Among a myriad of other things we love and cherish, Asia has given us sushi, kung fu and most likely, alcohol (thanks, Mesopotamians!). Isn't about time we started to repay this monumental debt of gratitude?
Enter Luckyrice Festival, an Asian-inspired food and drink fest making its way to Miami on November 30. Fans of all things Asian can sample cocktails and cuisine from celeb chefs at the swanky Soho Beach House.
The brand behind the festival isLuckyrice a New York-based media and marketing group that has been highlighting Asian-influenced edibles since 2010.
Devoted to Asian cuisine and culture, they've since expanded these efforts to additional markets including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and now, Miami. Their roster of Culinary Council Members reads like a who's who of celebrity chefs: Masaharu Morimoto, Daniel Bouloud, Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson ... the list goes on.
"I'm super excited about bringing Luckyrice to Miami, which is such a culturally diverse and sophisticated city with tons of great Asian restaurants. Even though Miami doesn't necessarily have a large Asian population, it's remarkable that so much of the city's best dining and bars are Asian-inspired -- from Katsuya to Hakkasan and beyond," says founder Danielle Chang.
Hosted by Susur Lee of Top Chef Masters with Douglas Rodriguez of De Rodriguez Cuba, the evening is described as a "Chino Latino" collaboration.
Miami is nothing if not a melting pot, after all.
The tasting menu includes "Tataki" popped rice, Kobe beef tataki, wasabi cream and micro wasabi from Makoto; a salt crusted whole fish, pickled slaws, spiced condiments and dipping sauces from Todd English; a steamed mini truffle with chicken bun from Hakkasan; Nantucket bay scallops ceviche, celery root and black garlic by Susur Lee and Douglas Rodriguez - and lots of other options.
Cocktail creations come courtesy of the Broken Shaker, Filthy Foods, Cooper Avenue and other notable establishments, and include exotically named concoctions like the Butter Me Up Martini, The Mekhong Sunrise and The Full Deck. And if you're interested in anything but the food and drinks, there'll be a performance by Chinese jazz vocalist Le Zhang and tunes by DJ Mike Deuce.
"I'm also thrilled that we'll be taking the event to the Soho Beach House and creating unique environments on the beach, in the tiki hut and by the pool. We'll have eight top chefs working side by side with some of Miami's best bartenders creating food and cocktail pairings," Chang adds.
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The festival kicks off at 8:30 p.m. (7:30 for VIPs) on Friday, November 30 at the Soho Beach House. Tickets are $88 for general admission and $150 for VIP and can be purchased online. The full menu can be viewed at luckyrice.com.
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