Naphalai's Diary: March 25-31
Am I glad last week is finally behind me
It was an extremely stressful period, as we had to do all possible to get our annual restaurant guide, Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2019, finished in order to have the publication ready for the launch event on April 23. But finish we did. Then there was also the Clutter Sale, a bazaar for the sale of pre-loved items with proceeds going to cancer research. This is the 13th year that my friends and I have organised this with over eight million baht donated so far. But let me tell you, it is a lot of work getting donors, preparing the items for sale and getting people to come. It was worth the effort though as this year we had one of our most successful turnouts with the ballroom of Anantara Siam crowded with vendors and shoppers, and raised more money than last year. We all deserve a big pat on the back.
Opening of Sirivannavari at Siam Paragon
Other than that I didn’t go to any big events last week, just small, casual ones that I could fit in around my workload. Probably the grandest was the opening of the Sirivannavari flagship store at Siam Paragon, with an interior of marble, glass, smoked mirror and hand-painted elements that evoke the spirit of the Maison. HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana presided over the event herself and graciously greeted the guests who came all ready to shop.
Jaspal X Andre Saraiva
Still on fashion, Jaspal Gallery led by Viseth Singhsachathet, unveiled its collaboration with Swedish graffiti artist Andre Saraiva at its store at Siam Paragon. He has designed a stylish streetwear collection for summer featuring bright, fun colours. At the event, the artist also demonstrated a drawing of one of his designs to the delight of the guests.
Le Petit Chef
There were also several food events, the most interesting one being Le Petit Chef at Park Hyatt’s Embassy Room. This is an innovative culinary journey using 3D visual technology to create an animated show on the table top, projecting a little chef who takes diners from Marseilles to Arabia, India, the Himalayas and China. At each stop, the hotel’s chef de cuisine Pierre Tavernier has created dishes to reflect each destination. Dinner Time Stories has partnered with Park Hyatt to offer this unique dining experience for dinner until July 1.
Eat @ Gaysorn
Another food event was at Gaysorn Village. Eat at Gaysorn is a campaign that runs the whole month of April, where each of the 23 restaurants here have created special menus for lunch. The top three spenders will receive a three-litre bottle of Pol Roger Brut Reserve. Those invited to the preview on the day I went were able to enjoy each course at a different restaurant, starting with a sandwich at Burger and Lobster, northeastern food at De Tummour, dessert at Provence and coffee at Snap.
Brunch At Tiffany's
Then there was a brunch at the new Tiffany & Co store at IconSiam, in the style of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A table had been set up in the middle of the store with elegant plates, cutlery and glasses from the brand. Hosted by country manager Apinya Dolan, the event was also to introduce its Believe in True Love rings.
Dewar’s claims it made the original highball and together with Greyhound at J Avenue, it hosted the Double H party featuring three new flavours. There was also a workshop where a variety of mixers, syrups and flavours were available for everyone to make their own highballs. Not a whisky drinker myself, I did, however, create a drink that I totally enjoyed.
Central, Central, Central
On one day last week there were three events at around the same time at Central World: the celebration of Ocean Life’s 70th anniversary, fashion show of La Boutique and Central Pattana’s Summer Spirit campaign launch. I made an appearance at Central Pattana’s promotion which presents eat and shop experiences at 32 branches of the Central malls throughout the month of April. The launch was hosted by CPN’s Pakorn Partanapat and Dr Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana and featured a fashion show of the latest summer collection from various brands.
Finally I dropped by the opening of Flamenco, a Spanish-inspired night spot on the top floor of Helix at a EmQuartier. This another of Supaluck Umpujh's babies, where she was totally hands on in its creation. The clubbing crowd will love this latest hot spot.
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: March 18-24)