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February 2, 7:00 P.M. Dinner: Lunar New Year with Potluck Club and Saigon Social

February 02, 2024 07:00 PM

Experience Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year Culinary Traditions with Chefs Zhan Chen and Helen Nguyen

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Come celebrate the arrival of Lunar New Year with Zhan Chen, executive chef of Potluck Club, the Michelin Bib Gourmand–awarded Cantonese American restaurant, and Helen Nguyen, chef and owner of Vietnamese hot spot Saigon Social. These chefs are teaming up for a collaborative dinner that showcases their favorite Lunar New Year foods and pays homage to the traditions and rituals of this auspicious holiday. Come welcome the New Moon and the Year of the Dragon with a very special dinner created by two of New York City’s most exciting young chefs.

Dining Table $185 | Internal Counter $200 | External Counter $160

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Hors d’Oeuvre 

Radish Cakes with Lap Cheong Jam and Daikon Cress  

Contains gluten and pork

Taro Rolls with Wood Ear Mushrooms, Tofu Skin, and Black Garlic–Chile Jam  

Contains gluten

Banh Mi Crostini with Head Cheese, Ham, Pork Pâté, Shallot Aïoli, Maggi, and Pickles

Contains gluten, soy, alliums, and pork  

Tinto Amorio Monje Orange Wine 2022


Mizuna Salad with Tofu, Sesame Vinaigrette, Parmesan, and Sesame Crisps

Contains dairy, soy, and sesame  

Tinto Amorio Bheeyo Skin Contact 2022 

Coconut Juice–Braised Pork Belly with Soft-Boiled Egg and Pork Fat Rice

Contains gluten and pork  

Tinto Amorio Jajaja Glou Glou 2022

Duck Confit Rice Rolls with Chrysanthemum Greens, Snow Peas, and Garlic Chives 

Contains gluten  

Black Sesame–Coconut Sago with Sweet Potato and Coconut Flakes

Contains dairy and sesame  

Wines generously donated by Tinto Amorio

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About Zhan Chen:  
Zhan Chen is the executive chef of Potluck Club, a Cantonese-American restaurant located in Manhattan’s Chinatown. He was born and raised in New York City, and has been in the culinary industry for more than a decade. Potluck Club is the first restaurant he opened with his partners and childhood friends who are all Chinatown natives. 

About Helen Nguyen:  
Helen Nguyen is the executive chef and owner of Saigon Social in New York City. As a first-generation Vietnamese woman, Helen spent her childhood cooking with her mother and taking in both the flavors of her heritage and the American influence surrounding her.
After working at Restaurant Daniel and  Feast and Fetes , Helen started sharing her love for food, culture, and community via her monthly pop-ups. After a few years of temporary kitchens, she set her sights on opening her first restaurant. She found a space and the plan was to open in March 2020. With the pandemic, she had to reassess and quickly shifted to takeout/delivery as well as hospital and community meals. She became an active member in the community,  making meals for organizations such as Heart of Dinner and More Than a Meal. Helen finally opened Saigon Social, serving Vietnamese comfort food with a twist, for full dine-in service in March 2022. She was named a 2022 James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: New York State and she remains an active participant in community organizations. 


Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

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Reservation Policy:

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Alcohol Disclaimer:

James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

Dietary/Food Restrictions Policy:

Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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