Celebrate the Season With Wine Tastings, Cooking Demos and Special Appearances Featuring Kwame Onwuachi, Brooke Williamson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Douglass Williams, Linda & Drew Scott, Alexander Smalls and More
Meredith Corporation‘s FOOD & WINE will host its second virtual FOOD & WINE Classic at Home event, offering a special culinary experience to celebrate the holiday season on December 5 at 5 pm ET, with tickets on sale now at foodandwine.com/ClassicAtHome.
Hosted by FOOD & WINE Culinary Editor at Large Justin Chapple, the FOOD & WINE Classic at Home: Holiday Edition will include cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs Kwame Onwuachi, Brooke Williamson and Douglass Williams; wine pairings with wine experts Ray Isle of FOOD & WINE and Leslie Sbrocco; and special appearances by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Linda & Drew Scott, Alexander Smalls, Marissa Mullen, FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis and more. FOOD & WINE will make a contribution to No Kid Hungry to further support their mission of ending child hunger. To learn more about No Kid Hungry, visit: www.nokidhungry.org/foodandwine.
Hunter Lewis said, “We’re excited to bring the pages of FOOD & WINE to life and partner with our friends in the food world to kick off the holidays in style. No matter how you’ll be celebrating this season, we’ll offer up smart ideas for holiday cooking, advice for finding the perfect wines to pair and pour, and tips for small-scale entertaining. We’ll also be making a donation to an important cause, No Kid Hungry, and we hope that those who are able to will join us in donating to No Kid Hungry to support their mission of ending childhood hunger.”
Wine packages are available for purchase to the sip along with the live tastings and to enjoy throughout the holiday season at www.wine.com/classicathome.* The two featured wine seminars with corresponding wine packages available for purchase are Cozy Winter Reds with Leslie Sbrocco and Spectacular Sparklingfor the Holidays with Ray Isle.
Enjoy the best of both worlds with the ultimate city and mountain getaway filled with winter fun, including skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, snowshoeing, a spa retreat and the finest gastronomy the city has to offer
Guests can take advantage of a Third Night Free offer when booking two consecutive nights to extend the fun
Montreal is the seductive Paris of North America sitting at the edge of the Canadian wilderness. So, as such, the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal has crafted the quintessential winter experience to treat travellers and locals to the perfect Montreal winter escape. The luxurious package features a two-night stay with a complimentary third night to enjoy seasonal activities from intense to utterly relaxing.
On arrival, guests will settle in at MARCUS Lounge + Bar inside the Hotel’s bustling Social Square, where the city’s who’s who and global travellers mingle. They will challenge the resident mixologist to craft a bespoke cocktail just for them and follow their libation with dinner at MARCUS Restaurant, the first Canadian outpost by internationally-acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Their senses will be awakened with an innovative feast of seafood and farm-to-table vegetables at this lively contemporary brasserie.
On the second day, guests will head for a rugged snow adventure at Mont-Tremblant, North America’s #1 ski resort in the East. They will ride a chauffeured SUV or private helicopter to exhilarating mountain slopes and sharpen their skiing and snowboarding skills with elite instructors. Alternatively, they may explore invigorating forest trails on a snowmobile, snowshoe or skate on a majestic frozen lake, and warm up with a hot chocolate at a luxurious mountain chalet. At nightfall, they will stroll under the twinkling lights of Mont-Tremblant’s European-style pedestrian village and enjoy dinner before returning downtown to the enveloping comfort of their Four Seasons room.
On the last day, their winter adventure will continue on Mount Royal Park, a mountain in the heart of the city, minutes away from the Hotel. They will venture through its winding paths on snowshoes or cross-country skis, skate on Beaver Lake, or snow-tube down the hills with their whole family. As the sun sets, they will relax and restore their body and mind at Four Seasons Spa, where they may explore the sensations of Kneipp hydrotherapy, solo or couple massages, steam sauna, and a glass of champagne poolside before drifting to dreamland on a Spa daybed.
