Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Support Singaporean Chefs! Yew Eng Tong and Aaron Wong at the Bocuse d'Or Asia 2014

Because you have to, right?

It doesn't really matter whether or not you are Singaporean; hell, few of the guys in the photo below are!  But these very well-known and generous chefs are donating their skills and time for a fundraising lunch on Saturday, 31 May 2014 in support of Singapore's mission to bring home the ultimate honour in global cooking competitions: the Bocuse d'Or.

From top left (l to r): Stephane Istel, Bruno Menard, Julien Royer, Christophe Megel, Yew Eng Tong (Candidate), Frederic Colin, Khoo Wee Bin, Aaron Wong (commis)

Saturday, 17 May 2014

RIP Laurence Faller of Domaine Weinbach, One of My Favourite Winemakers

Claudius, uncle to that troublesome Dane Hamlet, lamented that "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions".  So it was when earlier this week, I learned that Laurence Faller, winemaker and co-owner of Domaine Weinbach, had passed away on Monday night at the tender age of 47.

The formidable women of Domaine Weinbach (l to r): Colette, Catherine and Laurence Faller

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Jade Palace Dim Sum Banquet with Alsace Pinot Gris

The Alsace Society reconvened at Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant for another of our periodic varietal wine workshops.  Having already showcased the great Rieslings and Gewurztraminers of Alsace, the spotlight this time was on Pinot Gris, that chameleonic, intense yet oddly "in between two stools" variety.  And because restaurants were toeing a tough line on minimum spends and corkage policies on this Mothers'  Day weekend, Jade Palace (not to be confused with the now LVMH-owned Crystal Jade Golden Palace), that reliable standby and friend to all wine-lovers in Singapore, provided us with a double private room for what turned out to be a very long and enjoyable lunch.