Sweets & Savories

17 Standish Street × SOUTH dUXBURY × MA × (781) 934-0134


Bakery + Lunch



All the Foodsmith’s products, baked breakfast goods, lunch fare, desserts, pies and other yummy eats are selected and prepared by cook/baker/owner Laura Raposa.

Laura grew up in a family that owns a large bakery wholesale supply business serving southern New England. She has a lifetime of experience watching how successful bakeries worked and why others failed.

For more than two decades she worked as one-half of “The Inside Track,” one of greater Boston’s best-known newspaper columns.  Her job – that also included stints on TV and radio -- brought her in close contact with the city’s brightest culinary stars and the people who marketed their businesses.

While a columnist at the Boston Herald, Laura also operated a small catering business. Later, she worked briefly at Flour Bakery & Café, Boston’s most successful multi-bakery business. She also consulted on the development of a gluten-free bakery on the South Coast.

Laura has also attended many instructional programs and "boot camps" at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. and King Arthur Flour’s Baking Education Center in Norwich, VT.

While in the throes of working up a business plan for The Foodsmith, she volunteered as a chef once a week preparing dinner for students and teachers at Paraclete Academy, an after-school program in South Boston. She also provided private cooking instruction, catered in clients’ homes and played wedding planner for a friend's big day at the Commander's Mansion in Watertown.

Laura is married to retired Boston Globe business columnist Steven Syre. They live in Scituate with their two spoiled felines, Pippa, a tabby, and Emma, a British blue.

In her spare time (add a chuckle here), Laura is an enthusiastic historic preservation buff and is executive vice president of the Westport Historical Society. (The Foodsmith is a business member of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society.)

Check out her blog at

The Foodsmith is dedicated to sourcing seasonal ingredients at local farms. Throughout the local growing season, the business supports non-certified organic Norwell Farms, R&C Farms in Scituate and Cretinon's in Kingston. Laura is a groupie of farmers' markets as well as farm stands. You'll always know where she's spent her day off when produce from Walker's in Little Compton, RI or organic cranberries raked from Squanit Bog in East Freetown pop up on the menu!






17 Standish Street
P.O. Box 609
South Duxbury, MA




Closed Mondays



Contact Us

The FoodsmitH

We are located: 17 Standish Street (PO Box 609), South Duxbury, MA- 02332
Call: 781-934-0134.

Check out The Foodsmith's Facebook page, follow @FoodsmithDUX on Twitter and we're on Instagram as thefoodsmithduxbury

For purchase of eGift cards go to this site:





 It was a busy, busy, BUSY summer here at the Foodsmith! In addition to our daily breakfast and lunch business, the volume of catering orders -- many luncheons, an engagement party for 80, an elegant birthday bash for 40 -- kept us on our toes!

There were also bridal and baby showers, picnics on the lawn, a tennis party and lots of Saturday night suppers. Yup, we do it all!

Should you need menu help with your next party, end-of-season barbecue, golf and tennis outings or post-wedding brunch, we are here for YOU. No job is too small. And, as always, thanks for thinking of the Foodsmith.

Do check out our Facebook page and Instagram account for photos for other ideas. And don't forget: Betsey is a whiz at custom-cakes!

Call Laura to discuss your event at 781-934-0134, pop into the shop at 17 Standish St. or email us at for a custom-designed menu. For your planning purposes, the Foodsmith will be closed Sept. 8-17 for a much-needed vacation.