Advance booking is required with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. Inclusions cannot be modified or substituted. This experience is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract, and does not apply to groups. Rates are per room, per night, may vary by arrival date, and do not include taxes, service charges, gratuities or surcharges, unless otherwise noted. Early departure fees may apply, and rates and availability are subject to change, with some blackout dates in place.
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The creative genius behind Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar won the 13th Annual Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition. From New Orleans to Texas, and all the way north of the border in Ontario, Canada, twelve finalists made the trip to Chicago to participate in the competition.
Prior to the final round, Longo participated in a series of competitions across the United States, including in Nashville and his current home, Miami. His undeniable talent and creativity brought him to the grand finale where he participated in three challenges. Continuing to push boundaries and think outside of the box, Valentino mastered each stage of the competition, the Botanical Stage, the Canvas Challenge and of course, the Final Cocktail Challenge.
Incorporating the premium gin, Bombay Sapphire, the finalists were instructed to craft an original, new and innovative cocktail to present to the judges in under seven minutes. His final cocktail, The Decisive Moment used Bombay Sapphire Gin, fortified bergamot and sherry lactic blend, garnished with two drops of coconut olive oil and two drops of coffee balsamic.
Though dreaming up beautifully handcrafted cocktails is what he does best, to Longo, the art of bartending is a method of storytelling, a state of mind and a philosophy. Between his craftsmanship and unique view on bartending, his narrative certainly resonated with the judges. The Most Imaginative Bartender competition feeds into Bombay Sapphire’s “Stir Creativity” platform, based on the belief that creativity exists within everyone, and Valentino’s artistry is unparalleled.
“Competing with eleven of the best bartenders in the US has been not just a privilege, but a true honour,” says Longo. “We all learned how much we can give and how much we believe in ourselves but mostly, we learned that we’re true artists in what we do in and outside of the bar. Thank you to Bombay Sapphire and Tales of the Cocktail for giving us a platform to express ourselves, reaching spaces that we didn’t even know we could. Thank you for believing in this industry.“
Longo will return to Miami as a national winner and continue to share and showcase his expertise with those who visit the Surfside paradise. Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 12:00 midnight, and Friday through Saturday from 3:00 pm to 12:30 am.
Love is in the air at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, as the Hotel embraces the art of romance and prepares to host a 2020 Valentine’s Day celebration like no other. Guests can treat their significant others to exquisite dining or a romantic getaway with an overnight stay at the most iconic hideaway of the Athenian Riviera.
Mercato sparks the romance with a fabulous four-course dinner carefully crafted by Chef Bertrand Valegeas, served throughout the weekend from Friday, February 14 until Sunday, February 16, 2020.
A glass of Taittinger Rosé Champagne introduces patrons to the romantic dining experience before the first course of red carabineros shrimps with marinated foie gras and passion fruit coulis arrives to the table. Savour the second course, the signature homemade lobster ravioli with black winter truffle and lime zest. Then, the third course is a choice between US prime beef fillet with chanterelle mushrooms, pomme Maxim’s, caramelised onions and guanciale, or roasted fillet of sole with oscietra caviar beurre blanc, basil and beetroot gnocchi. The exquisite night ends on a sweet note with a dessert created for this special occasion: a red berries heart with lime cream, vanilla and tonka bean ice cream, and then guests can take with them an assorted chocolates box as a souvenir of the time they spent in Four Seasons in Athens. The dinner is priced at EUR 75 per person.
The romantics will wish to celebrate love all weekend long with an overnight stay. The Hotel’s Valentine’s Weekend Package offers the special room rate of EUR 250 per night for stays between February 13 and 16, 2020 along with themed in-room amenities, a bottle of sparkling wine, a celebration cake and late checkout. Impressing a loved one has never been easier with the help of the concierge team, who can help create the most memorable touches: stage a guest room with red roses, champagne for two, a path of rose petals, chocolate truffles and more.
