This column is a continuing series by Chef Peter X. Kelly of Xaviars Restaurant Group .
On Sunday Sept. 25, I will be part of a five-chef team preparing and presenting a multi -course dinner at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park N.Y. to support the Hudson River Clearwater Sloop.
Tim Ryan, president of the CIA, will act as host for this beautiful evening of Hudson Valley foods presented by myself, along with Chefs Gianni Scappin of Market Street in Rhinebeck, Terrance Brennan of Brennan Group Hospitality, John Lekic , of Le Express Bistro in Poughkeepsie and Melissa Walnock of CIA's Apple Pie Bakery. Each of us will serve a course that showcases the farms and the farm to table movement here in the Hudson Valley.
Chefs for Clearwater will illuminate the connection between local agriculture, the health of the soil and the impact it has on the Hudson River ecology. Since 1969, Clearwater’s mission has been to preserve and protect the Hudson River, its watershed, tributaries and related bodies of water.
The health of the Hudson River watershed is closely tied to the on-land ecosystems of the valley, impacting not only the farmers across the region but also the broader farm-to-table movement and end diner. When a farm is properly managed, it enhances the ecosystem of the environment around it by improving the health of the groundwater and Hudson River watershed.
Throughout the Hudson Valley region, environmental advocacy groups as well as the CIA have taken strong stances to not only protect the Hudson River but also advocate for more sustainable food production and sourcing. Chefs for Clearwater will further these efforts by hosting this Hudson Valley premier culinary event advocating for local and sustainable agricultural practices and Hudson River watershed protection at this Sunday evening dinner.
I hope residents of our beautiful Valley will consider joining us in support of Clearwater at the magnificent Culinary Institute of America and share a meal in support of this great cause. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available at www.chefsforclearwater.org .
About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater: Launched in 1969 by legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champions of the Hudson River. To date, more than half a million people have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard the sloop Clearwater. Clearwater has become the grassroots model for producing positive changes to protect our planet. For more information, visit www.clearwater.org .