On the Bright Side: NYC borough to toast upstate food products

New York City residents will get a taste of the some of the agricultural bounty of the Catskills at an upcoming event, several involved said Friday.

New York Epicurean Events will be partnering with organizations that include Lucky Dog Organic Farm, Pure Catskills branding campaign, Larry’s Custom Meats in Hartwick and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce in the upcoming “The Catskills Comes to Queens” farm-to-festival food and wine tasting, according to a media release.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall on Aug. 1. It will feature more than 20 chefs from both the Catskills and New York City, using their creative skills on the agricultural bounty of the Catskills, said New York Epicurean Events Vice President Joseph DiStefano.

“As someone who has been writing about food in Queens for years, I’m excited to provide such wonderful local products to the top chefs in my home borough,” he said. Good food is “a great way to build community.”

The Lucky Dog Food Hub, a business of the organic farm, brings products from area farms to New York City and in some cases matches products to buyers. It was contacted about participating in the event about a year ago, said hub project manager Sonia Janiszewski.

The event will help “raise awareness of the quality of products produced here,” she said.

Pure Catskills is sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council. Its farm-to-market manager, Kristan Morley, said: “This event will be important for our members and their high quality products.”

Because of it, they will be showcased in one of the hungriest markets in the country, she said.  

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