Kira Helper and Dmitri Burtis of Boston, MA Win a Dream Wedding and Reception in the Weill Terrace Room and Weill Music Room atop Carnegie Hall on April 25, 2020
After receiving submissions from more than 800 couples from across the United States, Carnegie Hall has awarded its Dream Wedding to Kira Helper and Dmitri Burtis of Boston, MA. Their entry was selected for its creativity and originality as they mused on love and the meaning of music in their original submission video.
Composer and drummer Dmitri Burtis first met musical theater performer and music therapist Kira Helper as undergraduate students at Berklee College of Music about five and a half years ago through a mutual friend. In September 2018, Dmitri proposed in the Kyoto Garden of Holland Park while on a trip to London. On winning the Grand Prize, the couple offered “We just feel so grateful for this opportunity. What a way for us to start the rest of our lives together!”
Matching the artistry and grandeur of its world-renowned performance venues, Carnegie Hall’s extraordinary classic and contemporary event spaces feature an expansive rooftop terrace, a private dining room with historic fixtures, and newly renovated, flexible spaces with dramatic windows that showcase Central Park and skyline views.
Whether for an elegant wedding, festive family celebration, chic corporate gathering, or non-profit gala, Constellation, Carnegie Hall’s on-site exclusive culinary partner, brings each host’s vision to life with delicious fare presented beautifully and served with choreographed precision. For more information to help plan your next event at Carnegie Hall, visit carnegiehall.org/eventspaces.
American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and Louise Whitfield were married on April 22, 1887 in a quiet ceremony attended by a small number of family and friends. Immediately afterwards, they boarded a ship for their honeymoon in Great Britain. On that trip, it is believed that Andrew first considered building a new music hall in New York City. Since 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for excellence in musical performance. From Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mahler, and Bartók to George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, Count Basie, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra, the Hall has been the aspirational destination for the world’s finest musicians.
Today, Carnegie Hall presents a wide range of performances each season on its three stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall, and innovative Zankel Hall—including concert series curated by acclaimed artists and composers; citywide festivals featuring collaborations with leading New York City cultural institutions; orchestral performances, chamber music, new music concerts, and recitals; and the best in jazz, world, and popular music. Complementing these performance activities, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute creates extensive music education and social impact programs that annually serve more than 600,000 people in the New York City area, nationally, and internationally, playing a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org.
Thompson Hotels Lifestyle Brand Expands To Nation’s Capital, In The Heart Of Bustling, Emerging Navy Yard Neighborhood
The Hyatt Hotels Corporation announces the opening of Thompson Washington D.C., the Thompson Hotels brand’s first property in the nation’s capital. Located in the emerging Navy Yard neighborhood, the new hotel features 225 sleek and modern guestrooms and suites, along with restaurant and bar concepts by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, positioning Thompson Washington D.C. to serve as amodern hub for locals and visitors against the backdrop of the city’s dynamic waterfront neighborhood, located less than one mile from Capitol Hill and other major D.C. monuments and museums.
Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an award-winning boutique lifestyle hospitality brand with a collection of stunning, dynamic properties. Each of Thompson Hotels’ urban and resort location offers a carefully layered environment that molds into its surrounding community. Evoking thought through in-the-know perspectives, guests are provided tailored stays with connections to world-class culinary offerings, arts and entertainment, and groundbreaking design. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes The Beekman and Gild Hall in New York City; Thompson Nashville; Thompson Seattle; Thompson Chicago; The Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico; Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico; Thompson Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast; and its newest property, Thompson Washington D.C. in the Navy Yard neighborhood.
The newly built 11-story property is designed as a sophisticated lifestyle hotel, with architecture by New York-based Studios Architecture and interiors by award-winning firm Parts and Labor Design. The hotel’s deeply textured façade and large industrial-inspired windows are a visual standout that embody the historic industrial language of the neighborhood, The Yards, a 42-acre waterfront development at the center of Capitol Riverfront’s Navy Yard neighborhood. As the first lifestyle hotel in the growing mixed-used development, Thompson Washington D.C. is designed to be a social anchor in The Yards community, joining dozens of specialty retailers, restaurants, high-end residences, and cultural attractions. Situated on D.C.’s scenic riverfront, outdoor parks such as the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and The Yards Park are all mere steps from the hotel, inviting visitors to walk around and explore.
