All are invited to enjoy a range of flavors — everything from sweet to savory, Asian to Italian and crunchy to creamy. For example, Baluchis’s Indian Restaurant in Forest Hills is planning to provide vegetable samosas and chicken biryani. Meanwhile, Sunnyside’s Dog and Duck will serve duck confit, and Uncle Peter’s of Jackson Heights will go with a pistachio-crusted monkfish in lemon butter sauce. And those are just a few options as 24 establishments are set to participate.
Plus, about 25 clients of the Entrepreneur Space, a food-and-business incubator that QEDC operates in Long Island City, will also be on hand with their artisan specialties, so attendees can choose from desserts such as Moroccan cookies, specialty ice pops, brownie lollipops, gourmet cupcakes, nut bars and even designer marshmallows.
And then there are the drinks, which will include local wine from the Queens Farm Museum and beverages from a few out-of-borough purveyors. More wine will come from the Castello di Borghese Vineyard on Long Island. Brooklyn Brewery and Manhattan Beer Distributors will offer various hopsy-sudsy drinks, while Astoria’s Beyond Kombucha will brew various versions of refreshing fermented tea, and the Turkish Cultural Center will percolate Turkish coffee.
“Queens Taste 2012 is our borough’s annual celebration of foods and beverages that reinforces our distinction as America’s most diverse county,” said Borough President Helen M. Marshall. “Where else can you taste everything from Moroccan cookies to Sunnyside duck? Come, taste and savor the Taste of Queens!”
As part of the fun, Steve Hofstetter, a comedian and co-owner of Laughing Devil, the borough's only comedy club, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. A huge baseball fan, Hofstetter already expressed his enthusiasm for working a room where Mr. Met, a confirmed attendee, is standing.
Plus, five taste masters from the food or journalism industries will sample the provisions and select a Best Appetizer, a Best Entrée and a Best Dessert.
QEDC will also announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a five-month challenge-and-instruction course sponsored by the Citi Foundation. Participants attended seminars on all aspects of launching a startup and submitted business plans. A panel of judges will select one winner each in the “Food-Based,” “Innovative” and “Social Enterprise” business categories. Each winner will receive $10,000.
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