Berkshire Chefs Return to New York’s James Beard House for Farm-to-Table Dinner

Red Lion Inn executive chef Brian J. Alberg at last year's James Beard House dinner

Red Lion Inn executive chef Brian J. Alberg at last year’s James Beard House dinner

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – For the fourth year in a row, a group of innovative Berkshire chefs led by Brian J. Alberg, Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director at The Red Lion Inn will travel to the James Beard Foundation in New York City to present a farm-to-table dinner featuring foods harvested in the Berkshire region. This year’s event, entitled “The Berkshire Cure-All” and taking place on Friday, March 1, 2013, will be prepared with foods using time-honored curing and preserving methods.

The James Beard House is known as New York’s best-kept gastronomic secret. Located in the former townhouse of celebrated cookbook author and television personality James Beard, the James Beard house is in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village. Over 20 dining events are held monthly to showcase culinary artists from around the world, featuring multi-course dinners with wine pairings prepared by guest chefs.

This will be Alberg’s tenth visit to the James Beard House and the fourth time he has invited a group of like-minded Berkshire chefs to collaborate and present the multifaceted culinary artisanship of the region. “The Berkshire Cure-All” reception and dinner will include Stephen Browning, chef at Bell & Anchor (Great Barrington); Terry Moore, chef-owner of The Old Mill (South Egremont); Jamie Paxton, chef at The Meat Market (Great Barrington); Daire Rooney, chef at Allium Restaurant + Bar (Great Barrington); Dan Smith, chef-owner of John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant (South Egremont); and Zee Vassos, chef at Firefly (Lenox). Red Lion Inn Sommelier Dan Thomas will craft elixir-themed cocktail recipes and select cure-all wines to accompany the dinner’s reception and six courses.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception in the Beard House’s charming Greenhouse Gallery as guests enjoy an assortment of hors d’oeuvres. A seated tasting menu will begin around 8 p.m. The price is $130 per person for James Beard Foundation members and $170 per person for the general public. The James Beard House is located at 167 West 12th Street. For reservations, call 212.627.2308.

The mission of the James Beard Foundation is to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. The James Beard Foundation offers a variety of events and programs designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster an appreciation of American cuisine. The events at the Beard House support foundation programs.

Beginning at noon on Friday, March 1, a team from The Red Lion Inn and Berkshire Farm & Table will be streaming live behind-the-scenes coverage of Berkshire chefs in the James Beard kitchen. The live coverage offers fans a backstage pass to this prestigious event. This year, media coverage will include blog posts, Facebook and Twitter updates for up-to-the-minute storytelling as it takes place on-site in New York.

 

 

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