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Savor the Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic along with other local specialties


The 2014 Tanglewoodseason introduces a wide variety of new Berkshire-area food vendors who will take on a significantly greater role, highlighted by completely revamped menus for the Tanglewood Café and Grille. Among the new offerings is a satellite location for West Stockbridge-based coffee shop Six Depot, which will serve specialty coffee, espresso drinks, as well as herbal tea during the Café’s regular hours. The impressive range of Berkshire-area food will also be enjoyed during the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic, a celebration of all things culinary, August 7-10. Additionally, a major renovation of the Highwood Manor House has brought a new commercial kitchen to the Tanglewood grounds. This year, for the first time, dining at the Highwood Manor House will be open to the public, with advance reservation required. Visit www.tanglewood.org/dining for additional details.

The Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic features wines from around the world, regional chefs, and locally sourced foods, August 7-10. Thursday, August 7, will feature a Berkshire Night Dinner celebrating local food, and Treats: Chocolate Springs and Sandeman Port Seminar and Tasting with Josh Needleman. Events on Friday, August 8, include an Elyse Wine Dinner at Seranak and Great Meats and Great Grapes, a pairing of wine and locally raised meats with Jeremy Stanton, the owner of The Meat Market in Great Barrington. Distinguished wine historian Nina Wemyss and local wine merchant Jim Nejaime will lead a tasting event entitled Wine’s History and Rich Relationship with the Arts on Saturday, August 9. Saturday will also feature the Grand Tasting from noon to 3 p.m with cooking demonstrations by local renowned chefs. Rosé et Pétanque, a tasting of summer wines, will take place this day as well. On Sunday, August 10, Midday with Max McCalman, is a seminar on artisanal cheese and an exploration of pairing wines. Additionally, The Wonders of Riedel with Miner Wines and Lindt Chocolate will explore how glassware enhances flavor. The Tanglewood Wine and Food classic closes on Sunday with Bliss at Blantyre, an auction dinner with Blantyre’s Chef Arnaud Cotar and Chef Daniel Bruce, of Meritage, Boston Harbor Hotel. For a complete event list please visit: www.tanglewoodwineandfoodclassic.com. 

This season, Tanglewood welcomes new relationships with local food and drink vendors In addition to Six Depot, fresh fish will be sourced from Berkshore Fish and Berkshire Mountain Bakery will provide both pizza dough and display breads. Sandwich breads and dinner rolls come fresh from Pittsfield Rye Bakery. Produce will be sourced from Taft Farms, Mill River Farm, Farm Girl Farm, and Moon on the Pond Farm. Chicken served at Tanglewood will be sourced from Square Roots Farm. Select liquor is provided by Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Big Elm Brewing, Wandering Star Brew Company, and Berkshire Brewing Company each provide select beer offerings on the Tanglewood grounds.

The Tanglewood Café and The Tanglewood Grille boast entirely new menus this season. Highlighted Café items include a variety of gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese combinations and specialty hot dogs. On the lighter side the new Grab ‘N’ Go section includes offering such as a kale caesar salad and an arugula & pear salad. SoCo Ice Cream will once again offer its locally prepared ice cream at the Café and at stands around the grounds during concerts.

The Grille will offer many of the same selections as the Café, including an expanded flatbread pizza station with dough sourced from the Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Housatonic, MA. Among other things, the fried station at The Grille will offer BBQ sweet potato fries, Appalachia pork egg rolls, and chicken tenderloins.

The Highwood Manor House, with a newly renovated kitchen, will be open to the public for the first time for dinner Friday and Saturday, and Sunday brunch. Highwood offers an elegant buffet dinner at a fixed price of $65 per person and a Sunday brunch buffet for $45 (inclusive of tax; 18% gratuity will be added to the bill). Cocktails, bottled wine, and à la carte desserts are also available. For reservations, call 413-637-4486 at least 48 hours in advance. Highwood will also be open post-concert on Sundays for cocktails and light appetizers.