As Pig Roast Approaches, Il Buco Prepares to Get Dragged Over the Coals

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Il Buco’s annual pig roast doesn’t happen till September 26, but the sort of people who frown on pigs on a spit are already squealing about it. General manager John Cassanos has sent out an e-mail begging supporters to show up at tonight’s community board meeting. Anticipating “considerable resistance from some elements within Community Board 2 that have opposed our application every year,” he points out that proceeds from the event go to charity, and after all, it’s better than those “‘street festivals’ populated by sock vendors and smoothies.” The entire letter is below.

We need your help!
Please support our Annual Pig Roast
(coming up Sunday, September 26th)

Dear Friends,

Due to a last minute change to its agenda tomorrow - il Buco is going before the Community Board (CB2 Street Activities Committee) for a hearing about our Annual Pig Roast, and we need your help. If you are a neighbor and are able to attend the meeting it would be fantastic.

We would also hope you might be able to take the time to send an email or fax in support. If you need it, at the bottom of this letter is an outline for a note that you can cut and paste into a document to fax or email that we can then present to the board as a sign of this amazing community's support.

STREET ACTIVITIES & FILM PERMITS Evan Lederman, Chair
Thurs., 8/5 @ 6:30 PM- NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, Room 410

In case you don't know about our pig Roast...
This event started back in 2004 as a way to commemorate our 10th anniversary and celebrate the revitalization of the Noho neighborhood we live and work in. It is a great chance for our friends and neighbors to enjoy visiting with each other on a fall day and eat some great food. It's also a chance to meet some of the farmers who supply the amazing produce and proteins that we serve every day here at il Buco.

This is an event that gives back to the community - last year we donated 1/3 of the total gross sales to A.C.E. (the Association of Community Employment is a great organization that helps the homeless and the neighborhood by hiring the homeless to clean trash from the streets year-round and remove snow from sidewalks in winter) and we plan to donate 100% of the proceeds this year to that same cause.

Unfortunately - as you may know - we have met considerable resistance from some elements within Community Board 2 that have opposed our application every year (we shut down 1 lane of Bond Street to set up a grill). This year, there is an effort to somehow connect the opening of our New Restaurant/Wine Bar on Great Jones - to the il Buco Pig Roast, and they threatened to derail its opening.

For all of you who have enjoyed this event in the past, and for those of you who may want to join us, please stand with us and help keep this tradition alive.

Attached you will find a letter that I am hoping you can either fax back to us on your letter head if possible - or you can email it if that is easier.

I would appreciate it if you could demonstrate your support for this great neighborhood tradition by copying the note below - ADD YOUR NAME AND COMMENTS - and either print it and fax it to me at 212.533.3602 - or paste it into an email and send it to ilbuco@ilbuco.com
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August 4, 2010

Dear Bob Gormley, Jo Hamilton, Evan Lederman, and the rest of Community Board 2:

As a member of the Noho community, I support il Buco and its annual Pig Roast fundraiser for A.C.E. It is a rare chance for the entire neighborhood to get together and enjoy delicious food and the company of our friends and neighbors.
In a city with "street festivals" populated by sock vendors and smoothies, il Buco has deep roots in the community and is helping neighborhood charities with this event.
We support this event - an event that enriches the quality of life here in Noho - and urge you to do the same.

Sincerely,
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Please add any comments or stories about the pig roast and the neighborhood. Thank you for the support.

Wishing you all the best,

John Cassanos
General Manager
il Buco