Asia Society Thanksgiving Gala
With guest appearance and special menu created by Benjamin Ford, U.S. Culinary Ambassador
Reception: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:30 pm
Close: 9:30 pm
Dress code: Black tie
Asia Society Hong Kong Center invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving at our gala dinner with chef and restaurateur, U.S. Culinary Ambassador Chef Benjamin Ford and enjoy his specially designed Thanksgiving dinner menu that pays tribute to culinary traditions and cultural offerings from various American states. Complementing the food will be an East-meets-West razzle-dazzle that combines jazz music from the U.S. and northeast China for a warm and festive evening.
Asia Society's mission is to promote mutual understanding and strengthen partnerships among peoples and cultures of Asia and the United States — support us by naming a table after a U.S. state or city that has a special meaning to you, your family, and friends!
Chef Benjamin Ford is known not only for his creative techniques but also for his innate understanding of the ingredients, which celebrate the cycle of life and freshness of the earth. His epicurean journey began after he left the University of Southern California to study at the University of Dijon in Burgundy, France, where he gained enormous inspiration from the European slow food movement. Chef Ford continued his studies at the California Culinary Academy, and earned his kitchen stripes at distinguished Los Angeles-area institutions: The Farm of Beverly Hills, Opus and Campanile. After his acclaimed Chadwick in Beverly Hills, he decided to return to basics and founded Michelin- and Zagat-recommended Ford's Filling Station in Culver City as the first regional American "gastropub" along with The Spotted Pig in NYC.
Chef Ford has drawn inspiration from his mother, Mary Ford, a fine cook and illustrator, and from his father, actor Harrison Ford, a skilled craftsman and artist of great integrity. A father of two, he held the respected honor of Chef Chair for Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation: Los Angeles, an annual culinary festival benefiting food banks in Los Angeles, with a goal to end childhood hunger in America. Chef Ford has made guest appearances on Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Martha Stewart, After Hours with Daniel Boulud and Jaime Oliver's Food Revolution. His first cookbook, Taming The Feast: Ben Ford's Field Manual to Adventurous Cooking, scheduled for 2014, focuses on adventurous outdoor cooking and festive events.
Made possible with the support of U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau, the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agricultural Trade Office – Hong Kong