County Fare: Food, fun and philanthropy

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Once again this winter, Chez Nous Bistro patrons will dine on the restaurant's finest cuisine while helping raise money for a different local nonprofit. Each Wednesday through March 4, the Lee restaurant on Main Street is hosting Community Night, with owners Rachel Portnoy and Franck Tessier donating 15 percent of the net profit to that evening's beneficiary.

Chez Nous isn't planning any special menu for Community Night, but everyone who attends will have their names entered into a raffle for a chance to win a dinner for two at one of the restaurant's popular wine dinners.

This Wednesday's Community Night will benefit the Berkshire Immigrant Center, followed by Community Health Programs (Jan. 22), Soldier On women's veterans residence (Jan. 29), Community Access to the Arts (Feb. 5), Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (Feb. 12), Flying Cloud Institute (Feb. 19), Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (Feb. 26) and Music in Common (March 4).

An additional Community Night will be held May 27 for WAM Theatre.

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Community Night debuted last year to great success, the owners tell County Fare. Tessier and Portnoy said the fundraisers are intended to promote local organizations improving the quality of life in the Berkshires and boost business during the usually slow winter season.

Chez Nous Bistro, located at 150 Main St., next to St. Mary's Church, is open for dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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Welcome wagon

Stephentown, N.Y., is putting out more than a welcome mat to its newest residents. The Stephentown Historical Society is creating a "Welcome to Stephentown" package loaded with information and goodies about town services, tradespeople, and places to eat and visit in and around the town.

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"This project has been in the planning stages for quite a while and we'd like to get it off the ground in early 2020," the society writes to County Fare. "We expect this project to be hugely helpful to new families, but also to our townspeople."

The welcome package will have lists of area churches, schools, businesses, tradesmen and tradeswomen, as well as local community and civic groups that might interest the newcomers.

Local business owners who would like to be included in this package should contact the Historical Society at shs@fairpoint.net.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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