Mid-Spring Harvest Dinner Welcomes First Signs of the Season
Beltane is the anglicized name for the Gaelic May Day festival, a springtime festival of optimism, taking place halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice. With a few short weeks before the first greens begin to burst forth, we thought it appropriate to transport a little bit of spring in the Berkshires to New York City.
Earlier this year, we had the absolute pleasure of presenting a Spring dinner at the James Beard House where chef-owner Dan Smith of John Andrews Farmhouse hosted his second solo dinner for the Beard Foundation on April 19. The ‘Beltane in the Berkshires’ menu included highlights of favorite dishes from Dan’s repertoire and featured locally sourced ingredients from more than two dozen farms and food producers in the region.
Menu ingredients for ‘Beltane in the Berkshires’ were sourced from farms and food makers including Barrington Coffee Roasters, Berkshire Blue Cheese, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Berkshire Wildflower Honey, Berle Farm, Blue Hill Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Farmer Ground Flour, High Lawn Farm, Honey Dog Farm, Hudson Valley Duck Farm, Indian Line Farm, John Andrews Farmhouse Garden, Lila’s Farm, The Meat Market, MX Morningstar Farm, Rawson Brook Farm, Rock City Mushroom Farm, Taft Farm and Zinke’s Farm.
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. The James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village is a ‘performance space’ for visiting chefs. Known as New York’s best-kept gastronomic secret and located in the former townhouse of celebrated cookbook author and culinary icon James Beard, the James Beard House hosts more than 20 dining events every month to showcase culinary artists from around the world.
Dan has been a member of the James Beard Foundation for six years and since 2010, has been presenting dinners with a team of chefs from the Berkshires. His first appearance was in collaboration with The Red Lion Inn and Berkshire Farm & Table as part of the very popular Berkshire Cure-All winter dinner at the Beard House, working with a collective of like-minded Berkshire chefs to present the multifaceted culinary artisanship of the region.