Last Saturday, City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization dedicated to feeding New York City’s hungry men, women, and children, completed its second annual Brooklyn Local, a fundraising event featuring artisanal food and fun activities for the whole family.
It was a gorgeous fall afternoon for the over 75 artisanal vendors that converged at Brooklyn Bridge Park to showcase Brooklyn’s most delectable fare and to help City Harvest feed more hungry New Yorkers. Held at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, this family-friendly fundraiser was a huge success, drawing over 2,500 attendees to the daylong event.
During this event, guests had an exclusive opportunity to meet and talk with regional artisans while sampling gourmet and specialty food items for sale. Guests who joined City Harvest at The Brooklyn Local enjoyed:
• More than 75 vendor booths highlighting local and gourmet food items, as well as craft beer and wine. The Brooklyn Local featured prepared food and purveyors from the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg in a special section.
• Tasting Tent with private seating, hosted by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats, featuring food and drink from some of Brooklyn’s finest establishments.
• Interactive Kids’ Zone with musical entertainment children’s activities.
• Gift bags for sale, filled with a selection of quality products from the market.
Several borough tastemakers chaired the event, including: Ted Allen from Chopped, Momofuku’s Sue Chan, Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin, Taylor Erkkinen from The Brooklyn Kitchen, Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo from Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats, and Mandy Oser from Ardesia. Borough President Marty Markowitz was in attendance to show his support to The Brooklyn Local and his fellow Brooklynites.
“We were very happy with the local support for last year’s Brooklyn Local and we appreciate the continued interest in this unique event,” said Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest. “Brooklyn has a vibrant artisanal community and we are excited to partner again for this family-friendly event that will raise funds to help feed hungry New Yorkers and Brooklynites.”
About City Harvest
Now serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest (www.cityharvest.org) is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. This year, City Harvest will collect more than 42 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout New York City by a fleet of trucks and bikes. City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers that face hunger each year.