November 14, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Nine Long Island Chefs and Restaurateurs Take the Pride of New York Pledge

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that nine chefs and restaurateurs on Long Island have signed the Pride of New York Pledge to increase their use of New York State products by 10 percent or more. The Pride of New York Pledge is an important new component of the Governors Taste NY initiative and is designed to encourage the states culinary industry to take advantage of the abundant food and beverage products the state has to offer.

 

The Pride of New York Pledge is continuing to gain momentum as dozens of chefs and restaurateurs across the state commit to supporting New Yorks robust agricultural industry, Governor Cuomo said. When our world-class culinary professionals prefer and use goods produced here in New York, it exposes their restaurant patrons to the high quality of our products and boosts the local agricultural sector to benefit the entire state. I commend the Long Island chefs and restaurateurs who have joined buy local movement and encourage chefs from across the state to take the Pride of New York Pledge today.

 

The following chefs and restaurateurs signed the Pride of NY pledge at the recent Edible Long Island Magazine Launch Party:

 

  • Mirabelle, Guy Reuge, Chef
  • J. Kings, William King, Chef
  • Jackson's Restaurant, Shelby Poole, Owner
  • Lombardi's, Laura Lombardi, Director of Operations
  • Monsoon, Michael Wilson, Chef
  • Roots Bistro Gourmand, James Orlandi, Chef/Owner
  • West East Bistro and Bar, Raquel Jadega, Chef
  • Jewel Restaurant, Tom Schaudel, Chef/Owner
  • Besito, John Tunney, Owner

 

By participating in the Pride of New York Pledge, each chef has committed to:

 

  • Increase sourcing of New York State grown and made products and ingredients including products from New Yorks food and beverage producers for their restaurant(s) by 10% or more
  • Feature, highlight and increase wines, beers, spirits, ciders and other locally produced beverages on their drink menus by 10%
  • Utilize their teams expertise and talents to introduce new New York themed dishes demonstrating that locally sourced and seasonal products are delicious
  • Consistently communicate their commitment with suppliers, peers and the public so others will support New York State food and beverages
  • Educate and maintain staff knowledge of New York States locally grown and made products

 

Governor Cuomo initiated the Pride of New York Pledge in partnership with the NY Restaurant Association. Representatives of the New York restaurant industry can visit the Taste NY website to access the pledge. They can then email the pledge to tasteny@agriculture.ny.gov. The Pledge can be filled out electronically at the following link: http://taste.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Taste_NY_Pledge-email.pdf

 

Tom Schaudel, Chef/Owner of Jewel Restaurant, said, I have been a longtime supporter of sourcing foods from Long Island and it just makes sense to support and promote my fellow New Yorkers. I believe in keeping it in the family, building strong relationships with the local growers and fishermen. Knowing where my food comes from provides me with a sense of confidence that I am preparing my dishes with fresh, high quality ingredients because I know where they come from. Signing the Pride of New York Pledge reinforces my commitment to continuing to do what I believe in - supporting my friends and neighbors.

 

Acting State Agriculture Commissioner James B. Bays said, More and more restaurants in New York are taking the Pride of New York Pledge, which is just fantastic for our states food and beverage industry, and especially for our farmers. Governor Cuomos Taste NY program is creating new venues for our states burgeoning buy local movement to grow and the Pride of New York Pledge is just the latest example of these efforts.

 

Governor Cuomos Taste NY initiative focuses on branding and expanding New York's food and beverage industry by making the wide variety of foods and beverages made and grown in the state readily available and recognizable to New Yorkers as well as to the hospitality industry and public nationwide. Part of Governor Cuomos efforts to promote agribusiness across the state, Taste NY is being marketed through a range of promotional efforts including Taste NY tents at important events, Taste NY stores in transportation hubs and a dedicated website, www.taste.ny.gov.

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