Some New York restaurants are promising to increase their use of foods and beverages produced in the state. Governor Cuomo announced the additions to his Taste New York program over the weekend… The new restaurants have signed onto the Pride of New York pledge. That means increasing their use of New York products by at least 10 percent.
Governor Cuomo says “Many chefs and restaurants have already discovered that New York State offers some of the best locally produced foods, agricultural and dairy products, beers, wines and spirits in the entire country,” and he continued by saying “Taste NY is not just about promoting the outstanding food and beverages made in New York, it’s about opening up critical markets for agricultural producers all across our great state.”
David Skorton is President of Cornell University… He says “they believe the new initiative will serve as a model for an agricultural economic development strategy for the nation.” I’m particularly proud of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the extensive Cornell Cooperative Extension network in New York City and Upstate, who have been matching Upstate growers with downstate chefs”
The Governor’s Taste NY program is a joint marketing initiative of the Empire State Development Corporation and Department of Agriculture and Markets that focuses on branding and expanding New York’s food and beverage industry by making the wide variety of foods and beverages made and grown in the state readily available and recognizable to New Yorkers as well as to the hospitality industry and public nationwide.”