Lucky Rice, the New York-based Asian food festival whose "culinary council" includes the likes of Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Marcus Samuelsson and Masaharu Morimoto, is moving out west -- well, further west, that is. On the heels of its Las Vegas event back in June, Lucky Rice laid out plans for its next stop in Los Angeles, announcing an Aug. 4 event at the Helms Bakery complex just east of Culver City.
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Not to be outdone by their East Coast contemporaries, L.A. Lucky Rice will be hosted by Lukshon's Sang Yoon and will feature more than a dozen chefs, including Jet Tila (the Charleston), Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market), Bryant Ng (Spice Table), and Jenee Kim of Koreatown favorite Park's BBQ. The chefs will be serving a variety of pan-Asian street food inspired by the ubiquitous night markets popular from Taipei to Kuala Lumpur.
There also will be a selection of 16 Asian-style cocktails created by some of the city's most popular bartenders, plus a craft-beer station curated by Father's Office. Live DJ sets and a roster of special guests (Lisa Ling, Christina Topsoe, James Murphy) are expected as well. Tickets are available online: $50 for general admission, $88 for VIP.