20 Albany-area chefs cook up plan for flood-damaged town
By: Pam Allen
June 17, 2013
The Schoharie Valley was still recovering from the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene when last week’s rains pelted the region, again.
At least 300 homes that suffered significant damage from the violent storms in August 2011 were damaged a second time. Some residents were back in their homes, and some were still displaced.
“There are families whose homes got hit a second time,” said Sarah Goodrich, executive director of Schohaire Area Long Term Inc. (SALT). The nonprofit was created in 2011 to assist flood recovery efforts in the area.
On Monday, I boarded a bus with more than 20 Capital region chefs and headed 30 miles west to Barber’s Farm in Middleburgh. The chefs are taking part in the June 29 fundraiser, Bounty of the County, which will be held at the Carrot Barn at Schoharie Valley Farms in Schoharie.
Jim Barber and his wife, Cindy, of Barber’s Farm provided a tour of their 500-acre farm. There, 16 other area farms also had representatives displaying produce, meat and other items that the chefs can choose to incorporate when preparing the six-course Bounty of the County dinner. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit SALT.
Click here for more on Bounty of the County. The event is being sponsored by Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival Wine & Dine for the Arts. That’s the same group that hosts the annual January fundraiser for Albany arts organizations.
Goodrich tells me SALT has raised $1 million so far. The goal is $3 million.
“We’ve come a long way,” she says. “And we’ve got a long way to go.”