Everybody needs a break, and I definitely took one this weekend! Partially, my break was forced; I had almost no cell phone service and very slow internet at the hotel, but mostly it was a conscious decision to check out a bit. I was utterly exhausted by the time I left work on Friday afternoon, and with a crazy hectic week and another weekend away coming up, I knew I needed to recharge.
After our Mt. Greylock hike on Saturday, we helped the bride and groom with some pre-wedding tasks, then rested for a bit before dinner at the Gramercy Bistro at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCa).
As part of my blogger break, I didn’t bring my camera to dinner, and honestly, I really wish I had. It was a beautifully serene restaurant in the Mass MoCa complex which is made of old mill buildings. Muted grays and beiges provided a lovely backdrop which was further enhanced by some nice jazz in the background. We started with their signature crab cake and a beautiful Villa Wolf Rosé de Pinot Noir. The crab cake was outstanding, 99% crab meat with a little bit of breadcrumbs, and it was served with a spicy, creamy wasabi sauce. We wanted to lick the plate clean.
My entree was equally as perfect, seared tuna with pickled vegetables, ginger and wasabi. I guess I was in a wasabi and seafood mood
We finished the meal with an amazing chocolate and hazelnut tart. Yum.
Sunday was the big wedding day!
We woke up and got some of the best coffee I have had in a long time at Cafe Brewhaha in North Adams, then got ready for the beautiful ceremony. I loved all of the personal touches, like wildflowers from the bride’s family farm.
The ceremony was held on the spacious property of another family member under a beautiful white tent and decorated in a summery, elegant late summer theme.
The wedding theme was all about wine, including the placecards.
But the food was 100% New England clambake. Clam chowder, mussels, clams, corn and potatoes, salad, rolls, barbequed chicken and lobster. The menu was a lot like our wedding, and I loved every bite!
Once the bride and groom’s cake was cut, we dove into the cupcakes which were just beautiful in addition to being delicious.
The rest of the night was spent dancing; we were having so much fun that they extended the party by another two hours. It was a COLD but beautiful and fun evening in the Berkshires and wonderful to see two of my favorite people so happy.
This week is going to be crazy busy with my wine class starting tomorrow and then a trip to NJ to visit my mom and DE for a Venge Wine dinner on Friday. I also need to get back on the healthy eating and working out wagon. . . the clothes are feeling a little snug after a summer of great food indulgences.
Did you have a relaxing weekend?