Mayflower Poulty offered some space.  So cross your fingers that we can work something out and get those pots back up after the storm passes.

Thanks to Galleria and Mayflower for stepping up and proving our theory: People Love Flowers.


Tonight From 6-11 is the ever so popular Inman Under the Stars Movie Night
Starting at 6pm swing by to pick up your golden ticket which will guide you to many wonderous deals all in Inman Square!

Events in East Cambridge Savings Bank Parking Lot at Inman Square:
·         7:00 PM – A Visit from Brett Silvia’s Op the Cyclops!
·         7:30 PM – FREE Jungle Jim’s “Wild About Balloons Show”
·         8:15 PM – FREE Movie Extravaganza – Oompa Loompas are welcome!
Visit or for more information about Summer in the City Programs or Inman Square.  Assistance provided by Cambridge Community Development Department and Cambridge Department of Public Works.

·         1369 Coffee House –1369 Cambridge Street – -“Golden Ticket” Latte Special; FREE Iced Tea at Movie
·         Boutique Fabulous – 1309 Cambridge Street – – 10% OFF merchandise in store w/ Golden Ticket. (excludes furniture) – 6-10 PM – FREE Refreshments in Store
·         Bukowski Tavern – 1281 Cambridge Street – – $1 Hot Dog in Tavern w/ Golden Ticket
·         Cambridge Portuguese Credit Union – 251 Hampshire Street – www.cpcu.orgFREE Pretzels & Goldfish at Movie
·         Cambridge Savings Bank – 1378 Cambridge Street – www.cambridgesavings.comFREE Bottled Water and Glow-bands; Enter to win Gift Baskets at Movie
·         East Cambridge Savings Bank – 1310 Cambridge Street – www.ecsb.comFREE popcorn at Movie
·         Inman Oasis – 243 Hampshire Street – – 10% OFF Gift Certs. w/ Golden Ticket
·         Ole Mexican Grill & Olecito – 11-12 Springfield Street – www.olegrill.comFREE Churros and Hot Chocolate
at Movie
·         Taza Chocolate – www.tazachocolate.comFREE Samples at Movie

and much more!

Community Meeting Tuesday August 16th @ 6pm – Police Station (125 Sixth St)

As a follow up to the last post:

Coucillor Toomey and the Cambridge Police Department are holding a community meeting this Tuesday August 16 at 6:00pm in the first floor community room of the Cambridge Police Station (125 Sixth St).

There will be an update on the recent uptick in housebreaks in the East Cambridge area as well as some tips to keeping your home safe.

ADVISORY: From the Cambridge Police Department

Housebreaks in East Cambridge
– The Cambridge Police Department has recently identified an uptick in residential burglaries in the East Cambridge neighborhood.

August 5, 2011 – The Cambridge Police Department has recently identified an uptick in residential burglaries in your neighborhood.
Housebreaks were one of the primary topics at the Cambridge Police Department BridgeStat meeting this week, and CPD will be deploying additional resources to help prevent this pattern.
Residents can find more detailed information in the next edition of BridgeStat, to be released later today at
To help combat these crimes, and to avoid becoming a victim, please

 Try “casing” your own home, at night and during the day. Attempt to gain access to your home when the doors and windows are locked and “secure.” Make sure you have some identification on you in case your neighbors call the police. ALWAYS lock your doors and windows. Doors should be made from strong wood or metal and should be locked with a deadbolt. Install guards on windows that prevent them from being raised more than a few inches. Leave a light on (perhaps on a timer) when you go away, even for the evening. Leave a television or radio on as well. Install motion sensor lights outside your home and out of reach so burglars cannot unscrew the light. Also, buy variable light timers to activate lights in your home. NEVER prop open the door or let someone in behind you if you live in an apartment building. If the building has a main entryway, make sure that security is enforced at the main door. Report residents who do this to your landlord. Be vigilant. If you suspect suspicious activity around your home, your neighbors’ homes, or in your neighborhood, please report it to the police immediately by calling 617-349-3300. Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
Housebreaks were one of the primary topics at the Cambridge Police Department BridgeStat meeting this week, and CPD will be deploying additional resources to help prevent this pattern.
Residents can find more detailed information in the next edition of BridgeStat, to be released later today at

To help combat these crimes, and to avoid becoming a victim, please remember to follow these simple tips to protect your residence and your belongings:

Cambridge Discovery Days: Exploring East Cambridge

The Historic Cambridge Collaborative is hosting the 13th annual Cambridge Discovery Days is comeing to East Cambridge on Saturday August 13. This is your chance to discover new parts of East Cambridge history.  The tour begins at the History Station, corner of Cambridge and Third streets, by the Registry of Deeds at 10:00am.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, East Cambridge was virtually an island isolated from the rest of Cambridge, surrounded by salt marsh and the Charles River. Only after land speculator Andrew Craigie built a bridge (now the site of the Museum of Science) to Boston in 1809 and, in 1814, maneuvered to relocate the county courthouse from Harvard Square to East Cambridge did the area begin to develop. By 1880 most of the house lots were filled, and East Cambridge had become the industrial center of the city. The industries are now gone, but many 19th century houses remain. The tour will begin at Craigie’s courthouse complex and explore the area’s rich residential and industrial history

Guide: Susan Maycock, Architectural Historian, Cambridge Historical Commission
More information: Cambridge Historical Commission, 617 349 4683


 Fun. Lunch. Music. Wellness.
Every Thursday in August, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Vellucci Plaza (intersection of Hampshire and Cambridge Streets in Inman Square)
Presented by the Inman Square Business Association in collaboration with the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Department of Public Works and Cambridge Community Development Department.
Treat yourself to a terrific mid-day break in Inman Square Thursdays in August from 12:00 – 2:00 at INMAN SQUARE FUNCH, a series of programs featuring great music, wellness activities and brown bag lunch specials from area restaurants. 
Tomorrow’s schedule includes:
·         Melodeego/pedal-powered soul and rock – group needs help from the audience to pedal the bicycle-powered sound system.
·         Personal training tips from Fitness Together (12:45 – 1:15 pm)
Music and wellness events are free.  Bring a co-worker, friend or family member – what better way to spend your lunch hour this summer!  For updates and the schedule of future Funch performances, visit
Stop by these Inman Square restaurants for brown bag lunch specials to take along with you to Vellucci Plaza each Thursday in August:
1369 Coffee House – 1369 Cambridge Street –
$9 for any sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a cookie (while supplies last).
City Girl Café – 204 Hampshire Street –
$10 for sandwich, chips, cookie and drink.
Olecito – 12 Springfield Street –
Free fountain soda with lunch purchase. (Must show coupon distributed at Vellucci Plaza during event.)
Inman Square Restaurants that wish to offer a take-out special for this musical series can send me their information or contact Renee Farster at 617-491-0176.
Activities will be cancelled in the event of rain.  
Let me know if you have any questions.