Picture an Asian street filled with paper lanterns swaying in the breeze. The smells and scents of aromatic spices and meats fill the air, tantalizing one to stop and indulge in the vibrant and colorful world of the night market. You did not need to go to China, Singapore, or Thailand to find these vendors; they came to Las Vegas for the Inaugural Lucky Rice Night Market culinary event. Held at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas’ roof top Boulevard pool venue, the food and drink stations were set up with Asian flair, accented with many alluring culinary and drink creations.
This dine around experience was unlike any that we have every attended; the food was spectacular, and the drinks where hand crafted. Top chefs showcased their best bites while the cocktails were creatively crafted by top mixologists including Tony Abou-Ganim, Tobin Ellis and Mariena Mercer who brought their expertise using Bombay Sapphire EAST.
Lucky Rice founder, Danielle Chang is bringing her vision across the country to introduce others to the integration of Asian culture into vibrant social gatherings, where the food and drink brings about that social and cultural awareness and synergy.
Helping to support this endeavor, the Culinary Council‘s expertise is from non other but the best Chefs with a love for Asian cuisine.
Not only do these chefs provide the impetus for the festival, many host the event and we were able to meet several of these visionaries as they served up their delicacies. Members of the Council include: Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Floyd Cardoz, David Chang, Michael “Bao ”Huynh,Susur Lee, Anita Lo, Masaharu Marimoto, Pichet Ong, Tadashi Ono, Zachary Pelaccio, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuleson, Angelo Sosa, Albert Trummer, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Serving one of the most memorable bites of the evening was Chef Angelo Sosa ; a sashimi of fluke with bone marrow and parmesan reggiano plated on top of the bone. As he seared off the finishing touches of his dish,we were begging for more of this succulent and savory bite.
There were many more bringing their Culinary “A-Asian” game, including Susur Lee’s rack of lamb thailandaise which was cooked to perfection as only a perfectionist could accomplish. The perfectly seared chop melted in your mouth with a touch of Thai spices in a creamy sauce that accented the perfection of this dish.
Chef Jet Tila’s braised short rib taco with Brussels sprouts and kochujang salsa was another favorite of the night. He is an artist that performs culinary magic and this amazing morsel hypnotized the crowd.
Chef Charles Phan of the Slanted Door San Francisco was on deck with his garlic beef rolls, with Thai basil and housemade spiracha.
There many more amazing chefs, including Chefs Paul Qui, Saipin Chutima, Stephan Hopcraft, Dale Talde, Sang Yoon, Pichet Ong, David Myers, Ari Kolender and many others serving up their take on the perfect example of Asian cuisine in a small bite.
Creators of this event are truly opening the doors to the Asian cuisine and culture and letting everyone experience an authentic night market right here in Las Vegas at a world class resort like the Cosmopolitan.
For those wanting to experience the best in Asian cuisine and cocktails prepared by the best in the world , Everyone should step through those doors into a world that you will never be able to forget. For more information on future Lucky Rice venues go to www. Luckyrice.com