Slideshow: Scenes from the Lucky Rice Festival Opening Night Dumpling Party

Chef Danny Bowien
Chef Danny Bowien

Mission Chinese Food's Danny Bowien was the man behind the culinary feats of the evening.

Spicy shrimp and pea noodles
Spicy shrimp and pea noodles

These noodles will make your mouth burn with pleasure.

Peanut noodles
Peanut noodles

Ever imagined what perfect peanut noodles would be like? Yea, these were them.

Veal meatball with mushroom sauce noodles
Veal meatball with mushroom sauce noodles

Like those "just add mushroom soup" recipes, but way the heck better.

Pumpkin dumpling
Pumpkin dumpling

Crispy on the outside, soft and pumpkin-y on the inside.

Pork and shrimp dumplings
Pork and shrimp dumplings

Something a little more traditional.

Bombay Sapphire East
Bombay Sapphire East

Two of the evening's signature drinks (both sponsored by Bombay Sapphire). Left: a gin & tonic; right: gin and elderflower liquor with lemongrass.

632 on Hudson
632 on Hudson

The venue, 632 on Hudson, is a truly unique space. Once a sausage factory, it now feels like something out of a movie, with antiques and artifacts from all over the world and delightful nooks and crannies to make oneself comfortable in.