Nov. 18, 2013 By Christian Murray
The Long Island City Restaurant Association, which formed just weeks ago, is already organizing its first event.
The group is hosting a food tasting, called “Leftovers for Leftovers,” which will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The event is partly inspired by the enormously successful Taste of LIC, which draws more than 50 restaurants and about 1,000 people each summer.
With “Leftovers for Leftovers,” eight restaurants will be preparing food and drink samplers. Each restaurant is expected to offer a signature dish.
The timing of the event is a win-win for restaurant owners and customers. “It’s a time when there is not a lot going on…and when nobody wants to cook,” said Rebecca Trent, the owner of the Creek and the Cave, who is organizing the event.
The aim is for attendees to spend an hour at each restaurant. Trent said the tasting will start at 4 pm and go from place to place in the following order: Masso, Sage, Manducatis Rustica, Alobar, Woodbines, Creek and the Cave, Wine Bar and Alewife.
The cost is $8 per venue. There is no all-day pass at this point.
While each venue serves alcohol, Trent does not want the event to turn into a pub crawl. “This is about quality food…not a frat-boy bar crawl.”
“I’m really excited about the concept,” Trent said. She said she didn’t know what the turnout would be. “I guess it will be trial by fire.”
Event: Left overs for Leftovers
Date: Nov 30
Time: 4 pm
Starts at Masso, located at 47-25 Vernon Blvd.