Friday September 28, 2012

Stockbridge: Red Lion chef in Lamb Jam Finale

Brian Alberg, the executive chef and director of food and beverages at the Red Lion Inn, is among four chefs from across the country who will compete in the American Lamb Board’s Lamb Jam Finale in California on Sunday.

The competition is part of Sunset Magazine’s Savor the Central Coast event. The main event, held in San Luis Obispo, Calif., provides foodies and wine connoisseurs two days in interact with winemakers, celebrity chefs, brew masters, fisherman, artisal food producers and Sunset Magazine editors.

Alberg will be competing against chefs Alex Paguanga of Seattle, Vernon Morales of San Francisco, and John Critchely of Washington D.C. The competition will be judged by Ted Allen, the host of the Food Network television show, "Chopped."

Alberg took home the top prize at the Boston leg of the American Lamb Board’s Lamb Jam Tour for Best Overall Dish, as well as winning Best Shoulder Dish.

Pittsfield: Pine Cone Hill founder on council

Annie Selke, the founder of Pine Cone Hill, Albert & Dash Rug Co., and Annie Selke Home, has been named to Domino Magazine’s Style Council.

Selke and 12 other home-decor professionals address common decorating issues and inspire readers to create their ideal living spaces in the magazine’s Fall/Winter 2012 issue, which is on newsstands now.


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Members of the council are quoted throughout the Fall/Winter issue, and will also appear in future editions of the magazine to address new topics of interest to design fans.

Pittsfield: Hospice service company moves

Athena Hospice Services of Western Massachusetts has relocated from West Street to the Shipton Building at 150 North St.

Athena is a community-based hospice that has been providing end-of-life care for patients and their families throughout Berkshire County for more than five years. Info: (413) 442-0045.

Pittsfield: Dery Funeral Home supports trees

Dery Funeral Homes has renewed its affiliation with Lofty Oaks of Littleton, N.H., an organization that plants trees to provide a living memorial in honor of the deceased, and to help restore the forest life in the state of Massachusetts.

Dery Funeral Homes arranges for the trees to be planted. Dery has offices in Pittsfield, Dalton and Cheshire.

Through this program, Lofty Oaks Association has planted 65,221 trees in Massachusetts.