To look at the remarkable way Red Hook has rebounded in just one year after Hurricane Sandy, you might think there’s not much left to do. But the truth is, as the national spotlight on the storm-ravaged community dies down, help is needed now more than ever before.
That’s where the Red Hook Initiative’s “Taste of Red Hook” comes in. Although the event, which raises money for programs that benefit local, at-risk youth is in its seventh year, the first anniversary of the hurricane adds extra urgency and significance to the proceedings.
“This year, Taste of Red Hook is a true celebration of the resilience and unity of the Red Hook community,” said Jill Eisenhard, RHI’s Founder and Executive Director. “We have a record number of businesses, many of them Sandy survivors themselves, coming together and showing their support for the youth and residents we serve.”
More than 40 area restaurants, wineries and distilleries — including Brooklyn Ice House, Defonte’s, Fort Defiance, Good Fork, Nightingale 9, Red Hook Winery, Shelsky’s Smoked Fish, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The Treats Truck and Van Brunt Stillhouse — will gather at Pioneer Works on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6-9, to offer a wide sampling of their signature dishes and drinks.
The money raised will go towards funding some of RHI’s most instrumental programs, like tutoring, peer counseling, financial aid, and even a Young Chef course; a 10-week session that teaches culinary arts skills to residents seeking employment in the restaurant industry.
“We chose to open and then rebuild our business in Red Hook because of the uniqueness and vibrancy of the community,” said Matt Ross, co-owner of Court Street Grocers. “We are extremely happy to be able to support RHI because of the important role they play in making Red Hook a better place to live and work.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.rhicenter.org.