HVEDC Announces Upcoming 5th Annual Hudson Valley Beer, Wine, Spirits & Cider Summit and Keynote Speaker

GOSHEN, N.Y. (July 27, 2017) – The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) announced its upcoming 5th Annual Hudson Valley Beer, Wine, Spirits & Cider Summit is planned for Oct. 12 and will feature the legendary former co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery and current co-founder and president of the New York Distilling Company as its keynote speaker, along with a special one-on-two interview with celebrity beverage entrepreneurs, Lynette and Adam Carolla of Carolla Drinks.

This event will begin at noon at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. The award-winning Summit, developed by HVEDC as part of its Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance, is the largest education event of its kind in New York. It is the region’s premier industry forum and networking opportunity for professionals in the alcoholic beverage business. Attendees will experience a wide variety of innovative, interactive programming and enjoy tastings of many regionally produced products.

Tom Potter, co-founder and president of the New York Distilling Company, is the keynote speaker. New York Distilling Company has created award-winning products such as Dorothy Parker Gin, Ragtime Rye Whiskey and Mr. Katz’s Rock & Rye. Potter serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Roasting Company and Ample Hills Creamery, both of which are based in Brooklyn and are regional leaders in their market segments.

“This is truly a celebration of the incredible, positive impact HVEDC and this special summit has had on the Hudson Valley’s craft beverage industry, which continues seeing tremendous growth,” said Laurence P. Gottlieb, president and CEO of HVEDC. “We are extremely proud to host what has become the must-attend educational event for anyone who is in the industry or considering entering the business. We expect an outstanding turnout yet again, if the trends over the last several years are any indication.”

The event will also feature an historic first for the Summit, as Gottlieb will simultaneously interview Carolla Drinks CEO Lynette Carolla in the main hall, while her husband (comedian, best-selling author and podcast pioneer) Adam Carolla will Skype-in live from his West Coast-based, state-of-the-art digital broadcast studio. As the founders of Carolla Drinks, The Carollas also own Carolla Digital, producing many of iTunes’ top podcast programs including The Adam Carolla Show, which distributes nearly 30 million downloads a month. The interview will take place at 4 p.m.

HVEDC’s Food & Beverage Alliance welcomes all established and aspiring entrepreneurs in the craft beverage industry to learn about and capitalize on growth opportunities within the industry. The industry has created a $27 billion economic impact in New York alone, and continues to experience consistent growth.

“We anticipate another successful event this year, and encourage people to make plans as soon as possible to come and check it out, because this is a free educational event, but seating is limited,” said Gottlieb.

For more information about the Summit, visit the EventBrite page that has been set up for the event.

About Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC): HVEDC is the leading economic development agency for the seven-county region of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan counties. The public-private partnership markets the region as a prime business location to corporate executives, site selection consultants, and real estate brokers. HVEDC helped start the organizational, branding, and promotional effort for NY BioHud Valley, Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance, Hudson Valley 3D Printing, Hudson Valley EDs & MEDs and Hudson Valley PLAY. To learn more, call 845-220-2244 or visit hvedc.com.

About The Culinary Institute of America (CIA): Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit ciachef.edu.