Harvest in the Square Brings Food, Fun and Critical Support for Union Square Park

Photo by Liz Ligon

Photo by Liz Ligon

More than 1,200 foodies, community leaders and elected officials joined the Union Square Partnership on Thursday, September 20th to celebrate the 23rd Annual Harvest in the Square, a fundraiser that supports the organization’s efforts to beautify, improve and program Union Square Park and the surrounding district. This year’s event raised more than $430,000 through sponsorships and ticket sales, bringing the collective amount raised over the last two decades to more than $6.7 million.

“The collective energy under the tent was absolutely incredible this year and we thank the participating restaurants, which each brought the very best they had to offer. It was truly an unforgettable evening - culminating in the highest grossing night in the history of Harvest in the Square,” said Jennifer E. Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. “The funds raised this year will enable us to continually expand our programs for the benefit of the neighborhood.”

During the event, guests tasted the latest dishes of the season, created by top chefs, many of which used fresh produce from the Union Square Greenmarket. The tastings were paired with local wines and microbrews. Guests raved over Bocce USQ’s Harvest Pizza, Kyma’s Duck Baklava, Union Square Cafe’s Heritage Pork Shoulder with Summer Beans, and Blue Water Grill’s Truffle Honey Ricotta Crostini among many more dishes. Review the event menu for dishes you might have missed, and visit your favorite neighborhood restaurants to try even more year-round.

Guests strolled between the aisles of restaurant stations and high-top tables, and a seating area located outside of the tent provided a space for foodies to enjoy dining al fresco.

Starbright Floral Design provided all decor for the evening, including the “Making Union Square Bloom” flower wall, and bouquets guests could take home as gifts. The Brooklyn Press powered live printing on tote bags featuring the event’s design. All event designs were completed by local design firm C&G Partners.

Wineries, breweries and beverages included 1857 Spirits Barber’s Farm Distillery, Bedell Cellars, Brotherhood America’s Oldest Winery, Hickory Ledges Farm, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, The Lenz Winery, The Library of Distilled Spirits, Ravines Wine Cellars, Tricana Imports – Fine International Wines, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Brooklyn Brewery, GuS Grown-up Soda, and Irving Farm Coffee Company. VIP guests enjoyed a glass of Cantine Monfort’s Rose and Brut. Special thanks to wine chair, Garry Tornberg of Tricana Imports, for pairing dishes with wines around the tent for an even more delicious guest experience.

The Union Square Partnership took the pledge to make Harvest in the Square a zero waste event for this year and years to come, working to help both the event exhibitors and the event attendees learn how to separate their waste, divert waste to landfill and save leftover food from going to waste. While the event has partnered with City Harvest for the past 22 years to rescue unprepared food, this year USP partnered with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to rescue leftover prepared dishes to be brought to local shelters, and Common Ground Compost to separate waste streams and divert waste to landfill. All guests did their part too - they received a fork at the entrance and reused it all night long!

Founded in 1995, Harvest in the Square has brought the Union Square community together for over two decades to celebrate the neighborhood’s rich culinary scene.

The Union Square Partnership’s 23rd Annual Harvest in the Square was presented in partnership with Con Edison and NYC Parks.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors for their generous contributions to help make Union Square Bloom year round. You can play your part by donating here (or text USQHARVEST to 52812). No donation is too small to make Union Square Bloom.