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June 8-12 | At Participating Restaurants
Authentic Dining Week
Experience and enjoy the true diversity of Latin America's cuisines. From June 8-12, our tastemasters will unleash their creativity to bring you the most authentic and exotic flavors from their regional cuisines. Each Chef will offer a special dining menu at their restaurants; giving you a well rounded tour of the rich and diverse gastronomy of Latin America. Taste and enjoy very unique and different things every day! You will never eat or think Latin food the same way!
SEMINARS + SPECIAL EVENTS
June 8-12, 2010
If you think Latin food is all the same, THINK AGAIN!
Gourmet Latino Festival does Authentic Dining Week like no other festival before.
From June 8-12, our tastemasters will unleash their creativity to bring you the most authentic and exotic flavors from their regional cuisines. For one week only, each Chef will offer a special dining menu at their restaurants; giving you a well rounded tour of the rich and diverse gastronomy of Latin America.

Taste and enjoy very unique and different things every day! You will never eat or think Latin food the same way!
SPACE IS LIMITED so make sure to make your reservations!
Zarela Restaurant
Special feature: Seven moles from Oaxaca
953 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10022
(212) 644-6740
www.zarela.com
Sueños
Special Feature: A five-course chile tasting menu with optional tequila pairing
311 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 243-1333
www.suenosnyc.com
Azul Bistro
Special Feature: "Rio de la Plata"- Join us for a week of classic Rioplatense cuisine.
152 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 602-2004
www.azulnyc.com

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Calle Ocho
Special Feature: Cuban cooking in 2010
446 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-5025
www.calleochonyc.com
Centrico
Special feature: Pre-hispanic menu
211 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-0700
www.myriadrestaurantgroup.com
Cucharamama Restaurant
Special feature: A Venezuelan degustation menu
233 Clinton St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 420-1700
www.cucharamama.com

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Fonda
Special feature: An exploration of Mexico’s diversity
434 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 369-3144
www.fondarestaurant.com

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Industria Argentina
Special feature: Expand your horizon to the cuisine and wine of the southernmost portion of the American continent: Patagonia
329 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 965-8560
www.iatribeca.com
Macondo
Special Feature: Latino tapas adaptation
157 E. Houston St. between Allen and Eldridge
New York, NY 10002
(212) 473-9900
www.macondonyc.com

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Mercadito
Special feature: Experience a tour of Mexican street fare region by region, from Barbacoa in Jalisco to convents in Puebla
179 Ave B between 11th & 12th streets
New York, NY 10009
(212) 529-6490
www.mercaditorestaurants.com
Palo Santo
Special feature: Exploring Haitian cuisine
652 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 636-6311
www.palosanto.us

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Rayuela
Special feature: A five-course tasting menu exploring Coco
165 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-8840
www.rayuelanyc.com
Toloache
Special feature: Maíze menu
251 W 50th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-1818
www.toloachenyc.com
Yerba Buena Perry
Special feature: Traditional Peruvian menu
One Perry Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0808
www.ybnyc.com
Yerba Buena
Special feature: Traditional Peruvian menu
23 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 529-2919
www.ybnyc.com
Zafra
Special feature: Market food from the Ecuadorean Andes
301 Willow Avenue
Hoboken, NJ 07030-7921
(201) 610-9801
www.zafrakitchens.com

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Ultramarinos
Special feature: Panes dulces Colombianos (The sweet breads of Colombia)
260 3rd Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 238-2797
www.ultramarinos.biz

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Gabbana
Special feature: "A Taste of Modern Dominican"
107-11 Northern Blvd.
Corona, NY 11368
(718) 651-4052
www.gabbanany.com
The Art of Authentic Cooking & Cocktail Pairing
Tasting Seminar with Iron Chef Jose Garces, and NY Top mixologists Andy Seymour, Julie Reiner, Jim Meehan and Joaquin Simo.
Presented by the Trade Commission of Ecuador.
Sunday June 6 | 3:00-4:30pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Chef Jose Garces, the most recent addition to the family of Iron Chef America and owner of many restaurants, among them Amada, Distrito and Chifa, is an American chef born to Ecuatorian parents. For this seminar, he's taking a journey back to his childhood and exploring the cuisine, traditions and flavors of Ecuador.

