Despite what some people might say, summer doesn't end in August. Massachusetts residents still have a few more weeks to soak up the summer goodness and what better way to celebrate summer than BBQ and Beer!! Delicious BBQ and beer at that.

Next Wednesday, August 17, Chef Chris Bonnivier (aka Chef Huge) who's been featured on Beat Bobby Flay, is bringing his talents to the Berkshires and it's all to raise money for a great cause.

Bonnivier a Berkshire County native who appeared on the popular Food Network show in April of 2021, is hosting a BBQ pop-up at Bright Ideas in North Adams next Wednesday, August 17 from 4-7. Tickets are $24 and Chef Chris has committed to donating all the proceeds to Solider On, a nonprofit committed to ending veteran homelessness. Since 1994, Solider On has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services in Berkshire County and beyond.



Chef Chris has worked at The Adelphi House in Saratoga, New York, and the prestigious Hermitage Club in Willmington, VT, and is bringing his talents to the popular Bright Ideas brewery at MassMoCA in North Adams. You can follow his food truck Full Belly Food Truck traveling around The Berkshires and beyond.

Bright Ideas is a modern brewery nestled on the campus of the country's largest modern art museum in historic downtown North Adams. Since 2016 the brewery has specialized in innovative beer styles while producing clean classic styles as well.

Tickets are available here as well as in person at the taproom. Each ticket gets you a half-rack of smoked ribs, local Berkshire corn on the cob, and cilantro-lime slaw as well as a bacon cheddar biscuit. There will be additional desserts available for purchase during the pop-up to satisfy your sweet tooth.


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