San Francisco Chefs Redefining Asian Flavors Panel 8/22


Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen


On Monday, August 22nd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, join the Asian Culinary Forum as four Bay Area chefs share how they developed their unique visions of Asian cuisine.

The panel highlights culinary innovators who are challenging our ideas of “inheriting” cuisines and culture. Each chef blends traditional techniques with new flavors to create dishes that entice, challenge and educate today’s knowledgeable diners. As entrepreneurs, they have disposed of the old tenets of ethnic eateries to push the concept of Asian restaurants to new horizons.

The panelists include:

Dennis Lee, Chef & Co-owner, Namu

Richie Nakano, Chef & Founder, Hapa Ramen

Sarah Dey, Chef & Manager, New Delhi

Wilfred Pacio, Founder, Spice Kit

Thy Tran (moderator), Founder/Director, Asian Culinary Forum

“It’s fascinating to see and taste how each chef plays with the familiar, the predictable to create completely different approaches to classic Asian cuisines. As diners, we are always torn between what is comforting about our family’s food and what is original and exciting. Chef who can balance on that delicate edge while remaining true to their own creative vision are extremely rare,” says Thy Tran, founder and director of the Asian Culinary Forum.

A welcome reception featuring tastes from Namu, New Delhi, Spice Kit, Hapa Ramen, Hodo Soy Beanery, Bex Winery, and Momokawa Oregon Craft Saké, will precede the panel discussion. An extended Q&A period will allow audience members to join the conversation.

Open to the public. As the Forum’s events always sell out, pre-registration is highly recommended.


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Tickets are $35 and include the welcome reception.