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LOS ANGELES! Thank you ❤️ so much for such a warm welcome!! We had a blast putting on 2 nights o ...

May 15, 2019

LOS ANGELES! Thank you ❤️ so much for such a warm welcome!! We had a blast putting on 2 nights of Asian in America for the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival at the beautiful Japanese American Culture & Community Center — just in time to kick off May’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! . We are now in NYC to debut #HIDDEN and host another Asian in America at the James Beard House (more on that soon! 😉) but we will be back in LA for an extended stay starting July and yes, there will be plenty of events to look forward to. Make sure you’re signed up for our mailing list so you’ll be in-the-know — link here and in bio: https://bit.ly/LANewsletterList . Photo by BrianaBalducciPhoto

When VR takes you to another world, right in the middle of dinner 😉.
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Photo by @BrianaBalducciPh ...

Apr 30, 2019

When VR takes you to another world, right in the middle of dinner 😉. . Photo by BrianaBalducciPhoto

LOS ANGELES! We are so excited to be presenting a special Asian in America popup this weekend in par ...

Apr 29, 2019

LOS ANGELES! We are so excited to be presenting a special Asian in America popup this weekend in partnership with the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival — just in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! 24 seats, 6 courses of food & 3 courses of cocktails paired with 3 courses of virtual reality and 3 courses of poetry. Tickets 🎫 are going live today, check our bio for the link! . Even if you can’t attend the dinner, the 3 VR pieces of Asian in America will be screened all festival long as part of the REORIENT: Emerging Technology program. Screenings are free (!!) for the public and there’s tons of incredible Asian American filmmakers being featured. We hope to see you there! . Photo by brianabalducciphoto

The simple joys of having jus poured tableside, featuring our very own @KirstenEster 😍 THANK YOU  ...

Apr 24, 2019

The simple joys of having jus poured tableside, featuring our very own KirstenEster 😍 THANK YOU to everyone who came by our 2-day showing of Asian in America at MoCANYC this last weekend!! We are always so thankful for all of you in the room, listening thoughtfully and opening up your hearts and minds to the lived experiences of others you may not be familiar with. Not everyone can do that, and we are amazed and grateful to have found many who are willing to get uncomfortable with us. Thank you, thank you. . A special thank you to our sponsors who helped make the last few events possible with generous in-kind donations: Oculus for our VR headsets, KavalanWhisky for their stellar new cocktail-specific whisky we served at our pre-dinner cocktail hour, MingRiverBaiJiu for the excellent base of our “Eggs and Bananas” first cocktail and of course the Museum of Chinese in America for being incredibly generous venue hosts. . We will also be bringing Asian in America to Los Angeles in partnership with the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival next month, with another 2-day event on May 3&4 and screenings throughout the festival. Make sure to tell your LA friends about us! More information in our bio or here: https://festival.vcmedia.org/2019/movies/Asian-in-America . Photo by brianabalducciphoto

One of our favorite shots of the 1st cocktail of Asian in America, an alcoholic version of the chees ...

Apr 18, 2019

One of our favorite shots of the 1st cocktail of Asian in America, an alcoholic version of the cheese tea craze cheekily named “Eggs and Bananas”. If you are wondering what 🥚 and 🍌 have to do with this drink (because it contains neither ingredient), ask an Asian friend and they will tell you. While this cocktail is certainly aimed to put a smile on our guests’ faces, it also poses the question why — why do create labels for those who may identify strongly with a “culture” they weren’t born into? Is it inherently bad or wrong? What is the right way (if there is one) to appreciate something that isn’t innately “ours”? . Photo by brianabalducciphoto

THIS WEEK NYC! We can’t wait to share another rendition of our flagship series, Asian in America,  ...

Apr 16, 2019

THIS WEEK NYC! We can’t wait to share another rendition of our flagship series, Asian in America, with all of you Friday & Saturday at MoCANYC. We hope the experience brings about conversations on race, gender, classism and stereotypes you never would’ve thought you would have with strangers. Can’t wait to see everyone there! . Photo by BrianaBalducciPhoto

One of our favorite stills from our last Asian in America event at @MoCANYC. There is such a beautif ...

