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July 24, 2017

Taste NY Marketplace at the Long Island Welcome Center at Dix Hills to Host Culinary Demonstrations by Top Long Island Chefs

Dix Hills, New York- Cooking enthusiasts are invited to join Long Island Master Chefs and accomplished cooks for a culinary series that explores creative, easy-to-do recipes using fresh, local and nutritious whole foods.  Know Real Food LI A Culinary Adventure will be held at the Taste NY Marketplace at the Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills beginning on Tuesday, August 8, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. 

The cooking series is open to chefs and home cooks of all experience levels and will also highlight top agritourism destinations throughout Long Island.  It will include a number of ninety-minute sessions aimed at showcasing Long Island's superb agriculture and driving tourism throughout the region. The first session will feature Master Chef Tom Schaudel.

“We are honored to have Chef Schaudel demonstrate his incredible talent through the dishes he prepares for the inaugural session," said Program Coordinator, Nancy Vallarella. "Regarded as ‘Long Island’s son,’ Chef Schaudel’s loyalty to this area and culinary endeavors throughout the region for more than 40 years, qualify him as an extraordinary ambassador for this culinary program.”

“This cooking series is a fun and unique way to connect consumers with Long Island’s top-notch agricultural products, and at the same time, show off some of the incredible agritourism destinations in their own backyard,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “This type of community engagement was part of Governor Cuomo’s vision for the Welcome Center, and it is exciting to see that vision come to life.”

Know Real Food LI - A Culinary Adventure is presented by LI Greenmarkets Inc. in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, which operates the Taste NY Marketplace at the Long Island Welcome Center.  The kick-off session will be held in the Community Room of the Welcome Center, located at 5100 Long Island Expressway, East Dix Hills, NY, 11746. Tickets will be available for sale through  

For additional information about the program and for local businesses wishing to participate in Know Real Food LI- A Culinary Adventure, email Nancy Vallarella at or call LI Greenmarket Inc. at (516) 760- 5311.

About LI Greenmarket Inc.
LI Greenmarket Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving open space and assisting family farms.  LI Greenmarket Inc. gives regional farmers, horticulturalists, fishermen and local food producers an opportunity to provide Long Island residents direct access to homegrown, fresh and nutritious foods.

About Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County
Cornell Cooperative Extension-Nassau is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and is part of the Cooperative Extension land grant system, a partnership between County, State, and Federal governments that is administered in New York State through Cornell University.

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 a variety of venues throughout the State and at large public events. Today, New York products sold under Taste NY branding are available in more than 60 locations throughout the State as well as the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For more information about Taste NY, please visit Connect with Taste NY through FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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