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Berkshire Farm & Table Comes to the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 15, 2013

ChefX Stone Hill Table Dinner Features Chef Dan Smith from John Andrews Restaurant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Williamstown, Mass. (July 15, 2013) – Williamstown’s Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will host two intimate farm-to-table dinner events on August 29 and 30 in partnership with Berkshire Farm & Table (BF&T). Part of BF&T’s ChefX series, these events will feature a rare culinary experience set on the terrace of the Clark’s exceptional Stone Hill Center venue.

The al fresco dinners will take place on Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30 on the Stone Hill terrace – taking advantage of the landscape that Yankee magazine has lauded as one of the best “dining with a view” options in New England. Both dinners will be prepared by Chef Dan Smith of John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant (www.jarestaurant.com.) The convergence of food, wine and art in this beautiful setting is a rare treat and will allow guests to take part in the bounty of the Berkshire terroir while enjoying special access to the Clark.

“I am excited by the opportunity to serve an exceptional meal at the height of the summer season in a setting that further highlights the land and landscape of our region,” said Chef Dan Smith. “The magnificent natural surroundings of the Clark are the perfect backdrop to celebrate the union of food and art in a special way.”

The Stone Hill Table dinners have been curated to provide an elegant dining experience in a small group setting limited to only 40 guests each night. Smith’s four-course menu features an all-locally sourced dinner served family style. The dinner events will begin at 6 pm, with optional behind-the-scenes programs offered at the Clark at 5 pm. On Thursday, August 29, members of the Clark’s curatorial team will provide a private after-hours tour of the current exhibitions, Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History and George Inness: Gifts from Frank and Katherine Martucci. On Friday, August 30, guests are invited for wine and a view on the Clark’s penthouse terrace for an insider’s look at the architectural additions that are transforming the Clark’s campus.

These dinners, featuring locally grown and produced ingredients, are sponsored by The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA with additional support from MS Walker and Balderdash Cellars.

Stone Hill Table Dinner Details

Chef Dan Smith has created an exceptional menu featuring the best of the summer harvest, highlighting ingredients from local producers. During cocktail hour on Stone Hill, Balderdash Cellars, a local producer of premium wines from grapes grown by world-class California vineyards, will offer tastings of their wines. The selection of hors d’oeuvres will include Taft Farms Sweet Corn Cakes served with Hudson Valley Duck Confit & Red Onion Jam, Wellfleet Oysters served with Farm Girl Farm Cucumber & Zinke’s Microgreens, and Zehr and Sons Farm Mushroom & Berkshire Mountain Bakery Bruschetta. Dinner will include Grilled “Tuscan Style” Lila’s Farm Lamb, Foggy River Farms Roasted Purple Peruvian Potatoes with Rosemary & Balsamic, Braised Indian Line Farm Greens & Farm Girl Farm Grilled Eggplant Relish with a salad of Grilled Markristo Farm Summer Squash & Zucchini, Indian Line Farm Heirloom Tomatoes and Berle Farm Crowdie served over Equinox Farm Arugula, Balsamic & Fresh Basil Vinaigrette. Vegetarian options will also be available upon request.

The all-inclusive cost for each dinner is $170 per person, which incorporates the optional behind-the-scenes programs at 5 pm, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, service gratuity and the online ticketing fee. Dinner tickets will be available online via Eventbrite only. Details including the full menu are available at http://www.berkshirefarmandtable.com/chefx-at-the-clark/.

To purchase tickets for the Thursday, August 29 Stone Hill Table: ChefX at The Clark dinner, visit EVENTBRITE at http://stonehilltable-chefxclark-082913.eventbrite.com

To purchase tickets for the Friday, August 30 Stone Hill Table: ChefX at The Clark dinner, visit EVENTBRITE at http://stonehilltable-chefxclark-083013.eventbrite.com

About the Clark
Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The institute’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Mass. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. For directions or more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413.458.0524.

About the ChefX Series and Berkshire Farm & Table

The Chef X dinner series, designed in the style of pop-up suppers, has been cultivated to bring chefs from the Berkshires and Hudson Valley to alternative venues in celebration of regional cuisine. These dinners provide guests with a sampling of local food experiences showcasing the culinary talents of a collection of noteworthy chefs who value top-quality ingredients and support local farmers and food artisans.

Berkshire Farm & Table is an organization whose mission is to cultivate regional economic development through the advancement of food culture in the region. Through building relationships, producing events and fostering dialogue, they bring the unique stories and expertise of Berkshires’ culinary artisans, farming values and agritourism experiences to the forefront. For more information, visit berkshirefarmandtable.com.

To view the full Stone Hill Table: Chef X at The Clark menu, chef bio and more, visit http://www.berkshirefarmandtable.com/chefx-at-the-clark/.

PRESS CONTACT:

Angela Cardinali, Berkshire Farm & Table

angela@angelacardinali.com

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