Fresh ingredients found their way from local farms to the lavish plates of guests at the Athenaeum Hotel parlor for the annual Farm-to-Table benefit dinner on July 23.
Chautauqua’s 2015 season passed its midpoint this week. The major arts programs are all in full swing, and there are still significant orchestra, theater, opera, music, arts and dance events to look forward to. The education and religion departments fill the days with erudition. Hundreds of smaller events enrich the cultural smorgasbord to which Chautauquans have become accustomed.
Prior to the season, the Institution announced plans to further engage the Chautauqua community on the Amphitheater project. It’s working. The community is engaged.
A year ago, Travis Bensink came back home to Chautauqua County. When he did, he was a man with a plan.
Under Executive Chef Travis Bensink’s direction, Heirloom Restaurant at the Athenaeum Hotel is exploring new menu items, daily features and a small-plates menu.
For the past three years Chautauquans have been hearing about the $33 million Amphitheater renovation project, the largest public works project ever proposed for the Institution. The Amp project is the centerpiece of Chautauqua’s six-year Promise Campaign.
For Chautauquans, visitors and seasonal staff members, the end of Week Eight heralds the beginning of the end of the summer season. Six of these employees shared their stories with The Chautauquan Daily.
Curtze Food Service will underwrite the Pat Metheny Unity Group with Bruce Hornsby Campfire Tour 2014 evening concert at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
Chautauqua County is one of the poorest in New York state. Since the demise of a once-healthy manufacturing and industrial base decades ago, the county has increasingly relied on tourism for revenue, with the Institution as one of its most important draws.
As seasonal activity on the grounds accelerated past the midpoint of the season, a few of the Institution’s part-time employees shared their stories.