FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Feed your mind, body, and spirit at one of our monthly dinners with an illuminating author. $100 includes 3-course seasonal meal prepared by noted regional field-to-table chef Brian Alberg, wine, and a signed book. Limited seating.
DINNER WITH DEVAL PATRICK
Friday, May 12, 6PM
When Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts in 2007, one of only two black governors elected in American history, that was just one step in an improbable journey that began in a tenement on the South Side of Chicago. Patrick talks about his journey and the lessons along the way in A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life.
DINNER WITH MARY EVELYN TUCKER
Saturday, June 3, 6PM
How do we respond to the daunting ecological challenges in this critical moment of earth’s history? Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe, tells the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. Journey of the Universe transforms how we understand our origins and envision our future. “I cannot imagine a more urgent book to read as we enter this revolutionary moment on the planet,” notes leading naturalist Terry Tempest Williams. Mary Evelyn Tucker is senior lecturer and research scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Divinity School. She is co-founder and co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale.
DINNER WITH STACY SCHIFF
Friday, July 14, 6PM
Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of the #1 national bestseller Cleopatra, now masters the history of early New England in The Witches: Salem, 1692. “She writes with such spirit and agility that to read her books is something like watching a great dancer. To say that her latest book is fascinating and insightful is hardly sufficient. It’s brilliant from start to finish,” said David McCullough . Learn more about the Salem witch trials and the intersection of paranoia and politics from one of our most acclaimed historians.
DINNER WITH ELIZABETH KOLBERT
Friday, August 11, 6pm
Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, each of which wiped out nearly three-quarters of the species on earth. Are humans in the process of bringing about the sixth? The Pulitzer-prize winning author of The New York Times bestseller The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. “An invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances.” – Al Gore, The New York Times Book Review.
STANDING OUT IN THE FIELD
Friday, September 15, 2017 4pm
Host Farmer: Billy Mangiardi, Hancock Shaker Village
Guest Chef: Brian Alberg
A four-course dinner featuring local organic farms, prepared in the field.
We’ll set a long communal table with views of the fields that connected the Shakers to this land for almost 200 years. We’ll begin with a farm tour at 4pm, stopping in the gardens and visiting the animals in the Round Stone Barn. At 5pm the Shaker bell will call us to dinner, where we’ll hear from our gifted farmer, chef and winemaker. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience (maybe even if you do it twice). Hancock Shaker Village is deeply intoxicating in September; while the air and views fill your soul, we hope to fill your imagination with creative outdoor dining from the best regional farms, farmers, and artisans. Dinner will be prepared by Brian Alberg, a regional chef who is a member of the James Beard Foundation, former president of Berkshire Grown, and founding chair of Berkshire Farm & Table. Farms include Ronnybrook Farm, Highlawn Farm, Sustainable Aqua Farm, The Berry Patch, Raven and Boar Farm, and Hancock Shaker Village.
This dinner is classic Berkshires: down-to-earth, soulful, and fun, on one of the most beautiful historic properties in the region. Cocktails, beer and wine are included with the meal.
“This swath of Massachusetts has given rise to a formidable food movement – a place where the milk remains cream on top, where the animals graze on hillsides, where little shoots grow up to be farmers’ market peas.” The New York Times