Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica Ziehm

February 28, 2011

Commissioner Encourages Restaurants to Source Local Food

NY Restaurant Show Features 29 NY Food Producers, Wineries and Distributors

New York State Agriculture Acting Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today encouraged New York restaurants in the city and statewide to source more New York food and beverages to meet growing consumer interest and demand for locally grown food.  The announcement was made at the 20th annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, where the “Pride of New York MarketPlace” featured exclusively New York food and beverage companies to show attendees.

            “The buy local trend continues to gain momentum throughout the State,” the Commissioner said, “but nowhere more than in New York City.  We are excited to help chefs and restaurant owners meet the demand for our fine, local New York State products through venues such as the New York Restaurant Show.  The Pride of New York Marketplace is the largest yet, and we hope to see more New York products featured on menus throughout the city so people can enjoy a true taste of New York when dining out or visiting.”

            To help restaurants identify local food and beverage companies, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets organized a “Pride of New York MarketPlace” at the New York Restaurant Show that serves as a one-stop shop showcasing exclusively New York food and beverage companies.  The Marketplace is the largest ever by including 29 New York companies offering a range of local products from fresh produce to processed items, as well as several distributors that carry New York products. 

            The following New York companies are participating in the “Pride of New York MarketPlace” at the New York Restaurant Show taking place February 27 – March 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

  1. A Taste of the North Fork (Suffolk County)
  2. Anthony Road Wine Company (Yates County)
  3. Basis Farm to Chef (New York and Ulster Counties)
  4. Beth’s Farm Kitchen (Dutchess County)
  5. Champlain Valley Specialties (Essex County)
  6. Damascus Bakeries, Inc. (Kings County)
  7. Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars (Steuben County)
  8. Esposito’s Sausage (New York County)
  9. Farm to Table Co-packers (Ulster County)
  10. Great Performances (New York County)
  11. Greenmarket Wholesale/GrowNYC (New York County)
  12. Hudson Valley Duck Farm (Sullivan County)
  13. Jerry Shulman Produce Shipper (Nassau County)
  14. Katchkie Farm (Columbia County)
  15. Long Island Agricultural Marketing Association (Nassau County)       
  16. Long Island Wine Council (Suffolk County)
  17. My Brother Bobby’s Salsa (Dutchess County)
  18. North Country Farms (Jefferson County)
  19. Northeast Livestock Processing Service, Inc.  (Montgomery County)
  20. Orwasher’s Bakery (New York County)
  21. Peconic Bay Winery (Suffolk County)
  22. Red Jacket Orchards (Ontario County)
  23. Regional Access (Tompkins County) 
  24. Rick’s Pick’s (New York County)
  25. Ronnybrook Farm Dairy (Columbia County)
  26. Shawangunk Wine Trail (Orange County)
  27. The Ravioli Store (Queens County)
  28. Winter Sun Farms (Ulster County)  
  29. Yohay Baking (Suffolk County)

            The Pride of New York Program is the State’s marketing and promotion initiative enabling New York farmers and food processors to brand their fresh and processed products as being grown or produced in the State.  The Program also enables restaurants, food service establishments, food distributors and food retailers to utilize the program’s emblem to help advertise and help consumers identify the locally grown or produced New York food products they carry. 

            To become involved or for more information on the Pride of New York Program, call 1-800-554-4501 or visit

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