By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon
On July 29, 2016, Luckyrice, a New York-based company that captures Asian food culture with large-scale parties, brought their annual Los Angeles Feast to the Vibiana event space in downtown Los Angeles. The party showcased the best of the city’s Asian and Asian-influenced chefs and mixologists. Hosted by the Seoul Sausage trio, the feast showcased over 40 of the area’s top Asia-minded culinary heroes, who presented gourmet food and creative cocktails for a very large, very hungry group of attendees.
Vibiana is a sizeable and beautiful event space. The former cathedral, originally opened in 1876, underwent a complete renovation in 2005 and has since been used for a variety of parties, charity galas and entertainment-industry events. The expansive indoor area was decked out with vendor tables, mood lighting and DJ music for the Luckyrice Feast, while the outside courtyard area also had several vendor booths and cocktail tables.
There were countless tasty food choices at the feast. Ayara Thai’s spicy larb salmon on betel leaves was almost too pretty to eat – but we did anyway. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill served delicious spicy tuna and salmon hand rolls. Eagle Rock Public House offered playful PBJ duck buns with house-made buns, duck confit, pickled radish jam and peanut butter sauce. Little Sister presented excellent shrimp, pork and crab dumplings.
ParksBBQ seared short ribs with a hand-held torch and served them with kimchi rice wrapped in rice paper. Phorage’s Vietnamese pork meatballs with rice and fresh herbs were very tender and tasted amazing. Seoul Sausage’s Hawaii 5-0 rice ball with fried Portuguese sausage, fried rice, teriyaki sauce, corn, pineapple and sesame dressing was a tangy delight.
Asahi beer handed out frosty cold bottles that paired well with all of the food. There were several Bombay Sapphire East gin cocktails available from a number of vendors. Genghis Cohen’s lychee martini with coconut oil, Grey Goose Vodka, grapefruit lychee cordial, St. Germain elderflower liquor, pear brandy and lemon packed quite a tasty punch. Bottled-water stations for palate cleansing and hydration were spread throughout the venue, too.
The 2016 Los Angeles Luckyrice Feast was a great way to sample some of the finest Asian cuisine in the City of Angels. The successful series moves throughout the country; and their next Los Angeles event, called Slurpfest, will be on September 22, 2016. That ramen-tasting event will surely be another culinary hit. Tickets and additional information can be found at Luckyrice Los Angeles Slurpfest.