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LUCKYRICE FESTIVAL HEADS OUT WEST TO LAS VEGAS, THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS PLAYS HOST TO LUCKYRICE NIGHT MARKET ON JUNE 23

Tickets on sale now at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com and www.luckyrice.com

Las Vegas, NV (April 11, 2012) – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and LUCKYRICE, an annual New York culinary festival that gives voice to Asian cultures through the lens of food and drink, will launch the LUCKYRICE Vegas Night Market on June 23 from 8 – 11p.m. with an exclusive VIP experience from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Boulevard Pool. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 11th at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com. More information about the event and the participants can be found at www.luckyrice.com. Tickets are priced at $88, with a limited amount of VIP tickets available for $125, which includes early access to the event.

Presented by Bombay Sapphire® and Condé Nast Traveler, the LUCKYRICE Vegas Night Market will offer a variety of Asian street foods and flavors from 20 participating chefs including LUCKYRICE Culinary Council members Susur Lee (Top Chef Masters / Lee, Toronto), Pichet Ong (Qi, New York) and Angelo Sosa (Top Chef All-Stars / Social Eatz, New York) as well as renown Asian cuisine chefs from around the country such as Sang Yoon (Lukshon, Los Angeles), Jordan Kahn (Red Medicine, Los Angeles), Dale Talde (Top Chef / Talde, New York), Eddie Huang (Baohaus, New York), Jet Tila(The Charleston, Los Angeles), Paul Qui (Top Chef Texas Winner / Uchi, Austin) and Charles Phan(Slanted Door, San Francisco). In addition, the event will feature celebrated local chefs from Las Vegas including Saipin Chutima (Lotus of Siam), Colin Fukunaga and Robert "Mags" Magsalin (Fukuburger), Takashi Segawa (Monta) and Mitsuo Endo (Raku) along with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas's David Myers (Comme Ça), Shirley Chung (China Poblano by José Andrés), Anthony Meidenbauer (Holsteins) and Gerald Chin (Wicked Spoon).

In addition to food prepared by these chefs, the LUCKYRICE Night Market will serve culinary cocktails featuring Bombay Sapphire East created by an acclaimed team of bartenders including Tony AbouGanim, Duggan McDonnell (Cantina, San Francisco) and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas's resident mixologists.

"The LUCKYRICE Festival expansion taps into America's heightened interest in Asian cuisine as increasing travel to and trade with Asia results in growing consumer awareness of Asian cultures and flavors. With so many participating restaurants and chefs, the LUCKYRICE Festival allows attendees to eat their way across Asia without leaving The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas," says LUCKYRICE founder Danielle Chang.

ABOUT COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS
Situated at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is located at 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South directly between CityCenter and the Bellagio. The resort's uniquely vertical multitower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The new 2,995-room resort features oversized residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. Resort features include 100,000 square feet of casino space; 60,000 square feet of world class shopping; 43,000 square feet of spa, health club and salon offerings; three unique pool experiences and multilevel integrated nightclubs. Signature restaurants include: Jaleo and China Poblano restaurants by Chef José Andrés, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Comme Ça by Los Angeles Chef David Myers; New York City's Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Holsteins from Block 16 Hospitality; Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. by award-winning Chef Scott Conant; and popular steakhouse STK from The ONE Group.

ABOUT LUCKYRICE
LUCKYRICE is a culinary marketing agency that produces the annual LUCKYRICE Festival in New York. From our home base in downtown Manhattan, we work with hundreds of chefs and restaurants as well as corporate and culinary partners to bring the diverse worlds of Asian culinary culture to globalminded North American consumers. www.luckyrice.com.

LUCKYRICE CULINARY COUNCIL
Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Floyd Cardoz, David Chang, Michael "Bao" Huynh, Susur Lee, Anita Lo, Masaharu Morimoto, Pichet Ong, Tadashi Ono, Zakary Pelaccio, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, Angelo Sosa, Albert Trummer, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.