East Meets Best: Taste of Asia: March 23-25, San Francisco

Even though Chinese New Year has come and gone—the fun’s just beginning. With all the sushi I’ve consumed over the last decade, dipping ONLY in Kikkoman’s Low Sodium Soy Sauce, it’s a good thing that they’re giving me (well, I guess you guys too) back a little by hooking up with Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Ca. to present the Taste of Asia.

Trust me… tickets are going fast (and you must buy them in advance) and you will not want to miss the Gala Event, March 23, that features many of S.F.’s BEST Asian restaurants –– from Anzu to Yuzu and about 20 other of my favorite restaurants will be serving their signature dishes.

Who else, but the Honorary Chair, celebrity chef Martin Yan could head up such an exciting weekend culinary celebration, March 23–25, 2007. Be careful of how much sake you sip because you will want to be up bright and early the next morning for a full two days of culinary festivites. I can’t imagine what Michael Recchiuti, has up his sleeve for EAST MEETS WEST: ASIAN INFLUENCE IN CHOCOLATE, but I’m sure it will be fascinating.

Culinary Seminars on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 will feature tastings, demonstrations, and conversations with our culinary friends including:

10:30 AM, Honorary Chair, the incredible Martin Yan, celebrity chef, cookbook author, and host of “Yan Can Cook,�? kicks off the weekend Culinary Seminars with ART OF THE KNIFE: MARTIN YAN’S CLEVER CLEAVER. Chef Yan will showcase his many culinary skills including a tasting from his favorite recipes.

12:15 PM, Join the sensational chocolatier, Michael Recchiuti, for EAST MEETS WEST: ASIAN INFLUENCE IN CHOCOLATE. Learn the secret to Michael’s fabulous confections and sample his signature chocolates.

2:00 PM, Meet Ranjan Dey, fantastic chef and owner of New Delhi Restaurant, and host of “My India,�? for A SPICY AFFAIR: A CULINARY PASSAGE TO INDIA. Learn and sample how each spice enhances recipes of today.

3:45 PM, The great Alexander Ong, chef and managing partner of Betelnut Restaurant, takes us on a TOUR OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STREET FOOD. Discover and sample the unique flavors of streetside cuisine. This seminar is in partnership with the Asia Society Northern California.

10:30 AM, Begin your Sunday by learning the SECRETS TO THE CULINARY FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. Master healer, Ming Yi Wang of SenSpa, will share his knowledge on how certain foods and herbs can lead to a healthy life. Sample some of his secret ingredients. More on Ming Yi Wang.

12:15 PM
The talented Eric Gower, chef, cooking instructor, and author of “The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen�? and “The Breakaway Cook,�? shows us how to BREAK AWAY FROM BORING FOODS. Learn how to use “global flavor blasts�? in exciting new ways. Sample some of his unique recipe creations. More on Eric Gower.

2:00 PM, Williams-Sonoma invites you to MEET THE COOKBOOK AUTHORS. Join us for a delicious conversation with the wonderful authors: Eric Gower, “The Breakaway Cook;�? Joyce Jue, “Savoring Southeast Asia;�? Lachu Moorjani, “Ajanta-Regional Feasts of India;�? and Farina Wong Kingsley, “Food Made Fast – Asian.�? Special giveaways included.
More on Joyce Jue.
More on Lachu Moorjani.
More on Farina Wong Kingsley.
This seminar is sponsored by Williams-Sonoma.

Culinary Seminar Tickets:
$35 per ticket for Museum Members
$45 per ticket for Non-Members
$100 for each ALL DAY PASS: As a salute to Membership Appreciation Day, we are offering a very special ALL DAY PASS to the four Saturday Seminars. Join us for an entire day of culinary adventures. Museum Members only. Tickets are limited.

This is a fundraising weekend for the museum and requires advance ticket purchase. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call 415-581-3788 or visit www.asianart.org/tasteofasia.

Tickets for Friday’s Grand Tasting Gala cost $125, with tickets for the Saturday and Sunday seminars available for $45 ($35 for museum members). For more information or to purchase tickets, guests can call: 415-581-3788.

By Vagablond’s Token Redhead.

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