You’re invited to join us for a special event on the historic past and dynamic future of Chinese food in New York City with Jason Wang, CEO of Xi’an Famous Foods. We will discuss how Jason transformed his father’s mall food court restaurant into a hugely popular, citywide phenomenon, along with what the next chapter holds for Chinese food in New York.
The talk will begin promptly at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and discussion.
To RSVP: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20 with your name and affiliation. Due to limited capacity, we will confirm your RSVP no later than April 21.
Xi’an native Jason Wang grew up in New York City and attended college with plans to pursue a corporate career. When his father, a veteran of Chinese kitchens, opened the first Xi’an Famous Foods in 2005 to sell dishes based on family recipes, Jason saw the potential of the business and was eager to help the restaurant grow, at one point experimenting with dishes in his dorm room while in college. Following a brief stint in the corporate world after college graduation, Jason decided to fully invest himself in Xi’an Famous Foods, learning every aspect of the business from the ground up. In the past six years, he has expanded the hole-in-the-wall chain to ten locations in the New York City area and opened a sister restaurant, Biang!. Through these restaurants, Jason brings a dining experience that appeals to both Chinese families who come to eat expecting authenticity, to everyday Americans looking to explore flavors.
Jason graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 with multiple majors in finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, and international business. In the past year, he has been named one of: Zagat’s 2013 30 Under 30 in New York; Forbes 2014 30 Under 30 in the Food & Wine category; Crain’s 2014 40 Under 40 in New York; Eater.com Young Guns National Class of 2013.