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CAAA 2020 New York City Pan-Asian Banquet & 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • 02/01/2020
  • 6:00 PM
  • Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002


Join fellow Cornellians, friends, and family to celebrate CAAA, the accomplishments of the honoree, Jimi Yui ‘80 and the Lunar New Year.

6:00 PM Reception

7:00 PM Banquet Dinner

Keynote Speaker

Jimi Yui ‘80


Yui Design

About the Event

This event includes an authentic eleven-course Chinese banquet, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and cultural performances. A portion of the ticket price goes toward funding the CAAA undergraduate scholarship program. The evening will also include a silent auction to benefit the Cornell Asian & Asian American Center.

Registration Details

Friend Level Ticket: $150

Young Alumni (2009-2018) / Student Ticket Price: $100, limit 2 per person.

See registration for additional banquet donation levels and Cornell Giving Society tiered pricing.

About Our Keynote Speaker

James Beard award-winner Jimi Yui ‘80 speaks the language of chefs, affording him the unique ability to create the stages where they perform. Jimi’s passions for food and design – the recurring themes in his life and work – were cultivated early during his childhood running around and later serving in The Guest House, his family’s acclaimed Shanghai- and Peking-style restaurant in Tokyo. His interests then took form during an education at Cornell’s Hotel and Architecture Schools and resulted in a 35+-year career designing some of the most celebrated hospitality projects in the world.

Since 1986, culinary legends from across the globe have turned to YuiDesign for help realizing their visions. Celebrity chefs, renowned hospitality developers, leading financiers, entrepreneurs, commercial foodservice providers and retailers rely on Jimi’s expertise and insight. He also regularly collaborates with the some of the world's leading architectural and design studios.

Jimi went on to Cornell University's School of Architecture, where he completed four years, and then moved to Cornell's School of Hotel Administration, from which he graduated in 1980. He launched his design career with a six-year tenure at Cini Little International and spent another six years as a founding principal of a hotel management and restaurant development firm.

A Board member of Cornell's Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, Jimi is also a member of The Cornell Society of Hotelmen and the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI).

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This event is co-sponsored by Cornell University's Diversity Alumni Programs and Cornell Mosaic.

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