Taste of Asia

Tablehopper readers will get a special discount at this premiere event: Grand Tasting tickets are $115 instead of $125, and for non-museum members, culinary seminar tickets are $40 rather than $45. Just mention tablehopper when ordering tickets on the phone.

For the first time in its forty-year history, the Asian Art Museum will host ~TASTE OF ASIA~, a three-day culinary event that celebrates the cuisine of San Francisco. Martin Yan will serve as Honorary Chair for the event. Friday night's Grand Tasting (March 23) begins the weekend with signature dishes from nearly twenty restaurants including Anzu, Asia de Cuba, Betelnut, Bong Su, Citizen Thai & The Monkey, Maharani, New Delhi Restaurant, Poleng Lounge, Roy's, Slanted Door, Straits, Yank Sing, and many more. Green tea, sake, beer and wine will also be offered. Performances including live music and dancing will take place throughout the museum.

The Culinary Seminars on Saturday and Sunday (March 24 and 25) will offer a chance for guests to explore tastings, samples, and demonstrations from Martin Yan, Alexander Ong and Michael Recchiuti.

Saturday, March 24


“Art of the Knife: Martin Yan’s Clever Cleaver,” where Chef Yan will showcase his many culinary skills. Seminar includes a tasting from his favorite recipes.


“East Meets West: Asian Influence in Chocolate,” with Michael Recchiuti. Includes samples of his signature chocolates.


“My India,” for a Spicy Affair: A Culinary Passage to India with Ranjan Dey. Learn and sample how each spice enhances recipes of today.


Betelnut’s Alexander Ong leads a “Tour of Southeast Asian Street Food.” This seminar is in partnership with the Asia Society Northern California.

Sunday, March 25


Master healer, Ming Yi Wang of SenSpa shares the “Secrets to the Culinary Fountain of Youth” about how certain foods and herbs can lead to a healthy life. Sample some of his key ingredients.


“The Breakaway Cook” author Eric Gower shows how to “Break Away From Boring Foods” by using “global flavor blasts” in exciting new ways. Sample some of his unique recipe creations.


WILLIAMS-SONOMA authors: Eric Gower, “The Breakaway Cook;” Joyce Jue, “Savoring Southeast Asia:” Lachu Moorjani, “Ajanta-Regional Feasts of India” and Farina Wong Kinsley, “Food Made Fast – Asian” meet and greet guests and offer special giveaways.

Taste of Asia
March 23-25, 2007
200 Larkin St.
Cross: Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA


Tickets 415-581-3788

Grand tasting gala $115*
Sat-Sun seminars $40*
($35 for museum members)

*for tablehopper readers