The Dragon Chef: Taste of Asia fundraiser presented by MillerCoors and held October 16 was a fun evening and a great success, with Kathy Poland of A Taste of the Philippines voted by attendees as the 2014 Dragon Chef.
The evening was held at the Tuscan Ballroom at the University of Denver, and attendees were able to sample not only Poland’s Manok Sa Gata (chicken simmered in coconut milk), a specialty from northern Philippines, Lumpia (eggrolls) and Banana Lumpia for dessert, but also Chinese food from Chef Chong Nguyen, the owner of Coal Mine Dragon restaurant in Evergreen, and Cambodian cuisine from Chef Heng Lim of Woody’s Wings and Things in Westminster.
KUSA’s Nelson Garcia, who is Filipino, was the emcee for the event, and the T&T acoustic duo performed a set of music accompanied by vocalist Julie Almeira.
As an added ingredient for the evening, MillerCoors’ Mixology was presented for the first time with Asian-inspired flavored beers. People got to enjoy beer like they’ve never had before: the spicy kick of Coors Dragon’s Breath (with Sriracha Sauce!) and the citrusy refreshment of Coors Pacific Delight, (with limes and pineapple juice).
Congratulations to Kathy Poland, the 2014 Dragon Chef!
Save the date, Thursday, October 16 and come hungry to the Tuscan Ballroom at the University of Denver. CDBF will celebrate the richness of Asian cuisine with chefs who cook up dishes at the festival competing for your votes for the best Dragon Chef! Among the competitors will be Kathy Poland of A Taste of the Philippines and Chong Nguyen of Coal Mine Dragon restaurant in Evergreen and Chef Heng of Woody’s Wings & Things in Westminster, who serves Cambodian, Laotian, Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes (and of course, Buffalo wings too!).
Read more about the Dragon Chef event and see videos of the chefs, and register online for this fun, unique evening of fabulous Asian flavors!
The top prize of a $100 VISA gift card goes to Tyler Nading, who submitted the winning selfie of the CH2MHILL dragon boat race team via Twitter.In second place is Denver Taiko, with their selfie shot from the Main Performing Arts Stage and the huge crowd behind them. They’ll receive a $50 VISA gift card.
In third place is DJ Skip Rip, who posted a selfie from the Cultural Unity Stage where he played the music while Mudra Dance Studio got everyone up and dancing to Indian Banghra.
We more than 200 entries for the contest and many of them were fun and amazing and showed a wide range of festival areas, from the dragon boat races and the Taste of Asia food courts to Performing Arts Stages and just the colorful variety of Asian culture that’s celebrated at CDBF.Many thanks to everyone who attended the 2014 festival and to everyone who submitted your photos for the #CDBFselfie Contest! Plan now to take the best selfie for next year!
You can click to our Facebook album to see all 12 finalists. The contest may be over, but feel free to keep liking your faves — the photographers would appreciate your ongoing approval!
But the finalists were fun and creative, and represented all different areas of the festival that were their faves.
You can check out the finalists and vote with your LIKEs (you can see all the photos without being on Facebook, but you have to be a Facebook user to vote). Voting ends August 1, so tell your friends to check out the pics!