First, they ate their way through India and China. Now, they’re getting ready for a culinary trip through France, Italy and Mexico.
The recently formed Queens Dinner Club (QDC) will hold its second outing at La Flor in Woodside on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. Chef Viko Ortega — who was born in Mexico’s Puebla, but mastered French and Italian cooking after moving to the United States — will serve a unique, playful interpretation of these cuisines.
“Chef Viko Ortega is a chef’s chef. We’re honored to have him cook for the second Queens Dinner Club,” one of the QDC founders, Joe DiStefano, told QNS.
The meal, which has a $47.50 price tag, will begin with watermelon gazpacho, followed by a choice of garlic bread with St. André, Parmigiano, and queso añejo or mango-cucumber jicama salad with microgreens, onion and chile de arbol-lemon vinaigrette.
For their entrée, participants will select pan-seared Atlantic salmon with crispy potato galette, sautéed spinach, roasted tomato and white wine caper-butter sauce or pan-roasted New York strip steak with Abuela Rosaura’s mole poblano, twice-cooked potato croquettes, and seasonal greens with corn and truffle oil.
Dessert will be pan tres leches con fresas y duraznos.
QDC is an informal, monthly effort that connects foodies to each other and to restaurants. Because QDC travels in large groups, members get to try specialized, bountiful menus at low prices. On the other side, restaurant owners get a large influx of patrons. The concept comes from QNS food columnist Joe DiStefano, Starstruck Catering founder Jonathan Forgash, and Gabe Gross, a software salesperson with a lifelong love of NYC restaurants.
The inaugural banquet took place at Tangra Masala, an Indian-Chinese fusion restaurant in Sunnyside, on April 14. More than 80 foodies feasted on such delicacies as manchow soup, Singapore curry noodles and seafood covered in fiery garlic/ginger sauces.
The third feast will happen at a different eatery in another Queens neighborhood in mid-June. (In other words, QDC members will have one month to digest La Flor’s victuals before the next excursion.) Details have not been released yet.