They Swear: Long Island Chefs Sign Pledge to Use New York Ingredients

Chef Guy Ruege, Linda LaViolette, Stephen Munshin

Chef Guy Reuge of Mirabelle; Linda Laviolette, director of farmers markets for the Empire State Development Corporation, and Edible publisher Stephen Munshin.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that, to date, more than 100 restaurants have signed the Pride of New York Pledge. The pledge, part of the Taste NY initiative, is a commitment to increase by 10 percent New York State grown or made products and ingredients on their menus. The signing chefs also agree to increase the presence of beverages produced in the State by 10 percent or more, including beers, wines, spirits and ciders.

Many Long Island restaurants and purveyors have already signed the pledge. Look for more New York themed dishes, prepared with local ingredients at these local eateries; Ayhan’s Shish-Kebab (3 locations), Besito (2 locations), The Cheesecake Factory (3 locations), Dock to Dish, Golden Pear Café (4 locations), J.Kings, Jack Halyard’s, Jewel, Mirabelle, Monsoon, Roots Bistro Gourmand, West East Bistro and Shake Shack.

Moreover, if your favorite restaurant is not listed above, feel free to ask the chef to join with others and take the pledge to support New York’s farmers, vintners, brewers and artisanal producers. We pledge that we will continue to update the list as it flourishes.