Coquinaria

Launching Xian Wei — A Private Regional Chinese Dinner Series


clarissa w

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I’m pleased to announce a private dinner series I’m collaborating on with some of my high school colleagues. It’s called Xian Wei. As a rule, I don’t do partnerships unless I truly believe in the talent… and believe me, Luther Chen, the chef, is someone I completely back up. His attention to detail is marvelous and most importantly — the food is delicious.

He’s only 19.

Luther and his business partner Kenny invited me to their San Pedro house a couple months back, where he treated us to a fine meal that consisted of homemade tofu and fish balls. Also on the menu: wonderfully cumin-seasoned lamb. Xinjiang-style, and a pork belly — cooked the way Chairman Mao liked it but topped over risotto. Phoenix claws were also on the menu and garnished with tongue-numbing green peppercorns.

The dinner is Chinese-themed and each individual course will be a tribute…

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