Local Food Takes Center Stage at Berkshire Grown’s Upcoming Harvest Supper

Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper logo(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Nearly three dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be on hand for Berkshire Grown’s 17th annual Harvest Supper on Monday, September 21, 2015, from 6 to 8pm at Ski Butternut. The chefs will be serving a wide selection of tastings, all featuring fresh ingredients from local farms.

The evening also includes a silent auction with favorites like dining at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill in New York City, or dinner and an overnight stay at Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough; a Spa Day for two at Canyon Ranch, and a sheepskin from Mayflower Farm in South Egremont.
The Harvest Supper is returning for a third year to the Upper Lodge at Ski Butternut, where the event has plenty of space for guests — including seating areas — and room for an expanded lineup of chefs and beverage producers.
For this year’s event, the event features chefs from Allium Restaurant + Bar, Baba Louie’s, Berkshire Co-op Market, CafeADAM, Canyon Ranch, Castle Street Café, Center for Motivation & Change: Berkshires, Cranwell Resort & Spa, Eat on North, Firefly Restaurant and Catering, Gala Steakhouse &Bistro at Orchards Hotel, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Haven Café and Bakery, Hotchkiss School, John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Martin’s Restaurant, The Meat Market, Mezze Bistro + Bar, nAtURAlly Catering + Takeout, The Old Inn on the Green, Prairie Whale, The Red Lion Inn, SoCo Creamery, Stagecoach Tavern, Table Six Restaurant, Wheatleigh, and Williams College.

Complimentary drinks will be provided by Barrington Brewery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Big Elm Brewing, MS Walker Wines and No. Six Depot Roastery and Café.

“Our work at Berkshire Grown is to keep farmers farming,” says executive director Barbara Zheutlin. “That means that at the height of the harvest season, when corn and tomatoes are their most spectacular, we can celebrate local foods as well as the farmers who grow them, and raise money so that we can advocate for farmers year-round.”
The dinner is by reservation only. Tickets are $75 for Berkshire Grown members and $85 for non-members. Tickets sell out; call 413-528-0041 to buy tickets 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 food pantries.
“The Harvest Supper is my favorite event of the year, because the food is delicious and the feast brings together chefs, farmers and all of us ‘eaters.’” says Zheutlin. “I love the energy and camaraderie in the room.” The Harvest Supper has grown and evolved over the past 17 years. “I remember going to the first one at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington,” Zheutlin says. “We ate butternut squash soup, and bread from Berkshire Mountain Bakery, and listened to a local farmer.”
Zheutlin also recognized the underwriters for this year’s Harvest Supper. “We are deeply grateful to our network of supporters – we couldn’t create this wonderful event without them,” she says. Major supporters this year include Berkshire Bank Foundation and Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.


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