• Dakoto Formerly Dakota in Pittsfield

    From an A to O No

    By: Pit Bulls - Mar 18th, 2015

    The Dakota was a popular destination for Pittsfield diners. It closed last summer, underwent extensive renovation, and has reopened as Dakoto. As the Pit Bulls discovered during a recent lunch more has changed than the last vowel in the name of the now Asian themed steak house. The upgrade seems more like a setback. Most of all we missed that snarling, stuffed bear that amusingly greeted diners. The new decor is spotless but enervating.

  • Cervello

    Sicilian Brain Food

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 03rd, 2015

    My Irish mom loved corned beef and cabbage. Dad, a Sicilian, enjoyed more exotic cuisine. He insisted that we eat whatever was put in front of us. One night we went too far.

  • Mezze in Williamstown

    Winter Comfort Sundays

    By: Foodies - Feb 09th, 2015

    During the winter season Mezze in Williamstown offers Comfort Sunday weekly specials. A three course meal at the upscale restaurant costs $29. Or $22 if you skip desert. On a snowy winter night we joined friends to share a super spicy Moroccan menu. It was perhaps too authentic as the owner Nancy Thomas, who created this special dinner, is Moroccan American. It evoked a gastronomical heat wave on a cold gloomy night.

  • A 'Rare' Wine Tasting

    Vintage Piper-Heidsieck Champagne

    By: Philip Kampe - Nov 24th, 2014

    a 20 year Anniversary tasting honoring Chef de Caves, Regis Camus

  • Tony’s Sombrero: Mexican Restaurant

    Ersatz Burrito in Williamstown

    By: Cisco - Nov 10th, 2014

    A quick burrito at Tony's Sombrero before a movie in Williamstown seemed like a great idea. Wrong. What an utter disaster. Particularly returning from several weeks of authentic Mexican food in the Southwest.

  • Old Country Buffet in Pittsfield

    Quality Comfort and Price

    By: Pit Bulls - Oct 07th, 2014

    For an ample, fresh, cheap meal Country Buffet in the Pittsfield Mall is an enticing option. The Pit Bulls differed in their responses. In general you get what you pay for.

  • KALFU Wines

    From the Coast of Chile

    By: Philip Kampe - Sep 29th, 2014

    Winemaker Alejandro Galaz produces wines from Chile's coastline

  • Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival

    September 6th & 7th

    By: Philip Kampe - Sep 06th, 2014

    Wine, food and fun this weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. This is the 13th year of the event, which features wines from New York state. At last count, over fifty vineyards will be represented at the festival. The events main focus is to highlight the wonderful wineries that are found in the Hudson Valley and all over New York state.

  • Bottoms Up at Tanglewood

    Beer Tasting and Concert on August 15

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 13th, 2014

    On August 15 conductor Stephane Deneve will lead a Beethoven and Prokofiev program featuring pianist and soloist Emanual Ax, followed by mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina. Starting at 5:30, prior to the concert, there will be a tasting of regional microbreweries and snacks.

  • More Than a Basic Wine Course

    Wine Made Simple

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 10th, 2014

    This is a basic wine course that will help you to understand wine. There are Saturday afternoon tastings at Nejaimes’s wines in both Lenox and Stockbridge and Spirited Wines in Lenox. Your local shop in West Stockbridge, Housatonic, Adams, North Adams or Williamstown may do the same.

  • A Roman Holiday

    Mange Bene

    By: Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley - Jul 26th, 2014

    This is a lively guide to a four day Roman Holiday. Our overview provides links to accomodations and tours as well as lists of favorite restaurants and recipes. This will serve as a guide to a delicious taste of the food and wine of Italy.

  • Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic

    Delicious Event August 7-10

    By: Philip Kampe - Jul 10th, 2014

    Tanglewood isn't just Music. The annual "Wine and Food Classic" takes place from August 7th-10th, 2014. Hundreds of wines from around the world and locally sourced food, cooked by local chefs will be available to sample on the beautiful Tanglewood grounds.

  • Taken Hosta

    Planting a Berkshire Garden

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 31st, 2014

    When I was a lad the annual flower show inspired me. Each winter since I have dreamed of summer gardens. Here in the Berkshires with crazy weather and global warming that can be tricky. Last year we had a great but late crop of tomatoes. There is also the ongoing hosta project with eventual tours of our thousand exotic varieties.

