The Assembly serves globally-inspired food with a community-focused approach

Chicken confit paired with one of the Assembly’s house cocktails
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There are certain restaurants that every town needs: a great breakfast place; the quintessential burger joint; an upscale dining option and that perfect in-between option — the place that has great food, a stellar wine list and is casual enough that groups of friends, families and couples can all enjoy it. The Assembly is this place in Eagle.

Jaimie and Caleb Mackey opened The Assembly in August 2020 as a community-focused restaurant with the vision to bring people together over fresh, seasonal, globally-inspired food, wine and cocktails. With its clean and modern design, complete with an expansive bar and open-concept kitchen, The Assembly has established itself as the place that is perfect for a happy hour gathering or a leisurely meal.

Sweet potato curry
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With Chef Brandon Utley at the helm, The Assembly

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The New York Times makes its annual food predictions for 2022 | Feast and Field: Food Begins in the Field

Courtesy of the New York Times, here are some potential developments that could define how we eat in 2022, based on trend reports, interviews with food company executives and global market researchers.

Flavor of the Year: Hibiscus

Vibe of the Year: Kind and Patient

Chicken Gets Re-hatched (Plant-based, thighs instead of wings, vegan-based … you get the idea.)

Seaweed Makes a Statement (The prediction? Farmed kelp will move beyond dashi and the menus at high-end restaurants and into everyday foods like pasta and salsa.)

The Rise of Robusta. (According to the NYT, robusta is a bitter, heavily caffeinated bean that is less expensive and easier to cultivate than arabica, the world’s most popular coffee. It is the predominant bean grown in Vietnam.)

Candy Makes a Comeback (Childhood favorites from China and South Korea just might start appearing in desserts and drinks.)

“Swicy” treats and meals. (Will we see a

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18 Brockton-area restaurants where you can get your Chinese food fix on New Year’s Eve

BROCKTON — If you’re one of those people who thinks it just wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without Chinese food, you are not alone.

And you’ve got plenty of tasty options in the Brockton area.

Lisa Wong, owner and manager of the Maui Restaurant in Brockton, said she expects the restaurant to do five to six times more orders on Dec. 31 than on a regular day.

“We’ll do in one day what we do in a week,” she said.

Wong said she doesn’t know how the tradition of eating Chinese food on New Year’s Eve started, but she’s glad it did.

“It goes back so far, I don’t think anyone knows why it’s so popular. All I know, it’s been stressing out restaurant owners for decades,” Wong said.

She should know.

The Maui Restaurant is the sister restaurant of the iconic Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus that her parents

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How Will Americans Eat Next Year? Food Predictions for 2022

Last year at this time, optimistic trend forecasters predicted that the cork would burst from the bottle by summer. With vaccines in arms, food culture would vibrate in a robust economy. American menus would be full of innovation driven by waves of international travel, and a new generation of digital-native cooks would rewrite the rules.

Clearly, the prediction game can be a losing one. But so what if things didn’t turn out like everyone thought they would? Trying to forecast food trends is still fun, and sometimes even accurate. (Kudos to those professional prognosticators who in recent years nailed the mainstream rise of quesabirria, soufflé pancakes, delivery-only restaurants and CBD. And a special citation for those who saw early on that those ripples of veganism would become a plant-based tsunami.)

So how are things looking for 2022? Not great. The year is starting with a surge of a highly

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