chefx.jpgFive Courses Prepared By Five Guest Chefs In Two Locations Hudson, N.Y. - What happens when you invite five chefs together into one kitchen to cook a meal? Curious guests of two upcoming events are about to find out when pop-up ChefX dinners pay a visit to Hudson and Great Barrington in April. In the spirit of inspiration, collaboration and pure pleasure, Berkshire Farm & Table is producing one-of-a-kind dinner events to bring like-minded restaurants with farm-to-table values to local food fans. In celebration of what chefs like to eat, each dinner will offer a special five-course, off-the-standard-menu tasting. Both dinners will culminate in a Chefs' Cocktail hour where guests can casually mingle with chefs and learn more about their work, their philosophy and the restaurants they represent. Five chefs from the Berkshires will cross the border in a one-night-only chef exchange and present a five-course dinner in Hudson on Sunday, April 7. On Monday, April 29, five Hudson-based chefs will present their five-course culinary feast in the Berkshires. The ten participating chefs value top-quality ingredients, support local farmers and food artisans and will spotlight regional foods on the ChefX menus. "These events are all about generating exciting and fun events for guests and the host restaurant. We're excited to participate in Chef X and look forward to the collaborations," said Bjorn Somlo of Nudel and a principal catalyst for this idea. "As business owners, we need to create more reasons for people to dine out in the off-season, to inspire chefs to reach out to new audiences and to celebrate what we have to offer. These two Chef X events are just the beginning." On Sunday, April 7th, The Crimson Sparrow in Hudson will host the first-ever Chef X event and present five notable chefs from the Berkshires including:
  • Bjorn Somlo of Nudel Restaurant in Lenox
  • Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge
  • Jamie Paxton of The Meat Market, Great Barrington
  • Stephen Browning from Bell & Anchor, Great Barrington
  • Matt Rubiner of Rubiner's Cheesemongers, Great Barrington
On Monday, April 29, Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington will host five esteemed chefs from the Hudson Valley including:
  • Benjamin Freemole and John McCarthy III from The Crimson Sparrow, Hudson, NY
  • Hugh Horner of Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, NY
  • Jon Spoto and Chip Chiappinelli from Grazin' Diner, Hudson, NY
  • Jeff Gimmel of Swoon Kitchenbar, Hudson, NY
  • Josephine Proul of Local 111 in Philmont, NY
"The demand for food events is high and these first Chef X dinner events have been cultivated to bring several communities together and allow guests to sample the cuisine of a collective of restaurants in one evening," said Angela Cardinali, founder of Berkshire Farm & Table. "The goal of these events is to create more dining opportunities and to showcase the culinary talents of a collection of noteworthy chefs in the Berkshire-Hudson region. We envision many more of these events in different shapes and sizes, all in the spirit of collaboration and enjoyment." Chef X Dinners Menu, chef and dinner details will be available on www.berkshirefarmandtable.com. Both dinners will conclude with a Chefs' Cocktail Hour where host and visiting chefs will meet and greet dinner guests. The cost per person for each dinner is $100 and does not include meal gratuity, beverages or tax. Dinner tickets will be available online via Eventbrite and a small service fee will apply. Tickets will not be made available from the hosting restaurants. Sunday, April 7 Hudson Dinner Details The Hudson dinner on Sunday, April 7 will begin at 7 pm and feature five courses presented by participating Berkshire-based chefs. The Crimson Sparrow is located at 746 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. For directions to the dinner, visit The Crimson Sparrow website (http://www.thecrimsonsparrow.com/) or call 518.671.6565. To purchase tickets for the Sunday, April 7 event at The Crimson Sparrow in Hudson, visit EVENTBRITE at http://chefx-april7-berkshiresinhudson.eventbrite.com/ Monday, April 29 Berkshire Dinner Details The Berkshires dinner on Monday, April 29 will begin at 6:30 pm and feature five courses presented by the five participating Hudson Valley-based chefs. Allium Restaurant + Bar is located at 42/44 Railroad Street in Great Barrington, Mass. For directions to the dinner, visit Allium's website (http://www.alliumberkshires.com/) or call 413.528.2118. To purchase tickets for the Monday, April 29 event at Allium in Great Barrington, visit EVENTBRITE at http://chefx-april29-hudsoninberkshires.eventbrite.com/ To view the full Chef X menu, chef bios, restaurant photos and more visit http://www.berkshirefarmandtable.com/chefx/

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Editor's Note: A selection of chef/restaurant images are available for use. Please contact Angela Cardinali if you are interested. CONTACT: Angela Cardinali, Berkshire Farm & Table 413.335.5629, angela@angelacardinali.com