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March 06, 2015

200 New York Food and Beverage Companies Participating in the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show in New York City

Taste NY in Full Force at this International Event

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball and Empire State Development Acting President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky today announced that more than 200 New York food and beverage producers will make their mark at this year’s International Restaurant and Foodservice Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  The event begins Sunday, March 8 and ends on Tuesday, March 10.  Staff from Governor Cuomo’s Taste NY program will be on hand all three days to provide information on how food and beverage companies can participate in future Taste NY events, encourage support for the Pride of NY Restaurant Pledge, and sign up for the Pride of NY labeling program. 

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “With such a display of talent from our state’s world-class food and beverage producers, the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show is one of my favorite exhibitions to visit all year.  This year’s promotion should be one of the best we’ve ever put on here in New York and I look forward to experiencing it for myself next week.”

Taste NY Craft Beverages

New this year at the Show is a Taste NY Pavilion that includes 10 New York State craft beverage producers from all four categoriesówine, beer, spirits, and cider.  The five participating wineries include Dr. Frank Wines, Fox Run Vineyards and Pleasant Valley Winery from the Finger Lakes region, Black Willow Winery from the Niagara region, and Brotherhood Winery from the Hudson Valley region.  Catskill Provisions and Dutch’s Spirits will offer various spirits, with Kaneb Orchards and Cliffton Dry pouring hard cider, and Defiant Brewing Company pouring craft beers.

“We are delighted that New York wineries are joining with our colleagues in the beer, spirits and cider sectors to showcase the high quality products made right in our own backyard,” said Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.  “This special section showcases our products to a key audience in the world’s top city of restaurants.”

Pride of NY Marketplace:

Pride of NY, the state’s labeling program under the Taste NY banner, will feature 23 vendors carrying the Pride of NY logo on its products in its own designated Marketplace, which is co-sponsored by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.  These companies include:  

  • Amagansett Sea Salt (Amagansett)
  • Argyle Cheese Farmer (Argyle)
  • Cheeky Monkey Foods (Syracuse)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca)
  • Crepini, LLC (Brooklyn)
  • Crown Maple (Dover Plains)
  • Damascus Bakeries (Brooklyn)
  • Esposito’s Finest Quality Sausages (New York City)
  • Farm to Table Foods (Chappaqua)
  • Gotham Greens (Brooklyn)
  • GrowNYC/Greenmarket Regional Grains Project (New York City)  
  • Hudson Valley Harvest (Kingston)
  • Larry’s Southwestern Sauces (Slingerlands)
  • NYS Maple Producers Association (Statewide)
  • Old Chatham Sheepherding Company (Old Chatham)
  • Orwashers (New York City)
  • Pure Catskills (Walton)
  • Red Jacket Orchards (Geneva)
  • Saratoga Spring Water Co. (Saratoga Springs)
  • SerendipiTea (Manhasset)
  • Spoonable LLC (Brooklyn)
  • The Piggery (Ithaca)
  • The Ravioli Store (Long Island City)         

There are an additional 175 New York State food and beverage companies located throughout the show. 

Farm to City Expo 2015:

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Empire State Development are co-hosting the annual Farm to City Expo 2015 on March 10th, 2015 from 12 pm to 2:30 pm. The discussion is called Going with the Grain: The Renaissance of NYS Grain Production, a two panel forum featuring speakers from many ends of the grain value chain. 

Those interested in participating in this year’s Expo can register here, enter the discount code FARMTOCITY for the discussion and complimentary access to the Restaurant Show.

Empire State Development Acting President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Farm to City Expo presents another great opportunity for the State to advance its ongoing efforts to support locally grown products. By bringing together representatives at the state and local levels with leaders in the industry, we’ll be able to better work together to connect regional producers, particularly Upstate, to local businesses in the New York City marketplace.”

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