In the bar, Andy Seymour of winegeek and BAR, is joined by some of the world's best cocktail creators Julie Reiner of Clover Club, Jim Meehan of PDT and Joaquin Simo of Death & Co.-- using traditional world's spirits like Gin, Whiskey, Cognac et al, to create Latin libations inspired by the food of Chef Garces.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYCs (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) New Farmers Development Project that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Coco: An exploration of Coconut in all its creative forms.
Tasting Seminar with Chef Maximo Tejada and Food Author Denisse Oller.
Saturday June 5 | 4:30-6:30pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Join Chef Maximo Tejada, the culinary genius behind Rayuela & Macondo with his Estilo Libre Latino (Freestyle Latino), and Food Author and TV Host Denisse Oller, as they show you how to use and enjoy this multifaceted fruit-- from a delicious coconut soup, to an ingenious ceviche and a decadent paella roja. All paired with the cocktail creations of Master Mixologist Amaury Robayo using coconut and rums as his base ingredients.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) New Farmers Development Project that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Pairing Perfection: A "peak" into Chile’s top wine regions paired with classic Chilean dishes
A Tasting Seminar with chef Jacques Gautier and Chilean wine experts Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer and Importer Jorge Perez.
Saturday June 5 | 12:00-1:30pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmer’s Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Celebrating Rum: The New World's Spirit & its Cuisine
Tasting Seminar with Chef & Food Author Daisy Martinez and Rums Expert St. John Frizell.
Saturday June 5 | 2:15-3:45pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Join chef Daisy Martinez of the Food Network and restaurateur/writer St. John Frizell of the recently opened Fort Defiance in Brooklyn, and embark on a rum-fueled cruise of the Latin Caribbean, as they explore the spirit of sugar cane in all its different styles, from the light, playful rums that made the Daiquiri and Mojito famous, to the dark sipping rums aged in oak barrels. Enjoy Chef Daisy's most acclaimed recipes like her avocado-stuffed crab salad, accompanied by classic and contemporary drinks, straight from the menus of the world's most exciting cocktail bars.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmer’s Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Agave & Maize: The crown jewels of Mexico's spirits and cuisine
A tasting seminar with Chef Sue Torres & Steve Olson, aka winegeek.
Saturday June 5 | 4:30pm-6:00pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Tequila and Mezcal date back well over a thousand years, when the agave plant - also known as the maguey - was utilized by Mexico's native peoples for virtually everything: from food and drink, to sugar, shoes, soap, building supplies, and even medicine.

Maize dates back to pre-Hispanic times, when the Aztecs and Mayans cultivated it in numerous varieties throughout central and southern Mexico, to cook or grind in a process called nixtamalization.

In this exciting tasting of the multiple, distinct terroirs of agave's exotic elixir, each by artisan producers, we pay homage to the heritage, the history, and culture of Mexico's national spirit, and enjoy the creations of Chef Sue Torres as she demonstrates and talks about Nixtamal, and its special process to make it. Agave-based libations will be consumed, and matched with her amazing food.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC's (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) "New Farmer's Development Project" that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Feel the Spirit of Brazil & Crank up the heat with Brazilian food & cocktails!
A Tasting Seminar with native cookbook author Leticia Moreinos-Schwartz, Brazil's national spirit expert, Olie Berlic; along with special guests CEO Steve Luttmann, CEO Leblon Cachaca; and Vincente Bastos Ribeiro, master distiller and proprietor of Fazenda Soledad and Nega Fulo.
Sunday June 6 | 3:30-5:00pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
With its beautiful beaches, festive carnival, sensual dances, champion soccer teams, and now the Olympics, Brazil is one of the world’s hot spots and popular travel destination.  One thing that cannot be overlooked is the country’s magnificent food. Brazil has a different historical and cultural heritage than its Latin neighbors. Its cuisine is a mixture of Portuguese, African and native Indian influences, reflected in the typical dishes, ingredients, music, and in the face of Brazilian people.

Join us for a very special tasting of Brazil's national spirit cachaça, and learn about its history and relevance in today's world. Enjoy delicious cocktails,including of course, the national drink of Brazil – Caipirinha, paired with delicious classic petiscos (bar food) featured in Leticia’s cookbook The Brazilian Kitchen. Embark on a journey through the history of this gorgeous and fascinating country and learn the many ways to use cachaça in cooking and cocktails.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYCs (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) New Farmers Development Project that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Special Dinner Event: La Cordillera de Los Andes from North to South
Hosted by Chef Natalia Machado & Presented by Trapiche.
Tuesday June 8 | 6:30 & 8:30 pm | Industria Argentina
At Industria Argentina, 329 Greenwich Street, New York.
Chef Natalia Machado is creating a five course prix fixe menu exploring “The Andes North to South”, a fusion of regional cuisines. Using the Andes Mountains as a common link, guests are going to taste diverse and rich flavors, from pre-Columbian ingredients like potatoes and quinoa from the North, to Patagonic lamb, with the Spanish and Italian influences from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires in between. Bodega Trapiche located in Coquimbito, Maipu, region of Mendoza will showcase its different varietals to present this purely Argentinean dining experience.

