Eat Drink Local week is a celebration of the local food chain—a restaurant week with a mission.
It runs statewide from September 26-October 6, 2010, with the collaboration of all Edible magazines in the Empire State, and involves partners from the entire food chain—including restaurants, wine shops and wineries, breweries and beer bars, farms and food artisans, and cultural institutions that celebrate food.
Co-produced by Edible magazines and the GrowNYC Greenmarket, the aim is threefold:
1. to raise awareness about the bounty of products grown in the region
2. to drive customers to the restaurants and other businesses that support local food
3. to raise funds for a charitable partner dedicated to promoting regional agriculture
To give the week more definition, and create demand for regional food and drink, each day of the week is defined by a specific local ingredient (cheese on Monday, vegetables on Tuesday, wine on Wednesday, etc.), offering partners and sponsors an ideal hook for promoting their industry.
In addition, there are some other major events planned during the week, including:
September 23. An Amish style heirloom vegetable auction to be held at Sotheby’s
September 25. A Long Island wine auction.
September 27. The Edible Institute at the New School, a public discourse on urban food issues.
September 29. A public discourse at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. (The center’s Harvest Fest is October 2.)
Throughout the week. Edible programming at the New York Botanical Gardens.
Throughout the summer, the Union Square and Grand Army Plaza Greenmarkets will feature cooking demos from partner chefs, New York wine pourings and other happenings.
To receive updates on the week, check back at ediblemanhattan.com, or sign up for Edible’s enews list.
(Click here to read about last year’s week, and see the map of partner restaurants, which will give you a sense of what’s shaping up for this fall.)