Bits & Bites: Vegan cooking classes, St. Patrick's events scheduled


Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place will host a St. Patrick's Day Party at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Food, fun and festive entertainment with musicians Richard Farren and Woody Printz. Farren and Printz have more than 20 years of musical experience and frequently appear on Pittsfield Community Television. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP by calling 413-499-1992.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place is at 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.


The First Congregational Church of South Egremont will hold its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner from 5 to 7

p.m. onSt. Patrick's Day, March 17. Take-out will be available. Adults, $14; children ages 5 to 10, $5; younger than 5 free.

For information, call 413-528-2368.


The International Macrobiotic Institute will host "Smart Vegan Cuisine," a series of four Saturday cooking classes featuring Japanese healing foods with

Edward Esko, former director of the Kushi Institute, and Naomi Ichikawa Esko, founder of Macrobiotics Japan in Tokyo.

The series features:

March 18 — Roll Your Own: Homemade Vegan Sushi

April 15 — Miso Happy: Healthy and Nutritious Soups

May 20 — Terrific Tofu: Healthy and Delicious Soy Foods

June 17 — Guilt-Free Sweets: Dairy- and Sugar-free Desserts

Classes begin at 10 a.m. Tuition: $35 per class; $100 prepaid for series of four (includes food tasting). Pre-registration required. To register or for more information, call

413-442-1360 or

Classes will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


Join author Ruth Reichl and Berkshire Grown chefs as they create a farm-to-table menu celebrating the coming of spring at the Spring Supper on Monday, March 20, 2017. This year's event is at Cranwell Resort in Lenox and benefits Berkshire Grown and its project, Share the Bounty.

Share the Bounty supports farmers through the purchase of local CSA farm shares and helps feed hungry families by giving that farm-fresh food to local food pantries and kitchens.

The celebration is curated by Chef Stephen Browning, of Prairie Whale in Great Barrington. The event begins in the Mansion Music Room at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres provided by Wes Malzone of BerkShore and James Rankin of Cranwell Resort. There will be beverage tastings from local makers: Barrington Brewery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Big Elm Brewing.

At 7 p.m., dinner will be served in the Mansion Ballroom with wine donated by M.S. Walker Wines and coffee courtesy of Assembly Coffee Roasters. In addition to Stephen Browning, this year's chefs are: Kate Burke, Guido's Fresh Marketplace; Maddie Elling, Hosta Hill; Josh Irwin, Cantina 229; Douglas Luf, The Marketplace Kitchen; and Nicholas Moulton, Mezze Bistro + Bar.

Guests will have the opportunity to bid on dinner for eight at The Old Inn on the Green and to sponsor shares in Share the Bounty during a live auction.

Tickets, by reservation only, are $100 for Berkshire Grown members, $125 for non-members. To make a reservation or for more information visit or call 413-528-0041.

The Mansion at Cranwell Resort is at 55 Lee Road/Route 20 in Lenox. Guests are encouraged to "make it an overnight," with a $99 special lodging price for the night at Cranwell Resort. Call 413-637-1364 for details and reservations.


Looking and Lunching, a series of afternoon talks combining focused investigation and friendly discussion with fellow art lovers, continues at the Clark Art Institute on at noon on Thursday, March 16, in the Manton Research Center.

Kathleen Morris, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Director of Collections and Exhibitions and curator of decorative arts, presents "Here Comes the General" as she discusses a case of works memorializing George Washington in the new Henry Morris and Elizabeth H. Burrows Gallery.

Tickets are $20 ($12 members) and include admission to the galleries, discussion, and lunch provided by Caf 7. Menu choices include a grilled chicken breast panini with roasted mozzarella, spinach, and basil pesto or a butter lettuce and fris e salad with apple, bleu cheese, celery, and roasted carrots. To reserve tickets and select a meal option, visit or call 413 458 0524.


A Sober St. Patty's Day Dance Party, a benefit for the Community Food Pantry at South Church, will be held 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, March 17, at the church, 110 South St., Pittsfield. (Please use the entrance off rear parking lot.)

Admission by donation ($10 to $15 suggested). Irish stew with soda bread, light beverages and desserts will be available for purchase.


Come to St. Peter's Church, on the Green in Spencertown, N.Y., for a pancake breakfast, featuring local maple syrup from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18.

Adults $10, Children 8 to 12, $5, children 7 and younger, free.

Proceeds will go to support the roof repair project at the church. For more information, visit,


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