Queens Harvest Food Co-op will be the first food co-op in New York’s western Queens area. Founded in Spring 2009 by three women with a dream, it has grown from a handful of committed volunteers to several hundred strong. I play a role on the Outreach committee and worked together with Finance to put on our first Fundraiser. Queens Eats was a tasting event with samples from local Astoria/LIC restaurants, live music from a local group, a bar featuring beer from Brooklyn and wine vendors from Astoria, and a silent auction with goods and services donated by Astoria/LIC businesses and citizens, and guest speaker Tamara Reynolds.
As one of two co-chairs, I was responsible for contacting and securing vendors, scouting and laying out the venue, purchasing event insurance, training volunteers, and answering inquiries via email. At the event I set up the main floor, made sure vendors had supplies throughout the night (napkins, utensils, etc), manned the check-in/registration table, fielded questions, and spoke a few words during the evening.
The event went off without a hitch – except that we were so successful, we had to turn people away at the door! The event raised over $11k and enabled the co-op to buy supplies, storage space, and incorporate, as important first steps. We were a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick for that week in November.
Check out a recap and photos on Queens Buzz.