We recently had the pleasure of hosting a fantastic event for a very important cause. The Marcellus region of upstate New York’s land, air, and water quality is being threatened by the prospect of hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas extraction technique otherwise known as “fracking.” The potential for fracking affects Brooklyn Winery, as we source grapes for our wine from a number of vineyards in New York state and many of our wine bar’s seasonal menu items include ingredients grown on upstate farms. So we were honored to partner with Chefs for the Marcellus and New Yorkers Against Fracking to hold a benefit called A Taste of the Marcellus late last month.
A number of the city’s leading chefs joined in the fight against fracking for this event, creating exclusive dishes made with items from the bountiful Marcellus region. Each dish was carefully paired with either a Brooklyn Winery wine or a Brewery Ommegang beer for guests to sip and savor as they mingled. We’d like to give a huge thanks to all of the chefs (including our own Executive Chef David Colston) and their teams who gave us their time and their scrumptious creations.
Chef Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
Chef Heather Carlucci, PRINT Restaurant
Chef Mary Cleaver, Cleaver Co. & The Green Table
Chef David Colston, Brooklyn Winery
Chef Elizabeth Falkner, Krescendo
Chef Peter Hoffman, Back Forty & Back Forty West
Chef Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop
Chef Zak Pelaccio, Fatty ‘Cue & The Fatty Crew
Chef Chris Santos, The Stanton Social
Chef Bill Telepan, Telepan
Mixologist Richard Knapp, Mother’s Ruin
You can take a look at the full mouthwatering pairing menu by clicking here. We had an excellent, passionate crowd—there are so many folks out there who care very deeply about the future of our environment. Gasland documentary filmmaker Josh Fox was on hand to show his support and say a few words about the importance of fighting fracking. Cookbook author and Food Network/Cooking Channel host Ellie Krieger was also in attendance, mingling and chatting with guests; it was lovely to see her take the time to support the cause as well. Some attendees were even covered in anti-fracking buttons and stickers by the end of the night! Check out select photos (all by Autumn Stein) from the event at the top of this post.
We’d like to thank not just the participating chefs, beverage purveyors, sponsors, and raffle donors, but all of the guests who braved a crazy summer storm to be there. We had a fabulous time and we hope you all did too!
P.S. If you’re interested in reading about fracking and getting involved in the fight against it, here are a few good websites to check out: