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Parties & Openings

March 9 – Pittsfield
Pittsfield Education Foundation

March 3 – New Lebanon
Culinary Crossroads Tea

Feb. 22 – Dalton
Taste Of The Berkshires

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Barnraising Begins At A Brunch For The GB Fairgrounds

Lisa Green reports from New Marlborough. It takes a village to build a barn, and the townspeople came out in force for the brunch to raise funds for the cowshed at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds. The long-dormant site is undergoing a renaissance thanks to the efforts of co-owners Janet and Bart Elsbach [in photo, left], along with many volunteers. On Sunday, September 21, supporters gathered in the elegant barn at Gedney Farm, where the focus at the sumptuous brunch was on cuisine and cooking, farmers and food journalists. “This is a community-driven, community-based effort,” said Janet Elsbach, and truly, the pitch-in spirit was alive and well. Everything, from Alana Chernila’s Pallid Mary cocktail to the chocolate goat cheese truffles for dessert were made of ingredients from area farms; Gedney’s servers donated their services, autumnal tablescapes were created gratis by Pamela Read Hardcastle, and the featured speakers also contributed their time. Sam Sifton, former restaurant critic for the New York Times and now editor of its new Cooking website, Jenny Rosenstrach, whose book Dinner: A Love Story and blog of the same name are household resources in many families, and Andy Ward, editorial director at Random House, spoke about trends in home cooking (and what they plan to serve at their Thanksgiving tables). Now, the real task of barnraising begins, and next summer, the organization will host workshops led by professional timber framers to teach all who are interested the skills to participate in the hands-on project.

Featured guest speakers Jenny Rosenstrach, Sam Sifton and Andy Ward; Margaret Cherin and Gregory Cherin, a photographer.

Alana Chernila, author, blogger and RI contributor with Lisa Landry of Six Depot Cafe in West Stockbridge; Flora Paladino and her mom Emily Rechnitz.

Cathie Kavanaugh, prepared food manager at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, who commandeered the brunch kitchen, with Chris Masiero and Dawn Masiero of Guido’s, which was a sponsoring partner, along with Gedney Farm.

Diminutive real estate broker extraordinaire Nancy Kalodner tries to look taller in between Bill Gunn and Virginia Warner; Volunteer coordinator Beth Carlson, who sells vintage jewelry on Etsy, with volunteer Karen Seltzer.

Phyllis Webb, owner of The Magic Fluke Company in Sheffield, and Selina Lamb of Berkshire Property Agents.

Paul Joffe smooches his wife, Ingrid Joffe; Amy Humes and Bruce Humes, who were married at Gedney Farm almost 14 years ago.

Possible future barn builders Corliss Parker, Charles Rosenblum, Faith Sterling, Bob Sterling, Bruce Kafenbaum and Sandi Kafenbaum.

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