By Melanie Garcia
On November 15, 2013, Miami stayed up all night in celebration of Asian culture and cuisine at LUCKYRICE, a food festival that makes an annual stop in our neighborhood. Great Food List was lucky enough to take part of the festivities, celebrating alongside a sold out crowd of foodies at The Raleigh Hotel in South Beach.
The event, which was hosted by Chef Michael Schwartz and Chef Masaharu Marimoto, welcomed approximately 1,000 people from all over Miami to celebrate Asian culture and its significant influence in local Miami cuisine.
Participating restaurants included Juvia, Katsuya, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, RMS, The Setai Grill, Khong River House, Phuc Yea!, Hakkasan, SUSHISAMBA and CATCH. Some of the most notable dishes included Juvia’s Rock Shrimp Tiradito, which can be enjoyed as part of the restaurant’s regular menu and has an infusion of aji amarillo aioli, red onion and cilantro – giving this traditional seafood favorite its unique taste and kick in flavor.
Another dish that stood out was the Burmese Noodle Wraps from one of Great Food List’s favorite restaurant’s, Khong River House. The wraps have roasted dried red chili, peanuts, palm sugar and lemon juice that is then mixed with chopped cilantro, sweet black soy sauce and Sriracha all delicately wrapped into a delicious piece of bite-size heaven.
In 2013, LUCKYRICE traveled from coast-to-coast with festival stops in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and lastly, Miami. Cumulatively, the festival reached a total of 10,000 guests, treating them all to an impressive array of Asian-inspired cuisine that can be found in their own backyards at local restaurants. The festival does a phenomenal job at highlighting the Asian influence in our everyday cuisine but most importantly, it succeeds at spotlighting the local Chefs who make this possible across some of the nation’s key cities.
Bombay Sapphire EAST was the official spirits sponsor of the festival providing specialty cocktails all night that complemented the various food selections available.
For future dates and updates on LUCKY RICE in other cities, make sure to check out their website here: http://www.luckyrice.com/