Sweet potato with kale, dried fruit, brown butter and pecans.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It doesn't get much more local than Berkshire Palate, a family-run eatery that offers homegrown flavors.
Paul Brassard and his three sons Nolan, Aaron and Zach have had Berkshire Palate on the mind for some time now.
"Zach was making his own jams and spice rubs, so he was kind of outgrowing that," Paul said. "We always wanted a restaurant and once he went to culinary school then it went from 'it would be cool maybe someday' to 'when?'"
The Brassards looked at 13 locations but settled on 240A Main St. in the Colonial Plaza, which they thought was a prime location on Route 2.
"We liked the traffic and we liked the fact that we are right on this strip that is getting developed," Paul said. "We can throw a rock in that direction and hit a hotel and Tourists is right down there."
While Nolan handles the back end of the business, Aaron and Zach run the shop. Paul says he fills in when needed and a professional photographer has captured the delicacies on the "Modern American" menu.
"Zach has come from pretty higher-end places and we wanted to bring that style here but we also wanted to make it approachable, so we added more sandwiches and sliders," Paul said.
Many of the dishes on the Berkshire Palate menu can be found on the restaurant's Facebook page. Dishes include the "Pig Wing," a roasted sugar pumpkin dip with crostini and chile-toasted pumpkin seeds and seared salmon with quinoa, kale, and grains.
And then there are the sliders: Carolina pulled pork, steak, and red pepper relish, and buffalo chicken.
The Brassards partner with local farms and crafters whenever possible and currently have relationships with Equinox Farm, Mountain Girl Farm, Ioka Farm, Soco Creamery, and Tunnel City Coffee.
"It is definitely good for you and we don't take stuff off the U.S. Food truck and throw it in the fryolator," Paul said. "We use a lot of local products."
Paul said they are planning a grand opening Dec. 8 when these local establishments will visit Berkshire Palate to meet with patrons.
He added that Berkshire Palate does vegetables right.
"One of the best things about this place is the way we treat veggies. Everyone says Americans don't eat their veggies but if you open up a can and throw it in the microwave, who wants to eat that?" Paul asked. "If you roast vegetables it is a whole new world."
He added that it ceases to amaze him how many people order brussels sprouts off the menu.
"We had people come in here the other day. They ate and then the ordered extra brussels sprouts so they could dip them in the multi aioli," he said. "A lot of people ask for them. It is surprising."
Paul said so far business is good and the 32-seat restaurant fills up quickly. He said they also do takeout and catering.
He said in the future they would like to specialize in outdoor catering.
"We can play inside but we really want to think about more outdoor stuff," he said. "There are these five-foot grills and when you put three together you get 15 feet. With the hot coals, it is a cool presentation. Fire, meat, and vegetables."
Berkshire Palate is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 9:30.
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Williamstown Select Board Seeks New Proposal on Parking Regulations
By Rebecca DravisiBerkshires Staff
Michele Gietz, who owns Where'd You Get That on Spring Street, objects to changes in parking regulations downtown at Monday's Select Board meeting.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board hit the brakes Monday on proposed changes to town parking bylaws.
Town Manager Jason Hoch at the Oct. 7 meeting presented a series of changes outlined in a memo from Police Chief Kyle Johnson. Together, Hoch and Johnson took stock of the town's parking rules over the last year after substantial completion of the construction on and around Spring and Latham streets prompted a revision to the spots designated as legal in the town's bylaws.
From that conversation sprung a wider evaluation of the bylaws and proposals that would impact parking throughout the town, from lifting the ban on overnight parking to taking time limits off Park Street. Hoch said at the Oct. 7 meeting that he hoped to give the board time to consider the proposals before approving any changes at its Oct. 21 meeting.
But at that Oct. 21 meeting, all five members of the Select Board said they had heard many concerns from residents about the changes.
"We've heard from a lot of folks," said Chairman Jeffrey Thomas, particularly comments in regards to potentially allowing overnight parking Spring Street lot and changes on Park Street. "These are great. We love to hear from the community."
Three members from the community came out Monday to be heard.
First, the Rev. Nathaniel Anderson, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church on Park Street, spoke against lifting time limits on Park Street. While churches tend to be "underutilized" buildings outside of Sunday services, St. John's is not.
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