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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