Asian Culinary Forum Announces Its First Line Up of Summer and Fall Events

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The Asian Culinary Forum (ACF), a new non-profit focused on educating the public on Asian food and culture, today announced its premiere events line up at the historic Ferry Building in San Francisco. A launch event on Tuesday, July 21, 2008 titled ARE YOU WHAT YOU COOK? will kick off ACF's first foray of events with a provocative conversation on cooking and creativity with notable Bay Area chefs. ACF's first major weekend long celebration of Asian food culture, ASIAN FOOD BEYOND BORDERS, is scheduled for October 10 - 12, 2008.

Sushi, spring rolls, and bok choy are everywhere and all point to one thing - Asian food is hot. And it's not just the chile heat, fragrant spices and complex flavors that people are wondering about

The Asian Culinary Forum (ACF), a new non-profit focused on educating the public on Asian food and culture, today announced its premiere events line up at the historic Ferry Building in San Francisco. A launch event on Tuesday, July 21, 2008 titled ARE YOU WHAT YOU COOK? will kick off ACF's first foray of events with a provocative conversation on cooking and creativity with notable Bay Area chefs. ACF's first major weekend long celebration of Asian food culture, ASIAN FOOD BEYOND BORDERS, is scheduled for October 10 - 12, 2008.

The kick-off event ARE YOU WHAT YOU COOK? on July 21, 2008, features a panel discussion with San Francisco area food experts including Charles Phan, executive chef of Slanted Door, Eric Gower, author of The Breakaway Cook, Kelly Degala, executive chef at Pres a Vi and Va de Vi, Michele Mah, former executive chef of Ponzu, and Kirti Pant, executive chef of Junnoon.

Themed ASIAN FOOD BEYOND BORDERS, the first annual Asian foodways event will run during the weekend starting Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12, with its star-studded forum at the Ferry Building on Sunday, October 12. The first of its kind in the nation, the event will celebrate Asian food and culture through a wide range of activities such as tasting-and-learning sessions, guided tours, cooking and wine-and-food pairing classes, and an all-day discussion forum with preeminent Asian food experts on October 12.

October 12's capstone is an insightful, full-day symposium, with participation from renowned author Madhur Jaffrey, Saveur magazine editor-in-chief James Oseland, and Martin Yan, the celebrated chef, teacher, and worldwide celebrity/TV show host. In conjunction with the forum's events and symposium, Ferry Building Marketplace merchants will showcase Asian food culture during the entire weekend.

"Sushi, spring rolls, and bok choy are everywhere and all point to one thing - Asian food is hot. And it's not just the chile heat, fragrant spices and complex flavors that people are wondering about," said Andrea Nguyen, co-founder of ACF. "Now, more than ever, Asian restaurants in the U.S. are popular and so is travel to Asia. Americans are hungering to know more about the ingredients and techniques, history and innovations, and people behind the foods they enjoy. We look forward to building opportunities for exploring and appreciating Asian cuisines."

ARE YOU WHAT YOU COOK? will be held Monday, July 21, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Ferry Building. Tickets are $35.00. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.asianculinaryforum.org.

ASIAN FOOD BEYOND BORDERS events will be held October 10 - 12, 2008. For more information on the events and registration dates, please visit http://www.asianculinaryforum.org.

About the Asian Culinary Forum:
The Asian Culinary Forum (ACF) is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, CA, dedicated to educating a broad range of individuals - from chefs, farmers, producers and distributors to home cooks, writers and scholars - about the elements that make up the rich, diverse world of Asian cuisines. ACF works to demystify Asian cuisines without compromising their integrity. For more information, please visit http://www.asianculinaryforum.org.

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