April 20, 2012 By Christian Murray
Several Sunnyside and Woodside restaurants will be participating next month in Queens Taste 2012, an annual food and beverage event.
The event will take place at Citi Field’s Caesars Club on May 1 (details below) and will include roughly 20 Queens restaurants, several local bakers, as well as wine & beer producers. Attendees will be able to sample each participant’s food or liquor.
One of Woodside’s popular new establishments, F. Ottomanelli Burger & Belgian Fries, will be on hand to give out samples of its chipotle, jalapeño-and-cheddar, roasted garlic and caramelized onion hamburgers. Meanwhile, The Dog and Duck, the relatively new Sunnyside bar/restaurant, will serve (what else?) duck confit, and Dazies will be offering its regular Italian fare.
Notable restaurants from outside Sunnyside/Woodside include Uncle Peter’s of Jackson Heights; Austin Steak and Ale House in Kew Gardens; and Riverview in Long Island City.
Attendees will also be able to sample cookies, ice pops, cupcakes and brownies. These items will be served by 20 budding bakers/chefs who rent the commercial kitchen space at the Entrepreneur Space in Long Island City. The Entrepreneur Space is sponsored by the Queens Economic Development Corp.– and helps nurture the growth of start-up chefs/bakers.
The Turkish Cultural Center of Sunnyside will provide coffee, while the Queens Farm Museum and Castello di Borghese Vineyard will give away wine. Brooklyn Brewery and Manhattan Beer Distributors will serve beer.
As part of the fun, Steve Hofstetter, a comedian and co-owner of Long Island City’s Laughing Devil, the boroughs only comedy club, will serve as MC. A huge baseball fan, Hofstetter has already expressed his enthusiasm for working a room where Mr. Met, a confirmed attendee, is standing.
“If every gig came with awesome food and was at Citi Field, I’d be a happy man,” Hofstetter noted. “My landlord would be pissed, but I’d be happy.”
Queens Taste 2012: Cost $100 per person or $185 per couple.
Place: Citi Field’s Ceasars Club
Time: May 1, 6pm to 9 pm.
To buy tickets go to www.queenstaste.eventbrite.com or call: 718-263-0546