  • Dreaming With Alice in Becket

    Legendary Former Cat House Deep in the Woods

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 18th, 2014

    When chef Amy Loveless invited Alice Brock to design a special event and menu for Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Mass. they got slammed. Over two days they sold out three sittings on each evening. It turned out to be the hottest event of a busy Berkshire weekend. Alice personally greeted each and every old and new friend during an amazing occasion and triumphant return which she described to me as "overwhelming."

  • Fresh Gulf Shrimp and Cobia

    Home Cooking on Florida’s Panhandle

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 17th, 2014

    Along the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle in the clear Gulf water the seafood is just awesome. In the galley kitchen of our condo we cooked up a storm with fresh jumbo shrimp in white wine sauce and the local delicacy cobia which was in season. Here are quick and easy delicious recipes.

  • Alice’s Restaurant Returns to the Berkshires

    Dream Away Lodge Honors Women Chefs

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 27th, 2014

    The rambling song “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie is an icon of the 1960s. It spawned the film by Arthur Penn as well as “The Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook” which has gone through four printings. For the past 36 years Alice Brock has lived in Provincetown. She returns to Dream Away Lodge May 17 and 18 with evenings of her recipes prepared by Chef Amy Loveless. It is the second in a series created by Loveless to honor renowned women chefs of the Berkshires.

  • Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    Family Style Lunch in Savannah, Georgia

    By: C and A - Mar 26th, 2014

    When in Savannah Georgia you simply must have lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room. During a campaign swing through town President Obama sampled the famous fried chicken and Southern hospitality.

  • The Lantern Bar & Grill

    Pittsfield Burger Joint

    By: Pit Bulls - Mar 12th, 2014

    A hole in the wall and favorite among locals is The Lantern Bar & Grill at 455 North Street along the main drag of downtown Pittsfield, Mass. The owner chef Mike Papas is a jazz fan signified by the photos on the long narrow space with a single row of tables. The Lantern touts the best burger in the Berkshires. The Pit Bulls dropped by for lunch.

  • Contrarian Osso Bucco

    Improvising on a Peasant Recipe

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 06th, 2014

    In upscale Italian restaurants when possible I always order Osso Bucco. Having read and absorbed some classic recipes on line, to the horror of my gourmet friends, I winged it and improvised. The resultant sauce was just awesome. But even at the suggested two hours the meat could have been more tender with longer cooking.

  • Café of St. Martin-in-the-Field

    Cheap Fun Atmospheric London Dining

    By: C & A - Jan 27th, 2014

    The top London destination for cheap hearty food with great atmosphere is found in Trafalgar Square. The Cafe in the Crypt below St. Martin-in-the-Fields is no secret. It is always noisy and crowded. Despite the inconvenience it's the best deal around in a very expensive city.

  • Dublin Pubs

    Irish Comfort Food

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 24th, 2013

    They say that a seven course gourmet Irish meal consists of a six pack and baked potato. Imagine then our surprise to discover traditional Irish food in cozy Dublin pubs. Washed down, of course, with a fresh pint of Guinness.

  • Sullivan Station in Lee

    Lunch in Historic Landmark

    By: C & A - Oct 19th, 2013

    For an atmospheric lunch or dinner consider Sullivan Station in Lee the gateway to the Berkshires. Enjoy the intact interior of the 1893 building with lots of vibtage memorabelia.

  • Mill on the Floss a Berkshire Landmark

    Offering Fine Dining for 40 Years

    By: C & A - Sep 24th, 2013

    For a special occasion we dined in the 200-year-old former grist mill in New Ashford on Route 7 between Pittsfield and Williamstown.. For the past 40 years the Champagne family has offered fine dining in the gracious and atmospheric Mill on the Floss. If you stick with the $30 prix fixe menu it's a Best of the Berkshires.

  • Moonlight Diner in Williamstown

    Burgers with Rock ‘n’ Roll

    By: Pit Bulls - Sep 20th, 2013

    With its vintage Rock 'n' Roll decor The Moonlight Diner in Williamstown offers a winning combination of comfort food at affordable. It was packed with families for Sunday brunch.

  • Adams Ale House

    An Extreme Makover of Spacious Venue

    By: Cisco - Sep 13th, 2013

    There are too few places in the Berkshires to chill, hang out, and groove to a live band. Adams Ale House with a reported $200,000 in ongoing renovations opened in June. It has steadily become a local hangout in the former Polish community center a stone's throw from St. Stans. While nothing special it offers affordable pub food, flat screen TV's, a large dining room and soon banquet, dance and function rooms.

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