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Farm-to-Table: Growers, Chefs, and Home Cooks
Elisa Spungen Bildner is a former lawyer, journalist, and CEO of a perishable food manufacturing company, and is a professionally trained chef. Robert Bildner is a former lawyer who grew up in a food family and went on to found several companies that helped local farmers bring products to market. The Bildners have lived in the Berkshires for 35 years, and, together with chef Brian Alberg, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, they created the 2020 book The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook. Alberg is the former executive chef and vice-president of culinary development at The Red Lion Inn and now chef at The Break Room, both in the Berkshires.

The rolling hills and treetop mountains of the Berkshire region have long been known as a cultural mecca, but foodies around the world are becoming increasingly interested in its cuisine. The BIldners tell the story of family-run agriculture through the language of food, presenting an irresistible culinary portrait of this scenic paradise. What makes this cookbook truly special is its celebration of the farmers, cheesemakers, chefs, and restaurant-owners behind the recipes, as much as the food itself.

The Bildners will be in conversation with Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, IL.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by the Bildners and Ms. Stegner that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/farm-table-growers-chefs-and-home-cooks-fan-program

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Dec 2, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner
Co-authors, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook @https://berkshiresandbeyond.com/
Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert “Rob” Bildner wrote The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the Hills of New England as a tribute to the dedicated family farmers and farm-to-table chefs throughout the region, which includes western Massachusetts as well as neighboring Columbia County and Hudson Valley in New York and southern Vermont. In her earlier career, Ms. Bildner was CEO of FreshPro, a fresh-cut produce company, a journalism professor at Rutgers University and New York University, and a reporter/editor for the Star Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Bildner is a former attorney who left the practice of law to create several food distribution and manufacturing companies with the goal of bringing innovative and healthy perishable food products to the retail market, including those grown and produced by local farmers across the country.
Sarah Stegner
Co-chef and co-owner, Prairie Grass Cafe @https://www.prairiegrasscafe.com
Sarah Stegner is co-chef/owner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, IL. She was an executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chicago for many years. Stegner won many accolades, including Rising Star Chef of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation (1994); Robert Mondavi Culinary Award Of Excellence (1995); and in 1996, 1997, and 1998 she was nominated for Best Chef: Midwest by the James Beard Foundation, winning the prestigious award in 1998. She helped form Chicago's Green City Market, a weekly venue for Midwest sustainable farmers, and continues to serve on its board of directors.
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Beacon Academy, Bennett Day School, Catherine Cook School, Chiaravalle Montessori School, Christ Church Winnetka, Compass Health Center, Countryside Day School, Fusion Academy, Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools, Mindful Psychology Associates, Near North Montessori School, New Trier Parents' Association, North Shore Country Day, Regina Dominican High School, Roycemore School, Sacred Heart Schools, School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Stevenson High School D125, The Alliance for Early Childhood, and Woodlands Academy.
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