Luckyrice Feast Los Angeles 2015
Last Thursday, I attended my first Luckyrice Feast at the Create Nightclub in Hollywood. This year’s Los Angeles host was Andy Ricker of Pok Pok fame, the non-profit partner was the Center for Asian American Media, and the presenting sponsor was Bombay Sapphire East.
Having never been to a Luckyrice event before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be more of a gala, like Plate by Plate was, or would it be more 626 Night Market? While the culinary selection was all Asian or Asian-inspired like the latter, it was much closer to the former in atmosphere, albeit without the black-tie attire and at a more intimate scale.
With 20 restaurants providing bites, it was fairly easy to sample nearly all of the dishes offered. Two of my favorite savory dishes were from Katsuya, Hokkaido Scallop Sashimi and Truffle & Chive Chawanmushi. Unfortunately, I did not get any usable photos of the scallop dish, but One More Bite Blog posted a nice shot of it on Instagram. My favorite savory dish of the event was Ayara Thai‘s Chicken Khao Soi.
Katsuya's Truffle & Chive Chawanmushi: three layers of truffle, dashi tamago, and light soy. #truffle #chive #chawanmushi #dashi #tamago #japanesefood #japanese @katsuyabysbe @luckyricedotcom #luckyrice #eatdrinkgetlucky @createnightclub #createnightclub #hollywood #losangeles #theoffalo #luckyoffalo
Ayara Thai's Chicken Khao Soi: Thai curry noodles with pickled mustard greens, shallots, fried noodles, coconut cream foam, lime. #chickenkhaosoi #khaosoi #curry #noodles #thaifood #thai @ayarathai @luckyricedotcom #luckyrice #eatdrinkgetlucky @createnightclub #createnightclub #hollywood #losangeles #theoffalo #luckyoffalo
Dessert first! Crème Caramel's Ube Upside Down Pie: ube custard topped with brûléed graham cracker, Greek yogurt crumble crust. #ubeupsidedownpie #ube #grahamcracker #greekyogurt #dessert @creme_caramel_la @luckyricedotcom #luckyrice #eatdrinkgetlucky @createnightclub #createnightclub #hollywood #losangeles #theoffalo #luckyoffalo
The drink situation was quite interesting, with local bars and restaurants mixing their own drinks, many using Bombay Sapphire East, a gin infused with lemongrass and black peppercorn. Each drink station had a handful of different cocktails, and they did a good job distinguishing themselves from each other. My favorite was a Sapphire East Lemongrass Collins, which I also did not get any usable shots of, unfortunately. Damn nightclub lighting, not great for food (or drink) porn!
Check out all my Instagrams from my first Luckyrice Feast at #luckyoffalo. If this event looked exciting to you, and you’ll be in the Bay Area this weekend, Luckyrice is having their San Francisco Feast this Friday, August 7, 2015!