“Founded in 1883 and located at the foothills of the Andes mountains, Trapiche is Argentina’s best-known wine brand. Located at the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza, they own more than 2,700 acres of vineyards ranging from 600 meters to over 1,200 meters.  The winery’s goal and vision, is to represent the richness and diversity of Argentina’s terroir, which is exemplified by their broad range of wines including some of the highest rated Malbecs in the world.”

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYCs (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) New Farmers Development Project that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Special Dinner Event: Exploring Latin American Wine
Hosted by Chef Jacques Gautier.
Thursday June 10 | 7:30pm | Palo Santo Restaurant
At Palo Santo Restaurant, 652 Union St., Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.
Among the countries represented will be the obvious big players in South American wine: Argentina and Chile, along with more obscure Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico. During and after the meal Chef Jacques Gautier, accompanied by seasoned wine expert Jayne Rockmill, will be available to discuss the food, the wine and the pairings. This is an experience to further explore the diversity of Latin America's thriving wine culture.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) New Farmers Development Project that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Exploring Peru's gastronomy and its Pisco Trail
A Tasting Seminar with Chef Julian Medina & Master Mixologist Dale Degroff.
Sunday June 6 | 12-1:30pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
During the early 1990's Dale added the Pisco Sour to his menu at the world famous Rainbow Room. In his first book, "The Craft of the Cocktail” Dale reprinted the old Pisco drink “Coctel Algeria”as well as the Pisco Sour as it had appeared in 1959. Before long there was a resurgence of popularity in this remarkable spirit that had not only survived Prohibition but the Peruvian military reform of 1968. Dale has since been awarded “La Orden del Sol del Peru” by the Government of Peru and continues to celebrate Piscos.

Chef Julian will prepare delicious dishes exploring Peru's traditional cuisine and flavors, to be paired with Dale's pisco cocktails.

Come join these two tastemasters for a fascinating (and tasty!) introduction to the intricacies of this unique country.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) New Farmers Development Project that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Culinary Traditions & the Power of Women
A tasting seminar with Chef Zarela Martinez, GrowNYC's Latin Farmers & Hot Bread Kitchen Women.
Saturday June 5 | 12-1pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
In this unique seminar, our Tastemaster Chef Zarela Martínez is joined by our social partners GrownNYC and the women from Hot Bread Kitchen, while preparing traditional green mole with the freshest ingredients from GrowNYC's farmers.

GrowNYC supports farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional, small-family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products to New Yorkers. As part of their work, GrowNYC's “New Farmer Development Project” (NFDP) identifies, educates and supports immigrants with agricultural experience by helping them become local farmers and establish small farms in the region.

Hot Bread Kitchen is a social-purpose bakery and not-for-profit organization that provides foreign-born women with essential training in entrepreneurship, English as a Second Language, and commercial baking. They bake fresh, multi-ethnic breads with traditional recipes from around the world, and make it a priority to use local and organic ingredients.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) New Farmers Development Project that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Empanadas and Wines of Latin America, from Baja to Patagonia
Tasting Seminar with Chef Natalia Machado and Sommelier Ivan Ruiz.
Presented by Trapiche.
Sunday June 6 | 1:15-2:30pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Join Chef Natalia Machado of Industria Argentina and Azul Bistro, accompanied by Sommelier Ivan Ruiz, a noted authority on the wines of Latin America, as they explore the history, traditions and flavors of Empanadas and the most significant wine-producing regions with their signature wines. From Baja California in Mexico, to the Patagonia in Argentina and Chile, get acquainted with a whole "New World" of exotic, yet familiar flavors and textures.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmer’s Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
"The Mezcal Trail" Travel through the 7 regions of Mezcal
Tasting Seminar with Chef Roberto Santibañez and The Liquid Chef Junior Merino.
Sunday June 6 | 2:30-4:30pm | Astor Center
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Become a Mezcal afficionado. Taste and learn to appreciate the characteristics, processes, varietal profiles, and techniques of each mezcal, many of which are not available in the U.S.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYCs (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) New Farmers Development Project that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.
Opening Cocktail Party
A magical night of Latin flavors featuring our Tastemasters.
Friday June 4 | 7:00-10:00pm | Astor Center (Special VIP Reception from 6:00-7:00pm)
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Benefiting Grow NYC's New Farmer’s Development Program.

This open bar, cocktail event will feature drinks especially created for this evening by a premier line up of master mixologists including Guiseppe Gonzalez (DutchKills & Pain Killer), Joaquin Simo (Death & Co.), Phil Ward (Mayahuel) and the Liquid Chef Junior Merino. Enjoy spiced-up piscos, mezcales and tequilas, as well as all-time classics like rums, vodkas, bourbons and brandies. Enjoy South American wines from Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.

Cocktails will be uniquely paired with delicious antojitos from the best Latin chefs, representing more than 12 top New York restaurants (see list below of participating restaurants).

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmer’s Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Join us for this magical night of live music and lively conversation with chefs and master mixologists, as we initiate this multi-day, cultural celebration.

(Guests must be 21 years or older.Ticket prices include all food and beverages.)

Featured Restaurants:

Calle Ocho
Centrico
Cucharamama
Fonda
Industria Argentina
Macondo
Mercadito
Paladar
Palo Santo
Rayuela
Sueños
Toloache
Yerba Buena Perry
Yerba Buena East Village
Zafra
Zarela
Daytime Feast Event "Spend a day at La Gran Plaza"
Hosted by Chefs Zarela Martínez, Julian Medina, Maricel Presilla, Máximo Tejada, Patricio Sandoval & Ricardo Cardona.
Saturday June 5th from 1:00-4:00pm
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Join us for a Latin Feast Event hosted by 6 master chefs who channel the traditions of places like Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and the Caribbean to bring you interpretations of their authentic regional cuisines which use only the freshest and most authentic ingredients.

Our grand tasting would not be complete without Latin inspired cocktails by top master mixologists and bartenders– from spiced-up piscos, mezcales and tequilas, as well as all-time classics like rums, vodkas, bourbons and brandies. Enjoy South American wines from Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. And last but not least, we bring you the best gourmet coffees and chocolates from countries like Ecuador, Colombia and Guatemala.

Discover what makes each country of Latin America unique and diverse!

Guests must be 21 years or older.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmer’s Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Participating Restaurants:
Cucharamama & Zafra
Rayuela & Macondo
Mercadito
Palo Santo
Yerba Buena & Toloache Restaurants
Zarela Restaurant
Nighttime Feast Event "Live the spirit of Carnival at La Gran Plaza"
Hosted by Chefs Aarón Sánchez, Natalia Machado, Roberto Santibañez, Sue Torres, Alex García & Jacques Gautier.
Saturday June 5th from 6:00-9:00pm
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Carnival is a time-honored tradition throughout Latin America, help us celebrate with a feast of gourmet cuisines from Ecuador, Cuba, Argentina, México, and the Dominican Republic. Our top tastemasters will present exquisite foods infusing, flavors, styles, and textures into their regional cuisines. Enjoy from the all-time classic Argentinean churrasco to sumptuous interpretations of Mexican and Peruvian cuisines, among the many other original creations featured in this Latin feast event.

Of course no carnival is complete without Latin inspired cocktails by top master mixologists and bartenders– from spiced-up piscos, mezcales and tequilas, as well as all-time classics like rums, vodkas, bourbons and brandies. Enjoy South American wines from Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. And last but not least, we bring you the best gourmet coffees and chocolates from countries like Ecuador, Colombia and Guatemala.

Eat, drink, and dance your way through the evening, as we present the sights and sounds of a
Latin carnival.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmer’s Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.

Participating Restaurants:
Brasserie 8 ½
Centrico
Paladar
Fonda
Industria Argentina
Sueños
Start your Sunday Morning with Cacao and Coffee
A Breakfast Seminar Hosted by Chef Maricel Presilla.
Presented by the Trade Commission of Ecuador & Café Juan Valdez.
Sunday June 6 from 11:00am-12:15pm
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
Chef Maricel invites you to the "new taste of Latin chocolate", with images and degustation of Ecuadorean cacao. A truly special event, where this top chef and cacao historian will treat you to a delicious menu of Latin chocolate, pastries and savories, accompanied by Colombian coffee. All while taking you on a journey through the history, traditions of cacao and coffee while sharing some of her favorite recipes – like Espresso crème brulee.

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmer’s Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.
Levantamuertos Foods & Cocktails
A Brunch Seminar hosted by Chef Aarón Sánchez & Steve Olson, aka wine geek.
Sunday June 6th from 12:30-2:00pm
At Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) New York, NY 10003
For one day, experience the traditions of Latin culture and enjoy delicious traditional Mexican dishes featuring authentic, fresh ingredients from different regions of Mexico. The cocktails of the day could not be in better hands than in Steve Olson’s, aka wine geek. Steve is not only an acclaimed spirits and wine expert, educator and lecturer, but lucky for us, he's a devoted apasionado of Latin America and the wide variety of Latin spirits, including Tequilas, Mezcales, Piscos and Aguardientes.

These two masters of food and drink, are a truly fantastic duo that you don't want to miss!!!

4% of all event ticket sales will benefit Grow NYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmer’s Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Guests must be 21 years or older.