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Sophisticated contemporary Berkshires compound

Selina Lamb of BIRCH Properties offers the pinnacle of Berkshires living with privacy, tranquility and modern comfort in an ideal location.

Culinary Adventures: Local foods from around the world — at Rubiner’s

"The shtick here [at Rubi’s] is classics improved through quality of ingredients. Using really really good bread, really really good butter, really really good cheese, and really really good salt we’ve created an outstanding sandwich.” --Matt Rubiner

Eat well, live well: How do we get children to eat well?

What we should be most concerned with is that children are eating real food, not processed junk. It is the job of the parent to offer (and offer is the operative word) a variety of nutritious foods, in a developmentally appropriate form, in a pleasant environment.

Culinary Adventures: The Old Inn on the Green

The Old Inn exudes the qualities one expects of the quintessential New England inn, with its rustic atmosphere, candle-lit rooms, seamless service, and, most importantly, elegant food.

Culinary Adventures: The Housie Market

The menu at the Housie Market is peppered with items not found elsewhere, such as poached eggs on polenta. Then there’s the Contactors’ Special, a “great deal” what with two eggs, cheddar, bacon, and her homemade tomato salsa on ciabatta with a cup of coffee for $6.99.

Culinary Adventures: The Monterey General Store

Monterey -- Monterey is not just on the way from Great Barrington to Jacob’s Pillow. It’s a picturesque town with about 900 full-time residents whose...

Culinary Adventures: The Bistro Box, the Berkshires’ new shake shack

“We like to offer some unusual items for a ‘shack joint,’ such as lobster rolls, fish tacos, and salmon burgers, all of which are quite successful.” -- Nick Joseph of The Bistro Box

Eat well, live well: Bone broth for warmth and health

While the advent of monosodium glutamate in the early 1900s made it possible to create "tasty" broths and soups with minimal input from meat or bones, these tasty liquids do not have any of the vital healing substances that are acquired from the slow cooking of bones.

Eat well, live well: The late summer harvest

Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body's detoxification system as do the other members of the brassica family –- broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprout.

Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper celebrates chefs and farmers

The Harvest Supper represents community and strengthens the bonds between chefs and farmers who have just finished a hard and rewarding season together. -- Daire Rooney, chef at Allium in Great Barrington

Eat well, live well: Spice up your life

When we use herbs and spices in food, they are an excellent tonic for promoting good health -- and a source of great pleasure by adding amazing flavor.

‘A Chef’s Life’: Cooking up farm-to-table recipes

Over the past decade or so, Great Barrington has emerged as a mini-culinary capital in New England. Michael Ballon has been at the forefront of our growing culinary awareness, appreciation and practices.