Tickets went on sale yesterday for a new festival in New York City. LuckyRice, a media and marketing company honoring Asian culinary culture, has created the LuckyRice Asian Food Festival which will run April 29 to May 2. The event will benefit City Harvest and the Asian American Federation and is presented in partnership with the LuckyRice Culinary Council and Conde Nast Traveler, Time Out New York and Edible Manhattan. The Culinary Council includes some top names like Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Michael "Bao" Huynh, Masaharu Morimoto, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
The festivities include grand tastings, cocktail parties and other epicurean events including a Night Market and a Sunset Luau. Following the festival will be the LuckyRice Restaurant and Bar Week, which will offer prix-fixe lunches and dinners at participating restaurants. Ticket prices vary per event. One can't-miss talk on April 30 is on Buddhist cuisine and features Eric Riper and David Chang in conversation with noted Buddhist authority Robert Thurman. Night owls might enjoy with sake and karoke night with Iron Chef Morimoto which starts at 11 pm. Lisa Ling will host the Grand Feast of Asian Flavors at the Mandarin Oriental NY. A list of all events and ticket information can be found on the LuckyRice website.