May 2014 TasteBerkshires Spotlight
Featured Chef: Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn and Williams Inn Brian Alberg, Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage, is a staunch supporter of the local food movement. He began his tenure at The Red Lion Inn in July of 2004, and began managing and operating The Williams Inn dining room and tavern as part of Main Street Hospitality Group’s holdings in May of 2014. His is a native of Copake, NY and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. He is an active member of the James Beard Foundation, Chefs Collaborative and Boston Chefs, and serves on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Railroad Street Youth Project and he is the founding chair of Berkshire Farm & Table. Featured Farm: Whitney’s Farm Market & Country Gardens Whitney’s is a third generation farm it is currently run by Eric & Michelle Whitney but it was started in 1940 by Eric’s grandfather and was run as a dairy farm. His father, Peter Whitney, continued running the dairy but also grew sweet corn and other crops which he sold from an old truck on the side of Route 8. Today, at Whitney’s Farm Market & Country Gardens they grow everything from beautiful hanging plants, annuals and perennial flowers to a large variety of vegetables and herbs. It is also a great place to sample local foods and they have great events for the whole family. Featured Product: Charcuterie from the Meat Market At the Meat Market you will find only small, handmade batches of charcuterie and the flavor of each batch is subject to the variations in animal, season and conditions. This variation is the nature of artisanal production and something they enjoy and celebrate. Stop by and sample some of their charcuterie items such as bresaola, calabrese and genoa salami, you will not go home empty handed.