Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Appoints Christophe Sapy as Executive Pastry Chef

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is delighted to announce the appointment of Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Sapy to the hotel’s award-winning culinary team. Chef Sapy will oversee a team of 40 to ensure confectionery excellence for The Mandarin Cake Shop as well as the other dining outlets, room service, banquets, and offsite catering events.

 

The French native is a classically trained pastry chef with experience in working at first-class restaurants and hotels. Most recently, he was the mastermind of the pastry team at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok serving the most distinguished guests including the royal family of Thailand. Before coming to Asia in 2016, Chef Sapy played a pivotal role as an Executive Pastry Chef for more than a decade at some of the leading luxury hotels in the United Arab Emirates, such as St. Regis, Shangri-la and Le Meridien. Prior to that, he has worked alongside renowned Chef Régis Marcon and Chef Michel Troisgros at their three-Michelin-starred restaurants in France.

 

“Pâtisserie is an art form that is always evolving and has allowed me to really push the creative envelope. I believe in reinventing classic methods by adding my own personal contemporary adaptation to offer guests memorable sweet encounters,” says Chef Sapy. “My passion for pastry has given me so many wonderful experiences and now I’m honoured to be a part of this legendary hotel.”

Spring/Summer 2019 PRADA Eyewear Collection

Prada is synonymous with a style that has often anticipated and dictated aesthetic trends.
Innovative spirit, curiosity and strong artisan traditions are the tangible signs of the brand’s values that pervade the entire manufacturing process, from creation to shop floor.

SPRING/SUMMER 2019 PRADA EYEWEAR COLLECTION – WOMEN
A constant dichotomy between contemporary and classic, conventional and extraordinary – the intrinsic duality of the Spring/Summer 2019 Prada collection also reveals itself in the women’s eyewear collection. The new Prada eyewear collection for women captures a perfect mix of classic and modern elements: geometric lines, bold profiles and large acetate shapes blend with sophisticated – deliberately disruptive – metal details and irregular lines.

The SS 19 Prada Maquillage special collection takes its cue from the fashion show’s original theme. The glasses stay true to an extremely large wraparound silhouette that draws clean-cut lines framing the face. Acetate inserts give way to metal studs, and acetate profiles are reinterpreted as sleek, metal lines.
The new Prada Disguise collection counterpoises classic conservatism to creative experimentation, while geometric minimalism harmoniously collides with lively
camouflage colours. Lastly, the iconic Postcard collection makes a comeback, with a new edition combining large, feminine shapes with the essential design of the bold acetate profiles.


SPRING/SUMMER 2019 PRADA EYEWEAR COLLECTION – MEN

For Spring/Summer 2019, the men’s Prada eyewear collection blends modern inspirations with retro accents, continuing its pursuit of young, modern-day elegance.
Acetate frames with bold profiles are re-edited with a vintage twist, the shapes’ clean-cut geometry is combined with fine signature details adorning the constructions.

The Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show sunglasses nod to 1970s ski goggles with their single wraparound lens enlivened by a profile in contrasting colours and by a two-tone stylised triangle bearing the brand’s logo. Vintage inspirations and geometric style define the Prada Journal glasses, now presented in a new acetate version characterised by the comeback of bold profiles.

Izakaya-inspired Food Menu and Popular “2-for-1” Daily Happy Hour

The ThirtySix Launches Izakaya-inspired Food Menu and Popular “2-for-1” Daily Happy Hour

ThirtySix Bar & Co has already garnered a loyal following of discerning guests, who return for the venue’s highballs, modern-classic cocktails and the great selection of rare whiskey found in its Instagrammable Whiskey Vault. Now, a long-awaited Izakaya-inspired food menu has been launched at The ThirtySix Bar & Co this June, alongside brilliant “two-for-one” happy hour daily deals that will herald in the summer months in style.

The bar team at this leading cocktail divan have worked with the venue’s culinary team to create a menu that’s not only packed with brilliant flavours, but also pairs perfectly with the bar’s intriguing cocktails, perfect for cooling off after a hectic day at work. Influenced by the way great drinks and dishes travel to new horizons, much like the classic train journeys of old, after which the bar’s interiors are inspired, The ThirtySix Bar & Co’s Pan-Asian dishes are designed for sharing – some which served on skewers fresh from the charcoal grill.

