It is time for the choreographed ballet of the annual pre-Easter Greek pastry sale at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 73 Bradford St. in Pittsfield, again. It's this Saturday, March 26, presented by the Greek Ladies Philoptochos (phil-OP-to-khos; friend of the poor) Society.
Monday, Feb. 8, is the beginning of the 15-day Chinese Spring Festival or Chinese New Year when food offers symbolic help for health, prosperity and overall good fortune in the coming year. I arranged to have a banquet with friends at Panda House in Lenox on Chinese New Year's Eve.
We planned a number of seafood dishes including two kinds of whole fish because seafood is auspicious, whole fish symbolize completeness and shellfish are opulent.
Almost every Wednesday evening, from the end of summer until the next summer, church members, local service clubs, supermarkets and restaurants spend the afternoon in the kitchen of First Congregational Church in Lee, 413 243-1033, 25 Park Place, making simple but tasty suppers for their community.
They welcome everyone. Personally.
It's a pretty friendly place. Many regulars take the time to make newcomers feel at home as they eat their freshly made salads, ham dinners, chicken with pineapple
I'm going out to get a panettone, a holiday bread and some canelé to keep and nibble for the month leading up to the darkest time of the year and all the holidays we celebrate to counteract the coming drear.