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Fab Food Finds at the Taste of Queens 2012

14 May
Taste of Queens 2012

Taste of Queens 2012

Article and photography by Kristen Hess, Author of The Artful Gourmet

On May 1st I attended the annual Taste of Queens – a massive, lively food-filled event celebrating the food and restaurants all over Queens, NY. It was well fit to be hosted in the top level, window-filled Caesar’s Club at Citi Field (home of the Mets!), as there were over 47 restaurants and food vendors from Queens proudly displaying their tasty creations and cocktails.

I attended the event with David Hillman of eDiningNews.com to capture all the food, fun, people and highlights, so keep reading to see great photos and a fun video of the fab food finds we discovered there! There was also a taste competition as judged by a team of local foodies and media types, here are the winners:

Pop Diner

Pop Diner

Magna Ristorante

Magna Ristorante

Magna Ristorante of Flushing (above) won the Best Entrée award for its Penne alla Siciliana, which featured sautéed eggplant and long, tubular pasta in a marinara-style sauce,

Magna Italian Dishes

Magna Italian Dishes

and Pollo alla Romana, which included lightly sautéed chicken breast and specially prepared artichokes in a tomato-and-cream sauce.

Papazzio Restaurant

Papazzio Restaurant

Bayside’s Papazzio Restaurant & Caterer (above) won the Best Appetizer award for its Pasta e Fagioli, which consisted of various kinds of red and white beans in a creamy, savory broth with onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, prosciutto and noodles. According to Papazzio’s Dominick Bruccoleri this soup also contains “a lot of love.”



In the Best Dessert category, the judges chose Tropisec (above), a Long Island City-based company that creates flowers and other edible designs from dried tropical fruits such as mango, papaya and pineapple. One of founder Blanca Lilia Narváez‘s signature products consists of dried banana pieces mixed with unprocessed cocoa.

McClure's Bloody Mary Mix

McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix

Best Alcoholic Beverage: McClure’s Pickles for their Bloody Mary Mix

See the full list of Queens restaurants and food vendors that participated in the event.


Highlights from the Taste of Queens event ::



See more videos and press coverage on the event:

NY 1 video

Queens Buzz post

Queens Examiner post

DNA Info post

World Journal article in Chinese

The Forum photos

Epoch Times article in Chinese

Sustainable Pantry blog

Influx of Celebrity Chefs makes Miami and Miami Beach a new Foodie Haven

5 Apr

Miami Beach – Tudor House Dining Room

From delis and dives a decade ago to five-star restaurants today, who would have thought Miami and Miami Beach would become such sophisticated bastions of gastronomic delights?

Geoffrey Zakarian’s Tudor House restaurant at the Dream Hotel just one of several new eateries headed by celebrity chefs, now making Miami and Miami Beach top food destinations in the U.S.

When superstar “Iron Chef” Geoffrey Zakarian recently opened his Tudor House restaurant at the Dream Hotel, his timing couldn’t have been more spot on. That’s because he’s landed in the middle of a culinary cauldron, a tornado of executive chefs who are considered to be at the top of their field and who have chosen to “steak” their places in Miami and Miami Beach.  It’s part of  the trend and growth of “serious” restaurants in South Florida run by world renown chefs and is indicative of how quickly our cities have propelled themselves to the top of great Foodie cities.

“The culinary landscape of Miami Beach has drastically evolved just in the last five years,” says Jeff Lehman, Chair, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “The sophistication of our newest restaurants, the A-list group of chefs that want to expand their franchises here and the expectation of excellence that’s now a part of the eating experience on Miami Beach says everything about the evolution of the city into a first class, luxury destination of choice for travelers.”

The Food Network is filming “Next Food Network Star” in Miami; and in addition to Zakarian’s Tudor House, Laurent Tourondel holds court at BLT Steak at the Betsy Hotel;  Scott Conant oversees Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau; Andrew Carmellni runs the second outlet of his award-winning restaurant The Dutch at the W; Jeff McInnis just opened Yardbird restaurant;  Paula DeSilva is breaking new ground at 1500 Degrees at the Eden Roc; Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne continues to wow in downtown Miami; in Bal Harbor and Jean-George Vongerichten has just opened the J&G Grill at the St. Regis hotel. In addition, Michelle Bernstein, Michael Schwartz and Douglas Rodriguez, the old guard, continue to reign supreme.

And from Shake Shack to Serendipity 3, significant New York restaurants are opening outlets here because they know South Florida has become the destination on the culinary food map and is growing year on year.

“I love it here,” says Laurent Tourondel, Executive Chef, BLT Steak. “It was important for us to open BLT at the Betsy Hotel to take advantage of the city’s trendy clientele and laid back style. There’s something a little different about South Florida. We’re a little surprised but very happy at how extremely successful BLT has been here.”

The newest and most exciting cities for a brilliant gastronomic holiday? Miami and Miami Beach, Florida.

Meet The Chef: Adam Shepard, Lunetta

15 Feb

Behind The Scenes Interview with Lunetta Restaurant, Brooklyn NY

Kristen Hess at Lunetta in Brooklyn

Watch the full video interview with Kristen & Adam here

By Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet

Meet Chef Adam Shepard from Lunetta with an in-depth, up close interview as Kristen Hess and eDiningNews interview Adam about his background, Lunetta’s Mediterranean gourmet fare, insights on his cooking style, and his commitment to the Slow Food philosophy.

Lunetta, a trendy Mediterranean restaurant on Smith Street in Brooklyn, has a fantastic menu and atmosphere that you must try for yourself! They offer a variety of small plates and gourmet market fare such as bruschetta, antipasti plates, fresh roasted market vegetables and a variety of pasta dishes and entrees including Pappardelle with Porcini-braised Berkshire Pork, luscious Lunetta meatballs, and savory Sullivan County chicken, roasted under a brick with mushrooms and marsala wine.

Lunetta has been featured in “The New Brooklyn Cookbook” and is a practicing member of the Slow Food International group who’s philosophy it is to commit to food biodiversity and use all local and organic farmers, growers and food suppliers.

In warmer temperatures, you can dine alfresco in the back garden, or enjoy a private dinner party in their cozy yet spacious dining room with a full bar.

View the Lunetta_Menu

116 smith street, btw pacific and dean, brooklyn, NY 11217 |  718.488.6269


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