Mark your calendar and whet your appetite! Queens Taste 2012, the borough's premiere food-and-networking event, will take place Tuesday, 1 May, from 6:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. at Citi Field's Caesars Club in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Enjoy a broad spectrum of flavors and textures—from sweet to savory, Asian to Italian, and crunchy to creamy—served by the two-dozen participating establishments. Sample, for instance, the vegetable samosas and chicken biryani of Baluchi's Indian Restaurant in Forest Hills, the duck confit of Sunnyside's Dog & Duck, and the pistachio-crusted monkfish in lemon butter sauce of Uncle Peter's of Jackson Heights.
For dessert, try the Moroccan cookies, specialty ice pops, brownie lollipops, gourmet cupcakes, nut bars, designer marshmallows (!), and other artisanal treats of some 25 Entrepreneur Space clients. (E-Space is the food-and-business incubator of the Queens Economic Development Center in Long Island City).
Hydrate (or dehydrate) yourself with a vast selection of beverages. Taste local wines from the Queens County Farm Museum, and from the Castello di Borghese Vineyard on Long Island. Throw back a few suds from Brooklyn Brewery and Manhattan Beer Distributors, but don't forget to sip the refreshing fermented teas from Astoria's Beyond Kombucha, and the Turkish coffee from the Turkish Cultural Center.
This year's restaurants include Austin's Steak & Ale House, Baluchi's Indian Restaurant, Bourbon Street, Dazies, Euro Grill & Salad Bar, F. Ottomanelli Burger & Belgian Fries, Giardino, La Bella Cucina, Leo's Latticini (Mama's of Corona), Magna Ristorante, Marbella, McClure's Pickles LLC, O Lavrador Restaurant & Bar, Papazzio, Pop Diner, Riverview Restaurant & Lounge, Russo's on the Bay, The Dog & Duck, Uncle Peter's, Vetro, and White Castle.
Five taste masters will select the Best Appetizer, the Best Entrée, and the Best Dessert.
Tickets to Queens Taste 2012 are priced $100 apiece, or $185 for two. Proceeds support the Queens Economic Development Corporation's ongoing efforts to attract and maintain jobs in the borough through business services, neighborhood development, the Entrepreneur Space, and marketing attractions through the Queens Tourism Council, and the Discover Queens brand. As QEDC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, proceeds are tax deductable to the extent permitted by law.
Queens Taste 2012
Caesars Club, Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue (126th St)
Flushing, N.Y. 11368 (map)
Tuesday, 1 May 2012, 6:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M.
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To view last year's event, please click on the link: A Taste of the World in Queens 2011.