(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – It’s a not-so-well-kept secret that the best meals coming out of restaurant kitchens are often those that a chef and his crew whip up for the staff of the restaurant. Since last December, Mezze Bistro + Bar has been offering diners staff-meal specials with a casual, more affordable menu featuring cook’s favorites that pair perfectly with a classic cocktail or a local brew.
The Staff Menu evolved from the popularity of Comfort Sunday at Mezze Bistro – a three-course prix fixe menu available on Sundays from November through May. Comfort Sunday has created a strong following with many regulars coming back week after week.
Inspiration for Staff Menu selections comes from the kitchen’s collective cultural heritage and adaptations of “junk food” favorites. The Mezze team crafted the menu to include fun food items like Pig Skin Chili + Cheese Fries, East Mountain Farm Pork Pot Stickers, Black Queen Angus Farm Oxtail Pierogi, Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Tacos with Kimchee Slaw, Spicy Asian Rice Cakes with Fried Egg + Pickled Mushrooms and ‘Franco’s Beans’ – Housemade Knackwurst served with Brown Sugar-baked Heirloom Beans.
Staff Menu selections range in price from $6 to $16.
With the same sourcing quality of Mezze’s dinner menu, where ingredients are purchased from local farms and food producers whenever possible, items on the Staff Menu are made in-house. The cooks butcher whole animals raised on sustainable farms, and smoke hams, cure meats and prepare sausages, salami and other items as part of the craft of charcuterie practiced in the Mezze kitchen. The back-of-house team bakes house breads, rolls pastas by hand, brines pickles using local vegetables and makes all stocks, sauces and dressings from scratch.
The Staff Menu’s bar fare is accompanied by a collection of entertaining drinks, which include an eclectic selection of cocktails and beers Mezze team members enjoy after work. Shift Drinks like The Last Word, Eagle Landing and Corpse Reviver #2 are offered alongside large-format Beers (750 ml), big yeasty brews which range in price from $14 to $16, and One More Before You Leave options which include Shift Beers for $2 and a Straight-Up Shorty – Jack Daniels + Coke in a shorty glass for $6.
“The cooks are keeping it casual, cooking up their favorites and making it all in house,” said Nancy Thomas, co-owner of Mezze Restaurant Group. “The Staff Menu provides a way to experience Mezze’s food quality in a more approachable fashion and we hope this encourages guests to come in more often to enjoy what we have to offer.”
The Staff Menu is subject to change as it reflects the whim of the kitchen and what is available in season. Visit Mezze Bistro + Bar or call 413.458.0123 for more info.
Mezze Bistro + Bar
Mezze Bistro + Bar serves contemporary American cuisine highlighting the best of the season in support of independent farmers and artisan producers using sustainable practices. The food is handcrafted by Chef Joji Sumi and his team; they take great care to source local and seasonal ingredients including farm-fresh produce, meats and cheeses. Located at 777 Cold Spring Road (Route 7) in Williamstown, Mezze Bistro + Bar serves dinner nightly beginning at 5 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted. For more information or reservations, call 413.458.0123 or visit Open Table.
Mezze Restaurant Group
Mezze Restaurant Group is committed to local food with an emphasis on the highest quality ingredients. Working with like-minded, small family farms using sustainable practices, the restaurant group strives to bring the freshest ingredients possible, directly from the farm to the table. In addition, restaurant bar menus feature small-batch microbrews, local distillers and seasonal, small-production wines.
Co-owned by Nancy Thomas and Bo Peabody, the Mezze Restaurant Group is comprised of Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington and Mezze Catering + Events, which provides full-service event planning. Mezze Restaurant Group is a member of Berkshire Grown, Slow Food and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau.