Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Have you heard? Williams’ Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment in which we learn, work, and live. They have some really cool programming to go along with it… like: Gender and Food: Production and Consumption. Check out the list of participants: Karen Washington, member of Garden of Happiness, La Familia Verde Garden Coalition; Just Food City Farms Trainer; president of the NYC Community Garden Coalition. Giovanna DiChiro Ph.D., research rssociate in the Environmental Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College, co-editor of the volume Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power and Embodied Ecologies: Science, Politics, and Environmental Justice; co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Community Environmental Justice Coalition. Shannon Hayes Ph.D., author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, The Grassfed Gourmet, and The Farmer and the Grill; Co-owner, Sap Bush Hollow Farm, Warnerville, NY. Elizabeth Smith, co-founder of Caretaker Farm in Williamstown who ran the NOFA-organic certified commercial vegetable farm for 16 years. Converted to a CSA in 1990. Lisa MacDougall, farmer/owner of Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, VT.
Porches is offering a 20% discount off the regular rate for any of our rooms for the night of January 13th (based on availability) in conjunction with this program. Please call 413.664.0400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a guestroom. Kick off the evening with dinner at Mezze in Williamstown; for information and to reserve, call Mezze – 413.458.0123.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Did you catch the 12/23 cover story in The Boston Globe’s G magazine about holiday food by Chef Brian Alberg at our sister property, The Red Lion Inn? Check this link out and read all about it. It’s a totally accurate portrait of the man who feeds the masses at The Red Lion Inn – who’s done a few gigs at Porches too. There are a few recipes, too.
If you’d like to try truly locally-grown cuisine but can’t get out of New York City, head to the James Beard Foundation on February 4th for “The Whole Berkshire Hog.” Feast on courses by six of the most interesting chefs working in the Berkshires, paired with wines by Red Lion Sommelier Dan Thomas. Here’s the link for more info and to make a reservation…
Thursday, December 16, 2010
It’s official! The dates for the 2011 Solid Sound Festival are June 24-26 at MASS MoCA! We wish we could tell you otherwise, but we are already sold out. Should there be any cancellations, we will make an announcement in an email blast as the dates get closer, but we’re not betting on it. There is currently some availability at our “sister” property, The Red Lion Inn. Check out this link at our local visitors’ bureau for lodging opportunities. Click here for the link to our local campground and click here for a map of nearby state campgrounds.
Thanks to Jeff Tweedy and the gang for bringing this amazing festival back to the Berkshires!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Our friends in downtown North Adams got together to offer a shopping extravaganza, full of festive events to keep you entertained as you scour the city for everyone on your holiday list! Shop handmade jewelry, fine art, artisan chocolate, unique toys, historic gifts, books, locally made pottery and more… There are a number of restaurants where you can fuel up along the way – click here for a list. HARDWARE at MASS MoCA now features the wares of over Berkshires artisans, a great place to take home truly local gifts for the whole family. Check out Develop North Adams’ website for all the details!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Join fellow foodies at this event and meet the farmers who bring so much to our Berkshire tables. Berkshire Grown will present Getting to Know Berkshire Grown: Celebrate NoCo on Monday, November 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hosted our friends at Mezze Bistro + Bar in their new location at 777 Cold Spring Road (Route 7) in Williamstown, the event will feature talented Berkshire Grown member chefs and dedicated farmers from the Berkshire region and foods grown and crafted right here in the Berkshires. Munch on hors d’oeuvres and drinks featuring local ingredients prepared by Baby Cakes, The Clark Café, Gala Restaurant, Gramercy Bistro, Mezze Bistro + Bar, The Red Lion Inn (our sister property!), Wild Oats Market, Williams College and The Williams Inn.
Farmers and representatives of The Berry Patch, Black Queen Angus Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, East Mountain Farm, Elmartin Farm, Hidden Pasture Farm, Ioka Valley Farm, Mighty Food Farm, Peace Valley Farm, Square Roots Farm and Sweet Brook Farm will be present at the event to talk about their farms and products. The cost to Berkshire Grown members is $25 per person. Non-members can support local farms by joining Berkshire Grown for $40 per person, which will include admission to the evening’s event. Guests should R.S.V.P. by November 1 by calling 413.528.0041.
Hope to see you there!
Monday, October 4, 2010
This reprint of an article, The Legend of the Florida Mountain Turnip, by our friend Stanley Brown, sheds some light on a local practice: supplementing income with the sale of home-grown produce. The scenic Mohawk Trail provided extra traffic during the foliage season, perfectly coinciding with the fall harvest. Take it slow along our Berkshire byways and be on the lookout for farm stands along the side of the road. Berkshire Living Magazine published an article, Hi-Way Harvest, on this very subject recently – with a handy list of stands to visit. So, take a toolie, shop the Berkshire harvest and enjoy the scenery!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Hey, all you Wilco fans (and anyone interested in contemporary alt music! Due to a few last-minute cancellations, we have some availability for Sunday night. Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival will be an amazing, one-of-a-kind event – and Sunday’s line-up looks great – including a performance by Jeff Tweedy. Call us NOW to reserve at 413.664.0400 – these rooms will sell out.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Whether you hike or drive to the top of Mount Greylock, a fantastic culinary experience awaits… The folks at nearby Bascom Lodge serve three meals a day and a host variety of events at this rustic stone and wood Lodge that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. On June 2 at 6PM, enjoy a night of Celtic Music as Rakish Paddy performs foot stomping, heart throbbing Celtic style music; the performance is followed by a prix fixe meal ($25, tax and tip not included. Reservations required for dinner. ). On Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:00 – 6:30PM, students and experienced sketchers alike are invited to enjoy the highland evening beauty found at the summit of Mount Greylock, taught by artist Karen Arp-Sandel (who was commissioned to produce a collage in one of The Red Lion Inn’s guestrooms). Watch for events all summer long at Bascom Lodge – just a short drive from Porches.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Check out MASS MoCA’s Disfarmer Photos before the summer crowds – you’ll want some time to look at this exhibition. Photographer Mike Disfarmer produced intimate, often intense portraits of the people of Heber Springs, Arkansas from 1939 to 1945. Disfarmer’s photographs are recognized as a stunning achievement for their exquisite artistry, their profound empathy and their landmark documentation of small town life in America’s heartland.
In celebration of the spring season, Berkshire Grown will host Farmed + Foraged: A Weekend of Spring Flavors, a culinary celebration of farmed and foraged seasonal foods at area restaurants from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23. This year, Berkshire Grown will feature 23 participants offering an array of prix fixe menus and a la carte selections to celebrate this farm-to-table dining event. Menus will feature wild edibles, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. The dates, prices and menus for Farmed + Foraged participants vary dramatically. Please contact participating restaurants for accurate information on when they will be offering Farmed + Foraged, their menu options and pricing. Check out our friends at Gramercy Bistro, Mezze and The Red Lion Inn.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Our last-minute, special one-night package treats you and a pal to a fantastic evening of cutting-edge puppetry (who knew there was such a thing, but it is and it’s wild!), superb accompanying music and a few of the usual Porches goodies. Join us on Saturday, March 13th for Shack Up with Shackleton and you’ll enjoy two tickets to Phantom Limb’s 69° South: The Shackleton Project, dinner for two at the newly re-opened Gramercy Bistro at MASS MoCA, overnight accommodations in a deluxe room, Porches healthful continental breakfast buffet and admission for two to MASS MoCA. There is limited availability for this package, available for $275 (inclusive). The performance is sold out, but we have a limited amount of tickets set aside for Porches guests who take advantage of this special offer.