Passion for the outdoors, family and cooking all come together

Andy shows off his new Carhartt camo.

Andy shows off his new Carhartt camo.

At work, Andrew Talamo’s role as President of United Construction Trades & Industrial Employees Local 621 keeps him busy handling hefty day-to-day operations like arbitrations, organizing and contract negotiations. “It’s always a fun-filled day,” said Andrew, of Franklin Square, New York.

At play, Andrew’s time involves getting outdoors with family and friends doing everything from hunting and shooting, to hiking and snowmobiling. Last year, Andrew won first runner-up in USA’s Carhartt & Camo Giveaway Contest. His prize?…a complete set of Carhartt’s new Made-in-America Realtree gear. “I was very surprised,” said Andrew of the win. “I will definitely wear the gear when I go hunting this year.”

Andrew shares his enjoyment of the outdoors with his two sons, Andrew, Jr., 13, and Nicholas, 10. “We live outside,” he said.

This dad doubles as a community volunteer, with his sons’ Boy Scout troup 485. As Assistant Scoutmaster, Andrew serves as a merit badge counselor mentoring kids, getting them involved in learning a variety of specialty skills surrounding American labor, rifle and shotgun shooting. He also enjoys getting the scouts interested in cooking, which, between that, hosting family BBQs, and spending many hours in many kitchens has led to the start of his family-run business called, “Field to the Fork.”

“I consider myself a home chef,” he said. “For several years running I have hosted game BBQs that turned into a feast (with) family, friends, good food and the best of times.”

The idea for the company came from Andrew’s eldest son Andrew, Jr., who suggested his Dad start a website and share his recipes. Today, the family business, run by Andrew, his brother Louis and his two sons, offers up sauces and recipes designed primarily for game, but can be used in a wide variety of ways, Andrew said.

“People will be able to tell my love of cooking and my creativity when it comes to the game recipes,” he said, adding that it’s not just for stews and burgers.

To learn more about Field to the Fork, Andrew invites you to contact him via e-mail, here: Fieldtothefork@gmail.com, and follow the company on Twitter, at: Twitter.com/FieldToTheFork.

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