BUSINESS SALES: Bimi’s Café at Hancock Shaker Village; Mill Town hires an executive chef; Lee Bank awards 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 at 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.

Breakfast sandwich photo courtesy of Hancock Shaker Village

Open when the museum is open, including evenings of concerts and other public events, Bimi’s Café will offer 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 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is not necessary 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’s 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 food and beverage operations

LENOX, PITTSFIELD – Since closing Mission Bar and Tapas in Pittsfield and Gateways Restaurant and Bar in Lenox due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mill town has worked hard to reopen both, with recent hires, property upgrades, 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.

Chef Jeremy Berlin. Photo courtesy of Mill Town

Berlin brings over 25 years of professional culinary experience and is responsible for overseeing the kitchens, developing menus and recruiting culinary staff. Prior to joining Mill Town, Berlin was the Executive Chef of the Blantyre Country Estate in Lenox. Prior to joining 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. Taking up 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 includes small plates, kebabs and croquetas, as well as grilled dishes. 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 also designed ready-to-go picnics. Guests can order online or by phone for a picnic meal. The restaurant opening date will be posted on the Gateways Inn website and on social media.


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Lee Bank Foundation awards $ 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 round of grants in 2021.

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 culture organizations to expand ticket access for underserved audiences.

Recipients include:

Arts access grants of $ 1,000 each were awarded to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Norman Rockwell Museum, WAM Theater, and Berkshire Theater Group.

Lee Bank has received over 40 grant applications for its first round of funding. The deadline for the second 2021 funding round is June 1. The application 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 senior positions

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Bank recently announced the following promotions / appointments to their Berkshire County team.

Cindy Polidoro as Elm Street Branch Officer, 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. Previously, Polidoro worked at New England Telephone. She graduated from St. Joseph Central High School and has formal training in sales, management, mortgages, compliance and CFT Financial Banking.

Iris Moresi, promoted to officer of the North Adams branch. Moresi was previously Assistant Branch Manager at the North Adams branch. Prior to her managerial roles, 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 Officer, Great Barrington Office. Golden more than five years of experience in the financial and retail banking industry. She was previously Deputy Branch 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 two branch office West Stockbridge and Lenox Main St. Tesney was previously a North Street branch officer, Pittsfield office. 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 attributed Bennington College a $ 10,000 grant to support the America’s Incarceration Think Tank to be held October 1-2, 2021. This think tank will focus on developing a continuing education program for students sentenced to long-term or life sentences. The event will be broadcast live, free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of Prison Education Initiative at Bennington College

This grant will allow the College to attract experts in the field who are committed to systemic reform of mass incarceration. The think tank will be made up of those working for criminal justice reform, prominent prison educators, formerly incarcerated people who have benefited from prison education, and others interested in hearing about the education initiatives. penitentiary and incarceration in America and discussing it. continuing education program with a view to reproducing, extending and developing it.

The conference will feature a keynote address 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, the benefits for the individuals and institutions involved, and the different models of how to deliver this education.

Lectures on Incarceration in America Came from Bennington College Prison education initiative (PEI), now in his sixth year of credit education at Great Meadow, a maximum security men’s prison in upstate New York.


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