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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Get Ready For Another Festival: LuckyRice Returns to S.F.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

A view of last year's LuckyRice inside the Ferry Building - RICHARD PATTERSON
  • Richard Patterson
  • A view of last year's LuckyRice inside the Ferry Building

There’s no shortage of food festivals in the Bay Area—just as we are finishing digesting the deliciousness from the August assault of Eat Drink SF, Outside Lands, and the Street Food Fest, the second annual LuckyRice festival returns.

The food festival is traveling road show of sorts, going from Manhattan, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and now San Francisco. While the concept is the same in each city (showcasing Asian culture through cuisine and cocktails), the chefs and bartenders change to focus on local restaurants.

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Last year’s event impressed with the quality of food and cocktails, and some great pairings of both from many of the restaurants. Perhaps accidental or by design, last year’s LuckyRice was the first food event we’ve attended in a long time that actually bothered to coordinate the dishes to limit the overlap—sliders and crudo are great, but not when everyone is serving them.

This year’s event is hosted by local star chef Chris Cosentino, who will be showcasing a food and cocktail pairing of his own: a grilled squid, watermelon and tomato salad to go with a cucumber and Thai basil gin and tonic.

Given that the presenting sponsor is Bombay Sapphire East, expect that most of the 16 different cocktails will be gin-based. The gin is based on the regular Bombay Sapphire, but given an Asian twist with lemongrass and black pepper. If you don’t like gin, you’ll be relieved to find a subtle spirit light on the juniper. If you do, you’ll find it actually works well in cocktails, especially in the right hands.

The ticket sales proceeds benefit local nonprofit CAAM, Center for Asian American Media that hosts a yearly film festival in the spring. 16 cocktails and at least 18 different bites to try taste even better when its for a good cause. You can find the full line up and menus for both food and drink here.

LUCKYRICE San Francisco Feast Presented by Bombay Sapphire East
Where: Bently Reserve, 301 Battery (at Sacramento)
When: Fri., Sep. 5th, 8-10 p.m.
Cost: $88 General admission, $150 VIP (includes entry at 7 p.m.; tickets available online, 21 and over
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