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Catskills comes to Queens

Francesca and Marisa are always happy for an excuse to head out to Queens—it’s a great food borough no matter what cuisine you’re hungry for. On August 1, Flushing Town Hall will host a brand new farm-to-festival food and wine tasting called The Catskills Comes to Queens, featuring the culinary talents of more than 20 chefs; local beer, wine, and cider; and live entertainment.
 
Taking over the entire Romanesque Revival building (built in 1862) and its grounds, guests will sample fare created from Catskill provisions by both Catskill- and Queens-based chefs and artisans including Chef Graziano Tecchio of Mint and Chef Samir Hrichi of Ship to Shore (both of Kingston), Chef Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steak House, Chef Andy Doubrava of Salt & Fat, Chef Danny Brown of Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen, Chef Natty Felder of The Astor Room, Pitmaster Josh Bowen of John Brown Smokehouse, and Pitmaster Big Lou Elrose of Charred. Catskill provisioners who will be serving or supplying ingredients include: Fruition Chocolate, Vulto Creamery, Brookside Maple, Straight Out of the Ground Farm, and La Belle Farms.

“With everything from Chaz Brown’s Asian-inspired fried chicken, to Ed Cotton’s rabbit charcuterie, to grilled lamb sliders and barbecue from New York City’s top pitmasters, it promises to be quite a party,” says Joseph DiStefano, vice president of NY Epicurean Events, the organizers of the program.
 
A $95 ticket entitles guests to unlimited tasting and sampling of all food and beverages. New York Epicurean Events is also offering a “buy three tickets, get one free” special.
 
The Catskills Comes to Queens takes place August 1, 2015, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens. For more information, visit www.nyepicureanevents.com. Tickets are available through eventbright.

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A farm still grows in Queens County

We naturally think of Queens as an international food court, but the borough is also home to the city’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. Preserved as the Queens County Farm Museum, this 47-acre parcel dates back to 1697 and is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. Part museum, part working farm, the site encompasses historic farm buildings, livestock (including cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs, and goats), planting fields, an orchard, and an herb garden. Open seven days a week, year round, the farm offers a full calendar of educational programs for both children and adults and boasts a seasonal farm stand every afternoon Wednesdays through Sundays. Look for farm-raised eggs, raw honey bottled on the farm, and even yarn from their alpacas and Cotswold sheep. (The farm also has a stand at the Union Square Greenmarket every Friday, year round.)
 
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, New York 11004-1129
(718) 347-3276

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A Smorgasburg of its own

Now you can add a Queens location to the ever-growing Smorgasburg empire. 150ish loves that this outdoor and indoor location features a well-curated selection of chefs and artisans from the home borough—and it’s appropriately being billed as “the world’s fare.” The twenty five–odd vendors represent an international array, from Georgian dumplings to Ecuadorean hallacas, Hong Kong Mango-Pomelo soup, and Taiwanese shaved snow. Sure to become the signature dish is the Chonut from Kimchi Smoke, a cheese-glazed brioche donut filled with pulled pork, brisket, and smoked kimchi. Many vendors sold out at the July 11 opening day, so—as always when it comes to ’Smorg—plan to get there early.
 
Smorgasburg Queens
43-29 Crescent Street (Court Square)
Long Island City, Queens
Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
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