Neighbors Invited to Harvest on the Hill

Crisp autumn air, farm-fresh foods, Beacon Hill friends and neighbors – sound good?

So thought Beacon Hill residents James Houghton and Gordon Burnes, who last year enjoyed a dinner served on a Berkshire farm so much that they cooked up the idea of holding a three-course feast of locally grown and harvested foods right here on Beacon Hill.

Suzanne Besser, also a resident, jumped in to help, and the three are inviting the Beacon Hill community to join them at Harvest on the Hill – an autumn dinner to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 on Chestnut Street. Up to 150 dinner guests will be seated outside at one long candlelit table, stretching from Charles Street to West Cedar Street.

Chef Josh Lewin and his staff from the Beacon Hill Bistro will prepare and serve a cornucopia of local vegetables, fish and meat for the dinner. So far, Lewin is planning a menu that begins with watermelon Bellinis and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a summer aioli with seasonal vegetables and grilled shrimp, platters of pork and smoked scallion sausages, corn on the cob and salads.  For dessert, there will be a selection of pastries and tarts, prepared with local ingredients.  Wine will be served with each course and is included in the price.

Burnes, Houghton and Besser hope this celebration of local foods and local friends will become one of Beacon Hill’s special annual events. “Hopefully we can grow the length of the table each year,” said Houghton.

Tickets are $150 per person and are being sold on a first come/first serve basis to Beacon Hill residents over the age of 21. Guests are asked to dress in festive attire. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6 pm, followed by dinner from 7-9 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and monies refunded.

For more information and to make reservations, visit All proceeds will go to pay for the cost of the event; any extra funds will be donated to the Beacon Hill Civic Association Tree Fund.

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