Though Michael Anderson has worked in the kitchen for more than three decades, he hasn't always worn the title of executive chef. Like many great chefs before him, Anderson began his career as a dishwasher, working his way up through practice and education before finally earning the prestigious role of head chef at Chandler's Tavern. With this culinary accomplishment under his belt, Anderson decided he was ready to fulfill his dream of opening his own restaurant—naming it for the chef he studied under as a dishwasher all those years ago.
Today, a panorama of white-linen tablecloths and chandeliers stretches across Tucker's dining hall, bar, and private banquet rooms. Anderson still works in the kitchen, overseeing staff as they prepare gourmet pastas, meats, and seafood from noon until nightfall. The restaurant opens its two elegant banquet halls for weddings, birthday parties, and upscale games of dodgeball.
Though its name conjures images of ice-cream cones savored between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend, The Summer House ice-cream and sandwich shop stays open year-round so guests can enjoy frozen treats whenever they like. Servers scoop up to 24 ice-cream flavors—from orange sherbet to peppermint stick—into sundaes sprinkled with toppings such as hot caramel, pecans, and brownies baked in-house. They also craft frozen drinks such as milk shakes and root-beer floats; additional ice-cream alternatives include sugarless ice cream, soft serve, and frozen yogurt.
For more savory options, chefs whip up classic American food such as tuna-salad sandwiches, spiced curly fries made with cholesterol-free vegetable oil, and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets for kids and paleontologists alike. Guests devour the food in a handicapped-accessible, air-conditioned dining room that seats up to 80 guests or outside on the tables in landscaped picnic areas, a gazebo, and a patio.
Terra Americana’s boutique storefront stocks cake and soup mixes and local gift items that are a hit with both local and mail-order customers, all wrapped in the best packaging available utilizing local and natural resources. Each recipe has been developed and tested in New England to enhance the belief that local and natural foods are the key to a healthy being. The shop's cocoa mixes come in containers shaped like bears, and its dip kits yield creations that impress guests. They also craft custom party favors for special events and promotional items for businesses.
There are few places as lively to hang out as the shady tables overlooking the water on Louie B's patio. That's because guests don't just sip drinks as they indulge in fresh seafood and a range of classic American dishes. The lake and the restaurant's dock offer plenty of activity, as do the regular events, ranging from poker nights and comedy shows to holiday parties and live performances.
Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, the expansive greens and fairways of Edgewood Golf Course are bordered by lush woodlands on one side and Fox Den Restaurant on the other. Named for the foxes that sometimes dart around the course’s forested edges, the restaurant keeps its cunning guests on their toes with daily specials that draw on Pan–American inspirations. Golfers often stop in for a hearty breakfast of omelets and pancakes before their first round of the day, and nightly dinners of prime rib or fish and chips replenish energy lost while running away from rabid golf carts.