For our annual Beardwood&Co. holiday party this year, we wanted to go someplace special. We contacted home/made in Red Hook, Brooklyn to see if they'd be able to host us so soon after Hurricane Sandy devastated the restaurant. Red Hook was one of the hardest hit areas, with water reaching chest high and wiping out utilities, equipment, and merchandise in the small independently owned stores that line the low-lying streets.
Owners Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson were up to the challenge, ripping out and rebuilding damaged walls and floors, getting the place picture perfect for our party. Not only was the food exceptional, we were proud to be the first event held at the restaurant since the hurricane.
Since Brooklyn is where most of our staff call home, we made a donation to the Brooklyn Community Foundation, which supports causes throughout the borough, including the rebuilding effort. There is still much work to be done, though, and you can contribute through their website, http://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org.
Happy holidays to all, from everyone at Beardwood&Co.
Photo courtesy of: James Tarmy/Bloomberg