NORTHFIELD – When Paul and Leslie Cameron moved their winery from a Main Street storefront to the barn next to their 1824 home on Millers Falls Road, they gained access to a deep history of hosting gatherings and encouraging socializing.
With this story in mind, the Camerons are hosting a winter dinner series between January and April in which a social hour of “gathering the guests” at 9 pm will follow a 7 pm meal with wine pairings. Meals are the second Friday of each month, starting January 14.
“You can stay and talk, and of course the bar will be open,” Leslie Cameron said of the “guest gathering” segment. “You may be meeting people for the first time. Years ago, they would be meeting and maybe they didn’t know who would show up for dinner. … What a great way to meet new friends. ”
The inspiration for the dinners and subsequent social hours comes from delving into the history of the house and the history of the town, Cameron said.
“The Northfield story is a very good read,” he said. “I investigated what people were like when they lived in our house.”
Some information came from Mary Ann (Repetan) Alagimonier, a Maryland resident who grew up in the Camerons’ home in the 1930s. Alagimonier recalled how children would ride their bikes around the circle in the summer and adults would gather to eat at winter.
“It seemed like they always took care of people’s bellies first and warming them up,” said Cameron. “When you think about the history of the place, 100 or 200 years ago, people had what is called a winter dinner.”
After arriving by horse-drawn carriage, guests gathered around the table, heating the charcoal stoves, and enjoyed the spirits and conversation about their families, politics, neighbors, and more after the meal was over.
“The goal was to be a good storyteller,” said Cameron.
Although Cameron’s Winery operated a kitchen at its Main Street store, the new location at 1046 Millers Falls Road has made the business focus more on its “gourmet market,” with cheese plates, including lactose-free cheese and gluten-free crackers. , and other small offerings. Without a food license, the Camerons searched for a vendor to collaborate with on the Midwinter Dinner series and eventually joined forces with Greenfield’s Kathleen Tomaus Catering.
“He loves preparing food for people,” Cameron said of Tomaus. “He loves to make people feel welcome. She takes what you’re doing and personalizes it. ”
Tomaus, who has operated her own catering business for 18 years with the help of family members, said the Midwinter Dinners will help Cameron’s Winery grow her business and help her grow Kathleen Tomaus Catering.
“We’re going to try different things to see what people like and feel,” Tomaus said of the meals, noting that there are at least three menu options for each dinner. “We hope to do something special for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter.”
Dinner on January 14th features a choice of roast pork, chicken marsala, or aubergine parmigiana vegetarian. Dessert, salad, and coffee are included, as well as two wine or cider pairings.
Cameron said the tables, located on two stories in the barn, will be set widely apart to allow for social distancing and will be illuminated by outdated lanterns. Forty guests are welcome at each dinner, and more than half of the tickets for the January dinner have already been sold.
Each ticket is $ 55. Some hot wines will be available, such as apple pie and elderberries. Cameron explained that hot wines are infused with spices and then heated, being careful not to boil the alcohol.
To reserve your tickets, contact Cameron’s Winery at 413-225-3420. For more information, visit cameronswinery.com.
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