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Photos: Second-annual LuckyRice an Asian delight at Cosmopolitan with Night Market, Susur Lee

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The 2013 LuckyRice dim sum brunch hosted by chef Susur Lee on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Bamboo Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

2013 LuckyRice Festival at Cosmopolitan

The 2013 LuckyRice Night Market on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »
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The 2013 LuckyRice dim sum brunch hosted by chef Susur Lee on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Bamboo Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The New York-based LuckyRice Festival returned to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas over the weekend for the second consecutive year. An opening ceremony Friday night at Boulevard Pool kicked off the three days of culinary and cultural events and featured entertainment and the release of floating lotus flowers at the sound of a drum, a wish signifying prosperity.

The main event, the Night Market on Saturday night, transformed Boulevard Pool into an outdoor dine-around. The 20 guest chefs and vendors included Saipan Chutima (Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas); Jet Tila (Kuma Snow Cream, Las Vegas); Mitsuo Endo (Raku, Las Vegas); Kristen Kish (Menton, Boston); Brooke Williamson (Hudson House and the Tripel, California); and Pichet Ong (New York City). Celebrated ramen joint Monta also was in the house.

Chefs from the Cosmopolitan’s own restaurants, including China Poblano, STK, Wicked Spoon, Comme Ca and Holsteins, also contributed dishes to the event, while resort mixologists Christopher Hopkins and Mariena Mercer were on hand to create specialty cocktails with Bombay Sapphire East, the official spirit of LuckyRice that includes Vietnamese black peppercorn and Thai lemongrass.

LuckyRice concluded Sunday with a Dim Sum, Bloody Mary & Mahjong Brunch at Bamboo Pool hosted by “Top Chef Masters” Season 2 chef Susur Lee. The delicious dim sum was in abundance — lotus palms with chicken, lamb and spinach steamed dumplings, curried shrimp spring rolls, steamed sweet rice, baked vegetable dumplings, BBQ duck rolls, pork shu mai and Chinese crispy shrimp croquettes — and Bloody Marys, Asahi and champagne were free flowing as Lee and his team of chefs thanked guests for attending the magnificent meal at the quaint Bamboo Pool.

Brunch was a perfect way to end this year’s LuckyRice under the warm sun. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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