Post-Hurricane Sandy Interviews on Heritage Radio Network

See below for press release from Heritage Radio Network. Access their Hurricane Sandy related coverage here.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Erin Fairbanks, Executive Director
(718) 389-0985
erin@heritageradionetwork.org

SUPERSTORM SANDY DEVASTATES NORTHEAST FOOD COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, NY (November 5, 2012) – Superstorm Sandy has wrecked destruction on restaurants across the Northeast region, forced retailers to close, created mass food insecurity, back-ups at ports, and challenged our agricultural and fishing communities. The impacts will be felt for the weeks and months to come. HeritageRadioNetwork.org is a 501c3 non-profit radio station reporting on the food community. Our coverage of Superstorm Sandy includes over 30 interviews with restaurant owners, small food business entrepreneurs, distribution and transportation companies, hunger relief organizations, farmland advocates, and more.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy:

  • Restaurants and small food businesses across the region remain without power, and have suffered significant loss of inventory, equipment and revenue. Staff has gone days without employment and are unsure of when they will be back to work. Some businesses may not re-open.
  • Food entrepreneurs and restaurants in heavily impacted areas of Red Hook and Rockaway Beach, Brooklyn, are working together to feed each other and navigate the logistics of insurance claims, FEMA, and state or federal disaster relief.  They need your support.
  • Clogged roadways, compromised ports, gas shortages, and continued power outages are a challenge for distribution companies as they attempt to replenish food supplies at stores and restaurants impacted by the storm.
  • Farmers have missed multiple market days and fishermen in the Northeast are concerned about the halt of demand for fish from closed restaurants and shops.
  • Relief agencies are working overtime to feed the influx of people without electricity or food, but their job will not be done when the power returns.

Interviews with the following individuals are available on our website:

  • Margarette Purvis, President & CEO of Food Bank NYC
  • Kate MacKenzie, Director of Policy & Government Relations of City Harvest
  • Joel Berg, Executive Director of New York Coalition Against Hunger
  • Chris Parachini, Owner of Roberta’s, Blanca & Rippers at Rockaway Beach
  • Adam Moskowitz, Owner of Larkin Cold Storage
  • Alan Butzbach, Marketing Director of Baldor Specialty Foods
  • Michael Anthony, Executive Chef at Gramercy Tavern
  • Paul Wetzel, Sous Chef at Gramercy Tavern
  • Christina Tosi, Chef of Momofuku Milk Bar
  • Jimmy Carbone, Owner of Jimmy’s No. 43 & Host of HRN's Beer Sessions
  • Kerry Diamond, Co-owner of Seersucker
  • Anne Saxelby, Owner of Saxelby Cheesemongers & Host of HRN's Cutting the Curd
  • Rae Bernamoff, Owner of Mile End Delicatessen
  • Allison Robicelli, Owner of Robicelli’s
  • Jon Feldman, Director of Operations of Stumptown Coffee Roasters
  • Chase Emmons, Chief Beekeeper and managing partner at Brooklyn Grange
  • Dana Stafford, General Manager & President of Regional Access Delivery
  • David Haight, New York State Director of American Farmland Trust
  • Steve Jenkins, Owner of Fairway Markets
  • Pat LaFrieda Jr., Owner of Pat LaFrieda & Son Meat Purveyors
  • Harrison Shulman, Operations Director at Sea to Table
  • Jared Auerbach, Owner of Red’s Best Boston
  • Michael Sinatra, Public Relations & Public Affairs Manager at Whole Foods Market
  • Alice Marcus Krieg, Owner of Groundworks Inc. & Host of HRN’s We Dig Plants
  • June Russell, Manager of Farm Inspections at GrowNYC/Greenmarket
  • Liz Carollo, Publicity Manager at GrowNYC/Greenmarket
  • Anthony Butler, Executive Director of St. John’s Bread & Life
  • Michael Harlan Turkell, Photographer & Host of HRN's The Food Seen
  • Dave Arnold, Owner of Booker and Dax & Host of HRN's Cooking Issues
  • Erica Wides, Chef Instructor at ICE & Host of HRN's Let's Get Real
  • Howard Sweetwood, Insurance carrier for hospitality industry
  • Joe Campanale, Restaurateur, wine expert & Host of HRN's In The Drink
  • Stephen A. Morino, Sales Director for Dairyland/Chef’s Warehouse
  • Aaron Rosenblum, Representative for The Brooklyn Kitchen and The Meat Hook


Some thoughts from those impacted:

“As soon as we have the electricity we can start running a rest again.
We’ll start from scratch. There is literally nothing left in any
corner of any refrigerator in our restaurant.” - Michael Anthony,
Executive Chef at Gramercy Tavern

“It is tough times. They are getting an influx of people who need
food. Both the regular low-income people who normally need extra help.
But also other people who just don’t have access to electricity or
stores.” - Joel Berg, Executive Director of New York Coalition Against
Hunger

“It will be the complete overhaul of our beloved Red Hook store. It
just breaks my heart.” – Steve Jenkins, owner Fairway Market

“We have been doing our best to connect with our customers out there…
we do have trucks coming back tonight with product still on them
unfortunately.” -       Dana Stafford, General Manager & President of
Regional Access Delivery

“Red Hook has put itself on the map not only for food and beverage
businesses but all sorts of small businesses. So people are coming
together… we had a meeting the other night to strategize about the
best route to get the word out that people are struggling here and we
are going to need some help.” - Jon Feldman, Director of Operations of
Stumptown Coffee Roasters

“The most important thing we can do right now for NYC is to be
shopping at small businesses… this is the most support we need from
our community. To get the word out to keep our businesses alive.” -
Allison Robicelli, Owner of Robicelli’s

For our coverage of Hurricane Sandy and more, visit
www.HeritageRadioNetwork.org. For more information about Heritage
Radio Network please call Erin Fairbanks at (718) 389-0985 or e-mail
at erin@heritageradionetwork.org.