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    The Lunar New Year - this year, the year of the sheep - will begin on Tuesday, February 19. In celebration, Asia Institute - Crane house will host the annual Asian New Year Dinner & Auction on February 21 at The Gillespie. The dinner will feature six emerging Asian and Asian American chefs, working under the direction of Chef Peng Looi of Asiatique and August Moon Chinese Bistro. Chefs include those from Seviche, Vincenzo’s, Asiatique, Ward 426, Proof and Simply Thai. Each chef will prepare an hors d’oeuvre and dinner course for the guests.

    The annual black-tie event raises over $50,000 each year for Crane House, where it is used to accomplish the Institute’s mission - promote the understanding of Asian cultures and heritage through education, outreach and art.

    Following the formal dinner and auction, the Crane House Young Professionals will be hosting their third annual after party, promising and exciting night.

    The after party, also held at The Gillespie, features real gambling (it’s one of the only events in the city to gain a gambling license), midnight munchies provided by Joy Luck, an Asian snack bar, henna tattoos, a silent auction and a number of surprise performances. Past years have seen performances by traditional Chinese dragon dancers.

    You don’t have to be Asian to come out and have a good time for the Lunar New Year. One of Crane House’s main goals is to promote and share Asian culture with everyone. What better time than on one of the biggest holidays of the year? Come out, give to a good cause and have a great new year.

    You can find more information and tickets for the dinner here and for the after party here.


    Photos:, Year of The Sheep After Party Facebook




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