Take-along food ideas for Tanglewood?

young Otto with picnic basketSpeaking of Tanglewood... Sean emails:

We're taking some friends from out of town to a show at Tanglewood this weekend on our way out to Boston. Our plan was to grab some takeout to bring with us to the show. I was wondering if any of your readers could recommend some good options, either local to us or to Tanglewood itself (Subway our last resort). Our usual smorgasbord of meats, cheeses, etc won't work this time since our final destination is a hotel (no fridge). We're coming from Albany and will have kids with us, but they shouldn't be overly limiting.

There are no doubt a handful of places either here in/around Albany or across the border closer to Tanglewood. (Making picnic baskets for Tanglewood is probably a whole mini-industry in the Berkshires.)

So, got a suggestion or two for Sean? Please share!


There are plenty of great places to get subs, wraps, and other take-out in Albany without having to resort to Subway. Genoa Importing, Pellegrino's, (or really any of the Italian delis), Pepper Jack's, and Deli and Brew are all great non-chain places to get subs that travel well to Tanglewood. Grab some bags of chips and some drinks or waters and you're good to go. Be sure to get some of the great ice cream from the stand at Tanglewood for dessert.

Last week we brought subs from Genoa with us to Tanglewood. They held up really well.


If you're going to an afternoon show, there's a great little deli in Lenox called Bagel and Brew. Their reviews speak for themselves. Open 7am-1pm.

For an evening meal, grab take away from Firefly.


I haven't been in awhile, but we used to grab some of the to-go items from the Honest Weight Co Op.

Stop off in Troy on the way (get off the Hoosick st. exit on 787) and get a bunch of appetizers from Ali Baba. SO GOOD.

So many great options right in the Berkshires, Guido's on the Pittsfield/Lenox line is a great local market filled with all sorts of items perfect for picnics, Loebs in downtown Lenox has great sandwiches and then just down the street get some wine and beer at Nejaime's, they also have great cheese, meat and bread options.

I second Guido's Market. Good hot bar, best pizza in the area, lots of prepared food. We drive 30 minutes there often because it's quite good.

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