Apr 12, 2019

One of our favorite stills from our last Asian in America event at MoCANYC. There is such a beautiful quietness that takes over an otherwise bustling dinner when all the guests enter VR on their Oculus GO’s, it’s difficult to articulate how cool it is to witness. . We are all SOLD OUT for dinner tickets to our upcoming rendition of Asian in America, but we still have some Cocktail Hour tickets left for April 20th! MixologistMattDorsey will be slinging two new cocktails, there will be snacks, plus a special VR overview of Asian in America so you can experience the Tilt Brush art even if you didn’t get a ticket to dinner. Link to tickets in our bio! . Photo by brianabalducciphoto

Revisionist History is the last cocktail served at our flagship series Asian in America. Its name is ...

Apr 9, 2019

Revisionist History is the last cocktail served at our flagship series Asian in America. Its name is in reference to the main ingredient, Batavia arrack, a liquor made from sugarcane and fermented red rice that is distilled using Chinese Bai Jiu style processes. “Batavia” is the colonial Dutch name for Jakarta, Indonesia where this spirit is from and “arrack” is the family of spirits to which this belongs. To this day, this liquor is still only exported via the Netherlands and only known by this colonial name. . This cocktail is meant to celebrate this delightfully complex, funky, herbaceous liquor, but also to spur conversation around the lesser-known, trickle-down impact of colonial rule even after a reign is over. While history is never all bad nor all good, but we believe understanding more context about how things of our present day came to be is always important. . Drink by mixologistMattDorsey. Photo by brianabalducciphoto

Throwback to this beautiful jewel-toned evening at @Tradds Charleston, where we created a special  ...

Apr 6, 2019

Throwback to this beautiful jewel-toned evening at Tradds Charleston, where we created a special “Friends of the Festival” menu in celebration of Lunar New Year 2019 for the Charleston Wine & Food Festival ( CHSWineandFood). This dinner was about old and new, balancing individuality with heritage and finding breathing room as a new generation within the context of our immigrant families. . Swipe to see more of the 5 courses + 2 cocktails we designed alongside the Tradd’s team! All photos by BlakeShorter

Update: We are SOLD OUT for dinner tickets!! We still have tickets available for Cocktail Hour, so p ...

Apr 1, 2019

Update: We are SOLD OUT for dinner tickets!! We still have tickets available for Cocktail Hour, so please come by for a drink! . Tickets to our April rendition of Asian in America is officially LIVE! We have a special 2 day event lined up this time, our first (!!!) back-to-back event ever, plus a special Cocktail Hour with the option for a docent-led tour through the Museum of Chinese in America. . We have only a few dinner tickets left, so snag them before they sell out! Ticket link via Universe ➡️ link in bio or here: bit.ly/AiAAprilMoCA . Photo of Course 5 “Saviors” by brianabalducciphoto

We are in @Forbes! From columnist Lizzy Saxe: “Asian in America incorporates spoken word poetry, a ...

Mar 27, 2019

We are in Forbes! From columnist Lizzy Saxe: “Asian in America incorporates spoken word poetry, animation, edible symbols and striking playing to invite you to attack uncomfortable questions like what American society expects of its Asian cooks...it is the kind of fine dining meal that immerses you in itself.” #studioatao . Link to the full story in our bio! Photo by SSMPhotog.

You asked for more of our flagship series Asian in America and we heard you loud and clear. We’re  ...

Mar 23, 2019

You asked for more of our flagship series Asian in America and we heard you loud and clear. We’re coming to you on both East and West coasts! . New York City: Get ready for 2 back-to-back events coming next month (April 19 & 20) at the Museum of Chinese in America ( MoCANYC), with a special Cocktail Hour complete with a VR overview of the series and complementary AR piece of Tilt Brush & poetry. Plus, you can sign up for an expert-led tour through the museum! Tickets will be on sale very soon via our mailing list — link in ⬆️ bio. . Los Angeles: We’re coming out west in May! Stay tuned for updates! . Photo by Stacy ( SSMPhotog).