Red Hook Initiative Announces 8th Annual Taste Of Red Hook With More Restaurants And Wineries Participating


August 27, 2014, Brooklyn, NY – “Taste of Red Hook” will take place on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 6-9pm at Pioneer Works, Center for Art + Innovation (159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn).  More than 40 local restaurants, distilleries, and wineries will offer a wide sampling of their signature dishes and drinks. “Taste of Red Hook” is the annual fundraiser for the Red Hook Initiative (RHI), a community-based nonprofit that works to confront poverty through a model focused on youth development, community building, and local hiring.

“Taste of Red Hook is a unique event in our neighborhood,” says Jill Eisenhard, RHI’s Founder & Executive Director. “It is one of the few occasions where small business owners, home owners, public housing residents, elected officials, and local supporters are all gathered under one roof. Not only is it a fun event, the proceeds also contribute to true systemic change and pathways out of poverty for Red Hook youth.”

“We’ve participated in Taste of Red Hook since it first began eight years ago, and are proud to be a part of it,” says Ben Schneider, co-owner of The Good Fork, a nationally acclaimed restaurant. “Taste is a special night of the year when Red Hook businesses get together to eat, drink, and celebrate our community.”

All proceeds from Taste of Red Hook go to RHI, winner of the 2012 New York Magazine Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. RHI employs over 100 local residents, a majority of whom are teenagers or young adults. Many of these youth participants will be present at the event to speak about their role at RHI.

Tickets for RHI’s only fundraiser of the year are available on the RHI website:

This year’s event is sponsored by Terra CRG, The O’Connell Organization,, Kamco, Koya Leadership Partners, Massey Knakal, New York Water Taxi, EILEEN FISHER and International School of Brooklyn.

The following establishments are some of those that will participate in Taste of Red Hook 2014: Alma, Baked, Blue Marble, Brooklyn Crab, Brooklyn Ice House, Court Street Grocers, Defonte’s, Fairway Catering, Fleisher’s Pasture-Raised Meats, Fort Defiance, Good Fork, Grindhaus, Hometown, Hope & Anchor, IKEA, Jack from Brooklyn, Kevin’s, La Slowteria, Margaret Palca Bakes, Mark’s Pizza, Nightingale9, Pok Pok NY, Raaka Chocolate, Red Hook Bait & Tackle, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Red Hook Winery, Six Point Craft Ale, Steve’s Key Lime Pie, The Chocolate Room, Uncouth Vermouth, Van Brunt Still House, Whipped Pastry Boutique, and Widow Jane.

For more information: Samhita Reddy, samhita@rhicenter.org718 858.6782.

Allies Program Launches


Nikhita Venogupal of attended our kick off event for our new Allies program and wrote this great article:

RED HOOK — When Hurricane Sandy battered Red Hook, volunteers traveled from across the country to lend a helping hand in the neighborhood.

And now, a local nonprofit is harnessing that benevolent spirit into a new program.

The Red Hook Initiativelaunched the “Allies Program” this week, a new way for people to volunteer their time and expertise to the organization that primarily works with young people in Red Hook.

The Allies Program lets people sign up to participate in one-time fundraisers and activities, as well as join a training program for those interested in working directly with students and young adults.


Learning lab is here!

Learning lab is here!

Check out the new RHI Learning Lab, courtesy of Time Warner Cable.  Many thanks to TWC for giving our kids the tools they need to succeed!