BY BRIANNA KNIBBS and NATHAN DUKE
The Queens Economic Development Corp. (QEDC) and Queens Tourism Council will host a showcase for borough cuisine known as Queens Taste at the New York Hall of Science on May 1.
More than 60 restaurants, beverage companies, dessert makers and specialty food purveyors will offer samples. Attendees will be able to snack on a variety of cuisines, including BBQ, Chinese, Colombian, French, Guyanese, Indian, Italian, Jamaican, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Mexican, Peruvian and Thai.
To compliment this smorgasbord of culinary delights, regional wine experts, borough spirits stores and Queens breweries will hold tastings, while clients of the Entrepreneur Space—a food and business incubator that the QEDC operates in Long Island City—will showcase their artisan specialties.
Seth Bornstein, the executive director of the QEDC, said that the event enables Queens residents to come together and sample delicious food from restaurants across Queens that represent the diversity of the “World’s Borough.”
“It’s a great opportunity to sample foods from restaurants from all over Queens, which essentially means from all over the world,” Bornstein said. “One need not be a foodie or gourmet to enjoy the evening—just open to expanding a culinary comfort zone.”
The event also includes a networking component as many of the anticipated 650 attendees—which include executive-level employees of the USTA, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Delta, Con Edison and TD Bank—either live in Queens or operate businesses in the borough.
Rob MacKay, the director of public relations for the QEDC, said that the event has been held in the borough for 15 years and first debuted at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The original goal of the event was to showcase the diversity of the array of cuisine that can be found in Queens. In the years since its launch, it has been held at various locations in the borough.
This year’s participating eateries include Allora, Arepalicious, Bareburger, Ben’s Kosher Deli, Casa del Chef, Chef Sherri Cooks, Corazon de Mexico, LaGuardia Plaza Hotel’s Elements Lounge, Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, George’s Kurry Qulture, M. Wells, Neir’s Tavern, The Nest, Pa-Nash, Queens Bully, Queens Curry Kitchen, Redwood Deli, Salt & Bone, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Thai Rock and Uno’s Bayside.
Desserts and specialties will be offered by 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, Milen Jardine Chocolates, MumsKitchens, Pancito, Schmidt’s Candy, Sydney’s Sweets and Two Hearts One Cupcake.
And beverage options will be provided by Bayside Brewery, Big aLICe, 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.
Queens Taste will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 1. Tickets are on sale for $125 apiece or two for $200. For more information, contact Queens Borough Hall or email Rob MacKay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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