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Mahaiwe Tent


Parties & Openings

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

Nov. 4 - Pittsfield
NAACP Awards Dinner

Oct. 29 - G. Barrington
Halloween At L'Atelier

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Berkshire Grown’s March Maple Dinner Taps Into Syrup Season

Sarah Todd reports from Lenox.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single person in possession of warm maple syrup must be in want of some pancakes. But on Monday, March 18, the six celebrated chefs behind Berkshire Grown’s March Maple Dinner proved that the earthy, amber syrup is deliciously versatile. The annual fundraising dinner for Berkshire Grown, an agriculture non-profit headed by executive director Barbara Zheutlin (left, with Bob and Karen Youdelman), rang in the start of sugaring season at Cranwell Resort. A five-course menu by chefs with ties to Wheatleigh and Blantyre showcased maple in all its lip-smacking variations — from Michael Roller‘s cheddar biscuits with roasted maple ham and whipped maple butter all the way through Shirl Gard‘s showstopping caramel-glazed maple banana parfaits. Diners reported that the pork belly by Brian Young was luscious and buttery, while the tender, flaky cod by former Top Chef winner Hung Huynh was a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Toward the end of the night, guests bid on two plum auction prizes. An eight-course wine dinner by The Old Inn on the Green’s Peter Platt sold to two separate bidders for $2,000 apiece, while a one-week stay at Casa Miel, a home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, had guests gazing at the snowflakes falling outside the window and dreaming of a more equatorial atmopshere.

Landscape designer Karen Shreefter, Trice Atchison, Berkshire Co-op board chairman Daniel Seitz, and former Berkshire Grown president Laury Epstein; Al Frazzini and Decades of Health founder Margaret Lively Frazzini with Rob Leab.

Jayne and Jonathan Hirsch; caterer Kate Baldwin with Jim Finnerty and Heirloom Meals’ Carole Murko.

Canyon Ranch’s Tom Leblanc, Cranwell’s Carl Deluce, Wheatleigh’s Nick LaDuke and Jeffrey Thompson, and Brian Young of The Chef at Your Table.

Pediatric doctor Siobhan McNally, Berkshire Grown board member Ariel Bock, and Dr. Mark Liponis; Chris Blair and Berkshire Grown board member Annette Grant.

Barry and Marjorie Shapiro with Holly and Joseph Poindexter; The Old Inn on the Green chef and co-owner Peter Platt.

Back in the kitchen, the chefs prepare Shirl Gard‘s caramel-glazed maple banana parfaits.

Sylwia Orczykowska and Cafe Adam’s Adam Zieminski dig into Jeffrey Thompson‘s variations on Muscovy duck; Berkshire Mountain Distiller’s Jon Height and Courtney Ivey enjoy Hung Huynh‘s miso-maple bourbon Alaskan cod.

Chocolate truffles and turtles by H.R. Zeppelin Chocolates; Carey Beckwith and MS Walker Wines’ Bruce Beckwith sip Chris Brooks’ garlic and potato soup with maple-cured bacon.

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Posted by Sarah Todd on 03/19/13 at 06:27 PM • Permalink