Astoria Burger Club Welcomes Executive Chef Francis Derby as a Consultant

burgerclubWhat’s for brunch?

Avocado Eggs Benedict and Stuffed French Toast with mascarpone cheese, dates, cinnamon honey and walnuts – two of many new brunch menu items at Astoria’s Burger Club. Yes, please!

Burger Club, located at 32-02 30th Avenue in Astoria provides countless artisanal burger options, along with handcut fries and shakes.

Starting tomorrow, Astoria foodies will be delighted to hear that Executive Chef Francis Derby, will be joining the Burger Club staff to update their brunch and a la carte offerings.

Derby is the former executive chef at Momofuku Ssäm and The Cannibal restaurants, both of which are in Manhattan. Citing over 25 years of cooking experience, Derby is well known throughout the restaurant community. Derby has moved on from working four kitchens in both Los Angeles and New York City, to work with Burger Club right here in Queens.

The atmosphere at Burger Club is cozy and features garage style doors that can be opened during the warm summer nights. With wooden benches, the decor is modern but welcoming.

The new dishes customers can expect to see this Fall include, avocado eggs benedict, stuffed french toast, a fried chicken biscuit with soft scrambled eggs, a brand new “Hangover Burger”, a kale salad and smoked salmon.

“We are honored and excited to present this new brunch menu to both loyal customers and new residents of Astoria,” a spokesperson for Burger Club said.

Brunch is available from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Don’t miss out on some of the best burgers Astoria has to offer!

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Variety YPC networking & fundraising event this Thursday at Chick-N-Soup, Astoria

This Thursday, October 26th, The Variety Boys & Girls Club’s Young Professionals Committee is hosting a networking & fundraising event at a new local restaurant… and the whole community is invited.

From 6:30-8:30PM, a group of around 15 YPC Committee members and their friends will meet at Chick-N-Soup in Astoria (30-12 Astoria Blvd) to eat, drink, network, and support the mission of the Variety Boys & Girls Club.

ypceventOCT There will be food & drink for all. Suggested donation is $25 per person, and all proceeds will be donated towards the Club’s afterschool programs.

“If you are interested in helping kids in our community and expanding  your business network, come join us,” said John Sanchez, Director of Marketing at the Queens Ledger Newspaper and Chair of the  Young Professionals Committee. “Invite your friends!” he added.

YPC member, Lou Trujillo, recently opened up Chick-N-Soup, and  will be providing american-style entrees as well as beer, wine, and  sangria.
“Our committee is very warm and welcoming,” said Tom, marketing manager of United Print by day, and Vice Chair of the YPC by night. “The YPC has helped me develop both business and personal relationships that have been beneficial,” Tom added.
“Thursday (10/26) is a nationwide event day, ‘Lights On Afterschool,’ celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities,” said Matt Troy, Executive Director of the Variety Boys & Girls Club. “We thank you for your support,” said Troy.

Email [email protected] to RSVP.

Teamsters offer reward for missing member Sierra Shields

A missing poster for Sierra Shields.

A missing poster for Sierra Shields.

The Teamsters Union is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of  Astoria woman Sierra Shields who was last seen leaving LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 14.

“The Teamsters are deeply concerned about the recent developments surrounding Ms. Shields. Today we demonstrate our continued commitment to finding her,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “We are offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone who gives the authorities information that leads to the discovery of her whereabouts. It is imperative that we find her. If anybody has information that can help us do this, we ask that he or she please come forward.”

Shields – listed at approximately 5’6” or 5’7”, weighing approximately 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes – was a flight attendant with Shuttle America for Delta and United Airlines flights, and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Sierra’s family,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “As a union, we look out for our own. Sierra and her family need help at this time. If anyone has seen her or has information relevant to this missing person case, please contact the proper authorities as soon as possible. You can also help by sharing her picture and information on social media.”

If you have seen Sierra Shields or have information relevant to this missing person case, please call the New York City Police Department Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.