Bits & Bites: SoCo Creamery unveils new flavors like Beet Mole, Tahini Toffee Crunch

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FLAVOR PARTY AT SOCO CREAMERY

SoCo Creamery welcomes all for an exclusive tasting of new, seasonal flavors from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at their store, 5 Railroad St., Great Barrington.

The creative team at SoCo Creamery has been toiling away in the kitchen this winter to develop ice cream delicacies such as Beet Mole, Tahini Toffee Crunch, Cooookie Monster, Berkshire Fog and G.O.A.T. Pepper Jam, to add to its roster of decadent classics.

Inspired by the bounty of the Berkshires, these seasonal flavors are made with local ingredients and tell the stories of farmland, friends, families and small businesses that work together.

Susan Sellew of Rawson Brook Farm in Monterey has been producing exceptional goat cheese for years and this was the inspiration for a flavor like G.O.A.T. Pepper Jam — taking this cheese, pairing it with a rich blackberry jam and adding just a whisper of habanero.

This will be the first in a series of Flavor Parties at the scoop shop in Great Barrington.

DINNER BENEFIT FOR BFMC

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative of Western Massachusetts will launch its Community Film Fund from 5 to 8 tonight at Chez Nous, 150 Main St., Lee.

The Community Film Fund is a $25,000, matching fund to help smaller non-profits make impactful videos for their branding, marketing and fundraising. Fifteen percent of the evening's proceeds will go to benefit BFMC.

For reservations, visit cheznousbistro.com/events or call 413-243-6397.

WINE AND SPIRITS FAIR

The Red Lion Inn will host an inaugural tour of wines and spirits from both local and international producers Saturday. Presented in partnership with Nejaime's Wine Cellar, the Wine and Spirits Fair takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the hotel's Hitchcock Room with light bites and tastings of more than 35 different types of wine and spirits. In addition to pours from the Red Lion Inn's collection, tastes will be provided from vendors such as: M.S. Walker, Classic Wine Imports, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Ideal Wine & Spirits and the Oz Wine Company.

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Attendees can also try their luck at winning a variety of raffle prizes including magnums of wine, tours of Berkshire Mountain Distillery, and an overnight stay with dinner at the Red Lion Inn. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will benefit the Community Access to the Arts.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person and include a souvenir Red Lion Inn wine glass. Raffle tickets are not included in the ticket price. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

WINTER FARMERS MARKET

The Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market on Saturday will feature locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare and children's activities. The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington. Admission is free and SNAP/EBT is accepted at all markets. For more information, visit berkshiregrown.org.

VALENTINE BRUNCH FOR SENIORS

The Friendly Mission Circle will host a festive Valentine brunch as the monthly senior community lunch. All are invited to attend the meal at noon today at the First Baptist Church of Readsboro, Vt.

Seniors are asked for a suggested donation of $3.50, others are asked for a $4.50 donation.

This program, sponsored by the Senior Solutions of the Council On Aging, offers an opportunity for folks to gather and socialize with neighbors and to meet new people while enjoying a hearty lunch. They also can play bingo if they arrive early.

VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE

A Valentine's Day dinner dance, sponsored by the Cheshire Council on Aging and Friends of the Cheshire COA, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Cheshire Senior/Community Center, 119 School St., Cheshire.

The menu includes soup and sandwiches, dessert, coffee, tea, water and soda. Music will be provided by Marty Plankey.

Advance tickets are $8, call 413-743-9719.


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