Bits and Bites: Plenty of opportunities for good food, discussion



Join local foodies for its inaugural cookbook club launch at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Pittsfield store.

Interested? First, get your hands on a copy of the book of the month — January's is "A Taste of Persia" by Naomi Duguid. Get it out of the library, borrow from a friend, or buy it at Guido's at 10 percent off. The store will also have some key ingredients from the book at 10 percent off for the month.

Try out a few recipes, and pick a favorite to bring to the potluck. Email Guido's Marketing Manager and cookbook author, Alana Chernila at to let her know you'll be coming and what you'll be making.

The in-store potluck will take place in the Pittsfield store cafe on the last Thursday of the month. Enjoy a feast with all the cookbook club members.

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No technological change was more disruptive to the rural way of life in Lenox than the advent of the motor car. This nasty battle, begun in the late 1890s, was polarized in Lenox between two legendary, local patricians — the "old school" conservative, Richard Goodman Jr. and the dashing upstart, Cortlandt Field Bishop. They faced each other in their summer cottages across the Old Stockbridge Road. From her forthcoming book, "Edith Wharton's Lenox," Cornelia Brooke Gilder will chauffeur her audience down memory lane with this entertaining story at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. A Victorian tea will follow the talk.

Gilder's new book "Edith Wharton's Lenox" is due out in the spring.

Tickets for program are $24 for advance reservations and $29 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations, call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit The historical mansion is at 104 Walker St., Lenox.


Take a closer look at a special object in the Clark Art Institute's collection during Looking and Lunching, a session of focused investigation and friendly discussion with fellow art lovers, at noon on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Clark Center. Adele Rodbell, collector and donor of the Rodbell Family Collection of Japanese prints, invites visitors to take a closer look at Utagawa Hiroshige's "Plum Estate, Kameido" from "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo," on view in the special exhibition "Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection."

Tickets are $20 ($15 members) and include admission to the galleries, careful observation and informal discussion of the print, and lunch provided by Caf 7. Menu choices include a grilled vegetable wrap or a BLT salad with avocado. Registration is required; reserve online at or call 413-458-0524. All ticket sales are non-refundable.


Everyone can enjoy a delicious brunch at the First Baptist Church in Readsboro, Vt. The meal featuring breakfast casseroles, waffles, eggs, sausage, dessert and more will be hosted by the Friendly Mission Circle at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 11. A donation of $3 is suggested for seniors. All others are requested to pay $4.50. Those interested in playing bingo before the brunch should arrive about 10:30 a.m.


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