Neighborhood Kitchens

WGBH Explores Local Culture & Cuisine

NK_LogoFor decades waves of immigrants have come to New England, bringing with them their culture, music, and especially their food. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Massachusetts has the 8th largest immigrant population in the country, and Boston’s foreign-born community represents more than 100 different countries.
Many of Boston’s neighborhoods have experienced an increase in diversity, especially East Boston, Roslindale, Allston, Brighton, Hyde Park, and Dorchester. As a result, there are ethnic restaurants in nearly every neighborhood in Massachusetts. They offer an excellent way to taste food from different cultures and experience Massachusetts’ bounty of diversity.
Every week Neighborhood Kitchens, our new series about the exploration of culture through food, will offer a unique window into the Latin American community in New England.

NK_Logo Neighborhood Kitchens’ audience will discover new and ever-changing communities and learn about the cuisine of a particular region or country. For example, one week we may visit a Mexican restaurant in East Boston or a Cuban bistro in Jamaica Plain. The following week we may visit a Venezuelan eatery in the South End or a Brazilian café in New Bedford. Since ethnic restaurants often present consumers with their first impression of a particular culture, this series will introduce our audience to the many different parts of the world. 

Each half-hour will have six segments, with a focus on a single restaurant. First we will explore the chef’s journey, the neighborhood where the restaurant is located, and the restaurant’s philosophy. Then we will focus on the preparation of three dishes, while exploring diverse and savory ingredients.

Keep in touch with Neighborhood Kitchens as we develop our blog as a place to share recipes, offer you a glossery of food terms, and share audience reviews about the restaurants we profile and other restaurants they recommend. Our goal is to create an online destination that will serve as a hub of local gastronomic resources, with definitive information about authentic Latin American cuisine.

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About Neighborhood Kitchens

Building on a 35-year history of producing Latino and multicultural programming, WGBH’s award winning La Plaza team has a new offering — Neighborhood Kitchens, a series about the exploration of culture through food. Every week the show offers a unique window into immigrant communities in New England.

Saturdays at 4pm on WGBH 2
Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 44

About the Author

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In each episode, host Margarita Martínez visits a different ethnic restaurant and learns three delicious recipes from the chef. She also explores the restaurant’s neighborhood, discovering hidden gems along the way. Join her as she learns about new ingredients, new cultures, and new neighborhoods. ¡Hasta pronto!

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Margarita's Neighborhood Visits

»Boston: Bristol Lounge
»Boston's South End: Orinoco, Teranga and Oishii
»Boston's Back Bay: Casa Romero
»Boston's North End: Taranta
»Roxbury: Merengue
»Boston's Beacon Hill: Scampo
»All Around Boston: Mei Mei Street Kitchens
»Cambridge: Muqueca, Oleana, and Sandrine's
Somerville: Dosa Temple
»Lawrence: Cafe Azteca
»Lowell: Simply Khmer

»Fresh from the Fish Market
»Jamaica Plain: Tres Gatos
»Dorchester: Pho Le and Cafe Polonia
»Medford: Bistro 5
»Portland, ME: Emilitsa
»Newport, RI: Tallulah on Thames
»Pawtucket, RI: Rasoi


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