Learn more about each of our trendsetters below and join us for Celebrate the Berkshires in support of your favorite Newcomer of the Year finalist!
A-OK Berkshire Barbeque
For their talented transplant-owners and creative new food concept: Berkshire BBQ, creating a delicious destination experience, pairing perfectly with Bright Ideas Brewery across the street, and enhancing the community vibe in North Adams.
Berkshire Community College’s Fast-Track Hospitality and Culinary Program
For their strategic workforce development project, partnering local food and hospitality experts with BCC to design and implement a real-world training program in these vital Berkshire economic clusters.
The Proprietor’s Lodge
For converting and upgrading the former ITAM building into a state-of-the art, scenic event and wedding destination, holding 300 guests and providing a full-service restaurant all week long.
For opening one of the first recreational cannabis dispensaries in the Berkshires, attracting over 65,000 visitors from nearby states and contributing over $1M in taxes and impact fees to the town of Great Barrington in its first 6 months of operation.