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Second Helping of Rockaway Taste 2016

Second Helping Of Rockaway Taste 2016

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Long Island City Gets Ten Times As Tasty

More than a thousand people filled the tents at the Gantry Plaza State Park on Tuesday, to chew and nibble on some of the freshest and most uniquely prepared cuisine from more than 50 local eateries, at the 10th annual Taste of LIC.

Since its inception in 2005, Long Island City’s own Shelia Lewandowski, executive director and co-founder of the Chocolate Factory Theatre, has helped lead the charge by organizing the annual celebration of cultural and culinary excellence. All of the proceeds from the event went to help keep the arts alive in Long Island City.

Craft Distillery Comes To Queens

Photo/Courtesy of Queens Courage

Photo/Courtesy of Queens Courage

Nothing beats a cold cocktail on a hot summer day. Well, for fans of mixology, the “World’s Borough,” has finally inspired a drink as unique
as Queens itself.

Introducing Queens Courage, a refined interpretation of Old Tom gin—a clear spirit popular in the 1800’s, before Prohibition—craft-brewed in Astoria. Unlike the more popular variations of gin—such as “New American” and the standard “London Dry”—Old Tom provides a sweeter taste, smooth enough to drink neat, mixed or on the rocks.

“A lot of classic cocktail books call for Old Tom gin,” Christopher Murillo, founder of the Astoria Distillery, said. “It’s crazy that one of the key tools that bartenders need isn’t being produced. Queens Courage is an Old Tom gin that would work well with these classic cocktails.”

This story originally appeared in the Queens Tribunes annual Dining Guide.

Borough Staple Featured In ‘Deli Man’

If you were to ask Jay Parker, owner of Ben’s Best Kosher Gourmet Delicatessen in Rego Park, why he has devoted the last 31 years to serving customers in the community, he’d say it’s because of his ethical obligation – to provide thousands of New Yorkers with Kosher deli meats for any and every occasion.

Parker, along with his deli Ben’s Best, is one of more than 14 of New York City’s most elite delicatessens featured in “Deli Man,” a new documentary film from director Erik Greenberg Anjou, which gets right to the meat of how delis got their start in the United States.

“It’s a piece of deli history,” Parker said, after watching the film. “It gets right to the heart and soul of what makes delis, delis.”

This story originally appeared in the April 2, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune. 

DeCicco’s Replaces Food City

IMG_2114Food City is set to close its doors for the last time on June 3, after 25 years in business near the Mamaroneck border.

“It’s a very sad day when you have to leave a neighborhood that has afforded you business for the past 25 years,” said Paul Burger, CEO of Food City.

The store will be shuttered after struggling to stay afloat for several years amid competition from nearby big-name supermarket franchises, home delivery services and advanced checkout.

“We can’t blame it on just one item,” said Paul Burger, the CEO of Food City. “It was a culmination of costs, including taxes, employee wages and worker’s compensation.”

This story originally appeared in the May 25, 2012 edition of the Harrison Review