“We are proud to introduce the sophisticated and evocative Thompson Washington D.C. to the nation’s capital,” said General Manager Sherry Abedi. “Thompson Hotels is a brand that has always boldly pushed the norms of a traditional hotel experience, and we look forward to super-serving our global visitors, World of Hyatt members, and the Washington, D.C. community with a stylish destination to eat, drink, connect and relax. We have already felt a warm welcome from the neighborhood’s residents and local businesses.”
The hotel’s interiors were inspired by the Thompson brand’s signature mid-century modern aesthetic and the area’s notable Navy Yard, incorporating industrial patterns and textures found in the neighborhood’s historic naval structures. The hotel’s 225 guestrooms, including 17 suites, boast floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views of the Anacostia River and Nationals Park. Two expansive Thompson Suites also feature stunning outdoor terraces with views of the Washington Navy Yard. Each guestroom features custom headboards upholstered in a mélange wool boucle from Holland complemented by sherry and plume-colored leather framed in a dark oak. Additional room elements include bathroom vanity tops made of green onyx and Brazilian white avalanche marble, 400-thread-count SFERRA linens, Tivoli radios, 55″ flat screen HD TVs, D.S. & Durga custom bath products, and kimono-style robes. The hotel’s mini bars are stocked with locally sourced items, including guilt-free snacks and candles from Frères Branchiaux Candle Co., where 10% of proceeds benefit Washington, D.C.’s homeless shelters.
Among Thompson Washington D.C.’s many standout features is its signature restaurant,Maialino Mare, from famed Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). The restaurant – a coastal sister to the original Maialino in New York City – focuses on seafood-forward pastas and other seasonally-inspired dishes sourced from local farmers and fishmongers, complemented by a robust Italian wine list and rustic desserts. Maialino Mare’s interior reflects a nod to Italian tradition but is rooted in the local metropolitan, modern setting and community. The Roman-style trattoria is led by executive chef Rose Noel who was most recently executive sous chef at USHG’s Manhatta restaurant. Parts and Labor Design crafted the restaurant, along with the adjacent Thompson Bar Room, which offers cozy bar and booth seating. Diners are invited to stay late and enjoy a menu of curated cocktails, wines, and beer. Maialino Mare will open with dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. daily; breakfast and lunch will be introduced in the weeks to follow. The Thompson Bar Room will open at 3:00 p.m. daily.
Anchovy Social, the hotel’s rooftop bar, boasts an airy atmosphere accented with nautical elements and sweeping views of the city. Parts and Labor Design sought to create a contrasting but unified experience seen through the dark-to-light palette, allowing the space and its unprecedented 360-degree views of the city and waterfront to become a destination in itself. Inspired by the coastal spirit of sister restaurant Maialino Mare downstairs, Anchovy Social will debut with playful seasonal cocktails such as the Juice Box (vodka, cranberry shrub, Vermouth di Torino, rosemary) and Frozen “Hot” Chocolate (mezcal, fernet, cacao, coconut milk, mole bitters), and a robust wine and beer menu, alongside shareable bites such as Anchovy & Stracchino, Clams Casino, and Porchetta Melt Sliders, as well as Seafood Towers and larger plates. Anchovy Social will open in the weeks to come.
Featuring more than 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, Thompson Washington D.C. is equipped for meetings and events across many occasions. Modern meeting rooms include Eight Bells and All’s Well, and Maialino Mare’s private dining room and wine room can host intimate gatherings. In addition, Anchovy Social’s rooftop bar can be fully commissioned to accommodate 200 people, and it also offers a private events area offering outdoor space and a private bar.
