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SOLD OUT: HRC LA's Diversity Dining:$35 10-Course Cantonese Banquet @ Ocean Star

Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out!

Before you RSVP for this event, you must first purchase your ticket online and indicate your choice for your courses.  In addition, you can also purchase tickets for others as well. Just be sure to indicate each additional person's name and if that person is a Vegetarian. Ticket sales will end at 12:00pm, Friday, April 26nd, or when the event is SOLD OUT (at this time, 50 seats are available):

When RSVPing, please indicate if you are a Vegetarian.

Some of you may know that one of our Co-Organizers, Sklar, is on the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles chapter of the Human Rights Organization ("HRC").  Because of his experience hosting events as a co-organizer for Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate, the HRC Los Angeles Steering Committee has encouraged him to organize these quarterly Diversity Dining Events.

The main intentions of the Diversity Dining events are, through a communal dining set-up, to introduce members of HRC and friends of HRC to cuisines from different parts of the world, and to stimulate conversations among attendees who are like-minded individuals, adventurous foodies, and advocates of equality for the LGBT community around the world.  A small portion of the ticket sales from the Diversity Dining events will go towards supporting HRC.  For more information about HRC:

The $35.00 Price includes the 10-Course banquet dinner, sales tax and gratuity.  In addition, the pricing includes a 1 year membership to HRC.  However, the $35.00 is not tax deductible.

Enjoy a luscious 10-course Hong Kong style banquet feast in a festive family style dining setting that will allow you to satisfy your appetite while allowing you to mingle with others who share your passion in advocating equal rights for those in the LGBT community. 幹杯 (gòn bùi)!

6:00pm - Arrival/Cash Bar

6:15pm - Seating Begins

6:45pm - Introductions

6:50pm - Dinner Service Begins

Menu for the evening (dishes subject to change, and substitutions are kindly declined):

  • Peking Duck, served with hoisin sauce, garnishes and steamed buns
  • Crispy Deep Fried Tofu with Bamboo Fungus
  • Honey Walnut Shrimp
  • Pan Fried Scallop with Vegetables
  • Baked Whole  Lobster with Ginger & Scallions
  • Double Mushrooms with Vegetables
  • Steamed Chicken with Ginger & Scallion Dipping Sauce
  • Steamed Whole Tilapia
  • Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Hot Sweet Taro and Tapioca Soup.

Beverages provided: Iced Water and Hot Tea.  Sodas, beer and wine are available at an extra cost, and each person will be billed separately and will be responsible for payment.

Cash Bar at the lounge of the restaurant is open between 6pm and 7pm, where service of cocktails are available.  Attendees are encouraged to bring bottles of wine to share with the table, as there is No Corkage Fee!

Parking within the complex and along the west side of Atlantic Boulevard is free.  Restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the Mar Plaza that is on the west side of Atlantic Boulevard and directly across from the 99 Ranch Market.  From the ground floor, take the elevator to the 2nd Floor at the center of the plaza.  From the upper level of the parking structure, you can access the restaurant by the stairs at the center of the plaza.


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  • Yumi R.

    5 starts for the event's reason for gathering and the people at the event only! Food was above average at best with a couple of big misses (candied walnut and prawn crackers were NOT crunchy). I think this place is better for dim sum.

    April 29, 2013

  • Andree

    YAY! Everybody bring some wine!

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Yumi R.

    yea, Wasima, Erick, Sklar! was worried of the sudden dropouts in the last few days!

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Wasima

    Hi, I've tried to join with 2 different credit cards, 3x each. Got error messages each time. #s were correct.

    April 23, 2013

    • Sklar

      Wasima, your payment was not processed. If you're still interested, there's only 4 seats left right now.

      April 24, 2013

    • Wasima

      Thanks Sklar. Tried from different computer and it works (another point in favor of Mac vs. PC - lol)

      April 24, 2013

  • Lucy

    This looks great. Wish I could, but I'm busy rehearsing for my show the very next day/afternoon. Bon Appetit!

    April 18, 2013

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