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Allium Restaurant + Bar Welcomes Chef Daire Rooney

 Allium Restaurant + Bar announces Daire Rooney, new chef to the kitchen and most well known in the Berkshires for her work as Executive Chef of the well-loved French bistro Brix Wine Bar in Pittsfield, Mass., where she managed the kitchen for four years. Since November, she has been changing up the Allium menu and creating delicious dishes with a direction toward gastro-pub style focusing on seasonal ingredients.
Photo by Maia Landau

Photo by Maia Landau

Daire is working on developing the Allium menu with more small plates and many healthy options to meet guests’ requests.  In January, with a cocktail focus on whisky, she is creating a series of fun burger options including short rib and brisket burgers accompanied by bacon jam from local pork belly. In February, when the bar highlights vodkas and aquavit-based cocktails, the kitchen will feature smoked fish, oysters and raw, cured fish options. In addition to tie-ins to the cocktail program, Daire also has plans for a series of wine and food pairing dinners.
Photo by Angela Cardinali

Photo by Angela Cardinali

On Friday, March 1, Rooney will be joining a group of Berkshire chefs at the James Beard House to present “The Berkshire Cure-All,” a dinner highlighting foods raised and produced in the Berkshire region in conjunction with The Red Lion Inn. You can read more about Daire’s background on our website.
Photo by Angela Cardinali

Photo by Angela Cardinali

A sample of Rooney’s menu can be found here.
Allium Restaurant + Bar is located at 42-44 Railroad Street in Great Barrington.  Please call 413.528.2118, or visit opentable.com to make a reservation.