Group Grazing – Enjoy Small Plates
After a busy day of touring the Berkshires your group may be ready to unwind with just a small taste of something palate pleasing. Imagine enjoying an evening out with the group, some small plates dotting your table and everyone sipping their drinks while they rehash their Berkshire adventures. If this sounds like an experience you are seeking, there are choice spots all around the Berkshires that will tantalize your groups’ culinary imagination. If you find yourself in downtown Lenox, a good choice is Brava, a European-style tapas restaurant and wine bar. There are nibbles like marinated white anchovies and Marcona almonds or more consequential plates like shrimp with garlic, crisp calamari, or an unexpected dish like Swiss chard with pine nuts and black garlic. Don’t overlook their bruschetta. No matter the choice, they all pair well with a glass of craft beer or wine. Around the corner on Church Street is Alta Restaurant and Wine Bar your group can choose from an extensive wine list, including over 20 wines by the glass. Enhance their experience by ordering a cheese platter: a selection of three cheeses from local farms. A delicious option to share with the table or nosh on solo. On Main Street in nearby Lee, step into a little outpost of France at Chez Nous, a restaurant run by a husband and wife. Two of their creative twists on platters are house-smoked salmon tartare with American caviar, avocado and toast; and a house-made pâté plate with pork rillettes, country pâté and chicken liver parfait accompanied by onion chutney, garden pickles, and toast. Délicieux! Two leading culinary destinations in the Berkshires for small plates are Mezze in Williamstown and its sister restaurant, Allium in Great Barrington. The owner, Nancy Thomas, is a longtime proponent of locally sourced food and creative cooking. Both restaurant’s menus change daily and offer fare that is of-the-moment and strikingly original. Another favorite stop is cafeADAM in Great Barrington where every Thursday night raw oysters are half price. The word is getting around and according to the owner/chef, Adam Zieminski, his shuckers are getting hand cramps because of the demand. As Michelin would say: worth a detour. If you are in North Adams be sure to stop by Public eat+drink. The have a great selection of small plates and have plenty of space to host your group. Wherever your group decides to book a table, sharing a meal of small plates is sure to create memories and keep their Berkshire visit top of mind.