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They’re Adding Fluffernutter to the Dictionary

Plus, an empanadas-and-more company and a food hall are crowdfunding, and more news

A sandwich on white bread is cut on the diagonal, with one half stacked on the other. It’s filled with peanut butter and marshmallow Fluff.
A fluffernutter.
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An October 2021 dispatch from the word masters behind Merriam-Webster adds a big update of 455 new words and phrases to the dictionary, everything from FTW to dad bod to copypasta. A few new food terms join the list, too, such as the suddenly omnipresent ghost kitchen and an iconic New England sandwich, the fluffernutter, “a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow crème between two slices of white sandwich bread.”

In a proper fluffernutter, the “marshmallow crème” to which Merriam-Webster refers is, of course, Somerville-born Fluff. While the sandwich first appeared in the early 1900s, the term fluffernutter came about in the 1960s, thanks to a marketing campaign by Lynn-based Fluff manufacturer Durkee-Mower.

A Charlestown food hall is raising funds

Foundation Kitchen, a shared culinary workspace based in Somerville, is working toward a probable winter opening for its Charlestown location at the Graphic Lofts apartment building, located right by the Sullivan Square MBTA station. The new space will include a food hall, beer and wine bar, cafe, event space, and production space, with indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of takeout-friendly options. Founders Ciaran Nagle and Tara Novak are currently crowdfunding through Patronicity, looking to raise $20,000 over the next three weeks to purchase a walk-in refrigerator and vented hood for the new location.

A local empanadas-and-more company is also raising funds

Buenas — which has a storefront at Somerville’s Bow Market and a forthcoming “grocerybar” called Super Bien at the Speedway in Brighton — has just launched a $35,000 campaign on NuMarket. The goal is to create the Buenas Aisle, which will exist in real life at Super Bien and virtually for online shopping and shipping, selling Buenas’s existing line of South American products (empanadas, sauces, and more) and a growing collection of new products. Buenas is “like a [consumer packaged goods] company with the soul of a restaurant,” cofounder Melissa Stefanini previously told Eater, and this campaign will help level up the company’s existence in the CPG realm. As with all NuMarket campaigns, contributors actually get back 120% of what they contribute in the form of store credit.

A local cafe is expanding

Decade-old Boston coffee roaster Render Coffee, which has cafes in Boston’s South End and Financial District, will open a third cafe in early 2022, located in the lobby of the Two Drydock development (2 Drydock Ave.) in Boston’s Seaport District, alongside Lord Hobo’s brewery and taproom.

A local bakery is also expanding

Quebrada Baking Company, which operates bakery-cafes in Arlington, Wellesley, and Belmont, will expand to Watertown early this winter, opening a “retro-style neighborhood bakery” for its fourth location. Quebrada has been around since 1977, and this next expansion has been in the works for several years, aimed at providing staff with more opportunities to grow within the company. The new location, a former gas station, will be similar to Quebrada’s Belmont location. Expect cinnamon buns, chocolate croissants, coffee, granola, and lots more.

A “2nd Amendment of food” proposal is on the table in Maine

A proposed “right to food” constitutional amendment in Maine seems straightforward on the surface, ensuring Maine residents the right to “grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing.” But opponents think it’s too vague and could lead to safety issues with the food supply.

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