After Super Storm Sandy, I became active in a number of efforts to get the Rockaways back on its feet. I built closer bonds with many good people and develop new and lasting relationships. It was truly a time of unity making the hardship easier to bear.
One of my personal preoccupations was how to promote and sustain this groundswell of unity, and, with that goal, I pitched the idea of an event to all the Rockaway Beach eateries. We (the eateries) needed to bring back business, let the community know we are open and need to be supported, and, in turn, the local residents needed to know that Rockaway Businesses were not abandoning them. We are all here together, getting back on our feet and moving towards a better tomorrow for everyone.
Over the past 5 years, and notably since Sandy, many new eateries have opened with more on the way. Rockaway Beach has become a restaurant district and I'd like people to say, "Let's eat at Rockaway Beach". Rockaway Beach offers various choices of food, a great selection of bars and year round entertainment with live music.
"A Taste of Rockaway Beach" is the event now enjoying its 4th occurrence this April 25th. Tickets are $10 and what a great selection of food from 11 different eateries all in walking distance from one another. Proudly sponsored by Manhattan Beer, yes free beer at this year's event, Lola Star and the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
"A Taste of Rockaway Beach" warms my soul, it's a happy day, often described as "Halloween for Adults" and continues to grow and gain popularity. It is our way of thanking our customers and offering the community a peaceful day of great food before the summer congestion commences.
I am looking forward to tasting food from every establishment, there is a great feeling of excitement as you walk into each place and discover the treat in store for you. Hope to see you at the "A Taste of Rockaway Beach".