At Sweet Basil in Needham, MA, chef Dave Becker has broadened the definition of locally sourced. He makes his own plates and serving dishes for the restaurant, using Massachusetts clay from Sheffield Pottery. In the future, he predicts, knowing the potter who creates a restaurant’s artisanal plates may become as important as knowing the farmer who produced the grass-fed beef. “Whatever you can do to make yourself unique and stand out will be another level of getting ...

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