Chinese New Year Dinner at Ming Dynasty

Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Ming Dynasty Restaurant
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Inclusive 10th Anniversary Fundraiser to Feature Special Once-a-Year, 10-Course Meal

American Dance & Music (AD&M) will kick-off their second decade with an intimate fundraising event on Friday, February 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Ming Dynasty Restaurant, 290 Storke Road, Goleta (in Storke Plaza). The evening will feature a 10-course dinner for Chinese New Year overseen by seventh-generation Chef and Owner, John Ho and his wife, Jenny Ho. Upon arrival, guests will be served General Manager, Steve Nogavich’s signature Mai Tai followed by a sit-down dinner with wines generously provided by Zaca Mesa Winery, including 2014 Viognier, 2012 Z Blanc, 2012 Z Cuvee, and 2011 Syrah. The cost is $95.00 per person and proceeds will benefit AD&M’s 2016 season. Tables of ten are available for $850.00 and seating is limited to 75 people. “In Chinese culture, the New Year signifies the coming together of family and friends, and the wish to enjoy a year of love, happiness, prosperity, good health, and a long life,” said Owner Jenny Ho. “We have known Eric and Carrie for many years, so it is our pleasure to be a part of this 10th anniversary celebration of their company. We hope you will come out and enjoy a Chinese New Year dinner with us, while also supporting this wonderful community dance organization.”

AD&M’s Artistic Director, Carrie Diamond and Music Director, Eric Valinsky are well known for their dedication to dance and music, but what most people don’t know is that Carrie and Eric have been regular customers at Ming Dynasty for over 10 years, and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at the restaurant. At first, they were impressed with the flavor and freshness of the food, but being ever-adventurous eaters, they soon began to order dishes from the ‘Secret Chinese Menu’. “It is so exciting to launch our 10th anniversary season at this restaurant we know and love so well,” said Carrie. “Chinese New Year, which celebrates long life and prosperity, is particularly meaningful for AD&M in our 10th anniversary season. This will be a memorable evening of sumptuous and authentic Taiwanese food and fine wine, all enjoyed while supporting the good work of AD&M.”

With AD&M beginning a new decade, the company continues to grow and strives to expand their cultural impact by introducing compelling dance and music to more people of all ages and socio-economic means in Santa Barbara and beyond. The purpose of this inclusive event is to raise funds to support AD&M’s upcoming 10th anniversary season. Season events include community outreach performances at senior centers and elementary schools in the Spring, and a nightclub/carnival themed event with AD&M Performance Group at Center Stage Theatre on Friday, May 6th. The season will culminate with the Performance Group at the New Victoria Theater the weekend of November 4th, 2016.

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