When: Thursday, July 26. VIP Reception 6:00pm-7:00pm; Tasting 7:00pm-10:00pm; After Party 10:00pm-midnight
Where: Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn; After Party at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
How Much: $125 General Admission; $250 VIP Admission; $25 After Party (plus bowling fees)
We love a glass of sparkling water as much as the next gal, but when it comes to the water pouring out of our faucets? Hold the gas, please.
Taste of the Marcellus, a “delicious defiance” of fracking, will feature food, wine and beer from the New York State Marcellus region. The evening’s roster of all-star chefs includes Mary Cleaver of The Green Table & Cleaver Co., Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Zak Pelaccio of Fatty ‘Cue & Fatty Crew, Peter Hoffman of Back Forty & Back Forty West, and Heather Carlucci of PRINT. Restaurant. Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43 and Conor McCormack of Brooklyn Winery will take care of the pairings.
New York water — the good stuff in real bagels and a survival aid in 100° heat in the cement jungle — is under fire. New York’s 28-county Marcellus region is under threat of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” This method of drilling releases natural gases by injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals to crack dense rock formations; fracking has already polluted the water, air and land of many rural communities (think smog and potential carcinogens floating around, and gas leaking into rivers, streams and water supplies). The oil and gas industry are itching to drill into the Marcellus Shale, and there is currently no federal regulation in place to stop them.
Concerned New Yorkers have banded together to protect our natural resources from this dangerous practice through groups like New Yorkers Against Fracking and food professional coalition Chefs for the Marcellus. These two organizations will continue the fight against fracking at the event at Brooklyn Winery.
If you can’t make it to the main event, you can still dance for the cause at Brooklyn Bowl. After the party is the after party, featuring music and complimentary Ommegang beer — brewed with clean, pristine upstate water.
Image courtesy of Chefs for the Marcellus.