On July 26, New York City’s leading chefs, oenophiles, beer lovers, and the environmentally concerned will gather at Brooklyn Winery to eat good food, sip interesting wine, and—most importantly—raise funds against the industrialized gas extraction process known as fracking.
The leering prospect of fracking upstate has raised many New Yorkers’ hackles, but chefs in particular have been quick to oppose the practice, saying it will pollute precious farmland. Some chefs have even said they will boycott all produce and meat from those affected areas. The anti-fracking fundraiser will feature food made from product from the affected region, known as the Marcellus shale.
Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) is the use of chemicals and water, shot into crevasses at high pressures in order to extract natural gas. Some experts say a large gas deposit resides in the Marcellus shale region (which includes upstate New York and parts of Pennsylvania). Although most New York counties have passed moratoriums on fracking, some support the practice, saying it would bring jobs and money to their ailing local economies. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a plan to allow five counties to use the practice.
Fracking proposals have driven many chefs from the affected areas and NYC to push for a moratorium on the potentially dangerous practice, with some saying they would no longer buy product from the affected area if fracking is allowed.
Join Chefs Michael Anthony, Bill Telepan, Zak Pelaccio, Chris Santos, and many others for a taste of food, beer, wine, and spirits (not gases) from the Marcellus region, all the while raising money to keep it fracking-free.
And for those who want to keep the anti-fracking party going, there’s an after-party at Brooklyn Bowl hosted by Ommegang brewery.