20+ NYC Chefs Will Collaborate on Weekly 5 Five-Course Takeout Dinners To Raise Awareness of Anti-Asian Racism and Raise Money for AAPI Organizations
NEW YORK, April 21 – Throughout the month of May – Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month – Resy will support Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate, a chef-led dinner series and coalition using food as a means to raise awareness of racism toward the Asian community. Co-founders Tim Ma (Chef/Owner American Son, Lucky Danger) and Kevin Tien (Chef/Owner Moon Rabbit) launched the dinner series pop-up in Washington, D.C. in April in response to the escalating cases of anti-Asian hate crimes and xenophobic attacks on the AAPI community across the country. 45+ chefs – Pogiboy’s Tom Cunanan and Paolo Dungca, Rose Ave Bakery’s Rose Nguyen, Albi’s Michael Rafidi, the team behind Tail Up Goat – participated in the inaugural series and proceeds are being donated to AAPI organizations.
Following the DC success, the series will pop up in New York City beginning Sunday, May 2 and continue each Sunday in May. The first dinner on May 2 is a special takeover by the teams at Chinese Tuxedo and The Tyger, who will prepare a five-course takeout meal featuring dishes that represent the diversity of Asian cuisine; pickup at Chinese Tuxedo. The four remaining dinners (May 9, 16, 23 and 30) will each feature five different chefs, with one chef cooking one dish in the five-course takeout meal; pickup from Sakagura in Midtown. The New York City dinners are planned by Austa Somvichian-Clausen, a journalist, in partnership with Resy.
Meals are priced at $165 (exclusive of tax), include a “mystery” bottle of sake courtesy of Joy Of Sake, and feed two adults. Chefs will be reimbursed for their dish and additional revenue will be donated to local AAPI-led organizations Heart of Dinner, Apex for Youth and Rise. Tickets for week one, week two and week three are now available for purchase on Resy.com, where guests can select pick-up times; tickets for weeks 4 and 5 will go on sale at the beginning of May.
“Our team at CSAH is proud to expand to NYC and partner with amazing restaurants and chefs to continue to spread awareness, raise funds, and stop AAPI hate,” says founders Kevin Tien and Tim Ma. “Unfortunately this hate is occurring throughout our nation, so we must spread our efforts across the nation as well. We look forward to the support from everyone to continue to make an impact and create a better, safer, and brighter future for the AAPI & BIPOC community.”
“Tuxedo Hospitality is honored to kick-off Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate in NYC. As a New York City restaurant group with venues located in Chinatown, we’ve seen the effects and growth of AAPI violence our neighborhood has endured first-hand. We hope Chinese Tuxedo and The Tyger can help bring awareness to these issues, support local organizations and fight AAPI Hate,” says Andrew Lam of Tuxedo Hospitality.
“I’m participating to amplify the voices in my community who are combatting a very serious sickness that has been spreading across the country. My hope is that this series sows some seeds of awareness and empathy. This is clearly a fight that has a long road ahead and it’s crucial we participate in whatever way we can,” says Sam Yoo, Chef-Owner of Golden Diner.
Participating restaurants and menus are as follows:
Week One: Sunday, May 2nd – Chinese Tuxedo & The Tyger
- Appetizer: Chicken and Corn Dumpling with Jicama & Three Cup Sauce
- Appetizer: Singaporean Chili Crab Fried Rice
- Appetizer: Mixed Herb Salad, Black Vinegar Agar Noodles, Pumpkin Seeds, and Soy Dressing
- Entree: Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib in Red Curry
- Dessert: Crème Brûlée Chinese Custard Tart
Week Two: Sunday, May 9th – Wildair, Wayla, Lotus + Cleaver, Kimika, Jeepney
- Appetizer: Wildair’s Yuba Salad with Mustard Greens, & Bamboo Shoots
- Appetizer: Wayla’s Karipup Gai with Minced Chicken, Onions, Potatoes in Puff Pastry & Karee Curry Sauce
- Entree: Lotus + Cleaver’s Red Braised Beef on Stir Fried Pearl Noodles with Pea Shoot Salad
- Dessert: Kimika’s Tiramisu Pafei with Espresso Jelly, Ladyfingers, Almond Dofu & Cocoa Kinako
- Dessert: Jeepney’s Suman Malagkit (Filipino Sticky Rice Cake)
Week Three: Sunday, May 16th – Bessou, Gabriel Kreuther, Nami Nori, Fish Cheeks, Wayan
- Appetizer: Bessou’s Spanish Mackerel Hako Sushi (Pressed Box Sushi)
- Appetizer: Gabriel Kreuther’s Chilled Soup with Homemade Focaccia
- Appetizer: Nami Nori’s Fried Chicken Karaage
- Entree: Fish Cheeks’ Coconut Crab Curry
- Dessert: Wayan’s Ube Pie
Week Four: Sunday, May 23rd – Rule Of Thirds, Mokbar, Nom Wah, Golden Diner
- Menu to come.
Week Five: Sunday, May 30th – Tita’s Baby, Di An Di, Llama San, Saigon Social, Cha-An
- Menu to come.
Resy Against Asian Hate
The recent surge of hate-related incidents directed toward the AAPI community that has intensified over the past year, alongside the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on the country’s AAPI restaurants, has led Resy to stand with its restaurants partners in denouncing AAPI Hate and racism in all forms. Read Resy’s full #StopAsianHate statement here.
Additionally, Resy is committed to using its platform to give space and voice to those in the industry who are historically underrepresented and one example of this is Chinatown USA, an ongoing Resy editorial special package comprised of 30+ personal essays, interviews, and city guides that celebrate Chinatowns across the nation. The collection of stories pays tribute to the incredible people and diversity of cuisines within them and the package is a call to action to support these businesses.
Additional Resy original editorial spotlighting the AAPI restaurant community includes:
- A Conversation with Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate – The day after the horrific attack in Atlanta, Resy’s Deanna Ting spoke with four Asian-American chefs for a candid conversation.
- What’s It’s Like to be an Asian American Restaurant Owner Right Now – Restaurant operator Lydia Chang shares a first person account of her year running the family’s group of restaurants in Arlington, VA.
- In Chinatown, a Block of Outdoor Dining Seeks to Revive the Neighborhood – Over the summer, Resy partnered with DineOutNYC to help bring outdoor dining to some Chinatown restaurants.
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About Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate: Founded in Washington D.C. by Chefs Kevin Tien of Moon Rabbit and Tim Ma of Lucky Danger, Chef Stopping AAPI Hate was created in response to the escalating cases of anti-Asian hate crimes and xenophobic attacks on the Asian American community across the country. It started as a five-course takeout dinner series with a different chef each contributing one course. Proceeds from the dinners support local AAPI organizations that fight anti-Asian racism. In May 2021, Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate dinner series will be expanding to New York City and San Francisco Bay Area, in honor of AAPI Heritage Month. For more information visit www.chefstoppingaapihate.com and follow on Instagram @ChefsStoppingAAPIHate.