BUSINESS NEWSLETTER: Bimi’s Café in Hancock Shaker Village; Mill Town hires an executive chef; Lee Bank provides grants; Berkshire Bank is promoting; Bennington College receives funding
Hancock Shaker Villages opens new on-site restaurant, Bimi’s Cafe
PITTSFIELD – Hancock Shaker Village partnered with restaurant entrepreneurs Ellen Waggett and Christopher Landy to open Bimi’s Café in Hancock Shaker Village with Chef Joshua Kelly.
Bimi’s Café, which serves freshly prepared local fare and espresso drinks, is owned and operated by the television and lighting production team, husband and wife of Landy and Waggett.
Open when the museum is open, including evenings of concerts and other public events, Bimi’s Café will provide a new culinary option for museum visitors, as well as those who live and work locally. The cafe, with indoor and outdoor dining, is open daily from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm You do not need to purchase a ticket to Hancock Shaker Village to enjoy the coffee.
Ellen Waggett and Christopher Landy are theater designers with TV credits that recently include production design for late night shows such as “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and lighting design for “Oprah with Meghan and Harry. : A CBS Primetime Special ”. The two are the directors of their television design company Vibrant Design in Brooklyn, and the owners of Bimi cheese factory in Chatham, New York.
Executive Chef Joshua Kelly grew up in the Hudson Valley and first worked for Chef Tom Carlucci. He then studied cooking at Johnson & Wales University before moving to Colorado. For the past five years Josh has served as Culinary Director for a restaurant group in Colorado Springs, having served as Executive Chef and Project Manager for six successful restaurants of different styles.
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Mill Town hires executive chef to lead restaurant operations
LENOX, PITTSFIELD – Since closing Mission Bar and Tapas in Pittsfield and Passerelles restaurant and bar in Lenox due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mill town has worked hard to reopen both, with recent hires, property improvements and new menus. Mill Town has appointed executive chef Jeremy Berlin to oversee its culinary operations, as well as the reopening of Mission in May and the reopening of Gateways restaurant in June.
Berlin brings over 25 years of professional culinary experience and is responsible for overseeing the kitchens, preparing menus and hiring culinary staff. Prior to joining Mill Town, Berlin was the Executive Chef of the Blantyre Country Estate in Lenox. Prior to moving to the Berkshires, Berlin held various positions in a wide range of culinary entities across the country, including Gordon Ramsay in London in Los Angeles and Manhattan, Church and State Bistro, Le Bernardin, and Payard Patisserie and Bistro. Berlin obtained a culinary diploma from the French Culinary Institute.
Diners at Mission can expect artisanal and seasonal ingredients that celebrate the Berkshires. Returning to the original theme of the Mission menu when it opened in the early 2000s, the new menus will also make reference to the culinary traditions of the Iberian Peninsula and other global flavors. The menu offers small plates, kebabs and croquetas, as well as grilling options. The mission will be open for catering and bar service from Thursday to Monday from 5 p.m. to closing.
With an opening date scheduled for the end of June, Gateways Restaurant and Bar at Gateways Inn will reflect a relaxed approach to fine dining. Building on the successful integration of alfresco dining during the summer of 2020, the restaurant will feature newly renovated indoor and outdoor dining spaces and a redesigned menu reflecting Chef Jeremy’s culinary experiences. Inn guests receive breakfast as part of their stay, and the community is invited to dine onsite for weekend brunches (Saturday and Sunday) and dinner (Thursday through Monday). Chef Jeremy has also designed ready-to-go picnic meals. Guests can order online or by phone for a picnic meal. The restaurant opening date will be posted on the Gateways Inn website and social media.
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Lee Bank Foundation grants $ 56,500 to local organizations
LEE – Lee Bank Foundation awarded a total of $ 56,500 to 12 Berkshire-based community organizations, as part of the foundation’s first 2021 grant cycle.
Recipients have received grants ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 10,000 to support their work on issues of social justice, environmental conservation, and food and housing security. The awards include a series of arts access grants for arts and cultural organizations to expand ticket access for an underserved audience.
Lee Bank has received over 40 grant applications for its first round of funding. The deadline for the 2021 second round of funding is June 1. The request and more information can be found on the Community Impact Section from the bank’s website:
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Berkshire Bank promotes and appoints four to senior positions
PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Bank recently announced the following promotions / appointments to their Berkshire County team.
Cindy Polidoro as Agent for Elm Street Branch, Pittsfield Branch. Polidoro has over 39 years of banking experience and extensive knowledge of the financial services industry. She is a customer service professional and has worked for Berkshire Bank since 1980. Prior to that, Polidoro worked at New England Telephone. She graduated from St. Joseph Central High School and has formal training in CFT sales, management, mortgages, compliance and financial banking.
Iris Moresi, promoted to head of the North Adams branch. Moresi was previously Assistant Branch Manager at the North Adams branch. Prior to her management role, she was a cashier for Berkshire and Legacy Banks. She has worked for Berkshire since 2010. Iris is a graduate of Charles H. McCann Technical High School.
Amy Golden, promoted to Stockbridge Road Branch Agent, Great Barrington Office. Golden more than five years of experience in the finance and retail banking industry. She was previously deputy agency manager. She also held the position of Financial Services Representative. Prior to Berkshire Bank, Golden worked with Reebok. She graduated from Westfield State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
David Tesney, promoted to double branch officer in the West Stockbridge and Lenox Main St. offices. Tesney was previously a branch officer in the North Street office in Pittsfield. Previously, he was Deputy Branch Manager at both NBT Bank and TD Bank. He also worked with the Berkshire Federal Credit Union as a loan officer. Tesney graduated from Wahconah Regional High School and attended the Center for Financial Training. He is registered with the nation’s mortgage licensing system and registry and is a Massachusetts Notary Public.
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Bennington College receives $ 10,000 from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation
BENNINGTON – the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation awarded Bennington College a $ 10,000 grant to support the Incarceration in America think tank to be held October 1-2, 2021. This think tank will focus on creating a continuing education program for long-serving students term or in perpetuity. The event will be broadcast live, free and open to the public.
This grant will allow the College to attract experts in the field who are committed to reforming the system of mass incarceration. The think tank will be made up of those working for criminal justice reform, prominent prison educators, former prisoners who have received prison education, and others interested in hearing and discussing the initiatives. education in prison and incarceration in America. continuing education program with a view to reproducing, extending and developing it.
The conference will include an opening speech by Marc Mauer, the executive director of The Sentencing Project, and groups of people closest to the issue, including representatives from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
The think tank will also address the particular challenges and educational opportunities that this student body invites. The discussion will also focus on how to measure outcomes, benefits for individuals and institutions involved, and different models of how to deliver this education.
From America’s Incarceration Lectures Came Bennington College Lectures Prison education initiative (PEI), now in its sixth year of offering credit courses at Great Meadow, a maximum security men’s prison in upstate New York.