The Red Lion Inn Hosts Twin Feasts
The Red Lion Inn is hosting two special dinners later this month that are likely to sell out. On March 19, a ten-course vegetarian feast, each course accompanied by a different suitable wine; then on March 22, the annual collaboration of regional chefs heralding spring and showcasing the first harvest of the 2010 season—maple syrup—to raise funds for Berkshire Grown, an organization that supports local farms and farmers.
A Toast to Spring
Red Lion Inn executive chef Brian J. Alberg and sommelier Daniel Thomas welcome vegetarians and broad-minded carnivores to an intimate event, their Winter Exodus Vegetarian Wine Dinner. For this special feast, Alberg and Thomas will pair ten wines with ten vegetarian courses, including truffled popcorn bisque, chanterelle polenta with celeriac puree, ricotta and goat cheese gnudi (think: gnocchi) with smoked tomato sauce, eggplant vindaloo with quinoa spaghetti, to name a few. With advance notice, they will even be able to accommodate vegans, an even more challenging feat of culinary derring-do. For those attending the dinner who wish to stay the night (never a bad idea, but especially sound after sampling ten wines), The Red Lion Inn is offering a special rate.
Friday, March 19; 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: $100, includes 10 courses, 10 wines, taxes & gratuities
Room with private bath, $125 plus tax
Someone’s in the Kitchen with Brian
Celebrated Berkshire chefs, all members of Berkshire Grown, a non-profit organization created to promote locally grown food and the farmers, chefs and consumers who love it, celebrate the first harvest of the growing season each year with a maple-inspired dinner. Some of last year’s chefs (shown at right in the Red Lion Inn kitchen) will be returning, others are new to the event. They include Kate Baldwin (Kate Baldwin Catering), Chris Bonnivier (Gala Restaurant and Bar), John Dudek (Bascom Lodge), Dan Smith (John Andrew), Daire Rooney (Brix Wine Bar), Peter Platt (Old Inn on the Green) and host chef Brian Alberg (The Red Lion Inn). The March Maple Dinner begins with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails featuring locally produced beverages from the Barrington Brewery and Berkshire Mountain Distillers followed by a five-course dinner beginning at 7 pm. The Red Lion Inn is offering a special room rate for guests attending the dinner.
Monday, March 22; cocktails, 6 p.m., dinner, 7 p.m.
Farmers/$65; Berkshire Grown members/$95; non-members/$120.
Reservation required: 413.528.0041.
Room with private bath, $89 plus tax
Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA