September 2, 2009

Contact: Michael Farrell, NNY Maple Specialist, Uihlein Forest, 518-523-9337, cell: 518-637-7000

Noted Food & Hospitality Consultant to Speak at New York State Maple Tour September 28 in Lake Placid

Lake Placid, NY - From Radio City Music Hall, The Russian Tea Room, The Walnut Marketing Board and the California Milk Advisory Board, Manhattan, Las Vegas, Miami, L.A. to Lake Placid, the acclaimed food, restaurant and hospitality consultant Clark Wolf is bringing his 30-plus years of experience to New York’s maple industry on September 28th in Lake Placid, NY. Wolf is a featured speaker at the Monday evening awards banquet of the 2009 New York State Maple Tour at the Lake Placid Horseshow Grounds at 6pm.

Wolf will be talking with New York’s maple producers about the importance of building the local food economy and the role maple syrup producers can play in developing sustainable and thriving communities.

Wolf says, “There’s nothing more important and compelling in America today than a renewed and vigorous focus on collaboration and development in community connected agriculture. I’m excited about the present. I’m excited about the future.”

Northern New York Maple Specialist Michael Farrell with Cornell University arranged for Wolf’s visit to the region. He says, “Pure maple products are the local, healthy sugar alternative for the Northeast and we are excited to have Clark Wolf come speak about the incredible opportunities for maple producers to expand further into growing niche markets.”

Wolf helps start new businesses and redevelops existing businesses into freshly competitive operations. He has worked with chefs, food professionals, students and industry groups around the world. New York Magazine has called Clark Wolf “The Kitchen Coach.”

Wolf speaks, writes and coaches about food trends, specialty foods, food and beverage venue design and marketing. He chairs New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies Advisory Committee and founded the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food. His pro bono work includes creating the Sunday Night Supper for God’s Love We Deliver.

Having learned the food business from the ground up as a waiter on the railroad, a cheese and wine shop manager, and restaurant developer, Wolf established the Clark Wolf Company in New York City in 1986. He consults with business owners on design, culinary and management aspects and help them select architects, chefs, and concepts for restaurant, kitchen and menu design.

Also on the banquet dais are New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Patrick Hooker and his staff. They will present a report on the work of the New York State Maple Task Force formed in March 2009 to identify the programmatic and regulatory measures needed to enhance the vitality of New York’s maple industry.

The New York State Maple Tour includes activities from a Sunday evening reception with University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center Director Dr. Timothy Perkins and a trade show from 4-8 pm to Monday tours of sugarhouses in the Lake Placid area and Tuesday tours to maple operations in the Chazy, NY, area. Tour options include a visit to the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumps on Monday.

For September 27-29 New York State Maple Tour information and registration, contact the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau, Lake Placid, 518-523-2445 x109. Registration deadline is September 11, 2009. Registration form and details are on the New York State Maple Producers Association website at www.nysmaple.com

For details on Northern NY maple industry research in regional sugarbushes in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office and go online to the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org

Sugarbush management, maple production and research information is found on the Cornell Maple Program website at http://maple.dnr.cornell.edu.  #

Additional Contacts:
• Cornell Maple Program: http://maple.dnr.cornell.edu
• New York State Maple Producers Association: www.nysmaple.com 
• Northern New York Agricultural Development Program: www.nnyagdev.org