Highlights of the ThirtySix Bar & Co’s food menu include a great selection of chargrilled skewers, including “Gyutan” ox tongue (HK$58); Spanish pork belly kimchi roll (HK$48);  chicken wingsTebamoto” in Yakiniku (HK$48); crunchy chicken “Nankotsu”  cartilage  (HK$42);  crispy Kava chicken skin (HK$38); squid with Korean citron sauce (HK$42);  and scallops in pesto (HK$72).

Other soul-soothing sharing items include the “Hotaru-Ika” firefly squid in sake soy sauce with wasabi cheese (HK$78); Sakura shrimp Kakiage-tempura (HK$68); Unagi avocado rolls (HK$78); and chicken crackling with salted egg (HK$68).

For something more substantial, guests can choose from the Old-Fashioned Burger (HK$138), inspired by the iconic cocktail, with Australian ground beef, bitter-infused orange and cherry jam with sesame or the Blue Cheese Fondant Burger (HK$158) with Australian ground beef, blue cheese, fig marmalade and balsamic onion.

Vegetarian lovers will also rejoice, as there are plenty of vegetarian items to satiate any craving, from crunchy edamame Kiritanpo served with wasabi-seaweed mayo (HK$68); and gooey grilled cheese Daifuku (HK$38); to rice crackers with veggie-mocktail mousseline (HK$88); succulent fried tofu in wasabi and tomato sauce (HK$48); eggplant Caprese (HK$52); and charcoal grilled seasonal fruits and vegetable platter (HK$108).

Happy Hour Summary
From June 1st onwards, Monday to Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm – starting price from HK$60 – “2-for-1” – beers, house wines, and selected classic cocktails

Address 
2/F, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Reservation
Phone:     +852 2336 4498 / +852 2336 1411
Email:       enquiry@thethirtysix.hk

Opening Hours 
Monday to Saturday -5pm to late

Website
thethirtysix.hk

Facebook
www.facebook.com/TheThirtySixBar

Instagram
@thethirtysixbar

 

Exclusive Curated Shopping Experiences for Fashionable Fans at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has unveiled a new curated personal shopping experience to ensure that guests can explore the city’s best kept shopping secrets and hidden retail hotspots.

Famed as a shopping paradise, Hong Kong offers an unparalleled variety of stores ranging from international designer brands to Asian and local labels. The hotel is ideally located overlooking Victoria Harbour in the heart of Central district, part of an extensive network of footbridges connecting the city, and a stone’s throw from the finest galleries, shopping and entertainment.

The hotel’s personal shopping experience is available exclusively for guests and led by seasoned shopping expert and accomplished stylist, Carla Snajder of CARLA Personal Styling. Carla uses her wealth of expertise and extensive network of contacts, to provide a bespoke experience for men and women. Each tour is curated to reflect individual style, during which guests meet designers for custom pieces and visit hidden boutiques, ateliers and showrooms around the city to shop in complete privacy.

Guest can choose from a range of options, including:

I’m a fan of…Timeless Elegance

From ready-to-wear to made-to-measure for women, guests are escorted to sophisticated boutiques featuring clothing made from the finest materials and exclusive prints as well as handmade footwear and accessories by internationally renowned lifestyle brands.

 

I’m a fan of…Trendy Designs

Guests are introduced to up and coming designer brands praised by fashion editors and featured on the runways, and visit stores offering art-inspired fashion, one-of-a-kind hand painted handbags, designer sunglasses, trendy clothing and footwear.

 

I’m a fan of…Sophisticated Jewellery

Shoppers have direct contact with some of Hong Kong’s most prolific jewellers, many of whom were featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, as well access to the city’s largest collection of rare and exotic gemstones and contemporary fine jewellery.

 

I’m a fan of…Vintage Treasures

From clothing and jewellery to antiques and collectables, guests explore a selection of unique vintage items in a variety of locations, including rare handbags usually only found in major auction houses.

 

I’m a fan of…Bespoke Menswear

The traditional craftsmanship of made-to-measure menswear is celebrated, with limited-edition vintage accessories, leather goods, handcrafted leather sneakers, and hand-painted shoes, as well as rare luxury collectables, antiques, timepieces and whiskies.

