This past Wednesday, Korean Beacon stopped by CGV Theaters in L.A.’s Koreatown to watch the L.A. premiere of Kimchi Chronicles. The first episode transported us from host Marja Vongerichten‘s own kitchen (the setting of a couple of cooking demos that poked fun at Hugh Jackman‘s wariness of spicy foods) to the streets and smells of Seoul.
During the Q&A session, Marja and KC’s producer Eric Rhee shared their passions and hopes for their project. When asked how the Korean/Korean American community could help support spread the word out about the series, Eric answered:
“Talk to your friends. Find out what they like and try to figure out a way to share Korean food and culture so that you can customize it for them. Our show is not for everybody, but at least it can be a tool for everybody to say, ‘Oh, check out Kimchi Chronicles.’ “
Following the premiere, guests were led to the lower level courtyard where there was an open Hite/Jinro bar as well as kimbab from Seoul Food restaurant to munch on. As Marja and Eric made their rounds, music by DJ Choimatic from New York City kept the party alive all night long. The night was a huge success with lots of press and good vibes flowing all around. CJ Food also provided gift bags for guests that contained samples of Annie Chun‘s “goes on everything” gochujang sauce, along with a bottle of Jinro and cosmetics from Amore Pacific. Congratulations to the entire KC team, and cheers to a successful show!
Kimchi Chronicles airs in L.A. every Thursday at 7pm on KLCS CH 58 and also gets broadcast by KCET CH 28 on Fridays at 2pm and Saturdays at Noon.
Visit the Kimchi Chronicles website for the full airing schedule, recipes, episode summaries and clips: http://www.kimchichronicles.tv/
Audrey Yun-Suong and Melissah Yang contributed to this post.
[Photo: Phil Shin/Hite & Jinro]