Grind Time: Lucky Peach visits Honolulu

Jul. 30, 2013 | 0 Comments


It will be quite the fortuitous weekend for fans of food publication Lucky Peach. From Saturday, Aug. 3, through Monday, Aug. 5, key members of the magazine’s creative team will be in Honolulu for a series of events presented at R/D, 691 Auahi St.

The cover of Lucky Peach's May 2013 issue. (Courtesy McSweeney's)

The cover of Lucky Peach’s May 2013 issue. (Courtesy McSweeney’s)

Published quarterly, Lucky Peach is the result of a collaboration between Momofuku Restaurant Group’s David Chang — the magazine’s title is the English translation of his company’s Japanese name — and writer Peter Meehan. In 2011, the pair teamed with boutique publishing company McSweeney’s to print an initial run of 40,000 copies of the premiere issue, followed by an additional 12,000 copies after the first batch sold out.

With each issue focusing on a single theme and featuring a mix of essays, art, photography and recipes, Lucky Peach has built a strong following among those employed in the culinary industry and those who enjoy food-related topics almost to the point of obsession. This weekend’s events will allow fans to meet and interact with some of the individuals responsible for putting out each issue of the magazine.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, “The Art of Lucky Peach” will feature art director Walter Green, who will discuss how a team of artists and designers work together to create layouts that will eventually make it to the printed page and into readers’ hands. Admission is $5 (free for AIGA Honolulu members).

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, Lucky Peach editor Chris Ying will discuss the publication’s growth over the last two years and share personal stories about the chefs and food he’s covered throughout his career. Admission to “The Lucky Peach Story” is $5. The late afternoon talk story session will be followed by an industry night party at V-Lounge, 1344 Kona St., at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $10 for industry members (cooks, chefs, servers, bartenders, etc.) and $30 general admission.

The Lucky Peach crew will say aloha to Hawaii on Monday, Aug. 5, with a “Potluck Carnival” at R/D starting at 6:30 p.m. Chefs Lindsey Ozawa, Aker Briceno, Mark Noguchi, Wade Ueoka, and Lance Kosaka will serve up their own “local-style carnival food” alongside games and prize giveaways; only 50 tickets, priced at $40 each, will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page created by R/D or email
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