The idea of Queens Love has been to use a network of storytelling Queensites to give attention to some of great things in our home borough. With the pooling of our group’s resources we can do great things without making a full-time job out of it. And perhaps most impactfully, I see Queens Love as an excuse to make awesome things happen. Our first live event was a burger party at the newly opened F. Ottomanelli Burger & Belgian Fries.
And the first Queens Love event was great! We even got a little concerned with the amount responses after the first shouts were made. We wanted to keep it around 35 people, so as not to overload the place, so after the initial round of invites went out, we kept it on the down-low.
Owner, Frank Ottomanelli was so happy about this project that he offered to give us a tour of the butcher shop before the burger party – it was more than we could wish for.
Their tour focused on why their meat was the best quality, and what makes them different. As usual, I didn’t get to participate because I was too busy rounding people up – but lucky for us, Joe Depace got in there and you’ll see evidence of that when you read further down this post…
50 feet west of the butcher is the burger shop. It was reallly good! I loved the fries and the burger was great. They showed really well, everyone was smiles all around. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to hold our first event. This is such a hard working family that runs this company, and they have been here for such a long time. It was really special with 2 Ottomanelli brothers there, their sister, their mother, and a daughter working the register at the burger shop. They do a great job top to bottom, and I wish them great success for the future. Queens pride all the way.
As for Queens Love – with such a great turnout, enthusiastic fans, and a great, diverse team – we see a lot of potential and hopefully will do a lot more with this “thing”. Stay tuned! – Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or the main site on Tumblr to stay in the loop.
One of the highlights for me was finally meeting Joe Depace – the prolific Queens youtube maker, who, along with his partner Lenore, is whacky and creative and borderline many things. At first when he started posting on my Facebook page, I was like “who the hell is this??” – but then he grew on me. I was in shock that he actually came to this event – that he was here in real life! And I was honored that he did a video on it. In the middle of his fun video recording, he did the best job of anyone for documenting the butcher shop tour. I have no idea his history, and don’t tell him this, but I see him as a great example of outsider art.
Below are Joe Depace’s videos on the night:
Click the >>| Next buttons on the video window to jump to different parts of the tour. This is the most complete record of the tour anywhere.
For me, hosting this event was inspired by Green Drinks and the We Heart Astoria parties. I really liked their ability to help a local business by bringing people together and helping locals meet each other. And as for QueensLove, we’re not done yet.
Check out F. Ottomanelli’s Burgers & Belgium Fries at 60-15 Woodside Ave, Woodside, NY 11377
And Ottomanelli & Sons Prime Meat Shop & Wild Game at 6105 Woodside Ave
See you next week!