Bits & Bites: Fundraisers, dinners scheduled this week

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This story has been amended. Julia Turshen will not be part of the Great Barrington Farmers Market event.

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN DINNER

Cheshire United Methodist Church will hold a sweet and sour chicken dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the church hall at 197 Church St., Cheshire.

The menu is sweet and sour chicken, rice, green beans, biscuits, beverage and springtime cupcakes for dessert.

The cost for dinner is: adult, $10; children, $5. Take-out dinners will be available. There will be a limited number of dinners available for walk-ins. To reserve dinners, call 413-663-3630 by 5 p.m. Friday, April 26; leave your name, phone number and the number of dinners needed (whether adult or child). All are welcome.

FARMERS MARKET TO HOLD BENEFIT

The Great Barrington Farmers Market will hold its first-ever fundraiser, Farm Market Table a night of storytelling, at 5 p.m. Saturday, April  27 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Come and listen to stories from across the food system. Celebrated chefs, farmers, local food heroes, and your neighbors will share their stories about the power and purpose of food. All proceeds will benefit the Great Barrington Farmers Market nutrition assistance programs, which double SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market checks throughout the market season.

Tickets are offered on a sliding scale with special pricing available. For more information and to buy tickets, visit greatbarringtonfarmersmarket.org or mahaiwe.org

SAUSAGE, BEER DINNER AT SHAKER VILLAGE

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Hancock Shaker Village will host a Shaker Up Sausage + Beer Night, a multi-course dinner with farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg and Orion Howard of Bright Ideas Brewing, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26.

The menu includes French-style bratwurst with goat cheese potato cakes, arugula salad, and a Dijon vinaigrette paired with a crisp, hoppy blonde ale, in addition to charcuterie and several varieties of old world (Shaker-style) craft sausage made with locally sourced meats. Participants will have the opportunity to mingle with brewers and taste the new, limited-edition Heavenly Bright IPA inspired by Hancock Shaker Village and specially brewed for this event.

Tickets are $80 ($72 members) and may be purchased at hancockshakervillage.org or by calling 413-443-0188.

ROAST BEEF DINNER

The Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department will hold a roast beef dinner fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road, Stephentown, N.Y. Adult, all-you-can-eat dinners are $15, children age 6-10, $7; and youth ages 5 and younger, 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 message at 518-733-5151.

WINE, CHOCOLATE, BEER TASTING

AYJ Fund's Wine, Chocolate and Craft Beer Tasting will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Freight Yard Pub in North Adams.

For a $25 donation, enjoy a selection of wines from Balderdash Cellars and DeMarsico's Wine Cellar, craft beers from Bright Ideas Brewery, Wandering Star and Shire Breu-Haus, Chocolate Springs chocolates and desserts from Gimme Some Sugar. There will also be the popular wine pull, silent auction, music and more.

The AYJ Fund provides smiles for kids with cancer by providing fun items and activities for kids who are undergoing cancer treatment, technology to keep them connected to friends and school, and funding for research to find effective treatments.

To learn more check out AYJ Fund on Facebook or www.AYJfund.org.


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