America Supports You: New Yorkers Enjoy Taste of Home in Texas
By Elaine Wilson
Special to American Forces Press Service
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, March 2, 2007 – A handful of wounded warriors
recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here are getting a taste of
home -- minus the neck-wrenching skyscrapers and taxi-filled city
The servicemembers, all New York natives, are the lucky recipients of a
week’s worth of the Big Apple’s best delicacies, thanks to the
generosity of a handful of the city’s top restaurants, delicatessens,
fine food stores and bakeries.
warrior Marine Sgt. Rocky Ramirez, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., checks
out the chocolate apple that represents his Big Apple home as he
unloads his culinary bounty Feb. 23 at Brooke Army Medical Center in
San Antonio. The food shipment is part of a weeklong project to bring a
taste of home to New York natives recovering at the hospital. Photo by
(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.
first shipment from Zabar’s arrived Feb. 23, to the culinary delight of
Marine Sgt. Rocky Ramirez, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y.
going to get all the New Yorkers here together for a banquet,” he said,
as he pulled a bounty of bagels, cookies and fruit from the box.
Taste of New York project was conceived in late January here at the
grand opening of the Army’s new rehabilitation center, the Center for
the Intrepid. The veterans visited with New York City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn and mentioned how much they missed New York City food.
“Mrs. Quinn asked for a list of food we wanted,” said Ramirez, adding that he personally requested rice and beans.
speaker’s office then enlisted the help of a group of New Yorkers,
including Tim Zagat; Kathy Wylde, president and CEO of Partnership for
New York City; Bill White, president of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes
Fund; and the five borough presidents.
“The Intrepid Center is
providing these brave New Yorkers with the best possible care; however,
the one thing the center can’t provide is the feeling of home,” Quinn
Along with Zabar’s, throughout the week the
servicemembers will receive tasty treats from Moma’s of Corona, Sahadi,
Joe’s Place, Murray Cheese and Jive Turkey.
“They’re trying to
get me fat,” Ramirez joked, also expressing his gratitude for the tasty
gesture. He will be happy to know that his beloved rice and beans are
on the way.
|Military Connection's Comments:
Our wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center are enjoying a taste of New York. A handful of New York’s top restaurants, delis, and bakeries are sending the New York native servicemembers some treats. The Taste of New York project began at the grand opening of the Army’s Center for the Intrepid. Veterans that attended the opening mentioned how much they missed New York City food. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn went to work. She started contacting a group of prominent New Yorkers. A group of restaurants agreed to provide the New York troops with a taste from home. The servicemembers will be dining like kings for the next week. They deserve to enjoy every bite.