By: Gloria Smith, Associate Editor for World Liberty TV
The Queens Economic Development Corporation is happy to announce that Queens Taste 2018 will take place at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Tuesday, May 1, from 6 pm to 9 pm!
The reasons to attend are countless. First, more than 60 restaurants, beverage companies, dessert makers, and specialty food purveyors will offer samples of their products — everything from crunchy to creamy, fiery to flaky, and sweet to savory. The cuisines to be on display include BBQ, Chinese, Colombian, Cypriot, Ecuadorian, French, Greek, Guyanese, Indian, Italian, Jamaican, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Peruvian, and Thai.
Second, regional wine experts, local spirits stores, and borough-based breweries will pour their products, and clients of the Entrepreneur Space, a food-and-business incubator that QEDC operates in Long Island City, will be on hand with their artisan specialties.
Fantastic networking is another reason to attend. Most of the anticipated 650 attendees either live in Queens or do business in the borough (or both). They include executive-level employees of large borough-based entities, such as the USTA, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and the Port Authority of NY & NJ, as well as international firms with large Queens presences, such as Delta, Con Edison, and TD Bank.
Finally, proceeds support QEDC’s ongoing efforts to attract, create, and maintain jobs in the borough. (As QEDC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, proceeds are tax deductible as permitted by law.) Tickets cost $125 each or two for $200 for all-you-can-eat dining.
Eateries include Allora, Arepalicious, Bareburger, Ben’s Kosher Deli, Casa del Chef, Chef Sherri Cooks, LaGuardia Plaza Hotel’s Elements Lounge, Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, George’s at Kaufman Astoria Studios (fka The Astor Room), Kurry Qulture, Leticia’s Ecuadorian, Neir’s Tavern, The Nest, Ottomanelli’s Burgers & Belgian Fries, Pa-Nash, Queens Bully, Queens Curry Kitchen, Redwood Deli, Salt & Bone, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Thai Rock, Uno’s Bayside, and Zenon Taverna.
The desserts and specialties include Amuse Pooch, Biggie’s Crack Toffee, Bliss Street Creamery, Coco de Via, Delicacy Brigadeiro Craft, Eat MUD, forward ROOTS, Javamelts, Little Pleasures Catering, Mahalo New York Bakery, Mama Lam’s, Milene Jardine Chocolates, MumsKitchens, Pancito, Schmidt’s Candy, Sydney’s Sweets, and Two Hearts One Cupcake.
Beverage options will come from Brooklyn Brewery, Catskill Distillery, Chang Beer, Dragon’s Milk, Drink More Good, Five Points Trading, Guinness Brewing, Kaiso, KeVita, Leaf Bar & Lounge, Mikkeller, New Holland, Pilsner Urquell, SquareWine & Spirits, The Wine Room of Forest Hills, and Tsingtao Premium Beer.