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Laughing in Detail: Solid Sound Culinary Events

Saturday, June 22, 2013
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Laughing in Detail I is sold out!
Laughing in Detail II: Midsummer Night Supper is $275 per person ($200 tax-deductible).

Both Laughing in Detail I & II are sold out! If you'd like to be put on a waiting list please call our box office at 413.662.2111

It is summer, it is the solstice
the crowd is

cheering, the crowd is laughing
in detail

permanently, seriously
without thought

           ---William Carlos Williams

During the Solid Sound weekend, please join us for one (or two!) special culinary experiences to benefit MASS MoCA’s charitable education programs. Both events take place on Saturday, and each will feature the food and spirits of the Berkshires, prepared by food artisans and sourced from farms and purveyors in the region. Tickets to either (or both) events are available now from MASS MoCA. (Please see below for reservations.) These dining events are open only to festival attendees and admission to these events requires a pre-purchased festival ticket.

Laughing in Detail I: Berkshire-grown Tasting Party
Saturday, June 22, 2013

5-7 pm in Building 8 at MASS MoCA

All proceeds support Kidspace and MASS MoCA’s other children’s education programs.

This tasting party takes place Saturday night in a beautiful unrenovated 19th-century mill building overlooking the Hoosac River near the mainstage where Wilco will play later this evening. With food prepared by innovative regional chefs from allium and Red Lion Inn, guests will enjoy small plate samplings: early summer ratatouille, maitake risotto, roasted chickpeas, shaved Berleberg cheese, braised lamb from Lila Berle’s farm, East Mountain Farm Pork Buns, Berry Patch Kale Salad, and more…topped off by local strawberries with Berle Farm Crowdie. There will also be Berkshire beers from the People’s Pint, Big Elm Brewery, and Berkshire Brewing and – since music occasionally demands something stronger – a whiskey sampling so you can discover why there’s such a buzz about Berkshire Mountain Distillers, who uses local historic spring waters to make award-winning spirits in a barn-turned-distillery at the base of the Appalachian Trail. Their gin, vodka, rum, and whiskeys are all handcrafted in small batches at the Berkshires’ first legal distillery since Prohibition.

Laughing in Detail II: Midsummer Night Supper with Wilco
Saturday, June 22, 2013

11:30 pm (or when concert ends) in Building 5 Gallery at MASS MoCA
$275 per person ($200 tax-deductible)
All proceeds benefit MASS MoCA’s Free Library Pass Program, which makes possible free attendance to MASS MoCA for community members who might not otherwise afford it.

If the most famous example of Berkshires alfresco dining was the mountaintop picnic where Herman Melville met Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, then the contemporary, whale-free version is an outstanding-in-the-mill evening. In post-concert bliss, join members of the band for a midnight supper of locally sourced and heirloom ingredients. Our harvest meal will include focaccia roasted with farm vegetables, focaccia with foraged mushrooms, Berkshire Blue Cheese, green salads, farro salad with seasonal vegetables, quinoa salad, local egg dishes, a charcuterie of house-made sausages made from local pork, breads, vegetables, pickles, mustards, fruit, and accompaniments. We approach our food with passion and respect, and offer a satisfying late-night meal that will satisfy vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores.

This private dinner takes place in MASS MoCA’s vast Building 5 gallery (formerly a cloth-making mill that produced fabric for the Union Army during the Civil War), where guests will eat in candlelight under a monumental installation by Chinese artist Xu Bing. The exhibition features two 12-ton birds fabricated from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, and worn-out tools. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between migrant labor, economic development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in China. MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson will riff during supper about Phoenix, the centerpiece of an exhibition of related art by Xu Bing, widely considered to be among the most important Chinese artists working today.

The food has a story here, as does the art. Eat well and do good – support the community, education and library programs of the museum that brings you Wilco and Solid Sound.

Reservations to each of these benefit food events must be made, in advance, through MASS MoCA and are non-refundable. To make your reservation to Laughing in Detail I or Laughing in Detail II, call 413-664-4481 x8157 or email rwehry@massmoca.org. Don’t delay -- space for each of these special events is limited.

Laughing in Detail I is supported by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Berkshire Brewing Company, Big Elm Brewing, The People’s Pint, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, and Berkshire Grown. Berkshire Grown is a non-profit community organization created to support agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire economy – for more information: www.berkshiregrown.org

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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