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Jae's at the Clark, a Full Service Restaurant, Opens Daily for the Summer Season with New Chef Steve Wilkinson

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2006

Great art and great cuisine are under one roof this summer at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Jae’s at the Clark, a full service restaurant offering delectable food, is open daily for the summer season at the Clark. Serving lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm through Labor Day, Jae’s is the perfect place to grab a bite while visiting the Clark, and is quickly becoming a destination restaurant for those in Williamstown and the surrounding area.

Popular local restaurateur Jae Chung created Jae’s at the Clark last year with great success, and has partnered this year with Steve Wilkinson as executive chef/catering director. Wilkinson hails from Clinton, CT where over a number of years he was owner/chef of three restaurants including most recently the Esteva Restaurant in Guilford, CT, operated a catering business, and served as a restaurant consultant. Wilkinson recently relocated with his family to North Adams.

The varied and thoughtful menu includes a variety of specialty soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées, and desserts. Chef Wilkinson takes advantage of fresh herbs and locally grown fruits and vegetables when available. As a special nod to Francine Clark (wife of Clark founder Sterling Clark), Jae’s offers “Francine’s Fancy,” a delightful mixture of greens with balsamic vinaigrette, walnuts, raisins, bleu cheese, strawberries, and a light dusting of sugar. Entrée salad plates feature cold poached salmon, curried chicken salad, and sautéed Maryland lump crab cakes. Vegetarian options include deep-dish quiche of the day, a vegetarian salad plate, and grilled vegetables with fresh herb cheese. For dessert, there’s Belgian chocolate mousse, seasonal fruit tarts, and crème brûlée. Beverages include a select group of wines and beer, coffee, soft drinks, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Jae’s also provides year-round food service in the Clark’s courtyard, offering lighter menu options during museum hours.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays from September to June). Admission is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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