Celebrating 160 Years of American Chinese Cuisine

Chinese FoodThere are so many different award ceremonies for so many different categories, it’s hard to keep up. This one is delicious and worth knowing about. The 9th Annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Awards Ceremony will be held on February 16th, organized by the Chinese Restaurant Foundation. The highlight of this year’s awards show is the ribbon cutting ceremony for a 40-feet-long wall exhibit  “the Sweet and Sour Timeline”, celebrating the milestones within the last 160 years of American Chinese Cuisine from the clay pots to the “melting pot”.  

Over 300 restaurateurs and chefs from 39 states, Canada and China are expected to attend. Honorable guests include Congress Member Judy Chu, the Smithsonian Representative Cedric Yeh, Master Chef Martin Yan, Newark Mayor Alan Nagy, Fremont Mayor Harrison & top Chinese restaurant chain representatives including PF Chang‘s and Panda Express. Top 100 Local Favorite Chinese Restaurants and Top 10 Chains will be awarded following the ribbon cutting. Chinese restaurants in America evolve all the way from the first one opened in San Francisco in 1849 to a total number exceeding forty-six thousand, collectively grossing a sales revenue of 32 billion dollars in 2012.

The Chinese Restaurant Foundation, officially established in 2011, is the first non-profit trade association for the Chinese restaurant professionals, to promote the development of Chinese Cuisine in the US.  (

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