| | Advanced Search


Monfredo: Former Worcester Public School Member Publishes Book—A professional manual for students and professionals

QCC 50th, Celebrating Students: Ato Howard—A Biomedical Engineering student on the rise

MA Beauty Insider: Pedi Nation – Get the Best Pedicure Ever—A guide to finding a pristine pedi place

Fit for Life: Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail—Plan and prioritize, and you will prevail

Tom Finneran: Running on Envy—America's doctors run the gauntlet of envy

Arthur Schaper: Justina: Still Not Free—The crusade continues

Central MA Up + Comer: Vision Advertising CEO Laura Briere—Meet Central MA's rising stars...

FlyORH: Vote for Worcester in JetBlue Contest—Supporting ORH and JetBlue....

Catch the Moscow Festival Ballet With Your WOO Card—Where will you be WOOing this weekend?

Acclaimed Author Leah Hager Cohen to Give Reading at Holy Cross—Will read from new novel 'No Book but…


Methodology: New England’s 25 Best Food Towns

Monday, February 25, 2013


How did GoLocal arrive at its first-ever ranking of New England's 25 Best Food Towns?

To assess its concentration of top restaurants, researchers utilized a set of awards and ratings: AAA's Diamond rating system and Mobil/Forbes' Startle Star rating system formed the basis for the pool. Restaurants that rated 4 or 5 diamonds/stars in the last 4 years were collected and filed by their location. From there, researchers logged every James Beard Foundation award winner for the last 4 years as well as the 2013 semi-finalists and applied those restaurants to the base of cities of towns.

Researchers also collected Gayot rankings as well as "best of" namings from Bon Appetit and Food & Wine magazines. (Zagat ratings could not be used for rankings as it does not cover all of New England). Local Eats and The Daily Meal winners were also collected and logged into the base of towns. 

Quality of culinary life

To add an element of overall food culture, researchers collected culinary schools, cooking schools, and institutions that offered fairly regular cooking classes, as well as noting a local farmer's market in each town. Finally, festivals and events that were town- or city-based that celebrated food or wine were added to a city or town's overall profile.

From there, GoLocal applied a proprietary weighting of each category to arrive at the final rankings.

To see New England's 25 Best Food Towns, go here. 


Related Articles


Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

Write your comment...

You must be logged in to post comments.