n e w s A P R I L 8 L E h a V R e Take a bite outta Queens BY LIAM LA GUERRE The annual Queens Taste will feature dozens of eateries from the borough and provide networking opportunities. The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) wants more people to — literally — have a little taste of Queens. The organization announced its Queens Taste 2014, the borough’s premier food and networking event, which will take place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing on April 29. As Queens is known for its vast cultures and diversity, foodies attending the event can expect dozens of vendors, serving everything from Mexican to Portuguese food, and a range that includes sweet, savory, crunchy and creamy. At $100 a ticket or $175 for two, people will have access to the food and the ability to network with hundreds of others. “I look forward to Queens Taste all year,” said Seth Bornstein, QEDC executive director. “It is so fun on so many levels. The food. The drinks. The people. The venue. The celebration.” Clients of Entrepreneur Space, a food and business incubator that the QEDC operates in 8 LEHAVRE courier | APRIL 2014 | WWW.QUEENSCOURIER.COM Photo courtesy Dominick Totino Photography Long Island City, will be on hand with artisan specialties, including gourmet cheesecake balls and designer meatballs. Long Island City’s SquareWine headlines a spirits group that includes Queens Brewery and Punzoné Vodka among others. Besides the food, the QEDC and the Queens Historical Society will host a table dedicated to show memorabilia from the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs as the borough is celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the events. BREWING UP FUN IN QUEENS BY ANGY ALTAMIRANO The city will raise a toast to Queens in the borough’s inaugural beer week starting Friday. Since 2009, more than half of the city’s breweries have opened up in Queens, with a total of seven breweries in the borough, according to Astoria resident Dan Bronson, organizer of the first annual Queens Beer Week. The nine-day event, which begins Friday, April 18, and runs through Sunday, April 27, celebrates the best beers, bars and breweries the borough has to offer. Queens Beer Week will bring together over 60 bars and restaurants for a week of promoting the rapidly growing craft beer scene. “We thought it was time that Queens got its own beer week to share its own achievements,” Bronson said. “We thought it was time to have a week of our own.” On Friday, the borough’s newest brewery, Transmitter, will make its debut at Crescent and Vine, located at 25-03 Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria. The official kick-off for Queens Beer week will take place during an open invitation party, 21 years and older and no tickets needed, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Singlecut Beer Smith, at 19-33 37th St. The Taste of Queens party will feature all of the borough’s breweries, local vendors, music, and the debut of the event’s exclusive “Queen of Tarts” ale from Barrier Brewing Company. Queens Beer Week will then continue with a week of more than 40 innovative beer-centric events, spread across the borough, including event pairings of beer, wine, chocolate and music. “It is a great week to go explore the bars and breweries in Queens,” Bronson said. For more info on participating venues and up-to-date notifications of events going on during Queens Beer Logo Courtesy of Queens Beer Week Week, visit www.queensbeerweek. com or follow @QueensBeerWeek on Twitter.
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