 

The personal shopping service is priced at HKD 750 per hour, must be booked two days in advance and guests are recommended to reserve a minimum of four hours. To make the most of the service, and everything else the hotel has to offer, guests can book the  Bed and Breakfast room package, with rates starting from HKD 4,480 per room per night. For further information and reservations, visit mandarinoriental.com/hongkong.

Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong – Philip Colbert: Lobster Land

Philip Colbert: Lobster Land
23 May 2019 – 28 June 2019
Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong

Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present “Lobster Land”, Philip Colbert’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Born in Scotland and living and working in London, Colbert has created a global following for his cartoon lobster persona and his masterful hyper pop history paintings. His work powerfully explores the patterns of contemporary digital culture and its relationship to a deeper art historical dialogue. “I became an artist when I became a Lobster” says Colbert.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 16: Philip Colbert attends Philip Colbert Solo Exhibition Opening At Saatchi Gallery Los Angeles, Presented By Unit London at Saatchi Gallery on February 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Crotty/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Philip Colbert

Graduating with an MA in Philosophy from University of St Andrews, Colbert’s work has received international acclaim in museums and galleries worldwide for his energetic and refreshing approach to painting and pop theory. Inspired by early Pop painters such as Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist, Colbert’s paintings cross high art themes from old master paintings and contemporary art theory with everyday symbols of mass contemporary culture, all narrated through the eyes of Colbert’s cartoon Lobster
alter ego. Colbert is often hailed as the “godson of Andy Warhol” and has been championed as a contemporary pop master by prominent art world figures such as Charles Saatchi and Simon De Pury.

Colbert’s seminal NEW PAINTINGS & HUNT PAINTINGS exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery in 2017 and 2018 showed his transition into epic large scale works on canvas, and has led to a series of museum shows worldwide. “I am really excited to be doing my first solo show in Hong Kong with Whitestone. Over the last few years I have been so inspired to spend time here”, says Colbert. “The paintings and sculptures in the show are from a new series of Lobster Land hunt paintings I have been working on, where I have developed a new hyper real abstract aesthetic and this is the first exhibition of these new works”.

Largest MoMA Design Store

Largest MoMA Design Store in Asia Launches in Hong Kong in August 2019

The Museum of Modern Art announced that its first Design Store in Greater China is set to open at K11 MUSEA in August 2019. MoMA Design Store Hong Kong will feature an exceptional selection of global design objects and gifts inspired by MoMA’s collection. The store will offer a thoughtful selection of MoMA Publications and books, MoMA-exclusive products and limited edition products developed specially for the Hong Kong store. The 6,000 square foot store, located in the heart of the city’s Victoria Dockside redevelopment, will pay homage to Hong Kong by infusing local elements into the store design in collaboration with local architect Edge Design that embody the city’s unique spirit. Upon opening, it will become the largest MoMA Design Store in Asia, where MoMA has two other Design Store locations in Tokyo and Kyoto.

 

As an extension of The Museum of Modern Art’s educational mission, MoMA Design Store exemplifies good design with a well-edited selection of products highlighting the latest in materials, production, and design concepts from around the world. All of the products at the MoMA Stores are reviewed and approved by MoMA’s curators, some are represented in the Museum’s design collection, and many are MoMA exclusives.

MoMA Design Store Hong Kong will feature an immersive store environment that elevates local materials and workmanship. Guests will enjoy a contemporary setting that encourages them to fully explore the store and discover the array of beautifully designed items. MoMA ambassadors will be on-hand to share the design stories behind each product and help guests gain an intimate understanding of what constitutes “good design.” Gift wrapping, pre-order and delivery services will also be available to further facilitate a seamless retail experience.

 

Open from August 2019, the new MoMA Design Store Hong Kong will be located in K11 MUSEA, the most ambitious retail project of Adrian Cheng that will be the crown jewel of K11’s Cultural-Retail concept, curated to offer visitors the best-in-class immersive retail experience along a reinvigorated Tsim Sha Tsui harbour front.

Grassroots Pantry

Grassroots Pantry, the award-winning restaurant founded by Chef Peggy Chan that pioneered plant-based cuisine in Hong Kong, is evolving from its current concept. The existing space will transform into Nectar from 25 July. Grassroots Pantry’s last day of service will be 10 July before unveiling the new, high-end concept featuring a progressive, plant-driven tasting experience.

