Passport to Asia

“Imagine a culinary journey of the senses through the diverse regions of Asia…”

You had me at “imagine.” A tasting event that combines the unique and diverse flavors across many Asian cuisines while raising funds for the American Cancer Society is my kind of evening. I grew up seeing too much cancer on both sides of my family, and a cancer scare was the kick in the pants that made me risk it all to pursue my passion for food. How could I not participate in Passport to Asia?

Tasting dishes that span an entire continent is like stepping into Disney’s Epcot for a magical evening. A rare opportunity to swim in a sea of foodie inspiration. Vendors such as the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Ito En, Koreana, Suzies, Amazing 66, Lobster Place, Duke Ocean Grill, L’atelier du Chocolate, Sake Discoveries, Asahi, Smirnoff, the Asian American Restaurant Association, and the French Culinary Institute are providing tastings, wine, sake and beer throughout the evening. You can sample short-ribs with pumpkin, mini egg tarts, mini roast pork buns, dumplings, barbecue shimp/chicken/beef, fried rice, sticky rice, kimchi, japchae, bulgogi, pork ribs, honey chicken, sushi, lobster bisque, clam chowder…and more.

The committee members really meant it when they said “journey of the senses.” To tickle your ears, the event includes performances by PaperDoll, The Hsu-nami and Cate Song. And to keep your eyes entertained, catch the live culinary battle and root for your favorite French Culinary Institute chef. Make sure to also catch one of my cooking demos as you mingle with fellow foodies at the event.

Since this is Passport to Asia, I wanted you to get your passport bang for the buck at my demo. I took inspiration from China, India and the Philippines, and will be surprising you with a dish that you have not tasted before. How do I know that? Because I made it up after having a eureeka moment while staring at the ceiling at 3 AM one morning. Yes, I am always thinking about food.

Tickets are still available for the Passport to Asia tasting event this Wednesday, March 23rd.

This is also a perfect way to give you a preview of an upcoming series on Tasty Pursuits called “Restaurant Dishes at Home.” I have had a number of people ask me how to re-create delectable dishes in their own homes. In “Restaurant Dishes at Home,” chefs will give us the inside scoop on how to make one of their dishes. I will also share with you my candid experiences as I analyze flavors to try to recreate other dishes on my own. For a future “Restaurant Dishes at Home” post, let me know which dish you want to learn by voting in the poll on the right hand side of the blog. I will try to have that Passport to Asia restaurant chef share his/her secret with us!

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