Bits and bites: Battle of the chefs at Eat on North


Iron Chef battle

Love Food Network's "Iron Chef" competitions? See a live, local version next Wednesday, April 20, in the dining room of Eat on North.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m., Sean Corcoran of Eat on North and Jim Corcoran of Allium will compete in a secret ingredient battle for your votes. In a "booze battle" Auron Stark of HON and Dan Thomas of Main Street Hospitality will compete to mix up the best cocktail customized to the chefs' dishes.

For $35, you'll get to taste a sample of each dish and the special drinks. Attendees will vote on best dish by ballot and best cocktail to crown the winner of Iron Chef on North.

Brian Alberg and Darie Rooney will be your MCs for the evening of food fun.

Booze and beer will be provided by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Big Elm and Wandering Star.

Grand opening

Grab a bite to eat at the new W Bar and Grill in Williamstown — located at Waubeeka Golf Links on New Ashford Road — Friday night during its official grand opening.

The restaurant promises New American cuisine that taps into French and Italian influences, resulting in dishes like steak frites, Osso buco, deep-fried Oreos, lobster, smoked gouda mac and cheese, and duck confit — all with a killer view of the golf course.

It has been opened for lunch and prix fixed dinner menus since April 1.

For reservations, visit or call 413-458-6000.

Seder reservations

Keeping with its annual tradition, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will host a kosher community Seder on the first night of Passover, Friday, April 22.

The Seder will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road.

This joyous, family friendly event is open to all members of the Jewish community and the community at large who would like to experience a Passover Seder.

The meal will include all ritual foods, as well as ceremonial wine, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, savory herb chicken, mixed roasted potatoes, vegetable, coffee, tea and a selection of fresh fruit and desserts. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available upon advance request. Attendees are invited to bring their own kosher-for-Passover table wine.

Children of all ages, extended family and community friends are welcome. Children will enjoy plague bags and be invited to hunt for the afikomen (hidden matzo). Prizes will be awarded to all.

The cost is $36 for adults and $18 for children ages 5 through 13. Children 4 years and younger are free of charge. Advance reservations and payment are required by Friday, April 15.

Reservations can be made by calling the Federation at (413) 442-4360, ext. 10, or visit

Soup cooking demo

Molly Johnson of "Back to Basics Cooking," will demonstrate simple steps to make homemade stock 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Johnson will discuss the benefits of making your own soup, the growing popularity of bone broth, and provide sample recipes. Tasting will follow.

With a degree in Nutrition Science from Russell Sage College and 12 years of work experience in resorts, restaurants and catering, Johnson has launched a business as a healthy food coach and personal chef.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, the event is free. Attendees are eligible for BCC Forum Credits.

Purradise benefit

Join Berkshire Humane Society for its annual lasagna dinner from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crissey Farm, 426 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Meat and vegetarian lasagna will be served with garlic bread and a salad.

During the Early Bird Special, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., dinner will be only $10. After 5:30 p.m., adults are $12 and children are $6. A cash bar and raffles will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Purradise Feline Adoption Center. For more information, call Purradise at 413-717-4244.

Sustainable seafood

Author Paul Greenberg will visit Williams College on Thursday for a talk, "American Catch: How We Lost and Might Regain Our Local Seafood."

This free event will take place at 8 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium, Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.

Greenberg is the author of two books about sustainable seafood. In "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food," he explores the state of commercial fishing and aquaculture through comments on four fish that dominate menus: cod, salmon, bass, and tuna. In "American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood," he examines New York oysters, Gulf shrimp, and Alaskan salmon to reveal why it is that 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat is imported.

All-you-can-eat dinner

The Stephentown Fire Department will host an all-you-can-eat roast beef dinner fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road, Stephentown, N.Y.

Adult dinners are $15, children ages 6 to 10 are $7, and youth ages 5 and younger eat free. Take-out dinners available for $15 each.

Anyone interested in donating homemade pies for the roast beef dinner is encouraged to contact any department member or leave a message at the fire station, 518-733-5151.

Sons of Italy dinner

A spaghetti and homemade meatball dinner, sponsored by the Lee Sons of Italy, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's School, 115 Orchard St., Lee.

Dessert, coffee and tea are included. Take-out service available. Adults, $10; children from 5 to 10 years of age, $5; and children younger than 5, free. Also available for purchase are water, wine, beer and soda. For tickets, call 413-243-3204 or email or any member of the Sons.

Proceeds benefit for the Sons of Italy charity/scholarship fund.

All-you-can-eat breakfast

Naomi Chapter No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star, is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Masonic Building, 172 Church St., North Adams.

The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, french toast, pancakes, the special pancake of the month — strawberry — plus more.

Adults are $8; children younger than 10, $4.


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