Friday, April 30, 2010

Lucky Night Out: Taste of Asian-Inspired Cocktails

You have to love NYC sometimes...and you have to love an event that solely features not one, but 22 speciality cocktails from some of New York's best bars and restaurants. And even better, the event kicked off a 12 day celebration of Asian food and culture. What's not to love?! The first annual LuckyRice Festival started with a full pour last night at the Bowery Hotel with it's opening night cocktail party hosted by Kelly Choi of Top Chef Masters. NYC restaurants and bars the likes of Apotheke, Fatty Cue, Summit Bar, Momofuku and Macao Trading Co all joined forces and the drinks were definitely flowing. Wondering how the heck to navigate 3 rooms full of alcoholic beverages without blowing calories out of the water...or waking up with a massive hangover the next morning? Sipping and sharing is the key here. Friends and party-goers (myself and my good friend Kafi included) traversed the event, took a taste or two of a cocktail and passed it on. Find one you love (like the Mugi-Woogie from Tippling Bros with it's plum sake, yuzu juice and sesame/wasabi rim) and you might not be moving on. Either way, it was a great night with countless culinary events today through May 10th. A few notables:
Friday, April 30th (tonight) 6-8pm -- Buddhism in the Kitchen -- a conversation with David Chang (Momofuku) and Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin)
Saturday, May 1st - Family Workshop Making Dumpling with Anita Lo
Monday, May 3rd 7-10pm -- James Beard Dinner -- Flavors of Malaysia Kitchen with Zak Pelaccio (Fatty Cue/Crab) and Simpson Wong
For all info and tickets, check out:

me and Kelly Choi, the host of Top Chef Masters...yup, she's tall and I'm short