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September 6, 2013

A close relationship with the tomato

Savory pie makes use of summer's bounty


P.S. I look forward to your article every Friday. Thank you,

Zena, Lawrence


My response:

Dear Zena, It appears that Arthur’s restaurant was replaced by the Townhouse Pub on Newbury Street which is very close to Essex and Jackson. The number listed is now out of service. I did locate two different recipes for red kidney bean dip and have mailed them to you. I hope one of them is close to what you remember.

A couple of days ago I received this e-mail regarding the above letter:

Patricia, My name is John Drivas, the son of Arthur Drivas who owned Arthur’s Town House. I saw the article of Zena asking for my dad’s bean dip recipe. My father would be happy to pass it on to her. He is not computer-savvy but you could reach him by telephone.

He was so excited to see someone still remembers his bean dip from 43 years ago.

Pat’s P.S. They have connected by phone. Such a nice ending for two people that have memories that are special to them.


Patricia Altomare invites feedback. Email her at patakitchen@yahoo.com.

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