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NYC Food and Music Tour
October 23, 2022 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 pm
A BRAND NEW QUEENS FOOD, MUSIC AND HISTORY TOUR. DISCOVER THE RAMONES ROOTS, FABULOUS FOOD AND WOODSIDE’S IRISH PUBS WITH THREE OF NYC’S PREEMINENT CULTURAL AMBASSADORS, JOE DISTEFANO, MONTE A. MELNICK AND RICK BEDROSIAN.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 23rd, 2022. This extraordinary tour is the culmination of more than 10 years of research and it’s going to be epic. Travel with Rick Bedrosian by motor coach to New York City’s greatest borough, Queens, where you’ll meet up with the Culinary King of Queens, Joe DiStefano and former Ramone’s Tour Manager, Monte A. Melnick.
Joe and Monte will accompany us through Forest Hills and Rego Park all morning and throughout the early afternoon. We’ll explore notable landmarks in Ramones history, stopping frequently to nosh at several of Joe’s favorite eateries. The food and the sightseeing will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before. From Forest Hills/Rego Park, our bus continues on to Woodside where there will be plenty of time to visit the many fine Irish bars and restaurants that have been a mainstay of this dynamic neighborhood for decades. Rick Bedrosian will be playing your favorite Ramones and Irish songs throughout the tour.
Monte A. Melnick grew up with the Ramones in Queens. Monte (an accomplished musician in his own right) toured and worked with the Ramones for the band’s entire run- from the earliest CBGB dates to their final concert in 1996. Throughout the Ramones historic career (more than 2,200 shows), Monte was there, starting as their roadie/sound engineer and eventually tour managing. Monte A. Melnick’s book, “On The Road With The Ramones, Bonus Edition”, is THE definitive story of the punk pioneering, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group that influenced countless rock bands worldwide. The Ramones (and their music) are more popular today than they were when they were together.
Queens-based tour guide and food writer Joe DiStefano is widely known as the Culinary King of Queens. Joe’s been exploring the borough’s diverse global food scene, including the vibrant and delicious kosher delicacies available in The Ramones old stomping grounds of Rego Park and Forest Hills for more than 20 years. His guidebook “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss,” features The Ramp, aka the “Birthplace of American Punk” where Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy hung out during their formative years. Guests are encouraged to pick up copies of Monte and Joe’s books (they are available through Amazon) and have them signed.
This tour will depart at approximately 6:30am and return at approximately 10:30pm. Exact times will be announced as the tour gets closer. You can leave your car at the departure point at no charge. The cost for the tour is only $150 per person and includes round trip transportation from Rensselaer, NY to Queens, live entertainment and all food in Forest Hills and Rego Park. You can also purchase tickets using PayPal. The cost for PayPal is $160 per person and you can access Rick Bedrosian’s PayPal account by using his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make checks payable to, October Eve Music, LLC and mail them to: October Eve Music, PO Box 2, Delmar, NY 12054. Please include the name of each guest that you’re paying for and contact information (cell phone number and email address) for at least one person. All sales are final and there are no refunds. Rick Bedrosian and October Eve Music are not responsible for any (highly unlikely) loss, damage or injury that might be sustained on this tour or as a result of this tour. Please drink responsibly. Guests under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This tour will fill up quickly out so don’t wait too long!