Bits & Bites: Food authors' reception, murder mystery dinner on tap


GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures, a nonprofit organization located in Great Barrington, MA., which is dedicated to assisting farmers and food entrepreneurs by providing financing and technical assistance, will present "A Path Forward: Growing Our Local Food Economy for Regional Food Security" on Saturday, October 7, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM, at Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA., featuring authors Andy Fisher and Brian Donahue.

Both authors are prominent leaders in the national and regional food and farming landscape. Andy Fisher, author of the newly released book, "Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups," is the founder of the national Community Food Security Coalition and Farm to School Network and Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Portland State University. Brian Donahue, associate professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, is the lead author of "A New England Food Vision" and the soon-to-be-released "Wildlands and Woodlands: Broadening the Vision for New England."

Their talks will be followed by a book sale, signing and reception. Tickets are $15 at For more information, contact


LENOX — The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble invites the public to join the fun with "Deadly Chateau Shenanigans" when they return to the mansion for an encore murder mystery dinner theater performance on Sunday, Oct. 15. Doors open at 5 p.m.; program starts and first course served at 5:30 p.m.

The new who-done-it finds Zca Zca Grabmore ensconced in her chateau in the South of France. She is hosting a mystery evening with her devoted French maid, Sue Fley. You and three wildly famous super sleuths, Detective Codumbo, Jessica Fetcher and Inspector Jacque Coosteau, are invited to join the party. Zca Zca is out to prove that she's smarter than they, even embarrassing them. But the table is turned and someone gets the better of her for all eternity. Who is it?

A full-course dinner at the mansion will be served during the audience-participation performance.

The cost to attend is $40 per person including dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Oct. 10. Seating is limited. For information or reservations, call 413-637-3206. The mansion is at 104 Walker St., Lenox.


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