Outstanding in the Field with Brian Alberg

On Saturday, September 15, 2012, a dinner event organized by Outstanding in the Field took place at Indian Line Farm in Great Barrington, with Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn as chef-in-charge. Over 140 guests participated in the event. Ingredients served at the dinner were sourced from local farms – even the wine was from the area, coming from Millbrook Vineyards & Winery.

Brian Alberg, Executive Chef at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, grills lamb sausages out in the Indian Line field.

Daire Rooney and Brian Alberg prepare everything outdoors under the tent in the field.

Elizabeth Keen and her husband, Al Thorp, own and operate Indian Line Farm in Great Barrington. The farm was one of the first CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in the country when it started in 1985. Since Elizabeth and Al purchased the farm 15 years ago, they've successfully continue as a CSA and also sell produce at the Great Barrington Farmers Market.

The extensive menu included produce, meat, eggs and cheese from in and around the Berkshires:

  • Deviled eggs from Joshua's Farm (Sandisfield, MA) with house- cured bacon;
  • Farm Girl Farm (Great Barrington, MA) gumball tomatoes with alder sea salt and Japanese Masago;
  • Brian's house-made goat chorizo with pickled cabbage;
  • Dave's melons with Red Lion Inn (Stockbridge, MA) house-cured Serrano ham, Berle Farm (Hoosick, NY) Crowdie cheese, and Equinox Farm (Sheffield, MA) golden frills mustard greens drizzled with wildflower honey;
  • Indian Line Farm (Great Barrington, MA) celery root and turnips (red scarlet turnips and Japanese Hakurei turnips) with house-made smoked almond pesto, Red Lion Inn lamb sausage (Lila's Lamb Linguica sausage) and Indian Line Farm pea shoots;
  • Foggy River Farm's (Great Barrington, MA) cold roasted potatoes with Farm Girl Farm's braising greens, Farm Girl Farm's red onions and Punsit Valley Farm's (Spencertown, NY) grilled chicken thighs marinated in lemon and Farm Girl Farm's Thai basil;
  • Svede's Sheffield raspberries with High Lawn whipped cream and Old Chatham Sheepherding Company's (Old Chatham, NY) Kinderhook Creek cheese with Red Lion Inn candied walnuts and Equinox Farm arugula.

The event started in late afternoon with drinks, followed by a tour of the farm and then dinner on the field. The weather, food and company were all perfect!