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Berkshire Edge 1.11.19

Chez Nous Bistro: A night out for a cause

Friday, Jan 11, 2019 | Dick Lindsay

LEE — Good food. Good times. Good cause.

Every Wednesday through Feb. 27, Chez Nous Bistro patrons will dine on the restaurant’s finest cuisine while helping raise money for a different local non-profit, each of the seven nights. After adding up the take from each Community Night, owners Rachel Portnoy and Franck Tessier will donate 15 percent of the net profit to that evening’s beneficiary.

The French-chef husband and pastry-chef wife said the weekly dinners are designed to build support for organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Berkshires.

“This is all about creating a community experience,” Portnoy said.

Added Tessier, “We also want to do more in the winter to attract people.”

Nine years ago, Chez Nous boosted its weekday, off-season business by offering special themed menus on Thursdays from November to May. The event has become so well attended, Portnoy said she hopes the popularity rubs off.

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