The Berkshires Blog

November 2014 TasteBerkshires Spotlight

Featured Chef: Jeff Thompson, Wheatleigh

Jeff-ThompsonOriginally from Colorado, Jeff Thompson’s love and passion for food and cooking began during his training at the world renowned Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. After this Jeff set out to work and travel to experience more. These travels led to stints working in Washington as executive sous chef at Sun Mountain Lodge and Virginia as sous chef and part of the re-opening team of The Williamsburg Inn and finally landing in the Berkshires at Wheatleigh. As sous chef at Wheatleigh Jeff worked closely with Michelin trained Chef Bryce Whittlesey and was also sent to Paris for a short time of training. In 2006 Jeff assumed the position of executive chef at Wheatleigh and their five diamond restaurant where he continues to create and execute modern French influenced cuisine.

Featured Farm: Maple Corner Farm

Maple-Corner-FarmMaple Corner Farm is located in Granville, MA in the foothills of the Berkshires. This is a working family farm that has been in continuous operation since 1812.  Once a beef and dairy operation, the farm now produces hay, pure maple syrup and maple products as well as offers pick your own blueberries. During the winter months enjoy  cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  In mid-February through mid-April, the Maple Sugar House is open to visitors and summertime brings pick your own blueberries. Whatever the season, this farm has something to offer everyone.

Featured Product: SoCo Ice Cream

SoCoAt SoCo Creamery they believe in spreading happiness one scoop at a time with their handcrafted, micro-batched ice cream made right here in South County (hence their  name…get it?) with the best ingredients the Berkshires has to offer. Their ice cream is made at their factory right here, in Great Barrington, just a mile away from their scoop shop. Their micro-batch magic was born from a passion for fresh yummy food; long before it was cool to be a “foodie.” Started in 1989 by Danny Mazursky and his family, SoCo Creamery has been pioneering the ultra-premium ice cream explosion for over 20 years. Stop by and sample a few flavors, you will be hooked.