The Berkshires Blog

February TasteBerkshires Spotlight

Featured Chef: Adam Zieminski of café ADAM

Adam-ZieminskiChef Adam, owner and chef of café ADAM is a Berkshire native, while still in high school he worked for Tanglewood both at Saranak and Highwood dinner clubs. Shortly afterward he worked one year stints at the Federal House in South Lee and Bistro Zinc in Lenox. He attended culinary school on a full scholarship at Johnson & Wales University in Providence RI. While there he completed apprenticeships under Michel Bourdin at Michelin Starred, Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, London and the Celtic Manor in South Wales, UK. Shortly afterward taking a position in the AAA Five Diamond Wheatleigh Hotel in Lenox, MA. From there he went on to stage at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir de Quat Saisons in Oxford and Marcus Samuelson’s Aquavit in Manhattan. He then returned to the Berkshires and opened café ADAM in 2006. He recently relocated his award winning restaurant to 420 Stockbridge Rd in Great Barrington.

Featured Farm: Ioka Valley Farm

IOKANestled among the Berkshire and Taconic Hills in the beautiful Hancock Valley is Ioka Valley Farm, established in 1936 when Robert and Dorothy Leab drove 13 head of cattle over Brodie Mountain from Lanesboro and settled them onto the property they named Ioka Valley from an Indian word meaning “beautiful”. In 1996, the dairy herd was sold and the Leabs are put all their energy into being a diversified farm. Today Ioka Valley Farm is home to natural, hormone free beef, perfect pumpkins & squash, fragrant, real Christmas trees, contented farm animals, pure maple syrup, and specialty maple products.

Featured Product: Big Elm Brewing

Big-ElmBig Elm Brewing Company is a labor of love for Bill and Christine Heaton who actually met at the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA in 2003. In 2005 they opened Pittsfield Brew Works and made and sold lots of great beers but the fates were not aligned for this location so ended up selling this business and going in search of a new brewing opportunity. In 2012 they found 65 Silver Street in Sheffield MA (now home to Big Elm Brewing!). Perfect building, way bigger than they needed, affordable and located in a cool town. The Heaton’s, joined by new partners Jen and Russ Jaehnig opened their doors at this new location in October of that year and have never looked back. Tours and tastings are offered on site and you can find their frothy libations at many local restaurants and retails stores. Be sure to try out the 413 Farmhouse Ale aptly named for our Berkshire area code!