Delicious food and gorgeous presentation countered the dreary skies and a day of rain at the annual Taste of LIC gala. Extra white tents were pitched, and people dressed for unusually cool temps. It was a special year—the 10th anniversary of what has become a neighborhood event not to be missed!
I made the rounds with Jillian Tangen, my business partner at elska, Mackenzi Farquer, founder of We Heart Astoria, and the shop, Lockwood, as well as Emily Rios, Business Development Director for We Heart Astoria. One of my favorite parts of the event is sampling from restaurants you haven’t had a chance to experience yet, (for me this was the Peruvian restaurant Jora on 48 Ave.) as well as devouring bites from your favorite go to spots. Here’s a round up of our favorites tastes!
I am a sucker for guacamole, and Creek and The Cave’s is awesome. That they were handing out small to go packets of it to accompany their many delicious offerings, was a bonus. I wanted to open my purse and slide the whole pile in. I loved their fried zucchini sticks which were not healthy per se, but a vegetable nonetheless.
I would be remiss not to mention that the best dessert hands down (in me and my dining companion’s opinion) was the Lemon Verbena, Bing Cherry Trifle with white chocolate whipped cream—made by The Astor Bakeshop in Astoria. As delicious as they were gorgeous. – Rebekah.
It was a toss up for Jillian who enjoyed the perfectly temperatured steak taco from Creek and Cave, and the decadent as all get out ravioli from Il Falco. Congratulations to Sheila Lewandowski, who founded the event 10 years ago, and is the Executive Director of The Chocolate Factory Theatre—the recipient of the funds raised at the gala. As always, we left satisfied and in awe of the vibrancy of our neighborhood and borough.