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The Silk Road & Spice Route of Queens will be a food tour in NYC that recreates the flavors of these ancient journeys on August 9 & 10.
The Silk Road & Spice Route of Queens will be a food tour in NYC that recreates the flavors of these ancient journeys on August 9 & 10.
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Queens, New York is the most diverse neighborhood in the world. With well over 100 languages spoken at home, that means there are over 100 different cuisines being cooked as well. The Silk Road of Queens is a project intended to highlight NYC's culinary diversity and support Upwardly Global -- a non-profit dedicated to integrating skilled, legal immigrants into our country.

Join us for either Saturday, August 9 and/or Sunday, August 10 for a food tour across Queens. Each day we will visit 5 different restaurants in 6 hours that will highlight modern adaptations of the cuisines found along the ancient silk road and spice routes that connected Europe, Asia, and Africa. For the cost of one fancy dinner, you can try five of the most authentic spots in NYC and not have to worry about trekking from the subway or hailing a cab where they can be hard to come by.

New York is one of the only cities in the world where such an adventure is possible in one day, so let's give back to the community that makes it so international!

RSVP now by signing up for a perk to partake on one of our two food tours.

Risks and challenges

This is a complicated two day event to organize, but I have been planning it for three years. I have identified our transportation, prizes to give away during the days of the tours, and of course the restaurants themselves that we will visit on the two day food tour. Before I can put money down to reserve our spots, I just need a small commitment from others to know that others share my vision.

I am confident that we can pull off this historic journey or else I would not have gone through all of this effort already. The major risk is that the event might not raise as much as I would like for Upwardly Global given unforeseen costs. I will do everything in my power to make it a great experience for you, our attendees, so it reflects well on the organization and hopefully results in some publicity for our cause.

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    Supporter: Show your support for Upwardly Global and we will proudly add your name to the Silk Road of Queens website (silkroadofqueens.com).

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    Final Day Special! To celebrate reaching our goal and our article in the Daily News, we're offering a deal on tickets for either Saturday or Sunday at $50 off. Prices will go back up once the Kickstarter campaign is over!

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    Spice Route (Saturday): Sample the cuisine from five restaurants representing southern China, the Spice Islands of southeast Asia, India, Egypt, and beyond all throughout Queens, New York. Food for one person along with a tour guide and group transportation from our meeting spot provided.

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    Silk Road (Sunday): Recreate the ancient silk road in Queens with cuisine from five restaurants representing the Mediterranean, Middle East, central Asia, and western China. Food for one person along with a tour guide and group transportation from our meeting spot provided.

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    Zhang He (Saturday x 2): Embark on a virtual ocean voyage across land by exploring the hidden corners of Queens with a compatriot on Saturday. Book early because this option provides the Spice Route perk for two people and saves $25.

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    William of Rubruck (Sunday x 2): Join our Sunday caravan through Queens with a friend and save $25 when you double the Silk Road perk as an early bird. It is as close as you can get to traveling there without the desert and camel rides.

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    Marco Polo (Saturday & Sunday): Relive the culinary experience with perks from both the Silk Road and Spice Route. Early birds who sign up for the best of 10 restaurants throughout Queens in two days can save $25.

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    Niccolo & Maffeo Polo (Saturday & Sunday x 2): Whisk a traveling partner away for Saturday and Sunday to enjoy New York's culinary silk road and spice route with both perks for two people. Only a select few can save $50.

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