Thompson Hotels is an award-winning boutique lifestyle hospitality brand – part of Hyatt’s global brand portfolio – featuring a collection of stunning, dynamic properties located in urban and resort destinations throughout the U.S. and Mexico
Thompson Washington D.C. is now open with rates from $359 per night. To celebrate the hotel’s debut, Thompson Washington D.C. is offering an Explore the Neighborhood opening package, which includes two tickets to U Street dining tour with Carpe D.C. Food Tours, roundtrip tickets to Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria with Potomac Riverboats, welcome drinks for two at Anchovy Social and overnight accommodation with rates starting at $459. For reservations and more information, please call 202.916.5200 or visit www.thompsonwashingtondc.com, Follow @thompsonwashingtondc on Facebook and Instagram.
Properties currently under development include Thompson Dallas, Thompson San Antonio, and Thompson Denver. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please visit www.thompsonhotels.com.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 20 premier brands. As of September 30, 2019, the Company’s portfolio included more than 875 properties in over 60 countries across six continents. The Company’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company’s subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under thePark Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, Joie de Vivre®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, tommie™, Hyatt Residence Club® and Exhale® brand names, and operates theWorld of Hyatt® loyalty program that provides distinct benefits and exclusive experiences to its valued members. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
Hailed as one of Asia’s most revered dining destinations since opening its doors in 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong received a double seal of approval from the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2020. World-renowned French fine-dining institution Gaddi’s was awarded one Michelin star for the first time, and refined Cantonese restaurant Spring Moon garnered a coveted Michelin star for the fourth consecutive year.
The arrival of winter heralds a heart-warming high point of the culinary calendar. Both Michelin-starred restaurants, Gaddi’s and Spring Moon will present an array of sumptuous seasonal delicacies, includes Winter Specialties which features eagerly anticipated seasonal ingredients and the five-course Black Truffle Tasting Menu inspired by treasured truffles. Diners are invited to appreciate the culinary art in both the oriental and French style with a classic yet contemporary interpretation.
Perfectly prepared to warm the heart, stomach and body, Chinese Cuisine Executive Chef Lam Yuk Ming’s Stewed mutton brisket with fish maw, bamboo shoots and black mushrooms in a clay pot seals and enriches the precious sauces from juicy cuts of brisket. Enticing Cantonese creations also include Steamed glutinous rice with whole green crab, diced air-dried meat, shrimps, mushrooms, salted egg yolks and minced garlic, with glutinous rice in lotus leaves infusing an earthy aroma while preserving both the lightly sticky texture and a hint of signature crab sweetness.
Auberge Resorts Collection, a portfolio of award-winning hotels, resorts and residences, today announced that it plans a Spring 2020 opening for its first urban retreat in the dynamic destination of Austin, Texas. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection will be a modern interpretation of a residential estate from yesteryear, where guests are invited to sit back, celebrate and inspire thoughtful conversation. Designed by internationally known designer Ken Fulk, the resort will bring a new level of contemporary glamour, whimsical soul and effortless luxury representative of Austin’s uniqueness. The intimate 10-acre resort offers a uniquely Texas familiarity brimming with character, independent spirit and charm, boasting 42 rooms and 12 suites, and amenities including an organic urban farm, Lutie’s – the signature garden restaurant, a members club and a serene outdoor swimming pool.
“It is with great pride that we welcome Commodore Perry Estate to the Auberge family. Bringing a combination of exquisite design, exceptional location and an authentically Austin experience, this one-of-a-kind Estate introduces a new level of style and distinctive luxury to the diverse city,” said Marco Bustamante, General Manager, Commodore Perry Estate. “We are delighted that Auberge Resorts Collection has been welcomed so warmly into the vibrant Austin community, and are excited to be a best-loved destination for events, weddings and celebration.”