 

Since launching Grassroots Pantry in 2012, Executive Chef Peggy Chan has been at the forefront of the sustainable food movement in Hong Kong. Aside from being a celebrated chef and an impassioned educator, Peggy is also an authoritative voice on responsible sourcing and implementing sustainable practices. Nectar will allow Peggy to build on this already impressive legacy.

 

Nectar reflects my evolution as a chef and an impact-driven restaurateur” explains Peggy. “Seven years ago, Grassroots Pantry introduced Hong Kong diners to plant-based cuisine and cultivated an appreciation of the farm-to-table philosophy. We have always prided ourselves on raising awareness of a conscious-consumption lifestyle. At the same time, we have pushed creative boundaries beyond taste and aesthetics to explore the full potential of plant-based ingredients. With Nectar, we are excited to further elevate the dining experience, creating holistic, nutrient-dense, and seasonal tasting menus using locally-sourced organic ingredients.”

 

As part of this enduring evolution, Peggy will also debut Pollen Lab, another Grassroots initiative, planned for late summer. Pollen Lab will be an educational platform for ongoing culinary exploration. At the heart of the Grassroots mission is a drive to educate and empower others to take action. Raising awareness of the need to accelerate urgent changes in our food system and encouraging the public to make more informed food choices will be a central theme. Pollen Lab will offer structured educational programmes, interactive workshops, and cooking lessons aimed at both passionate cooks and professional chefs. It will also act as a hub for research and development into plant-based, raw, and functional foods. Taking an integrated approach to wellness and nutrition, activities conducted in the Pollen Lab will inform Nectar’s seasonal tasting menus.

 

The space will also provide Peggy with opportunities to expand The Collective’s Table, her ongoing initiative to share knowledge with local celebrated chefs on using plant-based alternatives, minimising food waste and adopting zero waste practices. Designed to challenge chefs to move beyond their comfort zone, The Collective’s Table allows chefs to collaborate on a tasting menu and appreciate the complexities and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

 

Adds Peggy: “As the names suggest, Nectar and Pollen Lab represent our natural growth and are complementary operations that foster holistic wellness. Grassroots Pantry was the initial seedling that blossomed over time. Throughout the years, we bore fruit and Nectar represents the next chapter in our evolution. At Nectar, our intention is to attract diners who are drawn to our experiential tasting menus, our functional foods and clean-eating approach, as well as our unwavering commitment to using locally-sourced organic ingredients. Taking our cues from nature, Pollen Lab will be the hub for where we share systems change knowledge, encourage the industry to take accountability on the impact our activities have on the environment, and to work collectively towards the reduction of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

Details on Nectar’s launch menu and Pollen Lab’s workshops and educational programmes will be available early July.

 

Grassroots Pantry

Address| Shop D, G/F, CentreStage, 108 Hollywood Road, Central

Telephone| +852 2873 3353

info@grassrootspantry.com

www.grassrootspantry.com

 

For more information, please visit:

Nectarexperience.co

Pollenlab.co

Grassrootsinitiatives.co

The Langham Hotels & Resorts | Celebrate The Everyday

The Langham Hotels & Resorts unveils today its new logo and brand campaign to affirm its well-earned position within the ultra-luxury hotel segment. Through the use of video, photography, and digital experience platforms, “Celebrate The Everyday,” which has been a year in the making, draws on The Langham brand’s respected reputation to set the scene where people choose to celebrate their lives’ most significant milestones.

“As The Langham brand grows with new hotels being established throughout the world, we wanted a landmark campaign that clearly defines those rare and exceptional things that characterize true luxury and what our hotels do best,” said Stefan Leser, chief executive officer of Langham Hospitality Group.

“For the past year, we have been listening to our guests and immersing in deep-dive discussions about what they want from their luxury hotel experience, and the answer was right there staring at our face all along: people come to The Langham to create joyful memories for their future. They are trusting that their most special occasions, be they big or small, will be cherished and valued by us. And we realized then that there’s really no bigger honour for hoteliers than to fully own that mantle of celebrations and play a part in creating these wonderful memories for our guests.”

The new campaign also addresses a key priority that Leser believes is essential to The Langham’s long-term success within an evolving luxury consumer mindset: to raise the awareness of the brand as an ultra-luxury contender to match the reality of The Langham hotels’ exemplary service and stellar product offerings.

