Bon Appétit in Brooklyn

By Karen Young

National Grid sponsored Brooklyn Eats, a food and beverage trade show, highlighting the local manufacturing industry to current and potential buyers and consumers of Brooklyn’s best food, beverages, tabletop and kitchenware.  The event is designed to increase visibility and sales of the variety of high quality foods and beverages that are made in Brooklyn, (also known at Kings County), from artisanal chocolates to zesty pickles.

“Through our long-standing partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, National Grid has been a part of Brooklyn Eats for more than four years,” said Renee McClure, Manager, Community and Customer Management and a Brooklyn Chamber Board member.  “The event is a great opportunity for us to promote our energy efficiency programs for residential and commercial customers.”

Brooklyn Eats draws thousands of foodies and businesses alike to sample signature dishes and beverages from Brooklyn’s premiere restaurants and beverage companies.  In recent years, Brooklyn Eats, held at the Brooklyn Marriott, hosted over 100 exhibitors, welcomed 2,000 guests.

Brooklyn Eats is free to the trade and open to the public for a nominal fee and is presented through the generous support of sponsors like National Grid.

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(Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo Scissura (center) stopped by the National Grid exhibit table.  The National Grid team included:  Swarna Prathipati, Energy Efficiency Program Manager; Christina Gueli, Community and Customer Management Intern; Scissura; Renee McClure; Lou Rizzo, Energy Efficiency Program Manager; and Paul Smith, Gas Growth Support Project Manager.  The team welcomed Brooklyn Eats guests to learn about National Grid’s energy efficiency programs and they also enjoyed the opportunity to immerse in the culture of the Borough of Kings)

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