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International Food

Two More Restaurants, Including Arepa Lady, Slated to Open at New International Food Hall in Astoria

A recent picture of The World Artisan Market (Photo provided by EJ Stevens)

Aug. 26, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

The real estate developer behind an upcoming food and beverage hall in Astoria has announced that two additional restaurants will open at the venue.

A Columbian restaurant called Arepa Lady and a vegan restaurant named Urban Vegan Roots are the latest tenants set to be housed at The World Artisan Market, a repurposed warehouse located at 34-39 31st St.

The market has room for six restaurants and all have now been filled. The food hall will also feature Italian, Spanish and

International Food

International food firms targeting South Korea’s booming e-commerce sector urged to localise

South Korea’s e-commerce sector has undoubtedly grown significantly​ since COVID-19 hit the region, but according to local trade consultancy firm KOISRA’s Founder and CEO Eyal Victor Mamou, local consumer preferences in and of themselves had already been pushing this growth.

“There is no doubt that COVID-19 helped to boost this e-commerce trend and caused it to skyrocket, but bear in mind that this boost was seen not just in South Korea but also worldwide and South Korea, compared to other places, did not have a complete lockdown,”​ Mamou told FoodNavigator-Asia​.

“So this means people were still able to

International Food

WoodSpoon Raises $14M, Raise Led by Restaurant Brands International

WoodSpoon announced another fundraise of $14 million with some interesting investors in the mix. The platform, on which home chefs can sell their food for delivery, just announced its latest raise and teased further expansion of the community-centric, two-sided marketplace.

Founded in New York by co-founders, Oren Saar and Merav Rozengarten, who were missing their Israeli delicacies, Saar is now CEO and Rozengarten is now the company’s CMO.

The pair launched the company in 2019 and it now caters to more than 8,000 users buying food from more than 100 chefs. So far, the company operates in New York, Brooklyn

International Food

REVIEW: Ireland Returns to the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021

Ireland has been a featured location of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival since 2001. And after taking a break last year (with an appearance by the Seafood Fisherman’s Pie at Wine & Dine Studio Featuring Festival Favorites), they’re back for 2021. They were scheduled to open on October 1, but debuted early. The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival runs from July 15 – November 20, 2021.

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Menu for the Ireland Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food:

  • Fisherman’s Seafood Pie – $6.75
  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy – $5.50
International Food

REVIEW: Kenya Replaces Africa at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021

Jambo! Welcome to a marketplace review for Kenya at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. The Kenya marketplace replaces the previous Africa marketplace.

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Menu for the Kenya Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food

  • Kenyan Coffee-barbecued Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw – $6.00
  • Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous – $6.75

Beverages

  • Tusker Lager – $5.00 (6 oz) & $9.00 (12 oz)

Photos of the Menu Items from the Kenya Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Kenyan Coffee-barbecued Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and

International Food

REVIEW: New Passion Fruit-Coconut and Apple Crumble Donuts Miss the Mark at EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Two new chef’s choice donuts have arrived at The Donut Box at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

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The chef’s donut of the day rotates every month.

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The two new donuts, Passion Fruit-Coconut and Apple Crumble, are pictured at the registers.

Passion Fruit-Coconut Donut – $5.00

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There are mountains of wonderfully toasted coconut sitting atop the coconut icing.

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Like all donuts at The Donut Box, the dough itself was a bit too tough.

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The filling is very tart. We would compare it to a lemon, with a slight fruity sweetness paired with tartness.

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Altogether, a bite of this

International Food

REVIEW: India at EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021

We were surprised to find the India Marketplace open today at EPCOT. The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival booth was not scheduled to open until October 1. Other surprise openings today include Kenya, Lobster Landing, Ireland, Mac & Eats, The Alps, and Spain.

India Booth at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021

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Menu for the India Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) (KA) – $5.00
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and UNCLE BEN’S® Basmati Rice