The Red Lion Inn and the New Berkshires Food Scene

Submitted by Angela Cardinali.  Originally published on March 13, 2015.

A note from Tara: Well, it's no secret by now that the Red Lion Inn is one of my favorite places to go in the Berkshires.  Whether hosting a Berkshires wedding, rehearsal dinner or your wedding guests, there's just something so special about this place--so full of history, but also knee-deep in the Berkshires' modern culinary arts.  I was so excited to hear of their new partnerships with these other amazing Berkshires-based businesses, promoting our region's farm-to-table movement.  (Video also features Allium, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, The Meat Market, Monterey General Store, Nudel, The Prairie Whale and Six Depot Roastery & Cafe.)

The Red Lion Inn, in partnership with Berkshire Farm & Table and Find.Eat.Drink, produced a series of engaging contemporary videos aimed at the food tourism market to bring attention to the modern-day farm-to-table movement taking place in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. On March 13, the inn released a four-minute film entitled ‘The New Berkshires Food Scene: The Red Lion Inn-sider’s Guide’ which features executive chef Brian Alberg and visits to many of the best new food stops within a 20-minute drive of the inn.

The Red Lion Inn purchases more than $650,000 in local food and beverages annually and is one of the leaders in the region’s local food movement. Their commitment to the food community is expanding in tandem with the growth of their restaurants including Eat Kitchen and Bar in Pittsfield, scheduled to open in May of 2015.

Farm-to table is not new to the Berkshires. Chefs have been partnering with farmers and food makers for more than three decades and many businesses have a strong focus on sourcing locally. ‘The New Berkshires’ video tells the story of newcomers to the region’s food scene.