It's that time of year again...time for lots of great food and drink from the wonderful borough of Queens. The Queens Economic Development Corporation and lead sponsors Citi and Fairway Market are proud to invite everybody to the borough’s premiere food-and-networking event, Queens Taste 2013, at Citi Field’s Caesars Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The food will be as diverse as the borough. Expect everything from sweet to savory, Mexican to Trinidadian and crunchy to creamy. For example, Rego Park’s Ceviche Bar is planning to bring Peruvian delicacies such as ceviche (of course) and chicha morada, a refreshing drink made from purple corn and cloves. Meanwhile, Sunnyside’s Dog & Duck Gastropub will serve duck hamburgers, and Sac’s Place will go with pastas that are handmade at the Astoria establishment by the owner’s mother.
Then there are the drinks. Forest Hills-based wine provider Nestor Imports and LIC’s Court Square Wines headline a spirits group that includes Brooklyn Brewery, Genesis Brands, Manhattan Beer Distributors and Chopin Vodka. (Yes, some of the drink purveyors are based outside of Queens, but they all have a big presence in the borough.)
There’s a bonus benefit, as this year’s theme is Sandy Recovery. QEDC asked Fairway Market to be the lead sponsor partly because the business took pains not to lay off any employees after the superstorm, even though its Red Hook store was destroyed. Fairway executives managed to keep all employees due to a brilliant operations-transportation plan. USTA was selected as the honoree because it immediately gave an estimated $300,000 worth of water, medicine, clothes and other items to Sandy victims in the Rockaways. Then the tennis agency donated $100,000 to the Mayors Fund. A few of the Rockaway business owners who are struggling to get back on their feet will be at the event, displaying their products.
“I look forward to Queens Taste all year,” said QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein. “It is so fun on so many levels. The food. The drinks. The people. The venue. The celebration.”
Queens Taste 2013 costs $125 per ticket or two for $225. You can purchase them through Eventbrite here.
Proceeds support QEDC's ongoing efforts to attract and maintain jobs in the borough through business services, neighborhood development, the E-Space and marketing attractions through the Queens Tourism Council and the Discover Queens brand.