I will be in Western Massachusetts on Sunday, June 2nd, and Monday, June 3rd, to help local PBS station WGBY celebrate the region’s asparagus harvest. Sunday’s festival, a free, day-long celebration of sustainability and local agriculture featuring asparagus takes place from 10 am to 7:30 pm on the grounds of the Seven Sisters Market Bistro and Bison Farm on Route 9 in Hadley, Massachusetts and is open to the public. The Asparagus Luncheon from 12 to 2pm and the “Spears and Beers” Tasting from 4:30 to 7 pm require tickets. Monday evening’s “Spearit” Gala will be at Amherst’s newly renovated Lord Jeffery Inn. I will be hosting a VIP reception from 6 to 7pm followed by an asparagus-lover’s dinner from 7 to 11 pm featuring some of my favorite recipes provided by chefs from regional restaurants including The Red Lion Inn, Chez Albert, Metro Bis and The Farm Table. To purchase tickets for Monday night’s reception and/or dinner go to Tickets. For more information on all events, go to Asparagus Festival.