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November 20, 2015

Department of Agriculture and Markets Announces Taste NY Thanksgiving Contest to Celebrate and Promote New York's Food and Beverage Producers

Contest Encourages New Yorkers to Submit Photos of New York Agricultural Products They’re Using for Thanksgiving Meals

Lieutenant Governor Hochul, Commissioner Ball, New York State Chief Digital Officer and Culinary Experts Will Select Five Winners

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced the launch of a special Taste NY Thanksgiving photo contest to continue to promote New York’s food and beverage producers, and grow the agricultural industry. The contest encourages New Yorkers to submit photos of their favorite Thanksgiving dish, beverage or entire holiday meal made with New York products and ingredients to the competition webpage or post to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TasteNYThanks. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Commissioner Ball, New York State Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology Rachel Haot, and distinguished culinary experts from the New York Wine and Culinary Center and The Culinary Institute of America will judge the entries and select five winners.

“As New Yorkers across the state get ready to gather with family and friends this holiday season, we know good food is a major part of that celebration, and through the Taste NY program, we’re encouraging everyone to share their very best recipes and dishes made with New York products,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul.  “The Governor launched the Taste NY program to highlight the world-class products that our food and beverage producers have to offer, and in doing so we have boosted the profiles and sales of a wide variety of small business owners. We want to continue this momentum and bring New York State food and beverages to every table, helping our farmers and craft producers succeed.”

The contest starts today, Friday, November 20 and runs through midnight on Tuesday, December 1.  All entries will be judged on the overall appeal of the finished product, quality of the image, and representation of the New York-produced or sourced ingredient or food or beverage. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will announce the winners of the contest on December 9 on the Taste NY website and social media channels, where the winners’ photographs and names will be displayed.  The five entries that receive the highest overall scores will also win Taste NY gift baskets.

Judging for The Culinary Institute of America is Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute, and for the New York Wine and Culinary Center are John Berndt, General Manager; Jeffory McLean, Culinary Education Manager; and Andrew Chambers, Executive Chef. The Culinary Institute of America and the New York Wine and Culinary Center are partners of the Taste NY initiative to promote New York’s food and beverage industries.

Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America, said, “Here in the Empire State, we are surrounded by so many outstanding products. Cooking with New York State ingredients, and enjoying New York State beverages this Thanksgiving is a great and sustainable way to support our neighbors and express our gratitude for the abundance on our tables.”

John Berndt, General Manager of the New York Wine and Culinary Center, said, “Andrew Chambers, Executive Chef at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, along with Jeffory McLean, Manager of Culinary Education at the Center and I are thrilled with this holiday program as it recognizes, promotes and celebrates our finest farm to table products. Encouraging residents to explore and appreciate our unique New York State offerings is at the heart of the mission, vision and purpose of the New York Wine and Culinary Center.”

New York State Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot said, “This Thanksgiving, we are thrilled to use social media to amplify the delicious stories of New York's local and homegrown products, food and beverages. We look forward to celebrating what New Yorkers serve this Thanksgiving through the digital lens.”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “More New Yorkers are interested in where their food comes from and appreciate the increased opportunity to buy local through the Taste NY program.  By launching this contest, we want to bring increased attention to the diversity of unique made-in-New York products that are available today, and that everyone—from world-renowned chefs to those cooking at home—can easily use to make a delicious meal.”

For more information on the contest and for rules to enter, please visit: http://on.ny.gov/TasteNYThanks.

About Taste NY
Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair. The program has also opened stores at Thruway rest stops along the state’s highways and in transportation hubs such as Grand Central Station, enabling travelers to buy New York State’s homegrown and homemade products. Approximately 1,100 local companies have participated in these opportunities, further linking their products and the state’s growing food and beverage market to consumers from across the globe. For more information about Taste NY, please visit www.taste.ny.gov. Connect with Taste NY through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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