Jacob's Pillow Forms New Partnerships with Haven Cafe & No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival announces new partnerships with beloved Berkshire-based businesses No. Six Depot Café and Roastery of West Stockbridge, MA and Haven Cafe & Bakery of Lenox, MA. Both local establishments will have locations on the Jacob's Pillow grounds and will be open throughout the Festival 2016 season, June 22-August 28. The businesses will bring three new dining offerings to the Pillow-Haven at The Pillow, No. Six Depot Café, and No. Six Depot Snack and Coffee Bar.

"While Jacob's Pillow is an internationally acclaimed dance organization it is also an integral member of the local Berkshire community and economy," says Jacob's Pillow Managing Director Andrea Sholler. "We are excited to be partnering with these two wonderful businesses to showcase our county's commitment to delicious, locally-sourced dining."

Food has always played a role at Jacob's Pillow. From its earliest days as an 18th century New England family farm through its present incarnation as an international dance center, culinary and artistic histories have long intermingled. When Ted Shawn first founded the Pillow as a retreat for his company of Men Dancers, he and the men lived and worked onsite, building their own cabins and raising their food. In 1933, Shawn began to host his now famous "Tea Lectures". Audience members would travel from miles around, paying for tea and sandwiches served by the Men Dancers, and hear Shawn speak about dance and choreography while his company performed. Throughout the past 83 Festivals, dining at the Pillow has evolved and taken on many variations; in recent years, the Pillow Café, Pillow Pub, and Snack Bar were managed internally. This year, Jacob's Pillow is thrilled to begin new partnerships with two of the region's leading dining establishments, embracing the thriving food scene in the Berkshires and supporting the local economy.

"Passion, diversity, and artistry are what come to mind when I think about Jacob's Pillow," says Haven Café & Bakery owner Shelly Williams of the new partnership with the Pillow.

Haven at the Pillow will offer signature hand-crafted cocktails at The Barre and full-service distinctive dining in a beautiful outdoor, tented setting. Haven has created a new menu that celebrates diversity with global influences, inspired by a passion for quality ingredients. The restaurant will also feature beloved Haven signature desserts and drinks for a post-performance treat, all with a view of the historic Ted Shawn Theatre. Reservations are recommended, call 413.243.0745 to reserve your table; open for dinner Weds through Sat, 5-11pm; open for brunch Sun 11am to 2pm. Haven at The Pillow is located in the former Pillow Café space.

"We've been going to the Pillow for years, since our two children were toddlers" says No. Six Depot Café and Roastery co-owner Lisa Landry. "Now, they'll be working there. So happy to be partnering with a place we love so much. It's always been our philosophy that good coffee and good food are inextricably linked with culture and community. Together, they make our lives rich."

Based in West Stockbridge, No. Six Depot is lauded for its creative menu, fresh ingredients, and house-roasted coffee. At its Jacob's Pillow location, No. Six Depot Café features healthy paninis, salads, and more, as well as a full-service bar in a casual setting. The No. Six Depot Snack and Coffee Bar offers a full espresso bar, ice cream and smoothie bar as well as small bites for pre-performance pick-me-ups and refined takes on intermission concessions featuring local bakers and makers. No reservations required, counter service and takeout available. Open Weds through Fri, 4:30-9:30pm; Sat noon to 9:30pm; Sun noon to 5pm. The Café is located next to the Box Office, in the former Pillow Pub space; the Snack and Coffee Bar is located outside the Ted Shawn Theatre.

Founded in 2004 as a catering service by Chef Shelly Williams, Haven Café & Bakery opened its first dining location in Lenox, MA in 2008 to great success. Haven is mission-focused on food and community and takes pride in being a regionally-recognized and prized brand name in the Berkshires. Haven's goal is to continue to grow and make food the "old fashioned" way from local farms, by hand and with love. A Berkshire favorite and "dependably superb" (Rural Intelligence), Haven's second location recently opened in Great Barrington, MA in 2014.

Located in the town of West Stockbridge, MA in the oldest train station in the Berkshires, No. Six Depot Café and Roastery imports coffee from around the world and roasts it in the station in small batches. They also offer full breakfast and lunch, featuring a house-made local specialties, and run a bustling art gallery and live event space. Led by the visions of founders and co-owners Flavio Lichtenthal and Lisa Landry, they've been dubbed "true coffee maven[s]" by WAMC's Alan Chartock, have been featured in Real Simple, Martha Stuart Living, The Huffington Post, and recently named "Best Coffee Stop" in New England by Yankee Magazine, among many other accolades.

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