Chef Cesare Casella, owner and executive chef of Salumeria Rosi on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is never without his signature sprig of rosemary. It signals his love of all things that live and grow, and his commitment to the earth and its fruits. We love what he has to say about upstate and its vulnerability to fracking: ”The land in New York is precious to farmers and civilians alike. It is important that it is preserved so our state can maintain a healthy landscape for our future. Upstate New York is very important for eating well in New York. We need to make sure that, if we want to continue to eat well and naturally, and beautifully and happily, we need to be careful.”
Glenn Collins of The New York Times interviewed Bill Telepan about our campaign for the Diner’s Journal. READ IT HERE
Chefs for the Marcellus is having a party and you’re invited! Where? The Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn. When? Thursday, July 26. What? We will be serving wines and beer from the Marcellus region of upstate New York, which is currently threatened by fracking. Libations will be paired with dishes created by some of New York’s hottest chefs, using ingredients from the Marcellus. Why? To celebrate and showcase our local food, wines and beer, and to raise funds for our ongoing fight to protect New York’s water and food from industrialized gas drilling. Proceeds will be shared with New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of dozens of anti-fracking groups. GET DETAILS & BUY TICKETS
According to an article in today’s New York Times Governor Cuomo is poised to open up portions of the Southern Tier of New York State to fracking. Trouble is, those counties — primarily Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga — are also home to numerous farms and small cities and towns. This decision, to sacrifice a handful of poorer counties while sparing more affluent and politically influential areas, simply strengthens our position: fracking pollutes the water, air and soil — none of which recognize county boundaries — and we oppose it unconditionally. Fracking also requires enormous collateral activity: the disposal of millions of gallons of toxic waste water, the construction of compressor stations, gas pipelines and the transport of materials and men by thousands of trucks over tiny rural roads — in short, the industrialization of the landscape, both within and outside of the affected counties. While some areas may escape actual drilling under this proposal (although that is not a given), they will not necessarily be spared from those collateral activities. Chefs for the Marcellus remains committed to a ban on fracking in New York State. We urge you to sign on to our campaign today and write to Governor Cuomo telling him you want a ban on fracking in New York State. Also, tickets are now ON SALE to our fabulous July 26 event!