Take the quarterly magazine Edible Queens, for example. Editor and Publisher Leah McLaughlin has organized the inaugural "Queens Uncorked," intended to promote the cuisine of Queens and the wines of Long Island.
The event is set for Wednesday of this week, when consumers can purchase $40 tickets from more than 20 borough restaurants and 16 Long Island vineyards and wineries. A portion of the proceeds will go to an estimated 30 local greenmarket farmers who lost crops to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
"It’s really about meeting local food artisans, meeting our local wine makers and facilitating connections to help strengthen the economy across the region, McLaughlin said. "There’s an incredible wine region in the backyard of the Queens borough.”
She said she hopes the event will encourage more restaurants and stores to stock wine from the North Fork and South Fork. It was modeled after "Uncorked Brooklyn," an event created by the sister publication Edible Brooklyn.
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