Lisa Ling the host of the LUCKYRICE Grand Tasting

I’m at Las Vegas McCarren Airport on my way back from Vegas Uncork’d, but before I start confessing to my exploits from the past four days in the city of sin, I wanted to share with you some pics from the glamorous (though no less sinful) LUCKYRICE Grand Feast.

Giant Bi Bim Bap KumGangSan
This giant bi bim bap by by the Korean Cultural Service and KumGangSan was at least 5 feet across. For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, bi bim bap is a classic korean dish of rice topped with various marinated vegetables and meat. It’s usually mixed together with a spoonful of gochujang (korean hot sauce) before it’s eaten, but in this case they used a giant wooden paddle that looked more like an oar than a spoon.

Giant Bi Bim Bap

Oysters from Public

Brad Farmerie from Public was there with fried Barron Point oysters with shiso and a wasabi yuzu dipping sauce, but after both of their deep fryers failed, he made due with what he had and served them up raw, on the half shell. The best way to eat oysters IMHO.

View from Mandarin Oriental Ballroom

The Grand Feast was held in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Time Warner center. As you can see, the view was stunning, and the Manhattan panorama really set the stage for food and drink.

Torchon of Foie Gras from Lola

This torchon of Hudson Valley foie gras and duck prosciutto with kabayaki glaze, pickled jicama, and yuzu marmalade had a lot going on, but it had a wonderful balance of sweet, salty and tart components that balanced out the buttery foie gras.

  • Patrick

    These pictures are awesome! The gift bags were equally awesome!

    My favorite dessert was actually the one from Le Bernardin!

  • fujimama

    Sounds like it was a blast! I'm drooling over the look of those matcha truffles…what gorgeous color!

  • Andrea @ High/Low

    Love that giant bim bim bap!

  • christinefreshlocalandbest

    My my my! This looks like an incredible event. Each of the dishes were stunning and exquisite. I would of loved to have tried Matsuri’s Tadashi Ono's Kampachi sashimi.

  • chefdruck

    Wow, love the concept of your new blog. That bi bim bop is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, I feel as though I was there.

  • jentinyurbankitchen

    Beautiful pics! And yah, that's by far the biggest bi bim bop I've ever seen in my entire life. I like the concept of this new blog – I keep thinking about whether to separate the “cooking” aspect of my blog from the “eating” aspect as well. I haven't actually taken the plunge, but I consider it all the time.

  • Muneeba

    You are the living my dream life! The fois gras is making my tummy groan out loud :p

  • Carolyn Jung

    Gorgeous photos! And what's this?! You have a SECOND blog? Do you not sleep? LOL

  • Gabriela

    The Grand Feast was one of the most amazing food events I've ever been to…I'd definitely splurge for it next year. Favorite dish? I had some of Public's oysters at the end of the night when the fryer was back up they we're to-die-for…neither too salty nor greasy, light and crisp. I also loved the soup with the spicy coconut milk broth, the name of the dish is edluding me, the flavor however, is not!

  • Jen Laceda

    Yum, yum, yum…Toronto (where I'm from) should have more food events like these!


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