EDIBLE NEWS AND NOTABLES WINTER 2012

Sunday night family meals are important, so Route 7 Grill is offering a farm-to-table special. Enjoy a three-course meal for $25, featuring local bounty such as pork roast with vegetables, and taste what your local farms are growing. The focus is on fun comfort food. Sundays 5–9pm. 413-528-3235; www.Route7Grill.com

The Meat Market, Route 7, Great Barrington, held a chili cook-off on Oct. 7, to help kick off Housatonic native Gina Hyams’ new kit, Chili Cook-Off in a Box. Eighteen contestants submitted homemade chili of every description. Jeff Blaugrund won first prize for his Jefe’s New Mexican Chile Rojo. Proceeds from the event went to Share the Bounty, a project of Berkshire Grown.

The Berkshire Cure-All Dinner on March 1, 2013, at James Beard Foundation, 167 W. 12th St., NYC, will feature chefs from the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge; John Andrews and Old Mill in Egremont; Allium, Bell and Anchor and the Meat Market in Great Barrington; and Firefly in Lenox. Says Chef Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn, “The Berkshires has the cure for what ails you, even in winter, as we practice the art of curing—wet, dry, salt, sugar, distilling, etc.”Call 212-627-2308 to reserve. www.JamesBeard.org

On November 8, Alan Chartock and the staff of National Public Radio’s WAMC, based in Albany, New York, took to the airwaves to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The eight-hour fund drive reportedly raised $240,005 and all the proceeds went to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Special recognition to all who contributed, including many from the Berkshires.

The Meat Market, Route 7, Great Barrington, offers an ongoing series of cooking classes, including pâté and sausage making, knife skills and many others. To register, call 413-529-2022. www.TheMeatMarketGB.com/classes

Bell and Anchor has opened in Great Barrington to a full house every night despite not even having a sign. Congratulations to Bettina and Mark. Open for dinner Th–M 5–10pm; lunch M, Th, F; brunch Sa & Su 11am–3pm. 413-528-5050 Pictured front to back: Sous-chef Dan Studwell, Chef Stephen Browning and line cook Michael Phillips.

Chef Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn won the People’s Choice Lamb Jam Master award in the 2012 National Lamb Jam finals held in San Luis Obispo, California, on September 30. Congratulations, Brian!

Heirloom Meals’ Christmas Special will air nationwide in December on public television. Our own Carole Murko is the producer and host. Check HeirloomMeals.com for local air times.

Berkshire Blue Cheese won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Jersey Cheese Awards. Held every two years in the Island of Jersey, just off the coast of Normandy, France, the event is jointly staged by the World Jersey Cattle Bureau and the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society. Cheesemakers from around the world are invited to enter their cheese, which must be made from 100% Jersey milk and compete with their contemporaries for this prestigious award of the World’s Best Jersey Cheese. Well done, Ira.

Look for the new Mezze Bistro food truck, already making a “taco test launch lunch” in the Mezze parking lot—soon to be somewhere in Williamstown. Try “Comfort Sunday,” cozy winter dining, three-course dinner for $25, reservations 413-458- 0123. mezzebistro@mezzeinc.com

Baja Charlie’s has opened at 62 W. Center St., Lee. Chef Chuck Hebler is serving Eclectic Mexicali fare for lunch and dinner. Chimichanga, Baja tacos, brisket, pulled-pork tacos and more, plus desserts and full bar. Try the Mediterranean salad. M–Sa lunch 11am–3pm; dinner 4:30–9pm. 413-243-4322

Kudos to Paul Taweczynski of Taft Farms in Great Barrington. After posting an offer on Facebook to donate up to 100,000 pounds of produce to anyone willing to turn it into meals to feed displaced Hurricane Sandy victims, Paul was contacted by Chef David Bouley of Bouley restaurant in New York City. Taft Farm sent over 3½ tons of squash and 2 tons of apples, which Bouley said he would turn into 7,500 quarts of soup and 7,500 baked apples with cinnamon. According to Paul, Melissa Kushi’s HimalaSalt Co. of Great Barrington,

The 225-year-old Monterey General Store, Route 23, Monterey, has re-opened under the ownership of Scott Cole, formerly owner Caffe Pommo D’oro in West Stockbridge. With an array of wonderful baked goods as well as gourmet groceries and everyday needs, it has once again become the heart and soul of the town of Monterey, with a friendly mix of permanent residents, weekenders and tradespeople. The spectacular renovation is inviting, with grocery items in the front and a casual café with table service in the back—and a lovely patio area for warmer months. Good luck, Scott. 413-528-5900

Phineas Gage’s Moral High ground has opened in the former Brix Wine bar space at 40 West St. in downtown Pittsfield. New owners Joad Bowman and Jenn Jennings have updated the décor and installed a new bar. Food offerings include pub-style appetizers, sandwiches and burgers, as well as entrees including fish, chicken and duck. Open every night at 5pm. 413-236-9463. www.PhineasGagesMoralHighGround.com

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