WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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closely that along with a friend they rolled up their sleeves and painted Juniper entirely by themselves. The threesome started at about 8:00 am and finished up 20 hours later at 4:00 am, rewarding themselves with an IHOP breakfast after the job was complete. Farm-and-art-to-table The Juniper team sources ingredients locally whenever possible, including from Natick Community Organic and Volante Farms. But at Juniper, homemade and local extend well beyond the cuisine. Most of the menu selections are served on hand-thrown pottery glazed in hues of creams, light blues, and light greens crafted by Dave and other local potters. Dave is also a cookbook author, with his titles Stewed and Sweet Basil available for sale so customers can try their hands at some of his tried-and-true recipes. The artwork hanging on Juniper's walls is the creation of Dave's late grandfather, Fred Becker, who died at the age of 90 in 2004. Becker sen- ior was a well-known artist and printmaker accepted into the Graphic Arts Division of the Works Project Administration, the New Deal agency that employed millions of Americans during the difficult years between 1935 and 1943. In 1948, he established a printmaking department at Washington University in St. Louis and taught there for 20 years before joining the fine arts department at the University of Massachusetts where he taught for close to another 20 years. Beyond gracing Juniper, Becker senior's artwork is part of many prestigious museum collec- tions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. No pretenses Dave, Tim, and Matt strived to replicate at Juniper the upbeat, com- fortable atmosphere that brings Sweet Basil customers back over and over again to dine at that cozy spot. Dave captured their intent in an interview with Boston magazine, saying, "I hate being in restaurants where you have to watch your posture … I like it when people are laughing and chewing with their mouth open." Chew and laugh at a stool at Juniper's bar, at the high-top tables in the bar area, or in the back of the restaurant at a cozy booth. In the nice weather, grab one of the few outdoor patio tables. Wherever you sit, the Juniper team hopes you enjoy your meal, the artwork, decor, music, and service … and come back with family and friends to share other seasonal selections on the menu. 198 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 local cuisine P H O T O S B Y B E T H F U R M A N "the upbeat, comfortable atmosphere"

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