Berkshire Grown Celebrates the Harvest with Local Chefs and Farmers

(LENOX, Mass.)  — Berkshire Grown’s annual Harvest Supper celebrating local food and farms takes place Monday, September 19, at 6:30-8:30 pm at Eastover Hotel and Resort in Lenox. The Farm to Table feast features dishes prepared by Berkshire Grown member chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms. Food will be paired with samplings from regional beverage producers. The evening also features a drawing for shopping sprees and gift certificates to restaurants and a silent auction.

“The Harvest Supper celebrates our local farms and gives us a chance to show why we support eating locally grown food,” says Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown. “Locally grown food is delicious and when we buy food directly from local farmers we’re strengthening our local economy.”

Participating restaurants include Allium Restaurant + Bar, Baba Louie’s, cafeADAM, Café Reva, Canyon Ranch, Castle Street Café, Chez Nous, Eastover Hotel and Resort, Firefly Restaurant and Catering, Gala Steakhouse & Bistro @ Orchards Hotel, Gramercy Bistro, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant, Marketplace Kitchen, Martin’s Restaurant, Mezze Bistro + Bar, The Old Inn on the Green, The Red Lion Inn, Route 7 Grill, Savory Harvest Catering, Spice Dragon and Williams College Dining. Beverages will be provided by Barrington Brewery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Riverbend Café. Sculptor Joe Wheaton coordinates decorating and contributes “farm charm” to the celebration of local farms and food.

Peter Platt and Gustavo A. Perez of the Old Inn on the Green

Chef/owner Peter Platt and Gustavo A. Perez of the Old Inn on the Green

A drawing will be held at the Harvest Supper with tickets priced at $10 (six for $50). Drawing prizes include dining packages at Berkshire Grown member restaurants and shopping sprees at Berkshire Co-op Market and Guido’s Fresh Marketplace.

A silent auction will offer the chance to bid on and win a variety of items: lunch for two at Blue Hill at Stone Barns; dinner at the Library at Wheatleigh; a Cheese 101 class for two at Rubiner’s Cheesemongers; a share in the Farm Girl Farm CSA; a day pass to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health; lunch for four at Blantyre; a day pass for two at Canyon Ranch; a one-night stay with dinner at The Old Inn on the Green; a bidder’s choice prize of either compost or a share in a veggie or meat CSA from Holiday Brook Farm; a sausage making class at The Meat Market; and one-night stays at Stonover Farm Bed & Breakfast and the Inn at Sweet Water Farm.

Aura Whitman, chef/owner of Cafe Reva

Aura Whitman, chef/owner of Cafe Reva

The Harvest Supper will be a Zero Waste Event. Bob Daley of Daley & Sons in Lee will donate his services to take the waste to Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, where it will be added to their compost along with the compostable plates, spoons and glasses to become part of Holiday Brook Farm’s famous “black gold” compost.

The dinner is by reservation only. Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for non-members. Tickets generally sell out, so people are encouraged to call 413.528.0041 for reservations as soon as possible. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Grown, supporting its Buy Local campaign as well as its Share the Bounty project, which buys shares in local farms and distributes the fresh food to pantries benefiting low-income people throughout the region.




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