Thursday, July 16, 2009

Join us for dinner!

After a long Fourth of July weekend, with the help of good friends (thanks, Sue, Bud, Jimmy, and Bob!), we are finally moved into the Lodge! We're excited to be in a place of our own, surrounded by stacks of cookbooks, dreaming up meals and planning future events (hootenanny, anyone?).

We are so fortunate to have so much support from everyone in the Hilltowns; people from Springfield to Williamstown are sending positive energy our way (along with lots of menu suggestions! Keep 'em coming!) Thank you, all.

Here's what we've cooked up for the first round of dinners. We've tried to take advantage of what's in season, and we've tried to keep a balance of vegetarian and carnivorous meals, as well as a balance of homey, familiar food and a few more exotic items. One thing you can count on: at the core of every meal will be handmade food from the freshest available ingredients. Whenever we can buy from local farms, we certainly will.

Please send us your suggestions for future meals! Thanks so much!

September 5th
Marinated, grilled portabella mushrooms stuffed with feta, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers (with or without sausage), nutty couscous and garlicky grilled summer squash ~ fresh corn chowder~ house pickles ~ freshly baked bread w/homemade butter ~ peach cobbler w/vanilla ice cream

September 12th
A medley of handmade ravioli ~ fresh Caesar salad with house-made dressing~ crusty garlic bread ~ creamy semolina pudding with tart fall raspberry sauce

September 19th
Local chicken pot pie ~ garden-fresh mesclun salad ~ house pickles ~ freshly baked bread w/homemade butter ~ hot apple crisp w/vanilla ice cream

September 26th
Mrs. Sangar’s homemade samosas ~ saag paneer w/ cashew basmati rice ~ fresh naan with a sampler tray of chutneys and raitas ~ coconut-cardamom rice pudding

October 3rd
No dinner—please attend the West Cummington Congregational Church’s annual auction & dinner!

October 10th
Stuffed pork roast served with homemade spaetzle noodles and chunky applesauce ~ French onion soup ~ fresh coleslaw ~ Alsatian pear tart


  1. It seems that $25 per person is reasonable but are there separate prices for children? Are children welcome for dinner at this establishment ?

  2. That is an excellent question. Children are definitely welcome at the Lodge, though we're still mulling over how much to charge for them. What do you think is a reasonable price?
    Thanks for your comment!

  3. I picked up a pamphlet at Florence Paint. Love this idea! Any plans to take it into the winter? I publish Edible Pioneer Valley and thought it might make a cool mention.

  4. Hi, Melissa,
    Glad to hear you're interested in our dinners! Yes, we plan on operating year-round and will publish the next round of menus in a week or two. Would you like to be on our email list? If so, please send your email address to
    And let us know if there's a particular dinner you'd like to attend!
    Thanks so much,