BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
A new 2,000-square-foot artisanal food pop-up fair is building momentum in Long Island City, where a wide variety of vendors showcase their specialty dishes.
Jamestown Properties, known for the Chelsea Market, started the Food Box in early November. The market is located just a short walk from Court Square in the Falchi Building at 31-00 47th Ave., LIC.
Michael Phillips, COO of Jamestown Properties, said the Food Box serves as an amenity for the building’s tenants, visitors and the greater LIC community.
“The Food Box features a diverse assortment of food vendors ranging from kolaches for breakfast to Jamaican, empanadas and Thai food for lunch,” Phillips said. “There is a comfortable and flexible seating area that can be used as a place to catch up on work, meet friends or play host to informal lunch meetings.”
Phillips said they plan to offer free wireless Internet at the Food Box within the next couple of weeks to make the space more of a multi-use resource.
LIC is an exciting area of the City, Phillips said.
“The building is undergoing a transformation that positions it at the forefront of the innovation economy in Queens while taking advantage of the exceptional characteristics that make LIC so desirable, such as proximity to important transportation thoroughfares as well as its growing neighborhood livability,” he said.
Best Market Vendor at the 2013 Vendy Awards, Khao Man Gai NY, is one of the many vendors selling their delectable dishes at the Food Box.
Thai native Emorn Henshaw and her husband, Eric Henshaw, prepared a chicken over rice dish with high-quality ingredients to create an authentic preparation of their favorite Thai street food.
Eric said each dish comes with well-seasoned, tender organic chicken served over herb-studded jasmine rice, accompanied by a delicious sauce that balances the four main Thai tastes of salty, sweet, sour and spicy, garnished with cucumbers and cilantro, and paired with a clear light soup.
“We already have some regulars,” Eric said. “The word is spreading. It’s encouraging.”
Other food vendors offer Caribbean food, Texas-style pastries and Peruvian baked goods, with more food vendors on the way.
For more information about the pop-up food fair, visit www.facebook.com/FalchiBuilding.
Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.