The Berkshires deeply rooted food culture is evident in its regional cuisine. Chefs have access to delicious local produce, meats, and dairy and expertly craft these seasonal offerings into delectable plates. The fields and farms of the Berkshires are more than a scenic landscape, they produce the tastiest seasonal offerings that give guests a taste of place and an opportunity to taste the Berkshires.
Here’s a look at ten of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the region:
Mezze Bistro + Bar
Mezze Bistro + Bar highlights the best of the season with frequent menu changes that are anchored in the freshest of farm-offerings. Enjoy a delicious meal paired with an expertly curated boutique wine or a craft cocktail. Mezze is a classic Bistro-style restaurant serving refind, contemporary American cuisine. Located in a historic 19th century building, the vibe is unparalleled.
An exquisite country setting is home to indulgent dining at Blantyre, a Relais & Châteaux and luxury Forbes five-star resort. For unmatched five-star service and a superb farm-to-table experience, Blantyre’s Conservatory provides a formal distinctive four-course tasting menu that changes nightly. Every dish is inspired by locally sourced ingredients, which results in an indulgent culinary journey.
The Old Inn on the Green
Once a stagecoach relay, The Old Inn on the Green is off the beaten path and offers guests a unique dining atmosphere. The main dining room is lit entirely by candlelight which provides a cozy and romantic setting. Chef and Owner Peter Platt has created a jewel in the crown of the Berkshires farm-to-fork experience. The menu us filled with dishes sourced from local farmers, but often with an innovative twist.
The Red Lion Inn
As one of America’s oldest Inn’s, The Red Lion Inn has nourished guests from around the world, including many past dignitaries. The Red Lion Inn features four onsite dining experiences – from the classic Main Dining Room to the seasonal outdoor Courtyard. Each delights guests with a different menu highlighting its farm-to-table pedigree. Did we mention the Inn has been Awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 14 consecutive years?
cafeADAM is truly Berkshire grown, as Chef-owner Adam Zieminski can trace his roots back three generations in the Berkshires. His culinary education put him working aside culinary masters and he came back home to open cafeADAM, now in its 12th year. Guests enjoy an upscale vibe with nods to French cuisine that feature foraged produce, sustainable methods, and local purveyors.
Table Six Restaurant
A Guilded Age mansion with a modern heart is home to Table Six Restaurant, nestled inside the Kemble Inn. Enjoy sweeping views of the Berkshire mountains from the veranda while enjoying a delicious, three-course dinner showcasing farm fresh seasonal ingredients. For guests staying overnight or those looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, do not miss their lavish cocktail Sunday brunch!
Set in downtown Lenox, Bistro Zinc welcomes guests with its refined and welcoming atmosphere. Utilizing Berkshires ingredients, this très chic establishment is home to authentic French cuisine. Let the menu transport you abroad for a meal but bring you quickly back to the Berkshires with lovely flavors from quality locally-grown ingredients.
The Old Mill
The Old Mill may be a weathered circa-1797 grist mill, yet its menu is anything but weathered. Guests enjoy a sophisticated contemporary menu utilizing seasonal items and fresh flavors with sustainability kept top of mind. Reservations are a must!
Pera Bistro’s demure exterior houses memorable meals prepared with luxurious Mediterranean flavors and local ingredients. Pera’s cuisine is unpretentious exotic – can you say lamb burger? Or whole grilled bronzini?
John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant
You can’t miss John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant: the building is lavender in color and surrounded by immense and beautiful perennial gardens. Inside, Chef-owner Dan Smith has been cooking farm-to-table way before it was cool. He has been in the Berkshires food scene since 1990 and has a garden out back that supplements additional fresh produce for his kitchen, a nod to his farm upbringing.
Gil Haylon is Founder & CEO of Blank Canvas Tours. Blank Canvas Tours offers vacation tours focused on art, theatre and music.
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