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Free Ice Cream, Oysters at Your Door, and More Updates to Start the Day

Mini news bites for a gloomy April day

Ben & Jerry’s
Ben & Jerry’s

Free Ice Cream

Today is Free Cone Day at many Ben Jerry’s locations. Scoop up your free cone between noon and 8 p.m. at the Harvard Square shop (36 JFK St.), in Back Bay (174 Newbury St.), and beyond.

Free Chips and Guac

In other free food news, Chipotle is giving away free chips and guac through April 7 — but you’ve got to work a little bit for it and play a game on the company’s website to spot “impostor” ingredients, part of Chipotle’s marketing campaign to tout how “real” their ingredients are compared to other national brands. If you succeed, you’ll get a coupon for free chips and guac (with purchase of an entree).

And One More Bit of Chain News

Popeyes — home of fast-food fried chicken, biscuits, and more — is expanding its Massachusetts presence with a Lynn location (180 Boston St.), reports Boston Restaurant Talk. Other area locations can be found in Roxbury, Everett, Roslindale, near Northeastern University, and beyond.

Oysters at Your Door

Can’t get enough Island Creek oysters? The company’s monthly Farm Share is back for the season (June through October), and there are some new options. Choose the Chef Share (a dozen oysters; local seafood; other ingredients from local cheesemakers, butchers, farmers, etc.; and recipes made in collaboration with local chefs for a “perfect summer meal for four”) or the Shell Share (a dozen oysters; other local shellfish; and information about where the shellfish comes from and how to work with it). The shares are $299 with pickups in Boston (BRIX Wine Shop), Burlington (Island Creek Oyster Bar), and Duxbury (Island Creek’s retail shop) or $499 with shipping. In addition to these seasonal shares, Island Creek also offers a year-round Oyster of the Month Club — get 50 oysters each month.

CommonWealth Kitchen Pops up at The Street

The restaurant pop-up space at The Street in Chestnut Hill has now been permanently filled by Ronsky’s, but there’s another pop-up space in rotation at the development; this one’s at 49 Boylston St., located behind Shake Shack. Local food business incubator CommonWealth Kitchen is taking over the space for a while, featuring two CWK food trucks — Jamaica Mi Hungry (in April) and The Dining Car (in May) — as well as retail products from more than 20 other CWK resident businesses, such as FreshZen (ginger-scallion sauce), Apotheker’s Kitchen (honey sweetened marshmallows), Little G’s (ice cream), and more.

Speaking of Local Food Goodies

Made in MA is now open in Cohasset (103 Ripley Rd.), selling small-batch local products — pickles, jerky, granola, spices, etc. (even dog food). Boston Bonbon macarons are also made in-house at the shop, and the owners hope to start hosting various events and classes in the space as well.

Food Trucks

Boston’s food truck season is now in session, and Hub Food Trucks has the rundown on this year’s new trucks as well as the trucks that have left the Boston program or shut down entirely. Newbies (to Boston, at least) include the North Shore-based Sach Ko truck, serving Asian street food; Revelry, serving New Orleans cuisine; Clyde’s Cupcakes; and more.

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