“It feels like my wedding,” said designer Phillip Lim on Tuesday night, as he welcomed about 40 guests to a highly artistic, Instagram-led dinner celebrating the Lunar New Year. strike.
The dinner was held at a new three-story showroom of Genesis, the Korean luxury car manufacturer, in the boxing section of Manhattan.
All guests were sent a Covid-19 test via messenger), and most arrived at 7pm, downstairs, where they hugged like part of an extended family.
Laura Kim, co-creative director of Oscar de la Renta, says: “Once Phillip says come out, I’ll go out. “Same thing,” said restaurateur Ezra J. William, who had texted Ms. Kim a few hours earlier to coordinate their complementary pink outfits. “We do it all for him.”
They featured comedian Ronny Chieng, designers Prabal Gurung, influencers Vanessa and Tina Leung, artist Sho Shibuya and fashion consultant Dario Calmese, many of whom wore a red piece, Traditional lucky color in many Asian cultures.
After drinking cocktails (and the smoke alarms set off by the smoke generator), guests enter a futuristic room encased in LED screens. A long table is decorated with bowls of tangerines covered in gold leaf and vibrant orange flower arrangements.
Each location setting has a red envelope with the words “Hope You Get Rich” – a nod The Netflix comedy special of Mr. Chiengin it he jokes about how the Chinese wish each other a happy new year with the phrase “Gong xi fa cai” (or “gung hay fat choy” if you are Cantonese), which means “I hope you become rich. ”
It wouldn’t be a Chinese New Year dinner without a lion dance, so Mr. Lim secured a troupe from Community Chinatown Young Lions. To the beat of drums and cymbals, the lions jump up and down the table, flirting with the guests, which makes for a good food source on social media.
The main event was a five-course meal by Onjium, a branch of the Michelin-starred restaurant on the top floor of Genesis House under the supervision of owners Cho Eun Hee, Park Sungbae and Andrew Choi. The Korean royal menu features suranchae (chilled abalone, snow crab and scallops in pine nut cream) and seolyamyeokjeok (grilled Wagyu loin with sunchokes). Each course is paired with Champagne Dom Pérignon, Ao Yun wine or Hennessy Paradis, a rare version of cognac that costs more than $1,000 a bottle.
Genesis House and Hennessy also raise money for Feed forwarding and The heart of dinner, two organizations in New York City that fight food insecurity. “They feed our parents, and their care and concern for the most vulnerable in our community is heartwarming,” Mr. Lim said. “So for me, these organizations are run by real-life superheroes.”
Activism is also a top concern of Mr. Chieng. “I saw Asian businesses, activists and creators rallying,” he said, referring to the Stop Asian Hate movement that took place last year. “Tonight is part of that protest but instead of another event where we are talking about being oppressed or begging for mercy, it is important that we show we are taking drugs. drugs and do great things.”
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