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Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Launches Chefs for Clearwater

Farm to River and the Tables in-between, Five Celebrated Hudson Valley Chefs, Clearwater and the CIA Partner for Sustainable Food Production and Watershed Protection

Beacon, NY – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater announces Chefs for Clearwater, a new partnership of leading Hudson Valley chefs, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and Clearwater, aimed at spreading awareness of critical issues involving sustainability and food ethics, and how it relates to the Hudson Valley watershed. Chefs for Clearwater will further support Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s overall mission to preserve and protect the Hudson River.

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 local restaurant patrons. 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.

“It is of utmost importance that we use resources in a way that will not diminish them for future generations,” said Manna Jo Greene, environmental action director at Clearwater. “The Hudson River is a natural body of water that many of us in the valley share; we have the privilege to sail on, live beside, and appreciate it as an asset to the Hudson Valley. To protect our river, we must consider its watershed and how, as humans, our way of life impacts the environment and ecosystems around us.”

Spearheaded by Terrance Brennan of Brennan Group Hospitality and CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan, Chefs for Clearwater will feature a five-course farm-to-table menu created by Brennan and chefs Peter X. Kelly of Xaviars Restaurant Group, John Lekic of Le Express Bistro, Gianni Scappin of the CIA’s Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, and Melissa Walnock of the CIA’s Apple Pie Bakery Café.

“Chefs all across the region have taken the initiative to source their ingredients from sustainable farms in the region. Here in the Hudson Valley, there’s a food movement. Chefs are using ingredients from farms within a few miles of the restaurant; this is the ideal situation for farmers, chefs, diners, and the environment,” said Chef Brennan.

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 the Hudson Valley’s premier culinary event advocating for local and sustainable agricultural practices and Hudson River watershed protection on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the CIA.

“The Culinary Institute of America is proud to support Clearwater’s dedication to inspiring and educating the public about the need to protect our planet, starting with our own corner of it here in the Hudson Valley,” CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan said. “Our college shares a similar mission. In fact, the CIA’s Menus of Change initiative revolves around many of the same principles: environmental security, maintaining sustainable resources, and preparing the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge to excel in cooking healthful food, while being socially responsible stewards of the environment. In hosting Chefs for Clearwater at the CIA, our two organizations together can help spread that message.”

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During the sailing season Clearwater serves the Hudson River with unique education programs where the focus is experiential. Students come aboard and learn about Hudson River ecology, history and navigation.

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Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
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Erin Macchiaroli, Communications x7101

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

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