A couple of weeks ago, I attended an intimate Chinese New Year celebration hosted by Williams-Sonoma at Hakkasan to eat some tasty bites and check out their latest Asian-inspired food, dinnerware and cookware collections. The moment I walked into the event room, the colorful porcelain tableware caught my eyes. I told myself that If I ever decide to throw a dinner party, I am heading over to Williams-Sonoma to get some ideas and inspiration.
It was a fun and intimate gathering with some of the city's most popular food writers and bloggers. I met a lot of new people that night realizing that we were already connected to each other through Instagram. There was a lot of "I'll add you. What's your username?" followed by "I'm already following you!" throughout the evening. It is really cool how social media can connect us together and without even searching, we find each other at the same event connecting over what we are all most passionate about - food.
I'm happy to share some of the photos from the event below. The next five photos were taken by me and the rest were taken by the talented Haus Frau Fotografie.
Hakkasan's beautiful bites were delicious and memorable. The cute soup dumplings and carrot-shaped daikon puffs were my top two favorites! I am planning to come back for dinner in the future.
The chocolate cups with blood orange gelee, hazelnuts and gold "pop rocks" were very unique.
I fell in love with the New Moon Collection, which features festive pieces with symbols of prosperity and good fortune like the dragon and the phoenix. I was drawn to the bright, gold-toned accents of the plates.
We swooned over the table settings (click to enlarge). What's not to love about this entire setup? I am loving the blossoming branch centerpieces.
You have to check out this gorgeous cast-iron teapot set in person. Supposedly, it retains heat to keep tea piping hot through a second pour. I am very tempted to get a set.
You know I am having a good time when there's a camera in my hand and a drink in the other.
Master Mac Ming Chan was in the house creating beautiful calligraphy artwork using our names. It was awesome to see him create these pieces live. I read a short biography about him and he's quite a big deal having won many awards and earning a championship from a calligraphy competition hosted by Hong Kong University.
Thanks so much for having me as your guest, William's-Sonoma!
From top to bottom, left to right, photos # 2 to #6 were taken by me. The rest of the lovely photos were taken by Kassie of Haus Frau Fotografie.
Ming Chan, 3028 Taraval Street. SF, CA. 415-682-7637