Danielle Chang started the popular Asian dining extravaganza known as the LUCKYRICE Festival four years ago, working as an equity sales associate for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, serving as U.S. head of French advertising agency Assouline (she’s the one who launched the very successful custom publishing division) and chief executive at Vivienne Tam. It’s no wonder she was named in Crain’s New York 40 under Forty!
Now she’s focusing on this year’s culinary festival, which will be at The Raleigh Pool & Oasis and feature 30 amazing chefs and mixologists who will be taking a spin at creating Asian inspired tasting dishes and cocktails. Bombay Sapphire East is the main spirit in the cocktails for the evening and the gin already has a spicy, tangy undertone due to the Vietnamese peppercorns and Thai lemongrass and should be interesting to see how 8 mixologists play with gin in their cocktails. Here are her favorite places in Miami.
PS. Danielle wants guests to wear “chili pepper red” as a nod to the affinity for chili peppers as a flavor profile in both Asian and Latino cuisines.
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Where were you born ?
How long in Miami:
I’ve lived in NY for over 20 years and love coming down to Miami for short visits!
I started LUCKYRICE, an Asian food festival that I brought down to Miami starting last year. We partnered up with Bombay Sapphire East as the official spirit of the festival for four years now, which really is the perfect union given its Asian influence.
So many – Miami is home to so much culinary innovation. I have a few, including The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Katsuya – are in the SLS Hotel.
Best Sunday brunch:
Smith and Wollensky’s by the water is great for brunch or lunch. I love to share a steak and sit outside and people watch.
Best place for a power business meeting:
I love the Setai – the courtyard is a perfect place for a business meeting.
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
The Raleigh – it’s where we’re going to host the LUCKYRICE Miami event on November 15.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
I love the Raleigh – it’s aged elegance – with the beautiful foliage in the back by the glamorous pool and oasis. It captures the glamour of old school Miami.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
I love Ted Muehling …
Cowshed at Soho House
Prime 112. I love their scallops with mashed potatoes.
In your opinion, what are the best, most exclusive neighborhoods in your market?
Naoe, a tiny Japanese restaurant in Brickell Key that serves amazing sushi.