Autumn in New York

Slow Food U.S.A. and Brooklyn Brewery together will donate more than $2,000 to the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children’s Benefit Fund thanks to money raised at two recent events celebrating the diversity of U.S. food traditions: Cheese 2001 and America’s Great Regional Breweries.
From September 21st to 24th, Slow Food U.S.A. presented the products of 52 cheesemakers at Cheese 2001 in Bra, Italy. This was largest-ever presentation of U.S. cheese in Europe, shattering the myth that American cheese is mostly slices of plastic. Tens of thousands of visitors flocked to the stand to taste 90 different cheeses. And artisans from West Virginia and Alabama to Idaho and Oregon provided 1,200 pounds of the stuff, and crowds so dense at times that participants such as Robert Kaufelt (Murray‘s Cheese Shop), Peter Kindel (Artisanal Restaurant), and Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery) joined the efforts, rolling up their sleeves to help cut and serve .Proceeds from Cheese 2001 were donated to relief efforts in New York City.
On September 30th, Slow Food U.S.A. and Brooklyn Brewery organized a tasting of America’s Great Regional Breweries at New York City’s Puck Building. Over 700 people came to taste the work of 24 of America’s best regional breweries from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf of Alaska. Stands were manned by the producers themselves, sharing stories about their work crafting fine artisanal beers. New York foods were generously provided by numerous metropolitan mainstays such as Cabbage Hill Farms, Guss Pickles, Martin’s Pretzels, and Tom Cat Bakery. Proceeds from the event were donated to relief efforts in New York City.

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