Chef Brian Alberg
Vice President of Food & Beverage Operations for Main Street Hospitality Group, is a staunch supporter of the local food movement in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley. Brian is Executive Chef at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass. and has been managing and operating The Williams Inn dining room and tavern since 2014, part of Main Street Hospitality Group’s holdings. In his ten-year tenure with the organization, he has established strong relationships with regional farmers and food producers and purchases more than $650K in local foods annually, a compelling contribution to the regional economy.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY, he is an active member of the James Beard Foundation, Chefs Collaborative and Boston Chefs, and serves on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Railroad Street Youth Project where he coordinates the culinary arts program in the Berkshires. For two years, he was the President of the Board of Directors of Berkshire Grown, an organization dedicated to promoting the support of local farming and strengthening the relationships between local farmers and restaurants. Alberg is the founding chair of Berkshire Farm & Table, the organization working to promote Berkshire food culture, bringing culinary artisans, farmers and foodmakers to the table in the beautiful and historic Berkshires and Hudson Valley.
Alberg has participated in a number of speaking engagements and culinary demos including the Farming Our Future conference, Boston Globe Travel Show, The New York Wine & Food Festival, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival and classes at Haven’s Kitchen in NY, Williams College and the Broadmoor Bistro, the Shawnee Mission School District’s student-run restaurant in Kansas City, as part of the James Beard Guest Chef Series. He presented a solo dinner at the James Beard Foundation in September of 2014, his eleventh appearance at the Beard House.
Alberg has appeared on Good Morning America, Chronicle, NECN’s TV Diner with Billy Costa, WNYT News Channel 13 (Albany, NY), WGBY’s Connecting Point and On the Menu (Public Television for Western New England), and WWLP’s Mass Appeal (Western Mass.). He has been interviewed by Food.Curated., Find.Eat.Drink., Our Name is Farm, WAMC (Northeast Public Radio) and Robinhood Radio, and has been written about in The Boston Globe, Metroland, Hudson Valley Magazine and Gastronomica.
A native of Copake, NY, Alberg began his culinary career as an apprentice at the former l’Hostelierre Bressane. After graduating from the CIA in 1987, he oversaw the kitchens in a number of high-profile Berkshire restaurants. He left the area in 1993 to become Executive Chef at Dudley’s Restaurant in Westchester, NY, where he earned a “Very Good” rating from The New York Times and made his first appearance at the James Beard House.
Alberg went on to work as Executive Chef and later Director of Food & Beverage at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, a AAA Four-Diamond property, where he was honored for the first time at the James Beard Foundation. Alberg then moved into the corporate world with Marriott where he helped open a number of hotels as well as create a Mediterranean menu with recipes and training information that was distributed to Marriott and Renaissance Hotels across the globe. He was responsible for the concept, design and launch of a new contemporary restaurant in Pittsfield, Mass., opened in June of 2014, part of the new Hotel on North.