7:30 – 11:00 PM
Private Terrace in Montclair, NJ
Address provided upon ticket purchase
Get ready for an evening of cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, jazz, dancing, and a silent and live auction. Meet honored guest Michelle Li, founder of Very Asian, whose story of celebrating the New Year by eating dumplings went viral. Acclaimed Michelin Star chefs, husband and wife duo Michael and Meichih Kim of Bǎo Bèi and formerly of Maum will offer a special tasting of dumplings inspired by Michelle's story during the Luminary cocktail hour.
Luminary ticket holders receive access to the Luminary cocktail hour with Michelle Li, founder of Very Asian and a limited dumpling tasting presented by Michelin star chefs, husband and wife duo Michael and Meichih Kim of Bǎo Bèi and formerly of Maum.
Luminary cocktail hour 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Mingle with Michelle Li, founder of the Very Asian Foundation, and other special guests. Enjoy Asian-themed cocktails and treats while dancing under the stars. Silent and live auction.
7:30 - 11:00 PM
Proceeds from the evening will support AAPI Montclair, a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to further rights, visibility and representation for the AAPI community throughout New Jersey, and the launch of our exciting new initiative, Teach Asian American Stories.
In response to the surge of anti-Asian hate spurred during the pandemic, a grassroots coalition of parents, students, and educators successfully advocated for a historic bill mandating that all New Jersey K-12 public schools integrate Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) history and contributions into their curricula–becoming the second state in the country to do so. Teach Asian American Stories will connect educators with the professional development opportunities they need to begin bringing AAPI history and contributions to life in their classrooms.
Michelle Li, Founder of Very Asian
Michelle Li was criticized for telling her TV audience that she eats dumplings to celebrate the New Year. Callers said they found it offensive and “Very Asian.” Soon after Michelle shared a video, #veryasian went viral. Michelle started the Very Asian Foundation, whose May Book Project supports the inclusion of books by Asian American authors in libraries and schools. Guests will mingle with Michelle in an intimate setting during our pre-event Luminary cocktail hour 6:30 - 7:30 PM) and hear from her during our main event (7:30 - 11:00 PM).
Michael & Meichih Kim of Michelin Star Maum
Michelin Star Chefs Michael and Meichih Kim of Bǎo Bèi and formerly of Maum in Palo Alto, will prepare a gourmet dumpling tasting for a pre-event Luminary cocktail hour (6:30 - 7:30 PM), inspired by the origins of the Very Asian story. The husband and wife duo’s cuisine draws on their fine dining background in classical French cuisine (Per Se, Craft, Benu, SPQR, Namu Gaji) combined with their Taiwanese and Korean heritage and Southern California roots.