Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
The New York-based LuckyRice Festival returned to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas over the weekend for the second consecutive year. An opening ceremony Friday night at Boulevard Pool kicked off the three days of culinary and cultural events and featured entertainment and the release of floating lotus flowers at the sound of a drum, a wish signifying prosperity.
The main event, the Night Market on Saturday night, transformed Boulevard Pool into an outdoor dine-around. The 20 guest chefs and vendors included Saipan Chutima (Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas); Jet Tila (Kuma Snow Cream, Las Vegas); Mitsuo Endo (Raku, Las Vegas); Kristen Kish (Menton, Boston); Brooke Williamson (Hudson House and the Tripel, California); and Pichet Ong (New York City). Celebrated ramen joint Monta also was in the house.
Chefs from the Cosmopolitan’s own restaurants, including China Poblano, STK, Wicked Spoon, Comme Ca and Holsteins, also contributed dishes to the event, while resort mixologists Christopher Hopkins and Mariena Mercer were on hand to create specialty cocktails with Bombay Sapphire East, the official spirit of LuckyRice that includes Vietnamese black peppercorn and Thai lemongrass.
LuckyRice concluded Sunday with a Dim Sum, Bloody Mary & Mahjong Brunch at Bamboo Pool hosted by “Top Chef Masters” Season 2 chef Susur Lee. The delicious dim sum was in abundance — lotus palms with chicken, lamb and spinach steamed dumplings, curried shrimp spring rolls, steamed sweet rice, baked vegetable dumplings, BBQ duck rolls, pork shu mai and Chinese crispy shrimp croquettes — and Bloody Marys, Asahi and champagne were free flowing as Lee and his team of chefs thanked guests for attending the magnificent meal at the quaint Bamboo Pool.
Brunch was a perfect way to end this year’s LuckyRice under the warm sun. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.