Spike Nguyen, owner of iPho Tower Vietnamese and French Bistro, will host a Lunar Celebration and fundraiser on Feb. 8 at his Broadway location. The event features a traditional Chinese dragon dance team from Chua Pho Hien Buddhist Temple of Kansas City.
The night’s proceeds will support the local Vietnamese community and an orphanage in Vietnam — last year he raised more than $1,000.
Nguyen, a native of Nhatrang, says that back home, the “lunar new year is the biggest holiday for Vietnamese and Chinese. Every one of us, including the children, looks forward to the new year to come — the older looking for the blessing from the younger, the younger looking for the red envelope from the elder.” One of the traditions is to give children red envelopes — hong bao — of money; red symbolizes energy, happiness and good fortune.
The event also features a jazz band, DJ Shelby and a raffle and auction. Guests can sample hors d’oeuvres of traditional New Year’s fare: sticky rice cakes, ribbon coconut candy, barbecue pork buns and dumplings. Guests can also order off the menu.
The event will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m.