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Lucky Rice, Lucky Us
East meets West at the Lucky Rice Festival to celebrate Asian culture and cuisine.

Lucky Rice Festival
When: Thursday, April 29th-Sunday, May 2nd
Where: Locations vary with event
www.luckyrice.com/festival

Over the past couple years, New York City has enjoyed and enveloped itself within the revitalization of Asian culture and cuisine. In commemoration of the Asian awakening, LUCKYRICE.com hosts a festival of Asian significance, joined by culinary superstars. An aggregate of culinary heavyweights-Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, David Cheng, Masaharu Morimoto, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and others-preside over The Lucky Rice Festival, a weekend long celebration of Asian eats.

 

Opening Night Cocktail Party
Tickets: $50 (advance); $100 (at door)
When: Thursday April 29th; 8pm-11pm
Where: The Bowery Hotel
335 Bowery (Btw. E.2nd & E.3rd Sts)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-9100
www.theboweryhotel.com

Hosted by Kelly Choi, the festival's kick-off event comprises an evening filled with Asian-inspired cocktails and snacks, all to benefit City Harvest and the Asian American Federation. Apothéke's Albert Trummer is the mixologist mastermind behind the evening's lip-smacking cocktails. Drinks and snacks are supplied by such watering-holes and culinary establishments as Momofuku, Daniel, Prime Meats, Apothéke, Fatty Crab, wd-50, and many well-known others.


Buddhism in the Kitchen: A Conversation With Chefs Eric Ripert & David Cheng

Tickets: $50
When: Friday, April 30th; 6pm-8pm
Where: The Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th Street (Btw. 6th & 7th Aves)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 620-5000
www.rmanyc.org

Join La Bernardin's Eric Ripert and Momofuku's David Cheng as they discuss the impact of Buddhist ethics and food in their lives, and in their kitchens. Find out how these culinary emperors have taken their restaurant empires to the highest degree of success and adoration, through incorporating Buddhist principles into the heart of their restaurants-the kitchen. These highly-respect industry professionals share their personal experiences with Buddhism. Subsequently, champagne is popped, and a tour is given of the museum's Buddhist art galleries.

Night Market
Tickets: $50
When: Friday, April 30th; 6:30pm-10:30pm
Where: The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge
DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

Hosted by David Cheng, the Night Market event is inspired by the festive night markets of Asia. Underneath the newly re-opened Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, this outdoor celebration will serve traditional Asian street food, such as Korean tacos stuffed with kimchee, hotdogs topped with Thai pickled cucumbers and mango, Vietnamese banhi mi, as well as a variety of Malaysian food. With beers, cocktails, and tapioca teas galore, your glasses and your plates will be overflowing with the best of Asian cuisine.

Family Workshop: Making Dumplings
Tickets: $50; children under 2 are free
When: Saturday, May 1st; 10:30am-Noon
Where: Museum of Chinese In America
215 Centre Street (Btw. Howard & Grand Sts)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 619-4785
www.mocanyc.org

Learn how to make dumplings with master dumpling chef Anita Lo, from Annisa and Rickshaw Dumplings. Great for kids, this hands-on event is educational, fun, and belly-filling.

 

The Grand Feast of Asian Flavors
Tickets: $150
When: Saturday, May 1st; 7pm-10pm
Where: Mandarin Oriental New York
80 Columbus Avenue (At W.60th St.)
New York, NY 10023
(866) 801-8880
www.mandarinoriental.com

The Grand Feast, the paramount event of The Lucky Rice Festival, held at the Mandarin Oriental, the epitome of ‘grand' and the Eastern world, will be hosted by award-winning journalist Lisa Ling. Taste your way through Asia, as your feast on the culinary delights prepared by some the acclaimed chefs LUCKYRICE.com has accrued. Sip on Asian-inspired cocktail, sake, and shochu from bars presented by EN Japanese Bar and NY Mutual Trading. In addition to this fabulous evening of Asian festivity, 5 night stays at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Resort and Raffles Hotel will be raffled off to guests.


Afternoon Tea & Asian Dessert Pairing

Tickets: $88
When: Sunday, May 2nd; 3pm-5pm
Where: Mandarin Oriental New York
Lotus Lounge, 36th Floor
80 Columbus Avenue (At W.60th St.)
New York, NY 10023
(866) 801-8880
www.mandarinoriental.com

Return to the Mandarin Oriental the following day for multi-course dessert and tea pairing. Indulge in tasty sweets as you look out onto an even sweeter view of Central Park. Pastry chef Pichet Ong hosts this confectionary affair and is accompanied by fellow pastry chefs from Buddakan, The Peninsula, Geisha, One If By Land, Two If By Sea, and Kyotofu. Matcha opera cake with chocolate sauce and warm chocolate cake with miso mochi are some of the titillating desserts to wrap your lips around at this indulgent tasting event.


Talk & Taste: Cooking Demonstrations Representing Asia's Tastiest Cuisines

Tickets: $50 (all access)
When: Sunday, May 2nd; 12pm-6pm
Where: International Culinary Center
462 Broadway (At Grand St.)
New York, NY 10013
(888) 324-2433
www.internationalculinarycenter.com


All-star chefs are whipping up dishes inspired by the flavors of Asia-Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Singapore. Cooking demonstrations produce entertainment and delicious dishes for taste bud pleasure to boot. Visit LUCKYRICE.com for the all-star line-up. The presence of Fatty Crab chef Zak Pelaccio and Eddie Huang from Baohaus is enough to acquire your attendance.


Cap this festival with the LUCKYRICE Restaurant and Bar Week. Commencing May 3rd, until May 9th, dine at some of New York City's most notable restaurants who have chosen to participate and donate their time to share their love for Asian cuisine. Participating restaurants include Buddakan, EN Japanese Brasserie, Momofuku, The Oak Room, and dozens of others.