8 Chefs Collaborate on Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner

Maple tree with taps (photo by Jonathan Hankin)

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Eight Berkshire Grown chefs will celebrate maple sugaring season with a maple-inspired dinner on Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., to benefit Berkshire Grown and its Share the Bounty project.

Red Lion executive chef Brian Alberg, a long-time champion of local farmers and president of Berkshire Grown’s Board of Trustees, is host chef for the seven-course Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner. He will be joined by Michael Ballon of Castle Street Cafe; Lester Blumenthal of Route 7 Grill; Christopher Bonnivier of Gala Steakhouse & Bistro @ The Orchards Hotel; Adam Brassard of the Williams Inn; Peter Platt of the Old Inn on the Green; Gregg Roach of Wild Oats Market; and Dan Smith of John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant.

“The March Maple Dinner is a great kick-off to the growing season,” says Alberg. “It brings chefs, farmers and local artisans together to prepare a tasting menu for the discerning palates of our generous supporters. It’s a great time of year to get together and share in the first of our region’s plentiful, beautiful and delicious harvests.”

The evening begins at 6 pm with hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary tasting of beverages by Barrington Brewery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers & M.S. Walker Wines. Dinner follows at 7 pm with a cash bar available. Chefs will feature maple syrup from local producers including Ioka Valley Farm, Mead’s Maple Syrup and Turner Farms.

Maple trees with taps (photo by Jonathan Hankin)

Tickets to the March Maple Dinner are $120 per person, $95 for Berkshire Grown members and $65 for Berkshire Grown member farmers. For reservations call the Berkshire Grown office at 413.528.0041; for more information visit Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner.

The Red Lion Inn, located at 30 Main Street in Stockbridge, is offering a special room rate of $75 for the night for March Maple Dinner guests. Call 413.298.5545 to reserve a room.

Berkshire Grown envisions a community where healthy farms define the open landscape, where a wide diversity of fresh, seasonal food and flowers continue to be readily available to everyone, and where we celebrate our agricultural bounty by buying from our neighboring family farms and savoring their distinctive Berkshire harvest.

Berkshire Grown champions farmers’ markets and CSAs, creates local food and farm networks, promotes the Farm-to-Table relationship between restaurants and growers, and educates the community about the importance of eating healthy locally grown food. Share the Bounty buys shares in local CSA farms, supporting the farmers; then Berkshire Grown arranges to have that farm-fresh food delivered to a local food pantry, helping some of the many hungry families who live amongst us.

For more information: Call Berkshire Grown at 413.528.0041 or visit Berkshire Grown.





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