By: SinfulCEO

Privy, a private social network of members, hosted its 2015 Lunar New Year celebration at New Port Seafood in Beverly Hills. New Port Seafood, also located in San Gabriel Valley and Rowland Heights, is well known for their House Special Lobster and Crab, a dish so delicious that guests typically endure an average 2-hour wait to be seated!

Newport Seafood, Restaurant Row, Beverly Hills

When I heard about New Port Seafood’s new location, I was excited that I wouldn’t have to commute out of Los Angeles for my lobster fix and also, a bit surprised.

It’s very common for Asian restaurants to be located in geographical regions with a dense Asian population, but Beverly Hills is comprised of a little less than 6% and only 1 main “go-to” place for Asian food on restaurant row, Benihana.

So, I chased down Chef Henry Hua and asked, “Why Beverly Hills?”

To put it simply, “We knew there was a market but weren’t sure if we wanted to expand. After long thought and consideration, we felt it was time for us to bring our cuisine west of the 110 freeway. We knew Chinese Seafood Restaurants were limited on the Westside and felt that we could fill that niche.” stated Chef Hua.

Kristie Hang and her LNY Lobster

LNY Perfect Pairs

This invite-only dinner was sponsored by Chase, as an extension of their “So You Can” campaign which highlights VIP experiences like (my personal favorite) Chase Private Client. As a member of Chase Private Client, I love the personal attention I get from my dedicated banker! More importantly, it’s VIP without the SNOBBERY, truly the perfect pair for a start-up business owner like myself.

Wine Connoisseur, Mary Thompson

Speaking of perfect pairs, Chef Henry Hua partnered with renowned wine connoisseur Mary Thompson to plan the dinner and wine pairing menu.

What mattered most to me went beyond her expertise in wine, Mary’s anti-elitist personality is what won me over when she said, “For me, it’s much more interesting showing people how to have fun with wine, rather than being a stuffy sommelier in a three-piece suit.”

Learn more about Chef Hua and Sommelier Mary Thompson’s Five-Course Seafood and Wine Pairing Menu here.

More Perfect Pairings of the Night

Privy President, Stephen Liu, was a gracious host throughout the dinner. I especially found it nice when he took time to welcome and recognize key guests like Russel Wong and special guest performer, recording jazz artist, Christopher Yahng.

Russel Wong & Christopher Yahng @ PrivyChaseLNY

Stephen also thanked local legend food writers, social media influencers and bloggers, as seen here.

LA’s best Chinese Food Writers, Kristie Hang (the rebel in blue) of LA Weekly, Food Blogger EstarLA, and Clarissa Wei of KCET and LA Weekly.

Kristie Hang, EstarLA, Clarissa Wei, EllenVLora, FeralCreature, Heidi Nazarudin, Rose Kim, Kaila Yu

Seated at my table were famous fashion influencers and bloggers Ellen V. Lora, FeralCreature, Heidi Nazarudin, and Kaila Yu.

Stay tuned for more from Heidi and Kaila on and off the red carpet.