Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dish du Jour's Meatball Melee of the Boroughs

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Remember last year's Burger Battle of the Boroughs? Well this May, the folks at Dish du Jour who organized this event stepped it up a notch by creating a Meatball Melee of the Boroughs. The event piggy-backs on Dish du Jour's annual soiree, the Cuisine of Queens and Beyond food and wine gala, now entering its 8th year. The gala and the competition takes place in the glitzy Astoria World Manor on Astoria Boulevard, with over 50 tasting tables representing various Queens (and other borough's) restaurants, bakeries and beverage suppliers. I had the pleasure of attending last year and ate my heart out--I promise you that you won't go hungry.

More details about the meatball competition:
  • A select group of borough restaurants will be chosen to compete for the title of "best balls in the borough"
  • They will be judged by a panel of celebrity food judges including: Tony Tantillo, CBS2 HD food expert, Frank Pellegrino, actor/co-owner of Rao's restaurant, Chef Michael Psilakis, Executive Chef and co-owner of Kefi, Anthos and Mia Dona restaurants, Michael Maroni, owner of Maroni cuisine and winner of the Food Network's Meatball Throwdown with Bobby Flay; and Joseph Risi, co-creator of the meatball contest
  • Josh Ozersky, previously of New York Magazine's Grub Street and currently the senior food editor of Citysearch's new blog, The Feedbag will emcee the shin-dig. He's an opinionated critic and a true meat lover.
  • Contestants have until April 21st to submit entries. You can access the entry form here.
Below are the deets about the actual event, if you're interested in attending as a guest.

Tuesday, May 19th from 6pm - 9pm
Astoria World Manor - 25-22 Astoria Blvd, Astoria NY 11102
Tickets are $55 per person in advance and $65 at the door. Group discounts are available.
To purchase tickets click here or call 718.777.7918

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SHAREing & CAREing Breast & Ovarian Cancer Support Services.

Enjoy - and may the best meatball win!

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