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DUMPLING FESTIVAL CELEBRATED IN CAMBRIDGE MA
Monday, November 9, 2015

September 12, 2015 would have been the 98th birthday of Joyce Chen. On September 27, 2015, for the fourth time, Cambridge MA honored the legacy of Joyce Chen with dumpling festival held in Central Square. Several restaurants in the Central Square Area set up tables on the street to sell multi-cultural versions of dumplings for $1 each. According to the Central Square Business Association, "One venue sold 1800 dumpling in just 3 hours." The legacy of Joyce Chen was also shared with hungry guests....

PHOTO FLASHBACK: JOYCE CHEN SANG  LEAD IN BEIJING OPERA
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Joyce Chen sang in the lead in the Chinese opera, White Snake, in Beijing, according to her son, Stephen Chen. She was 18 or 19. Prior to the cultural revolution of 1939, the Beijing opera was a center of productions that featured four elements: martial art, dancing, dialogue and voice. According to the website, Travelchinaguide, “Singing (was) utilized to intensify the appeal of the art by all kinds of tones. Dialogue (was) the complement of singing which is full of musical and rhythm sen...

WEGMANS CARRIES JOYCE CHEN PRODUCTS
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Do you shop at Wegmans? You'll find our delicious vegetable, chicken and vegetable, and pork and vegetable 05:00 Minute Potstickers in the Asian frozen food section. For an even more delicious treat, serve our potstickers with our Joyce Chen Mild Dipping Sauce, which is located in the Asian section of the store. Wegmans also carries Joyce Chen gluten free soy sauce, gluten free hoisin, sesame oil, and our Sichuan peppercorn. Effective April 13, 2015 according to Wegmans website: Wegmans ...

CHINADAILY FEATURE ARTICLE ON JOYCE CHEN
Monday, April 6, 2015

Chinadaily USA, has published a feature article on Joyce Chen in its April 2, 2015 article, "Carrying on a Chinese food legacy." The author, Niu Yue, interviewed Stephen Chen, president of Joyce Chen Foods, and his sister, Helen Chen, who until 2003 ran the Joyce Chen cookware business. In this article, Yue wrote, "Stephen is now running Joyce Chen Foods, a sauce, condiment and frozen food brand. Through co-packagers, the products are available in stores all over the United States. 'We tr...

PHOTO FLASHBACK - BRIGHT COLORS AT 500 MEMORIAL DRIVE
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Any guess why Joyce Chen's restaurant at 500 Memorial Drive in Cambridge near MIT was painted in bright colors? According to Stephen Chen, his mom knew that this restauraunt wouldn't be open for long since it was housed in a building owned by MIT, which was slated to be torn down to builld a new dorm at that location. Rather than investing in interior design, she had it painted in bright colors. Joyce Chen was right. This large restaurant was open from only 1969 to 1974.

"LUCKY PEACH" FOOD JOURNAL HIGHLIGHTS JOYCE CHEN'S PEKING RAVIOLI
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In case you haven't heard of Lucky Peach, here's the scoop. It's a quarterly food journal that was founded by New York's Momofuku chef David Chang (who was honored with a James Beard Award), Peter Meehan, cowriter of the Momofuku cookbook, and the producers of the CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. It's website describes it as, "... a melange of travelogue, essays, art, photography, and rants in a full-color, meticulously designed format." Also, "Each issue wil...

BON APPETITE HIGHLIGHTS CELEBRITY CHEF FOREVER STAMPS
Monday, November 24, 2014

In the December 2014 issue of Bon Appetit, Julia Kramer's recommended that her readers purchase the new U.S. Postal Service's Celebrity Chef Forever stamps. Kramer's full-page column, "The ba Checklist - Everything you need to eat, drink, buy, and mail this month," features a photo of the Joyce Chen Forever stamp, with a caption, "The reason so many Americans eat Chinese." Thank you Julia Kramer and thank you Bon Appetit. This issue of Bon Appetit also features a recipe of Salt-a...

“WRAPPER'S DELIGHT" - BOSTON GLOBE ARTICLE FEATURES DUMPLINGS
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Devra First, restaurant critic and food writer for the Boston Globe, surveyed dumplings offered at Boston area restaurants in her November 11, 2014 article, “Wrapper’s delight – A dumpling journey around Boston, and the world.” She said, “Dumplings are a universal language. Nearly every culture has a variation on the theme, from Afghan aushak to Japanese gyoza, Jewish kreplach, Korean mandu, and Vietnamese banh bot loc.” First found dumplings at 11 Boston-area...

UTENSILS FOR CHINESE COOKING
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Joyce Chen's devotion to Chinese food extended beyond recipes and ingredients. In her breakthrough 1962 book, "Joyce Chen Cooks," Chen devoted a chapter to utensils for Chinese cooking. She identified three important utensils: "... a large sharp knife, a good hardwood cutting board, and a heavy smooth skillet." She also discussed the use of a large steamer, and described how one can be made with a coffee can. Chen described the Chinese frying pan, "... called Wock by the Cantonese (which) ...

HENRY KISSINGER AND JOYCE CHEN - 1976 PHOTO FLASHBACK
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Henry Kissinger was a regular at Joyce Chen's Cambridge restaurant while he earned his AB, MA, and PhD degrees and later taught at Harvard during the 1950s. Decades later, as Secretary of State during the President Nixon's administration, Kissinger spearheaded the 1972 summit among Nixon, Mao Zedong, Communist Party of China Chairman, Zhou Enlai, Chinese foreign policy director. Kissinger's connection to China and Chinese food led to his choice to eat at Joyce Chen's reasta...

WICKED LOCAL LEXINGTON AND BEDFORD PAPERS RUN CAMBRIDGE CHRONICLE AND TAB ARTICLE
Monday, November 3, 2014

An edited version of Sara Feijo's October 22, 2014 Cambridge Chronicle and Tab article on Joyce Chen has been published today in the Wicked Local papers in Lexington, and Bedford. These article do a great job publicizing the legacy of Joyce Chen. They also highlight Joyce Chen's her inclusion by the US Postal Service in its Celebrity Chef Forever stamp series. The Lexington article, "A pioneer in Chinese cuisine: Lexington's Joyce Chen be honored on Forever stamp," begins: "Have...

CANTABRIGIANS JOYCE CHEN AND JULIA CHILD CELEBRATED AT CAMBRIDGE MAYOR'S RECEPTION FOR USPS STAMPS
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cantabrigians* Joyce Chen and Julia Child's Celebrity Chef Forever stamps were celebrated today during a reception held in the stately chamber outside the office of David Maher, the mayor of Cambridge MA. These stamps had been released by the Postal Service in a celebration held in Chicago on September 26, 2014. Mayor Maher said, "We celebrate everything that (Joyce Chen and Julia Child) did in their lives, and all that is Cambridge." Cambridge postmaster Katherine Lydon joined the gatheri...