Albany-area chefs team with Ommegang for Schoharie Valley fundraiser
Albany Business Review
June 18, 2013
Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY will donate the proceeds from this year’s Hop Chef Competition to support flood-recovery efforts in the Schoharie County basin area.
Proceeds from the event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 12 at Hilton Albany in downtown Albany, will benefit Schoharie Area Long Term Inc. (SALT). The nonprofit was formed to support recovery efforts after tropical storms Irene and Lee devastated parts of the Schoharie Valley region.
More than 2,500 residences and businesses suffered serious damage when Irene tore through the Schoharie Valley in August 2011. Hundreds of families still have not returned to their homes because they do not have the money and other resources to rebuild.
“We need people to remember the need is still real,” says Sarah Goodrich, SALT’s executive director. Eight Albany area chefs will compete in this year’s Hop Chef competition.
Ommegang is holding the competitions in three other cities: Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.The top winner from each city will compete in Ommegang’s Belguim Comes to Cooperstown festival in August.
Tickets to the Albany competition are $55 and may be purchased here. Ticket-holders will taste dishes that the chefs pair with different Ommegang beers.
On June 17, six of the eight chefs scheduled to compete in this year’s Albany competitiontoured the brewery after they met with farmers in Schoharie County to begin preparations for Bounty of the County, another fundraiser that will benefit SALT.
The six chefs include: Will Brown, executive chef, Glen Sanders Mansion and Mansion Catering in Scotia; Tim Gates, executive chef, Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar in Troy; Mark Graham, chef, Max London’s in Saratoga Springs; Dimitrios Menagias, executive chef, The City Beer Hall in Albany; Ian O’Leary, executive chef, The Ginger Man in Albany; and Yono Purnomo, chef/owner, Yono’s/DP: An American Brasserie in Albany. Ali Benamanti from the Henry Street Taproom in Saratoga Springs and Brady Dillion from The Merry Monk in Saratoga Springs are also scheduled to compete.