The OKC Asian Chamber held its first-ever gala with more than 360 guests at La Bella Event Center. During the event, Chamber President Scarlet Le-Cao introduced the organization’s first executive director, Cassie Kalancha. It also recognized three inaugural award honorees: The Civic Pioneer Award went to Super Cao Nguyen Market (Ba Luong, co-owner), the Vanguard Award to Jeff Chanchaleune of Ma Der Lao Kitchen — a James Beard Award finalist — and the Emerging Entrepreneur Award to Jenny Nguyen of Lee’s Sandwiches and Bun Box. Vietnamese, Filipino and Indian appetizers were provided by four guest chefs, including Chef Jeff Chanchaleune, Chef Bryan Le, Chefs Vangie and Ben Vilog and Chefs Khurshid and Israt Jahan. Dinner was a lavish and unique four-course culinary creation from Golden Phoenix.