January TasteBerkshires Spotlight
Posted on January 08, 2014Written by Lindsey Schmid
Featured Chef: Ron Reda of Table Six at the Kemble Inn
“Chef Ron Reda’s menu selections at Table Six Restaurant in Lenox present fresh seasonal ingredients in clean presentations. Traditional and familiar dishes are respectfully re-introduced and offered alongside original creations for every day dining. Chef Reda’s team also caters in house special events at the Kemble Inn, where the restaurant is located. Reda’s impressive career path to the Executive Chef position includes four years in the Bill Clinton White House, serving not only the first family’s daily meals but also the meals of 200 senior staff members. After the Clinton presidency Chef Reda remained active in the culinary scene of Washington DC heading up the kitchens in several cutting-edge bistros in the West End and the Foggy Bottom districts of the capital before eventually relocating to the Berkshires to raise a family.”
Featured Farm: Cricket Creek Farm
Cricket Creek Farm is a grass-based dairy farm. They are one of the oldest dairy farms in the region, but infused with new life and energy. Their primary activity is raising dairy cows for their good milk. They are licensed to sell raw milk from the farm. The rest of our milk they make into artisanal cheese in their farmstead creamery. They also have a bakery on site, which supplies fresh baked goods to their farm store. They raise grass-fed beef and whey-fed pork. They also have a small flock of laying hens. They sell their goods through their farm store, their diversified year-round CSA, at local farmers markets, and through various regional cheese shops, food co-ops, restaurants, and other establishments. They are an open farm – we welcome visitors and encourage questions.
Featured Product: Chocolate Springs Chocolates
If you love good chocolate then you can’t help but love Chocolate Springs. Here you will discover glass cases filled with artisan chocolates named Sweet Fire, Venus Rum, Raspberry Love, Paris Tea and the list goes on, each new flavor will entice your palate. Since opening in 2003, Chocolate Springs Café has become a special destination for locals and tourists alike. The serious hot chocolate and velvety mousse cakes have become local favorites. Chocolate Springs was recognized in the March 2006 issue of SAVEUR magazine as one of their TOP 10 star chocolate makers in the United States and they took the Finalist Award in the 2013 Americas Semi-final of the International Chocolate Awards for their salted caramel truffles.