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Construct’s Tasty Mayfest Fundraiser at Crissey Farms
Fiona Breslin reports from Great Barrington.
Despite the heavy rain, an eager crowd packed Crissey Farm on Monday, May 14 as more than 20 local restaurants and top chefs donated time, food, and spirits for Mayfest, Construct Inc.‘s annual event to raise funds for housing, support, and educational services in Southern Berkshire County. Underwritten by Herrington’s, the evening featured a smorgasbord from local purveyors, including Aegean Breeze, The Williamsville Inn, Rubiner’s, The Meat Market, Perigee Restaurant, The Red Lion Inn, Haven, Castle Street Café (owner Michael Ballon at left), and more, who served up everything from lasagna to chana masala. Mid-way through the evening the more than 225 attendees were asked to turn their attention from the delectables to the podium for a short performance by the Mixed Company theater group based on real-life interviews with Construct clients. Generosity and conviviality were the overriding flavors of the event, which raised $36,000 in ticket sales and donations. Adding extra spice was the presence of Mark Firth, co-founder of Brooklyn’s Diner. The farm-to-table chef is now tending his own farm in Monterey and will have a much shorter trip to the table; this summer he plans to open a restaurant, Bell & Anchor, in downtown Great Barrington.
Committee member Bryn Davis with Craig McDowell and Nilo McDowell; Barbara Bunger, Construct’s Lisa Henriques, and former Construct chair Fred Bunger.
Barrington Bites’ Savannah Stalker and Sherri Gorelick ; Mary Short and Aegean Breeze’s Amanda Zucco.
Kosta Cami and Samuel Wendt, whose families own, respectively, Aegean Breeze and The Williamsville Inn; Howard Chezar and designer Patrcia Fox.
Kehr Davis and her daughter Aurora Davis; board member Shirley Yohalem with Ira Yohalem and shopkeeper Carrie Herrington of Wearhouse in Great Barrington.
Board member John Katz and Laura Katz; Peace, Love & Chocolate owner Ali Aronoff shares the love with her daughter Meghan Cum.