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UMass alum’s eatery showcases fresh bagels, rotating menu

  • Alice Lee holds a bread basket of sourdough, bagels and baguettes she makes daily at delicatesse at 8 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

  • Alice Lee holds a bread basket of sourdough, bagels and baguettes she makes daily at delicatesse at 8 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio



Recorder Staff
Thursday, June 08, 2017

SHELBURNE FALLS — The tiny storefront at 8 Bridge St., near the Iron Bridge is once again a thriving eatery.

This spring, delicatesse opened, combining the sensibilities of a New York City deli with a touch of international cuisines.

Queens, N.Y.-born owner and chef, Alice Lee, first came to the area as a University of Massachusetts Amherst student. Unable to find a job after graduation, Lee did several odd jobs, including work as a prep-cook in a restaurant.

“I really fell in love with cooking,” says Lee, who bakes her own bagels, baguettes and breads daily. Inspired, she went to France where she served an informal internship with a friend who was a chef in Brittany.

“When I got back, I got a paying job at a fine-dining restaurant in New York (City),” Lee said. “Four or five years ago, I started as a sous-chef, to help open restaurants.”

Lee said she considered opening a restaurant in Northampton but wanted a country lifestyle. “I found this spot by happenstance, and thought it was the perfect size,” she said. “I always had this idea in mind: My favorite thing to do is go to a market and get a little taste of everything.”

Her eatery has a daily changing menu. On this particular day, the delicatesse deli counter offerings included chopped liver, dill egg salad, butterscotch pudding and taboli salad. Gravlax, which is a Nordic dish of thinly sliced cured salmon, is also a staple — sold by the pound or in a latke plate breakfast special (two eggs, gravlax and a potato pancake with sour cream or apple puree).

The day’s sandwich special, porchetta, was a rolled pork belly loin slow-roasted with garlic, fennel and spices, served on a homemade roll with chimichurri sauce (an Argentinian steak sauce) and a small salad.

Offerings range from about $3 to $12. There’s a $5 breakfast special, which is coffee and the choice of an egg sandwich or a bagel with and cream cheese. Menu staples include house salads, such as its grilled caesar salad, dipped roast beef sandwich and a deli sandwich with a choice of cold cuts.

Wi-fi is also available.

Hours for delicatesse are Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To place an order or learn more, call 413-489-5257.