Thursday, March 3, 2022

MOCA MIXOLOGY: Craft Cocktails at Leaf Bar & Lounge



Museum of Chinese in America








Craft Cocktails with Todd Leong and Helen Lee of Leaf Bar & Lounge

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. EST



Join MOCA virtually and learn the secrets to creating your own delicious and colorful cocktail, exclusively curated by Todd Leong and Helen Lee, co-owners of the Leaf Bar & Lounge. Highly rated and recommended by The New Yorker, “We wanted to create something that is for our people,” Mr. Leong said—Asian-Americans, in other words. “We don’t share everything culturally—what do the Vietnamese really have in common with the Fujianese? A bar brings them all together because everyone likes to drink.”

Mr. Leong and Ms. Lee will first lead the audience through the process of making several craft cocktails including Chrysanthemum Old Fashioned. Once the cocktail is poured into a glass, cheers and sip your cocktails as they share the stories and inspirations behind Leaf Bar & Lounge and how their current projects will reshape the future of Flushing, Queens.

Please note that your ingredients should be ready before the beginning of the session. The suggested ingredients include 1.5 oz Chrysanthemum-infused Whiskey, 0.5 oz Agave Nectar, Muddled Ginger, and Angostura bitters.

The Leaf Bar & Lounge is located on the 10th floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel at 39th Avenue between Prince Street and College Point Avenue. It's open 7 days a week - Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM.



About the Speakers


Todd Leong is an entrepreneur with a multi-disciplinary background in food and beverage management, event production, television news and documentary production as well as technology sales and business development. In August of 2015, working with Helen Lee and the F & T Group, Todd launched the first craft cocktail bar and lounge in Flushing, Queens on the rooftop of the Hyatt Place Hotel at One Fulton Square, a retail/commercial/residential development. In 2022, Todd will launch Hoi Polloi inside the F & T Group’s newest mixed-use development, Tangram. Hoi Polloi will be a 4,000 square foot multi-purpose beer hall and event space featuring 24 beers on tap, an extensive array of programmable lights, four private party spaces and a state-of-the-art video wall. Todd received his Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University and his master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.



As Executive Vice President of F&T Group, Helen Lee is the visionary behind the real estate development company that is reshaping the future of Flushing, Queens. Ms. Lee has overseen the development, master planning, asset management, leasing, sales and marketing efforts for over 6 million-square-feet of mixed-use development that has redefined the Downtown core, created a new cultural epicenter for New York City, and put Queens on the map as a global real estate market. In her role at F&T Group, Ms. Lee also oversees the company’s day-to-day corporate and business functions, overall management and strategic direction.

Being from Queens, Ms. Lee’s personal passion for the Flushing community is apparent in her work. Her fingerprint is on notable projects including Queens Crossing and One Fulton Square, as well as Flushing Commons. Ms. Lee is also spearheading the development of Tangram, a 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development, which is setting a new benchmark of innovation for immersive lifestyle and retail experiences.

Ms. Lee earned her master’s degree in real estate from Harvard University and holds another Master’s in urban planning from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the Stern School of Business at NYU.




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