Elisa Spungen Bildner & Robert Bildner
The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook
125 Home-Grown Recipes from the New England Hills
in discussion with Dale Russakoff
Wednesday, June 24, 8pm
Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner have kept a home in the Berkshires for the last 35 years. Through their passion for the Berkshires, their love of food, and their son Rafi's farming project, they realized they didn't really know who the farmers of the Berkshires were. Four years of interviewing the farmers, and a collaboration with chef Brian Alberg, vice president of culinary development for Main Street hospitality — developed 125 recipes inspired by the farms and farm-to-table restaurants visited in the cookbook. This is the best of the Berkshires’ homegrown food from noted farms to esteemed kitchens
Elisa and Robert, who have lived in Montclair for many years, will talk about their new book with Dale Russakoff,
The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts are famous for their unique culture, from scenic views to artistic and literary attractions. But in addition to the region’s classic landmarks, the Berkshires also boasts an impressive number of family-run farms. Together with local restaurants, these farms add another feature to Berkshires culture: heartwarming and homegrown food.
Telling the story of family-run agriculture through the language of food, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook offers 125 recipes to recall the magic of the Berkshire region for readers far and wide. Sweet Corn Pancakes, Carrot Soup with Sage and Mint, Confetti Vegetable and Goat Cheese Lasagna, and more celebrate the lush landscape of the western New England area. Complete with farm profiles and vibrant photographs, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook paints a vivid portrait of the relationship between the earth and what we eat.
Elisa Spungen Bildner, a former attorney, is a professionally trained chef and a former CEO of a perishable food manufacturing company. Robert Bildner is a former lawyer who grew up in a food family and went on to found and run several food companies that help local farmers bring their products to market. Both Elisa and Rob are foodies by profession and have lived in the Berkshires for the last 35 years.
Chef Brian Alberg is the Executive Chef and Vice-President of Culinary Development for Main Street Hospitality Group. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he is an active member of the James Beard Foundation. He is a staunch supporter of the local food movement in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley and is the founding chair of Berkshire Farm & Table.
Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize: Who's In Charge of America's Schools, spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. From 1994 to 2008, she served in the Post’s New York Bureau, which included covering the NYC metropolitan area, including Newark, New Jersey.