Take a good cause, add great food and perfectly-paired drinks. A winning formula to raise awareness about fracking in New York State.
A 200-strong crowd filled Brooklyn Winery last night for Taste of the Marcellus to say no to fracking the farms, breweries and wineries of the Marcellus Shale, but yes to sampling over a dozen delicious bites from Gramercy Tavern, Beauty & Essex, The Meatball Shop, Telepan and many other restaurants. And what better way to bring the issue home than for each restaurant to serve the very same produce, beer and wine that is in danger?
Tasting Chef Chris Santos‘ crostini topped with whipped ricotta, peach, chile, basil and honey (paired with Brooklyn Winery Stainless Steel Aged Riesling), or Chef Daniel Holzman‘s chicken meatballs with market-driven pesto and corn salad (perfect with Ommegang BPA), you can’t help but feel passionate about a cause that threatens the incredible ingredients and suppliers behind each dish.
Considering the restaurants and toques supporting the movement – Bill Telepan, Mario Batali, Michael Laiskonis, Elizabeth Falkner, Amanda Freitag and many more – expect to see and hear more about the issue – and hopefully more delicious fundraisers like this too.