The Entrepreneur Space, a foodand-business incubator operated by the Queens Economic Development Corporation, turned seven years old in grand style with food, networking, and high spirits at its home, 36-46 37th St. in Long Island City, on Friday, March 23. About 150 people attended the commercial kitchen’s Lucky Seven anniversary bash. They tried samples from 28 vendors and local nonprofits, such as Destination Dumplings, Milene Jardin Chocolatier, and Bayside Brewery. Other entities included Rise Products, which upcycles organic waste products into ingredients such as whole barley flour, and The Real Vegan, which makes milk-less cheese spreads.
There was also some interborough fun. Grown In Brooklyn, which makes tempeh at the E-Space, offered a demonstration on ways to prepare its healthy, plant-based product. Plus, Bushwick Sauce, which also operates at the E-Space, offered organic hot sauces and jams.
The E-Space officially opened on Jan. 19, 2011. This 12,500-sq.ft., NYC Economic Development Corporation-sponsored hub features a fully equipped commercial kitchen, offices, and classrooms. QEDC also offers counseling, technical assistance, and financial classes on site. Since opening, the E-Space has helped more than 600 small businesses, generated more than $8 million in revenue, and created more than 120 jobs.
In the photo, QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein stands in the middle right behind the birthday cake. He is surrounded by QEDC employees, board members, and clients.