This article originally appeared in Food&Wine.

As she adorns her circular dining table with vibrant purple, red, and hot pink dahlias from Long Island's North Fork Flower Farm, one thing is clear: Danielle Chang was born to host. When she's not producing Lucky Chow, her around-the-world series on Asian food and culture that recently aired its fourth season on PBS (or throwing food festivals around the country with chefs like David Chang, Anita Lo, and Masaharu Morimoto through her company LuckyRice), this is where she's most at home: in a stunning penthouse apartment in New York City's SoHo neighborhood, getting ready to entertain.

In this case, she's preparing to carefully celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year with a small group of close friends and family­. "I've been throwing Lunar New Year parties for about three decades now," she says. "In China, people literally take two weeks off from work for the holidays. Everything's shut down, and people just feast together."