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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.
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.
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.
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
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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