Bits and Bites: It's food truck season
Food truck fun
Grab some friends and bring your appetite for Pittsfield's 3rd annual Food Truck Rodeo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Shire City Sanctuary at 40 Melville St.
Vendors will include the Chuck Wagon, Flavors of Lebanon, Desperados, Lucia's Latin Kitchen, and Aurora's Gypsy Wagon. Live music during the event will be provided by Blind Inspiration. Local beer and wine concessions will be sold by Shire City Sanctuary. All ages are welcome and there will be various children's activities. Proceeds from vendor fees as well as $1 from each beer sold will benefit the Giving Garden.
For more information go to shirecitysanctuary.org
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at one of your favorite local restaurants offering south of the border fun and food.
• If you love Eat on North's weekly Taco Tuesday special — two tacos and a blood orange margarita or North Street Sangria for $15 every Tuesday evening — then get ready to get your fill of tacos. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo week, the restaurant will be extending Taco Tuesday through Thursday. Stop by from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow for a tasty fiesta.
• The Dream Away Lodge in Becket will host its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration with a "grande" Mexican buffet on Thursday. Excellent tequila will be served at the bar, as well.
• Hot Harry's Fresh Burritos locations will be giving away limited edition Hot Harry's/Cinco de Mayo T-shirts to the first 75 customers Thursday. On the menu, mini chicken or beef burritos, normally priced at $6.25, will sell for only $3. Chips & salsa are included in the $3 deal. The deal will be available 11 a.m. to closing.
• You can also just stop by one of your trusty Mexican haunts — such as Pancho's in Pittsfield, Desperados in North Adams and Williamstown, Coyote Flaco in Williamstown; and Xicohténcatl in Great Barrington — that are sure to be offering special deals on May 5.
Interested in learning more about the tasty, traditional methods of meat smoking? Stop by the vintage smokehouse located at 6:30 p.m. behind the Dan Raymond House at 159 Main St. in Sheffield on Friday.
The Sheffield Historical Society will be holding a demonstration on traditional methods of meat smoking and Tony Carlotto will demonstrate how meats were traditionally prepared and smoked and will talk about the history of this age-old preservation method. The presentation is free and open to the public.
You can park at the Town Hall parking lot, is a stone's throw from the smokehouse. This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. Refreshments (including smoked samples) will be served.
Cafe Lucia in Lenox will be officially re-opening on May 17 with a new look and a new "indoor bar," according to the restaurant's Facebook page.
"We are very excited about the upcoming season and look forward to seeing all our friends, patrons and new customers."
To see the new menu and for more information about the Church Street restaurant, visit cafelucialenox.com.
Best in New England
Congratulations to the hardworking, coffee-loving folks at Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge for being named Best Coffee Shop in New England by Yankee Magazine.
Pick up a copy of the magazine's May/June issue to learn more and to see who else took top honors in its annual "Best of New England" issue.