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The Berkshires, centered between the Pioneer and Hudson Valleys, boasts beautiful rolling hills, fertile soil and a rich history of small-scale family farming and local food production. One of the oldest farming regions in the US, Berkshire County hosted the first modern agricultural fair in 1814 and birthed the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme in North America at Indian Line Farm in 1983.

One of Berkshire Farm & Table’s goals is to position this region as a culinary destination for visitors looking for a great food experience. We tell the stories of the farms and farmers, artisan food producers and dedicated farm-to-table chefs to our surrounding communities, to the visitor who comes here and to the person who has yet to come.  Many of our self-produced events create a vehicle upon which to bring bigger life to our already-vibrant food scene.

We are always reaching out to journalists, storytellers and others. In this section, you can read about what we’re working on to help spread the good food word.

If you have a food story to tell and would like to share it, please contact us.

Find.Eat.Drink. in the Berkshires

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Find.Eat.Drink is a unique online free guide based on eating, drinking and shopping recommendations from chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, baristas, butchers and food artisans. From noteworthy restaurants and speakeasy cocktail dens to dive bars, unique food shops and farmers markets, you’ll find trustworthy recommendations throughout the site and mobile app. Featured in The New York Times, Wired, Fodor’s and the LA Times, the advice, some of it very passionate, doesn’t come from the average Yelper but from the likes of Marcus Samuelsson, chef-owner of Red Rooster Harlem, and Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue in New York City.

A few months ago, Berkshire Farm & Table worked with the F.E.D. folks to connect to a posse of chefs in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley and solicit their recommendations for where to eat, drink and shop for great food in our part of the world.

At the start of 2014, they announced the F.E.D. 50: Where to Eat in 2014 with The Prairie Whale in Great Barrington, MA and Local 111 in Philmont, NY as the top-recommended spots in the Berkshire-Hudson region.

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Find.Eat.Drink. has added a Berkshires app to their mix. The Berkshires – “where the Gilded Age meets Green Acres” — were touted in the Huffington Post a few months ago featuring props from Chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill. Shops such as Rubiner’s Cheesemongers, Soco Creamery, The Old Mill and Stagecoach Tavern were on his A-list.

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More about food in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley in the coming months!

Photos courtesy of Huffington Post

Brian Alberg: A Man with a Mission in this Historic Landscape

If you haven’t met or come across Brian Alberg, the omnipresent chef with a focus on local at The Red Lion Inn, you’ve been missing out on a Berkshire food crusader. A staunch supporter of regional, seasonal cuisine in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley, he’s doing a remarkable job making an impact on the food culture of our community. Brian grew up in the Hudson Valley, was schooled at the Culinary Institute of America and now leads a team at The Red Lion Inn. Locally grown produce and whole animals are honored in Brian’s kitchen, where he crafts inspiring dishes that have diners appreciate the terroir of this extraordinary farm community.

Food.Curated., directed and produced by Liza de Guia, founder and chief storyteller and three-time James Beard Award nominee, visited with Berkshire Farm & Table back in May and produced a terrific story about Brian, his work in the Berkshires and this beautiful place where chefs come to settle in, connect back to the land and cultivate relationships with food, farmers and fellow chefs who are doing the same thing.

Take a look at A Farm Fresh Update to a Historic Restaurant on Food.Curated:

For more on this chef, check out Alberg Rants, Brian’s blog on The Red Lion Inn’s newly designed website, here.

For more amazing stories on Food.Curated., visit founder and chief storyteller Liza’s website.

Food Curated Meets The Meat Market Man

It’s finally cooled down and feels a little like autumn. Not exactly sure how we feel about that after the past few weeks of hellish heat. Given this brief reprieve, we think it’s the precise moment to strap on a full grilling bodysuit and kick up the coals for some open-fire fun. Berkshire Farm & Table is excited to present the second in a series of mini-food documentaries by Skeeter of Food.Curated. This one features owner, butcher, chef and chief firestarter Jeremy Stanton of The Meat Market and Fire Roasted Catering.

The Meat Market is a locally sourced, nose-to-tail butcher shop and cafe located in Great Barrington, MA. They buy directly from farmers within a 100-mile radius – at least 75 percent of the farms are with-in a 35-mile radius. In their first year, The Meat Market put $250,000 back into the local economy by buying directly from regional farmers at fair prices. We’re so lucky to have them as part of our food community.

Check out the great video by Liza de Guia. Chief storyteller, indeed. She totally rocks.

 

 

Food Curated in the Berkshires with Prairie Whale

As we get eaten alive by the ravenous mosquitoes of early summer, Berkshire Farm & Table is thrilled to share the first in a series of mini-food documentaries by Skeeter of Food.Curated. This one features owner and chief farmhand Mark Firth and Chef Stephen Browning of Prairie Whale (formerly Bell & Anchor) in Great Barrington.

From Tech Munch in NY to Food.Curated.

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Back in May of 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Liza de Guia (AKA Skeeter), the documentary food filmmaker, at a Tech Munch conference in New York. As Founder and Chief Storyteller of Food.Curated., Liza was a compelling speaker and I approached her to consider visiting the Berkshires to learn more about the local food scene. After many months of tempting culinary possibilities and correspondence via email, we were able to convince Liza to pay us a visit.

Storytelling is Liza’s passion and it is her passion that puts her in touch with interesting and fascinating people in the food world – people who fly under the radar, who devote 15-plus hour days to creating something that makes them happy. They want others to enjoy what they put their heart into. Liza uses her craft to support these food obsessions and visually captures behind-the-scenes stories to help get them noticed. She enjoys putting these dedicated foodmakers on the map a little more and playing a part in their discovery.

We invited Liza to the James Beard House in March to dine at The Berkshire Cure-All Dinner featuring seven chefs from the Berkshires. This was the fourth year Brian Alberg, Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director at The Red Lion Inn, invited a group of like-minded chefs to travel to the James Beard Foundation in New York City to present a farm-to-table dinner featuring foods harvested in the Berkshire region. Liza got to meet many of the innovative Berkshire chefs working this dinner and was inspired to learn more about what we do here.

We had the pleasure of hosting Liza in mid-May while she filmed three food stories for her web channel Food.Curated. She spent four days shooting — one with Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, and then went on to interview Chef Stephen Browning and Owner Mark Firth of Bell & Anchor and Chef-owner Jeremy Stanton of The Meat Market, both located in Great Barrington. Mini-documentaries featuring our well-loved Berkshire chefs will be coming soon. Follow Liza on Twitter to learn more about where she is and what she is doing. Special thanks to The Red Lion Inn and The Briarcliff Motel in Great Barrington, MA, for hosting Liza during her stay.
Photo: Liza de Guia of Food Curated filming Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn at Pumpkin Hollow Farm in Great Barrington
(Photo credit Angela Cardinali)

Reaching the Masses: Media Event at the Culinary Loft

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) hosted a media reception featuring Massachusetts vacation experiences in New York in early May 2013 at The Culinary Loft in Manhattan. In an effort to highlight all things culinary, MOTT partnered with two chefs in the Commonwealth — Michael Scelfo of Russell House Tavern in Cambridge andContinue Reading