“We have consistently high favourability ratings and reviews amongst our guests about our hotels,” commented Leser. “However, we discovered that many of them would describe The Langham using terms such as ‘best-kept secret’ and ‘hidden gem.’ Whilst flattering and complimentary, however, that only spurred us to elevate the public’s understated perception of the brand to match the verified reality of their positive Langham luxury experience. That was when we decided to amplify our marketing voice with this campaign, which will, in turn, achieve fundamentally beneficial results for the company in terms of raising its brand value.”

Unique to the brand’s previous platforms which were inspired by whimsical takes on fairytale-like scenarios, “Celebrate The Everyday” features vignettes of cherished moments from real-life guests’ experiences. These were infused and recreated in the lead character’s narrative as she reminisced about her treasured memories at The Langham (e.g. a surprise dinner for two in the depths of a Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant, an impromptu family picnic on a sun-dappled garden terrace, a joyous weekend with best friends in the suite,) – to wit, scenes that are imbued with kinetic energy, an up-tempo soundtrack, and the signature Langham pink hues.

 

If the new campaign looks completely different from its predecessor which had depicted sleek models in languid, detached poses attired in resplendent formal dress, Leser said that was purely intentional: “We wanted ‘Celebrate The Everyday’ to move away from the stilted postures and reflect instead the real-life celebratory whims of our guests, which are sometimes spontaneous, a little playful, and a touch irreverent.”

He added, “Being in the luxury level does not mean one has to be stuffy, conventional and staid. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – I believe that true luxury lies in the freedom to express joy and humour, and we at The Langham can help create and share those endearing moments for our guests.”

Filmed on location in and around The Langham hotels in London, New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Sydney, the brand journey was guided by creative director Alex Delgado whose work has been championed by iconic establishments such as Lane Crawford, Ippolita and Revlon, director Ernest J. Martin (Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman) and celebrated still photographer Tom Craig (Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Vanity Fair and Net-a-Porter.)

“Celebrate The Everyday” will be rolled out worldwide in phases throughout the year, with key executions in print publications, online sites, LanghamHotels.com, hotel rooms, and social media networks.

The refreshed Langham logo draws its inspiration from the brand’s distinctively British heritage when The Langham, London was opened in 1865 by the Prince of Wales. Known as Europe’s first grand hotel, The Langham played host at the time to elegant soirees and inspirational dinners; notable revellers included Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Marie Louise de la Ramée, and members of European royalty.

The Langham Hotels and Resorts on Instagram (@langhamhotels) and Facebook (@thelanghamhotels) and Twitter (@thelanghamhotel).

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London’s Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House 2018/19 Live Cinema Season will exclusively present critically acclaimed French composer Charles-François Gounod’s most famous opera – Faust (8, 9 and 12 June 2019) in 20 Event Cinemas and 7 Village Cinemas locations nationally.

Gounod’s Faust was inspired by Goethe’s drama about a man who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for youth, power and the love of Marguerite. Stunning solo and choral numbers from Michael Fabiano and Irina Lungu, teamed with a sensational production from David McVicar deliver the epitome of theatrical spectacle and musical pleasure.

Participating Event Cinemas include: Campbelltown, Castle Hill, Cronulla, Beverly Hills, Bondi Junction, Burwood, Macquarie, Indooroopilly, Kotara, Pacific Fair, Cairns Earlville, Coolangatta, Noosa, Maroochydore, Toowoomba Strand, Marion, Glenelg, Capitol Manuka, Innaloo and Palmerston.

Participating Village Cinemas include: Knox, Geelong, Karingal, Albury, Rivoli, Eastlands and Launceston.

A scene from Faust by Gounod @ Royal Opera House. Directed by David McVicar. Conductor, Dan Ettinger.
(Opening 11-04-19)

Audiences in Australia, are never far from a performance at the Royal Opera House, with the broadcast screened in 20 Event Cinemas nationwide and from 7 Village Cinemas in Victoria and Hobart from until July 2019.

During 2018/19, the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden will exclusively present ten thrilling performances of world-class opera and ballet to cinemas across Australia. This forms part of the Royal Opera House’s celebrations of ten years of cinema broadcasting in 2018 and of selling more than one million cinema tickets worldwide during the 2017/18 Season.

All Wednesday sessions at Event Cinemas will include complimentary morning tea. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for concessions, $102 for a multi pass to six titles.

For tickets and further information visit www.eventcinemas.com.au/roh and www.villagecinemas.com.au