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More than 100 restaurants take Pride of NY Pledge

ALBANY – More than 100 restaurants have taken The Pride of NY Pledge, to utilize the bountiful agricultural products available in New York State. Part of the Taste NY initiative, the Pledge is a commitment to increase the sourcing, marketing, and education of New York State grown and made products.

"Taking this pledge will help raise more awareness and introduce more New York State-made products to restaurants across the state," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "New York is home to some of the best food and beverage producers in the world, a fact the Taste NY initiative has played a crucial part in promoting. The more New Yorkers and tourists that buy the great food we produce in this state the more we grow our booming agricultural and tourism industries. I thank the businesses that have taken the Pride of NY pledge which will help continue to spread the word that New York has some of the best products across the globe."  

Each chef and/or restaurant participating in the initiative will:  

  • Increase by 10% or more the sourcing of New York State grown and made products and ingredients, including products from New York’s food and beverage producers
  • Feature, highlight, and increase by 10% wines, beers, spirits, ciders and other locally produced beverages on their drink menus
  • Introduce new New York themed dishes made with locally sourced and seasonal products
  • Consistently communicate their commitment with suppliers, peers and the public to encourage more support of New York State food and beverages
  • Educate staff and maintain knowledge of New York State’s locally grown and made products

Acting State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “More and more people are discovering that some of the best foods and beverages in the world are located right here in New York State. Governor Cuomo’s Pride of NY Pledge is opening up new markets for farmers while helping consumers enjoy the tastes of more New York State products in restaurants.”

Most of the participating restaurants are in New York City or on Long Island, with a few upstate.