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Inside the 2012 LUCKYRICE Grand Feast

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 08:05 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Wasabi macarons, edamame dumplings, pig’s blood popsicles. These were just a few of the impressive Asian-inspired delicacies sampled at the LUCKYRICE Grand Feast on Friday night. Held at the Mandarin Oriental’s majestic 36th-floor ballroom, this epic celebration drew top chefs from around the globe, including Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Anthony, Ming Tsai, Todd English, Ian Kittichai, Susur Lee and many others from who presented unique interpretations of Asian cuisine. 

  1. Ember Room chef Ian Kittichai dished out Kanom Buarng-Yarn Thai tacos with Sriracha
  2. Chef Michael Anthony\'s snapper with dashi and trout roe, topped with arugula flowers
  3.  Asian food lovers feasted their way through the Mandarin Oriental’s 36th-floor ballroom
  4. Suntory\'s Gardner Dunn impressed with his speedy ice carving skills
  5. Suntory’s smooth aged Japanese whiskies —Yamazaki, Hakushu & Hibiki
  6. Crispy Chinese sausage rice cakes with broken chili sauce from The Hurricane Club
  7. Masaharu Morimoto had a laugh with guests as he served succulent spicy king crab
  8. Chef Aliya Leekong of Junoon prepared lotus root three ways and a creamy rhubarb lassi
  9. Chef Susur Lee and his team offered bites of tasty Hong Kong shrimp taro toast
  10. Chef Adam Woodfield\'s chicken betel leaf with roasted shallot chili and eggplant relish

Packed into the grandiose space, guests sipped and sampled their way through Asia’s diverse cultures without ever leaving NYC. Participating restaurants included Betel, Buddakan, Ember Room, Gramercy Tavern, The Hurricane Club, Junoon, Morimoto, Public, Perry St and Tulsi. To wash down all the flavorful bites, there was also a slew of beverage options, from smooth Suntory whiskies and Singha beer to Bombay Sapphire cocktails and scads of sake. And with all event proceeds benefiting City Harvest, what better reason to pick up some chopsticks and chow down?

For additional coverage, check out my recap of the 2011 LUCKYRICE Festival.

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Support ACS at the 7th Annual Taste of Hope Gala

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 05:04 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

All you need is a glimmer of hope to help make a difference. On Thursday, May 3, the American Cancer Society will host the 7th Annual Taste of Hope event, which brings together hundreds of New York’s food enthusiasts and the city’s most notable chefs. Taking over the sprawling space at 82 Mercer in Soho, this year’s gala will honor celebrity chef Todd English for his dedication to the cancer research community.

Guests can sample dishes from dozens of NYC’s hottest restaurants, including Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Ça Va Brasserie, Coppelia, Delicatessen, The Harrison and Empellon, sip Italian vinos from Vinitaly, creative Stoli cocktails and Nespresso beverages, and mingle with acclaimed chefs Jimmy Bradley, Michael Ferraro, Julian Medina, Eric Levine and many others.

Festivities will also include a silent auction featuring a variety of exceptional items and experiences. Wouldn’t you love to score an Iron Chef-style dinner for four prepared by chef Marc Forgione, dinner for two at the James Beard House, or a luxurious week-long stay in Los Cabos? And with all event and auction proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Join me in supporting ACS in their mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here. Stay connected on Twitter @ACSTasteofHope and see you next Thursday!

Image courtesy of Taste of Hope

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