The Luckyrice 2012 Lineup Is Out, and It Looks Awesome

The night market.
The night market. Photo: Courtesy Luckyrice

For Asian-food fiends like us, the upcoming Luckyrice Festival is a source of much excitement. Sadly, we’re told Andy Ricker’s amazing-sounding Chiang Mai Thai dinner is sold out, but a bunch of other fun events still have tickets left, including a Sunset Luau and pig roast at the Gansevoort, the annual Night Market, a Chinese wedding banquet with chef Susur Lee, and more. See the full lineup below, and purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, May 1
Epicurean Cocktail Feast
Hosted by Dave Arnold and momofuku
The Bowery Hotel | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (VIP 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
$50 / $88 VIP
Toast the start of the 2012 LUCKYRICE Festival with a chic culinary + cocktail feast hosted by Dave Arnold and momofuku. Each chef-mixologist pairing is selected to highlight the role of cocktail culture in fine dining today. With nearly 20 different cocktails and food pairings, the Epicurean Cocktail Feast is a tribute to the art of the cocktail. Participants include: ACME, The Beagle, Booker and Dax, J-Bird, Macao Trading Co and Madam Geneva

Wednesday, May 2
Sunset Luau presented by Hawaiian Airlines
with Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong
Hotel Gansevoort Meat Packing | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (VIP 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
$88 / $150 VIP
The islands of Hawaii come to the island of Manhattan. At the Sunset Luau, LUCKYRICE and the star chefs will transport guests to the land of plumeria leis, warm breezes, kahlua pig, hula dancers and mai tai concoctions.

Thursday, May 3
James Beard House Dinner: A Spicy Dinner
with Sang Yoon, Hooni Kim and Pichet Ong
James Beard House | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The Asian continent is home to spicy food — whether it’s the heat of fiery Thai bird chilies, numbing Sichuanese peppercorn, tangy Sriracha or nostril-clearing Japanese wasabi. Join two of the country’s most celebrated Korean chefs as they come together for the first time to create a spicy Asian dinner featuring dishes from across Asia.

Chiang Mai Dinner: Northern Thai Cuisine
with David Thompson and Andy Ricker
Pok Pok, Brooklyn | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Michelin-starred Thai culinary master David Thompson (Nahm Thai, Sydney, London and
Bangkok) comes together with James Beard Award winning chef Andy Ricker (Pok Pok,
Portland and New York) to create a majestic Northern Thai feast starting with passed amuses bouches paired with cocktails and beer slushies followed by a dozen savory and sweet dishes.

Chinese Wedding Banquet: A Dinner Cabaret
with Susur Lee in collaboration with Shun Lee
Shun Lee Palace | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
This performance dinner takes the Chinese wedding banquet rituals to artistic heights, both in terms of cuisine as well as entertainment. We will be fêted by an eight-course wedding banquet feast prepared by superstar chef Susur Lee in collaboration with the master chefs at Shun Lee while serenaded by Broadway musical talents Welly Yang and Dina Morishita.

Friday, May 4
Grand Feast
Mandarin Oriental | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (VIP 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
$150 / $250 VIP
The “belle” of the LUCKYRICE Festival, the celebrity-chef studded Grand Feast is a paean to Asian cuisine. At this ultra-luxe walk-around tasting at the Mandarin Oriental ballroom overlooking Central Park, join the LUCKYRICE Culinary Council as we welcome star chefs from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and beyond as they serve up their best dishes.
Participants include: Morimoto, Ming Tsai, Susur Lee, Todd English, Ian Kittichai, David Thompson (nahm), Brad Farmerie (PUBLIC), Craig Koketsu (Hurricane Club), Cedric
Vongerichten (PerrySt), Hemant Mathur (Tulsi), Jehangir Mehta (Mehtaphor), Adam Woodfield (Betel), Simpson Wong (Wong), David Wong from Macau, Teresa Lin from Taiwan, Bosie Tea Palour, Buddakan, Junoon, Gramercy Tavern, Asiate and more.

Saturday, May 5
Night Market: Asian Street Food
Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$50 includes all food and drink
Join us as we re-invent our most popular event, the Night Market, into a multi-sensory street food experience that brings the flavor of Asian night markets from Taipei to Kuala Lumpur to the historic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. This year, the cost of admission includes all food and drink as well as live performances from our favorite Chinatown rockers, Notorious MSG.
Participants include: Bian Dang Truck, China Grill, Delicatessen, Fun Bun, Hundred Acres, Kibo, Lotus of Siam, Macao Trading Co, Maharlika, Maialino, Mama Oh’s Kimchi, Masak, Qi, Room Service, Spot Dessert Bar, Sripraphai, T Salon, Zengo and more.

Sunday, May 6
Talk + Taste: A Sunday Brunch
French Culinary Institute | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
At this afternoon of cooking sessions led by celebrity chefs, learn about the diverse flavors of Asian cuisine followed by tastings of each dish.
The Luckyrice 2012 Lineup Is Out, and It Looks Awesome