In celebration of this yearâ€™s â€œBerkshire Cure-Allâ€ dinner at the James Beard House, several chefs will feature their highlighted course back home in the Berkshires following the New York City-based event.
Photo courtesy of Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown, MA
Beginning on Monday, March 4, special menu items from the prestigious dinner will be featured by chefs Brian Alberg ofÂ The Red Lion Inn (Stockbridge), Stephen Browning fromÂ Bell & Anchor (Great Barrington); Jamie Paxton ofÂ The Meat Market (Great Barrington); Daire Rooney fromÂ Allium (Great Barrington); and, Dan Smith, ofÂ John Andrews Restaurant (South Egremont).
Check out what Alberg has to say about the event:
According to Alberg, â€œCelebrating â€˜Beard in the Berkshires Weekâ€™ provides an opportunity for our local community to experience the James Beard dinner in a number of ways. The â€˜Berkshire Cure-Allâ€™ is a creative presentation of dry-, wet-, salt- and smoke-cured courses which preserve the bounty of the Berkshires and Hudson Valley,â€ he said. â€œThe work of Berkshire chefs is truly a culinary collaboration and we are excited to present elements of the dinner in our restaurants so our guests can take part in it,â€ he said.
The chefs sourced menu ingredients from the Berkshires and Hudson Valley including Bacon on the Side Farm, Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, Berkshire Blue Cheese, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, BerkShore, Lilaâ€™s Mountain Lamb (Lila Berle), The Berry Patch, Black Queen Angus Farm, Chestnut Hill Farm, East Mountain Farm, Equinox Farm, Farm Girl Farm, Foggy River Farms, High Lawn Farm, Hilltop Orchards, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Kinderhook Farm, Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, Shire City Herbals, Sol Flower Farm and Zehr & Sons Mushroom Farm.
During Beard in the Berkshires Week, restaurants will feature the following:
AlliumÂ will highlight small plates versions of the James Beard Dinner hors dâ€™oeuvres course.
Bell & AnchorÂ will feature Charcuterie of Chestnut Hill Farm Pork.
The Meat MarketÂ will offer Kinderhook Farm Pasture-raised Mutton & Parsnips and Cured Black Queen Angus Farm Grass-fed Beef with Celeriac as specials for the week.
John Andrews RestaurantÂ will present Lila Berle’s House-cured â€˜Lambcettaâ€™ with Pickled Zehr Farm’s Mushrooms, Pickled Foggy River Farm Vegetables & Equinox Farm Microgreens.
For a savory dessert special,Â The Red Lion Inn will feature Old Chatham Blue Cheese Cake with Candied Walnut Crust, Serrano-style Ham Crisp and Berkshire Mountain Distillers Rum and Hilltop Orchard Cider Aspic. The Inn will also offer a Fire Cider Hot Toddy featuring Shire City Herbalsâ€™ traditional New England cure-all of apple cider vinegar and honey.
March 1 Dinner Details