Berkshire Grown Celebrates the Harvest with Region’s Chefs and Farmers at Eastover

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Berkshire Grown’s 14th Annual Harvest Supper celebrating local food and farms will take place on Monday, September 24, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Eastover Hotel and Resort in Lenox, Mass. The Farm to Table feast features dishes prepared by local Berkshire Grown member chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening will feature a video and sound projection by artist Joe Wheaton featuring images of local farms. The evening also includes a live auction, a silent auction and a drawing for shopping sprees and gift certificates to Berkshire Grown member stores and restaurants.

Berkshire Grown will create 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, and will become part of Holiday Brook Farm’s famous “black gold” compost.

“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, Café Reva, Canyon Ranch, Castle Street Café, Eastover Hotel and Resort, Gala Steakhouse & Bistro @ Orchards Hotel, Gramercy Bistro, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, HR Zeppelin Find Handmade Chocolates, 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, Wild Oats Market and Williams College Dining. Beverages will be provided by Barrington Brewery and Riverbend Café.

New in 2012, sculptor Joe Wheaton, who has just returned from the Burning Man celebration of arts, will be creating a projection installation inspired by Berkshire farms.

The dinner is by reservation only. Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for non-members. Tickets sell out in advance, 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.

A drawing will be held at the Harvest Supper with tickets priced at $10 (six for $50). Drawing prizes include fabulous 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, including dinner for two at Blue Hill in New York City, dinner at Blantyre, a Cheese 101 class for two at Rubiner’s Cheesemongers, a day pass for two at Canyon Ranch, a one-night stay with dinner at The Old Inn on the Green, compost from Holiday Brook Farm, a guided mushroom foraging walk from MycoLodge B&B, and a class at The Meat Market.


(photos by Reinout Van Wagtendonk)

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