frame (holiday gift guide) Chinese New Year by Ann Arbor's Of Rice & Men

Feb 5th - Feb 7th

frame (holiday gift guide)
Lunar Chinese New Year
Ann Arbor’s
Of Rice + Men
frame’s Winter Home
the yurts @ frame
frame @ home

What better way to ring in the Chinese New Year than with a full-blown badass traditional epic feast by Ann Arbor’s, Of Rice + Men.

In our Heated Yurts for 6 or Neatly Packaged to Rock a Chinese Celebration @ home, there are plenty of ways to celebrate (and eat) your way into the new Lunar year, frame-style. Plan on Chinese staples that are not only crazy delicious but also symbolically important to good health and long life, representing a clean start to the beginning of the New Year.

Think Multiple Courses each with distinct, historical significance to set ourselves on a track for wealth, success, and good luck in the new year.

Longevity Noodles:  called 长寿面 chángshòu miàn, represent a long, long life

Spring Rolls: the name 春卷 (chūnjǔn) literally means spring and roll, and refers to the spring season. Because of their resemblance to gold bars, people also eat spring rolls to attract good fortune for the coming year.

Dumplings: representing wealth because of their close appearance to Chinese gold ingots, which are oval, boat-shaped hunks of gold used as currency in imperial China. Families typically wrap their own dumplings and continue wrapping until midnight to signify leaving the old year behind. Some families will hide a coin in one of the dumplings, and whoever receives that dumpling is believed to have a prosperous year. ( good idea!)

And Whole Fish: a staple for New Year celebrations intended to welcome prosperity for the entire year. ”It’s customary to serve the fish with the head and tail intact and only eat the middle because of another expression: 有头有尾 (yǒutóuyǒuwěi), which literally means “to have both a head and a tail.” This means to be disciplined and finish everything that one starts.

We are looking ahead to 2021 — the Year of the Ox, and its message couldn’t be clearer: Success will come to those who work hard. Really hard. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal with positive and honest characteristics.
So shall we say : It’s not just what you expect from the Ox Year, but What the Ox expects from you.

Look up your Chinese Zodiac and gather your guests wisely. Most compatible with the Rat, Snake and Rooster. We feel this gift fits the bill for anyone ready for a Taste of Good Fortune.


(  01  )
Guava & Salted Plum Sphere

(  02  )
Longevity Noodle
Wild Forest Mushroom, Baby Bok Choy

 (  03  )
Dim Sum
Berkshire Soup Dumpling, Shrimp Sui Mai, Chicken Spring Roll

(  04  )
Whole Branzino
Ginger, Garlic Chives, Sesame

 (  05  )
Peking Duck
Marinated Tangerine, Hoisin, Scallion Pancake

(  06  )
Nian Gao
Traditional Chinese New Year Cake

Tang Yuan
Black Sesame Dumpling, Warm Ginger Soup

Hong Kong Mango Pudding

++   Chef is requesting no dietary changes to this menu  ++

Option #1 (the yurts @ frame)
parties booked for 6 guests per yurt

booking parties of six to dine in our new frame format; preserving the uniqueness of the frame experience while staying extremely conscious of the role we play in minimizing the spread of coronavirus. 

$65 per person + tax and service fee
February 5th, Friday – 5:30pm & 8:30pm
February 6th, Saturday – 5:30pm & 8:30pm
February 7th, Sunday – 6:00pm

Lunar Chinese New Year feast by the Chefs of, Ann Arbor’s Of Rice & Men

A Perfectly Paired Beverage Pairing by frame’s cocktail mixtress Jazmine Weaver.
++ a-la-carte beer, wine, and cocktails

Option #2 (frame @ home)
frame @ home
$65 per person + tax and service fee
Pick-up time at 7:30pm per evening (limited availability)

Lunar Chinese New Year feast by the Chefs of, Ann Arbor’s Of Rice & Men neatly prepared to enjoy @ home. Decorations included in your to-go box~ for the full celebration effect.

Paired Retail Wine for frame @ home by our resident Sommelier, Bryan Lamorena.
Cocktail Carafes for frame @ home by our resident mixtress, Jazmine Weaver.

Pre-Covid canceled frame tickets:
If you have a frame credit that you would like to use for this experience please email us here and we will happily honor your credit.

Covid Protocols at frame
Please know that our response plan includes every measure of the protocol on workplace infection-control practice and health and safety training for both dine-in and carry out. Masks are required when entering our yurts, inside @ frame, and walking around the building but can be taken off once seated. booking parties of six to dine in our new frame format; preserving the uniqueness of the frame experience while staying extremely conscious of the role we play in minimizing the spread of coronavirus.
Based on the nature of our ever changing climate, you can always change your reservation to frame@home on the day of your ticketed experience.  

Give the gift of frame:
Not exactly sure which experience to choose from in frame’s holiday gift guide? We’ve got you covered. Choose a gift card by clicking HERE and let your recipient choose between a frame@home dinner kit, a Yurt dining experience, a box of bubbles and more!

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Please choose:
the yurts @ frame (one price for up to 6 guests)
frame @ home

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