22nd Annual Harvest Celebrates Culinary Community, Raises Funds for Union Square

More than 1,200 foodies, community leaders, elected officials and neighborhood entrepreneurs joined the Union Square Partnership on Thursday, September 14th to celebrate the 22nd Annual Harvest in the Square, a fundraiser that supports the organization’s work to beautify, improve and program the Union Square district. This year’s event raised more than $367,000, bringing the aggregate amount raised over the last two decades to more than $6 million.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver

“From chefs, to foodies, to the City’s business leaders and elected officials, it was great to see the entire Union Square community all together under one tent for the 2017 Harvest in the Square,” said Jennifer E. Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. “The funds raised at this year’s food and wine festival will enable us to expand our community programs and beautification efforts throughout the Union Square district. We are grateful to our partners, sponsors, participating restaurants and beverage curators whose ongoing support played a critical role in the incredible success of this event.”

High profile attendees included event co-founder Danny Meyer and Chef Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Cafe, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Restaurant Chair Gadi Peleg, and Israeli top chef Meir Adoni,

CAVA

CAVA

Roki le Izakaya

Roki le Izakaya

Once inside the tent, guests were greeted with unlimited bites and beverages, including event exclusives Roki le Izakaya’s ramen Bolognese, Daily Provisions PB&J croissants, a preview of CAVA’s Lemon Pepper Tahini, and Salt & Straw’s Kasu and Nutmeg Custard with Natto Banana Bread and Pickled Strawberries. Plus, cocktail bars Dear Irving and Raines Law Room partnered with Warwick Winery & Distillery to feature two large-batch cocktails with Warwick’s liqueurs. Attendees strolled between the aisles of restaurant stations, and high-top tables and a seating area located outside of the tent provided a space for guests to relax and dine al fresco.

Restaurant Chair Gadi Peleg and Chef Meir Adoni of Nur

Restaurant Chair Gadi Peleg and Chef Meir Adoni of Nur

The renowned 2017 lineup of restaurants included newcomers: Meir Adoni and Gadi Peleg’s Nur, Ron Roselli’s Bowery Road, Union Square Hospitality Group’s Daily Provisions, Scott Conant’s Fusco, David Cheng’s Ando, along with Mandolino Ristorante Pizzeria, Dear Irving, Raines Law Room, Pokéworks, Salt & Straw, Metropolis and more. Returning favorites included: Breads Bakery, Union Square Cafe, Taralluci e Vino, Tocqueville Restaurant, CAVA, Strip House Downtown, La Maison due Croque Monsieur, The Pavilion and more.

Wineries, breweries and beverages included: Bedell Cellars, Bodegas Bleda, Bodegas Domiciano, Brotherhood America’s Oldest Winery, Cantina Frentana, Casas Patronales, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Mionetto, Ravines Wine Cellars, The Lenz Winery, Tricana Imports, Warwick Valley Winery, Brooklyn Brewery, GuS Grown-up Soda, Irving Farm and Coffee Company.

Find more photos from the event on Flickr and with #USQHarvest.

Starbright Floral Design giveaway bouquets

Starbright Floral Design giveaway bouquets

Starbright Floral Design event display

Starbright Floral Design event display

Since its inception in 1995, Harvest in the Square has brought the Union Square community together to celebrate the neighborhood’s rich culinary scene. The 2017 event featured chefs from 50 of the district’s best restaurants, serving up unlimited tastings of signature dishes using fresh produce from the Union Square Greenmarket. Wines and microbrews from various wineries and beverage curators were served with each offering. Gadi Peleg, of Breads Bakery and Nur, served as this year’s restaurant Chair.

City Harvest rescued all event leftovers

City Harvest rescued all event leftovers

The Union Square Partnership’s 22nd Annual Harvest in the Square is presented in partnership with Citi, Con Edison and the NYC Parks Department.

Platinum Leaf sponsors include ABS Partners, Tishman, The New School, Union Square Hospitality Group and Urbanspace.

Gold Leaf sponsors include Barnes & Noble, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bromley Companies, Buchbinder & Warren Realty Group, Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman, Mount Sinai, New York University, Orda Management, Related, Vornado Realty Trust, and the W New York – Union Square.