Taste of Red Hook highlights restaurants, helps nonprofit
by Andrew Pavia
Oct 16, 2013 | 749 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last year’s Taste of Red Hook fundraiser. (Photos: kamau ware)
Last year’s Taste of Red Hook fundraiser. (Photos: kamau ware)
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The Red Hook Initiative will host the 7th annual “Taste of Red Hook” fundraiser on Tuesday, October 22, at Pioneer Works Center for Arts & Innovation at 159 Pioneer Street.

The event will feature restaurants from Red Hook and neighboring areas of Brooklyn.

Red Hook Initiative (RHI) officials are anticipating the largest crowd ever, and expect over 500 people will attend the fundraiser, which will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“The idea is that they feel solidarity with our community,” said Samhita Reddy, director of development for RHI. “Everyone is either from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens or neighboring restaurants to Red Hook.”

Taste of Red Hook is now in its seventh year, but this marks one year since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area, including many of the restaurants that are taking part.

Since the storm, RHI, which provides a range of youth services, has been inundated with more people seeking assistance. RHI has increased its young adult program from 30 participants to 120, and the number of high school students they provide services for from 40 to 60.

“We support the organization and we think the work they do in the neighborhood is important and worth while,” said Ben Schneider, owner of The Good Fork. “I think it will be a particularly special benefit.”

The Good Fork also suffered damage during the hurricane, and was closed for over two months. Schneider said during the aftermath of Sandy, RHI opened its office to the public to charge cell-phones and have a place to get out of the cold.

“The neighborhood did come together in an amazing way,” he said. “The event celebrates all of the efforts that everyone put in to getting each other back on their feet.”

“Brooklyn is a big place, but there’s a strong collective spirit here and a strong sense of community,” said Kerry Diamond, co-owner of Seersucker, Nightingale 9 and Smith Canteen in Carroll Gardens. “It doesn’t surprise me that a lot of people and businesses are pitching in to help RHI and Red Hook.”

Tickets for the event are available at www.rhicenter.org. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.

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