This week's palette of activities is all about nourishment. We highlight two feasts—one from the East and one from the West— two meditative ancient Asian artforms and one soulful music outing to chase your blues away. Here are Thailand Tatler's picks of the week:
Northern Thai Styled Charcuterie And Wine
Northern Thai Bites with Wine Pairing
Northern Thai cuisine, relatable to European cuisine, is rooted in meats and rich condiments. So it wouldn't seem too crazy to be true that our Northern food would pair well with good wine. Chef Calong Sakkapalangkul of Dusit hotels in Chiang Mai and Village Farm And Winery's Viravat Cholvanich at least think it would make for a good marriage. The two F&B veterans join forces this Thursday (6-10pm) at the Dusit Thani Bangkok's Champagnes Bar to host a special tasting event featuring Northern Thai bites at live stations and selections of Korat wines. Make reservations at 0-2200-9000 ext. 2345 or email@example.com. The session is 1,500 ++ baht per person; 1,200++ baht per person for Dusit Gold members.
August 24, Dusit Thani Bangkok, 946 Rama 4 Road; 0-2200-9000, dusit.com/dusitthani/bangkok
El Matador Tapas VS Torres at Bamboo Chic Bar
El Matador here refers to the culinary prowess of chef Marco Cammarata, while Torres stands for Bodegas Torres, Spain's largest winery well into its 4th generation of impeccable viticulture. This Friday night (7-9:30pm), the Le Méridien Bangkok brings the two forces together to give you one powerful Spanish dining experience at the Bamboo Chic Bar. You'll be tempted with tapas like eggplant-manchego rolls, croquetas, champignons and lots of cheese and hams. Not to mention those famous Spanish seafood delicacies: raw oysters, mussels and steamed octopus with lemon and garnish. Claim your seat at 1,500 baht net per person and don't you dare go home without indulging in classic desserts, such as almond candy, milk flan and ice cream with Catalan cream.
August 25, Bamboo Chic Bar, 4th Floor, Le Méridien Bangkok, 40/5 Surawongse Road; 0-2232-8888, lemeridienbangkokpatpong.com
Yig-Tsal: Calligraphy Art of Tibet by Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar
How familiar are you with the mesmerising art of Tibetan calligraphy? An ancient Himalayan Buddhist tradition, Tibetan calligraphy carries with it both visual and scriptural value. Master calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakirshar focuses on a particular strain of the artform, known as u-med, in which brush strokes are released in a more free, flexible and hence flavourful manner. Witness his recent works in this style at Serindia Gallery from August 25 until September 30.
August 25-September 30, Serindia Gallery, O.P. Garden, soi Charoenkrung 36; 0-2238-6410, serindiagallery.com
Lose Yourself In Jazz
Live Swinging Piano Trio Jazz
Stressed out and worn out? Try a little night of live jazz on Saturday (9pm-late) at Le Café des Stagiaires. A three piece band comprised of Peter Gilligan on piano, Warin Thatan on bass and Shawn Kelley on drums are determined to give everyone in the club a good time with a variety of jazz sub-genres, including pop-jazz, Latin and Brazillian. Come with a friend or come alone and meet new friends there.
August 26, Le Café des Stagiaires, 142/21 soi Sathorn 12; 0-2235-8988, cafestagiaires.com
Become A Master At Japanese Woodblock Printing
Japanese Woodblock Printing Workshop with Ralph Kiggell
You're not a true Japanophile if you've yet to dabble in the art of Japanese woodblock printing. Artist Ralph Kiggell, who specialises in printmaking, will be hosting three woodblock printing workshops this week—night sessions (6:30-9pm) on August 24 and August 25 and one full day session on August 27 (10am-3:30pm). In addition to guiding you through the tools and techniques used in Japanese woodblock printing, Ralph will also be giving you insidght into the history and evolution of the art. A seat in the Thursday and Friday sessions cost 2,000 baht, while the full day session on Sunday is 4,000 baht per person. Sign up for as many as you like but hurry! Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Attic Studios to save your seat.
August 24, 25 and 27, Attic Studios, 45/4 soi Sukhumivit 31; 09-3950-0046, attic-studios.com