For Immediate Release
June 27, 2014
NEW YORK, NY—As part of the transformation of the Clark Art Institute, a new addition to the dining scene in the Berkshires will be unveiled when the Institute opens its new campus on July 4, 2014. Stephen STARR Events, a division of the acclaimed STARR Restaurants, is the Clark’s new culinary partner, operating two new dining destinations in Williamstown and the surrounding Berkshires region.
A modern eatery, Café Seven will open in the new Visitor Center, designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates of Osaka, Japan. Additional design for Café Seven was provided by Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture in Culver City, California. The café’s name reflects the 7-shaped red granite wall, a highlight of the Clark Center’s architecture. A similar 7-shaped wall is also a central component of Ando’s first building on the Clark campus, the Lunder Center at Stone Hill.
To spearhead its culinary vision, Stephen STARR Events tapped Aimee Olexy, a major player in the farm-to-menu revolution and the visionary behind three highly renowned Starr restaurants in the Philadelphia area: Talula’s Garden, Talula’s Daily, and Talula’s Table. Olexy will bring creative, innovative, and artful menus to Café Seven that will reflect market-driven ingredients from local artisans and nearby farms that will change with seasonality. Additionally, elevated snack options include a signature granola blend and locally sourced honey and hand-selected cheeses. Indoor and terrace seating will be available; hours of operation are from 10 am to 5 pm, and until 7 pm on Fridays in July and August.
A simple yet refined lunch menu will also be available at the Stone Hill Café. Offering al fresco dining on the building’s terrace, Stone Hill Café provides one of the best views of the surrounding Taconic, Green Mountain, and Berkshire ranges, noted by Yankee magazine for “best outdoor museum dining with a view in New England.” STARR will also operate a coffee bar in the new reading room of the Manton Research Center, which will open in spring 2015.
“The team at Stephen STARR Events is thrilled to be a part of this very significant moment for the Clark,” said Simon Powles, president of Stephen STARR Events, “The bucolic setting, abundant local farms, and gorgeous facilities provide endless inspiration to our culinary team. We look forward to becoming part of the fabric of the Berkshires dining community.”
Aimee Olexy added, “Café Seven will be a true destination in itself. The lovely kitchen space allows us to provide scratch cooking and handmade food, which we are thrilled to bring to museum dining.”
About Stephen STARR Events
Stephen Starr has played a major role in transforming Philadelphia into one of the most vibrant food cities in America with restaurants like Buddakan, Morimoto, Serpico, The Continental, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-Town, El Vez, Jones, Alma de Cuba, Pod, Parc, and more. Starr has also made a footprint in New York City with hotspots Morimoto and Buddakan, as well as charming Italian eatery Caffè Storico in the New-York Historical Society and Café Serai in the Rubin Museum. Recent openings include the critically hailed French brasserie Le Diplomate in Washington D.C. and Serpico in Philadelphia, as well as the new outpost of El Vez, which was an instant hit in New York City’s Battery Park City. Starr currently oversees more than thirty restaurants in four states, including Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale and Makoto in the Bal Harbour Shops in North Miami.
Stephen Starr and Simon Powles founded the Starr Restaurants Catering Group and Stephen STARR Events in 2008. The restaurant group's full-service catering and special events division includes clients such as the New York Botanical Garden, the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, and the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. With delectable cuisine, stellar service, hip music, and cool settings, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful Starr Restaurants to the world of catering and special events.
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