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Oct 21, 2015

Queens Takes Manhattan in the First Annual Queens Cooks at Beard House

We’re excited to tell you about this upcoming event, the First Annual Queens Cooks, at the Beard House in Greenwich Village. It features Queens in a big way with some (…)

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We’re excited to tell you about this upcoming event, the First Annual Queens Cooks, at the Beard House in Greenwich Village. It features Queens in a big way with some the best food experts, chefs, bakers, wine and cocktail mavens in the borough. Join them at 6pm on Sunday, October 25 for a special multi-course menu that promises to be really special.

Participants include:

  • Danny Brown, danny brown Wine Bar & Kitchen (Forest Hills)
  • Hugue Dufour, M. Wells (LIC)
  • George McKirdy, Astor Bake Shop (Astoria)
  • Alex Schindler, LIC Market (LIC)
  • Jimmy Tu, Bunker (Maspeth/Ridgewood)
  • Alfonso Zhicay, Casa Del Chef (Woodside)
  • Wine pairings by Ernesto Vega, Table Wine (Jackson Heights)
  • Cocktails by The Local NY (LIC)

In addition, our friend Joe DiStefano, editor of Chopsticks + Marrow​, will be on hand for the night. We asked him for his thoughts on the evening and this is what he had to say:

“Queens has been the underdog of the New York City culinary scene for decades. I love Roosevelt Avenue’s taco trucks and Flushing’s hawker stalls, but I’m equally impressed by the borough’s fine dining restaurants, which include everything from an haute bizarre Canadian steakhouse to an Ecuadorean influenced bistro from a Blue Hill veteran. I’m honored to be part of the evening’s festivities, and I’d like to think it’s no coincidence that the rise of another Queens underdog—the New York Mets—coincides with the recognition of the borough’s culinary stars by the James Beard House.”

The menu looks tempting—enjoy hors d’ouevres like Red Wattle Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches and Wild Salmon Tartare, then onto dinner with the likes of Hake with Delicata Squash, Arbequina Olives, and Brown Butter. Dessert is TBD, but with George McKirdy and Hugue Dufour at the helm, we expect it will be something inventive, memorable, and delicious. You can see more of the menu here.

Tickets are $75 for Beard House members and $90 for the general public. Purchase them here.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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