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Lunar New Year & Valentine's Popup Dinner (VIGLO#3)


Feb 7, 2018 – 6:30 PM

175 Village Main Street
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 Map

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Aqua Grill and invite you to celebrate Lunar New Year and Valentine's. These two occasions are so close to each other this year that they should be celebrated together. After all, they are both about love and unity. Beat the V-day crowd by taking your loved one(s) to an earlier celebration with a popup  LUCK & LOVE DINNER Wed., Feb 7, 2018 6:30pm Mingle with cocktail and amuse bouche 7:00pm Sit down dinner Aqua Grill restaurant - 395 Front St., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL CHEF MIMI LAN HAS CREATED A GOURMET FIVE-COURSE MENU FEATURING AUTHENTIC LUNAR NEW YEAR DISHES FULL OF SYMBOLS AND TRADITIONS, WITH HER SIGNATURE VIGLO (VIETNAMESE WITH GLOBAL INFLUENCES) TWIST $95/pp See chef Lan’s food pix on Instagram @TheTasteCurator Luck & Love Dinner Menu A surprise amuse-bouche and cocktail by Aqua Grill Executive Chef Mike Thomashunis 1) 1st CourseHandcrafted Rainbow-Colored Dumplings Steamed black truffle shumai topped with scallop & truffle dust / steamed yellow rose shrimp & pork dumpling / steamed green vegetable & crawfish dumpling / pan fried crystal lavender cake stuffed with shrimp, pork, kale, and cellophane noodle Tidbits: Dumplings symbolize wealth and good fortune  2) 2nd Course“Banh Chung” Rice Cake with Caviar A labor-intensive, traditional dish served only during Tet (Vietnamese New year): sticky rice stuffed with savory pork belly and mung bean / caviar / prawn crackers / pickled carambola & sweet drop peppers / Maggi sauce with sesame oil pearls Tidbits: Banh chung is a traditional must-have for Tet, because eating banh chung is the ideal way to express gratitude towards our ancestors and homeland  3) 3rd CourseVietnamese Pomelo and Shrimp salad Grapefruit / Gulf shrimp / purple napa / corn sprouts / mint / cilantro / Thai basil / cacahuate peanuts / Thai chili / coconut water fish sauce vinaigrette / cassava crisp Tidbits: Feb is national grapefruit month. A pomelo is a close ancestor to the grapefruit that is enjoyed during Chinese New Year and is full of nutritional value, and eating fresh fruit symbolizes a new life beginning. Mixed vegetables represent family harmony. Peanuts means multiplication in good fortune. 4) 4th CourseBone Marrow Brûlée & Braised Short Ribs “Cao Lau” Noodle Roasted herbs bone marrow brûlée / Vietnamese braised pork short ribs / wood ear / coriander / Thai Basil / Vietnamese mint / bean sprout / baby cukes / cao lau cracker crouton / short ribs jus and mirepoix extract Tidbits: Authentic lau noodle can only be made with water drawn from the ancient Cham wells for purity, in Hoi An, Vietnam. Chef Mimi and her husband carried this noodle on the plane from their recent Vietnam trip, for your dining pleasure. Pork & noodle promote blessing and longevity. Bone marrow is a superfood with many health benefits, enjoyed by cultures across the globe. 5) 5th CourseAsian Sweets & Rosebud Tea Kuih rose cookie on cassava crumbs / green tea mochi macaron / steamed Vietnamese pandan and mung bean layers cake / fresh papaya & strawberry on ube cookie snow / served with rosebud tea Tidbits: Kuih rose (similar to Scandinavian rosette) is a Chinese New year’s cookie. Fruit draws earth energy, and eating sweets means ‘sweetening’ the New Year. Activities: Chef Mimi Lan will further provide cultural and historical commentary about the significance behind each dish. Get your fortune read with Chien Tung fortune sticks, by an Asian model wearing a traditional New Year dress Red is a Lunar New year color because it symbolizes luck, as well as Valentine’s color because it represents love. Optional: Wear something red for a chance to win “Best Dressed in Red” prize that includes Aqua Grill gift certificate and Lunar New Year gourmet snacks. Every guest will take home a Lunar New Year and a Valentine’s gift. Please be on time to not miss any courses or activities. Let’s celebrate Lunar New year and V-Day together in style! Chef Mimi Lan & Executive Chef Mike Thomashunis