Built in the Jazz Age in 1928, Commodore Perry Estate was originally the country home of Commodore Edgar and Lutie Perry, a place for them to entertain and connect with family when they weren’t traveling through Europe. The 10,800-square-foot Italianate mansion was designed by Dallas architect Henry Bowers Thompson in 1927. Declaring the home, “a great place to throw a party,” Perry was popular for his Gatsby-esque soirées on property. In subsequent decades, Commodore Perry Estate went through many chapters, housing several schools and adding a chapel, and serving as the site of prominent weddings and important Austin events. Located just north of The University of Texas at Austin in the historic neighborhood of Hancock, Commodore Perry Estate is surrounded by expansive grounds, lush green English gardens, spring-fed Waller Creek and a stone wall enclosing the property to create an ideal setting for year-round getaways. The intimate chapel and gardens are the perfect backdrop for special events, weddings and private celebrations.
Commodore Perry Estate features signature imaginative elements from powerhouse designer Ken Fulk, known for projects such as San Francisco’s The Battery and Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, Legacy Records in New York’s Hudson Yards and notable private residential commissions. The layered aesthetic is part history, part imagination and all Austin. The imaginative interiors represent over two years of Fulk’s shopping excursions to Round Top Antiques Show, the Lone Star State’s haven for antiquing. Fulk has curated a mix of custom and heirloom vintage pieces creating an atmosphere that feels collected over time. Fulk worked in collaboration with renowned architecture firm Moule and Polyzoides and award-winning local Austin firms Clayton & Little and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects to restore Commodore Perry Estate to its former glory.
“When I first saw Commodore Perry Estate, I was simply mesmerized. It was as if a European country estate had been transported to a bucolic Texas hill country landscape,” said Fulk. “We strived to craft experiences that combined a relaxed European elegance and true gracious Texas hospitality with an ease and comfort to every experience that will welcome members and visitors to sit back and enjoy themselves.”
As the centerpiece of the property, the original Mansion instantly communicates an elevated, residential atmosphere. Guests will feel as though they’re arriving at the stately home of an old family friend. Handed keys upon arrival, guests will be invited to enjoy the Mansion as they would their own private estate. The five bedrooms from the Perry’s original residence have been transformed into uniquely charming hotel suites as a nod to its original inhabitants. Edgar Perry’s Suite, with its safari-inspired play of patterns, reflects a love of world travel and high culture, while Lutie Perry’s Suite presents a softer side in a palette of pink velvet, faux fur and muted leopard carpet. The downstairs Living Room boasts a new cocktail bar, and the sunny Solarium, with its original tile floors, is perfect for small bites or cocktails. The Dining Room and Breakfast Room are dedicated to informal dining experiences throughout the day. With a wide range of indoor and outdoor lounge options, including the Loggia and Terrace, members and resident members can enjoy a daily menu of Estate favorites and signature cocktails with prime seating for club programming, such as intimate concerts, lectures or tastings. Membership at The Commodore Perry Estate offers members and their guests’ exclusive access to the resort in addition to inspired, cultural programming, experiences and events.
The new private club at Commodore Perry Estate will draw membership from the diverse fabric of the ever-changing Austin community. Offering a stunning environment for locals to meet, dine, collaborate and nourish while cultivating community connection and building on the Estate’s history and traditions. The club also seeks to acknowledge and support exceptional local and national talent in the arts, fashion, culinary, wellness and finance realms to not only provide a rich and unique experience for members, but to also give back to the Austin community.
Guests of all ages can spend the festive season immersed in the local Mexican culture at these five-star properties
As the holiday season quickly approaches, The Fives Hotels & Residences invites travelers to switch the snow for sand and celebrate with the Riviera Maya as a tropical paradise backdrop. Under its All Senses Inclusive concept, the brand will hold a series of authentic local experiences, sumptuous gastronomic offerings, live music and more for travelers looking to spend this holiday season abroad.
At The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences, the night before Christmas will be a memorable evening with a series of traditional festivities for guests of all ages. The property’s main plaza will transform into a traditional Mexican posada, allowing visitors to experience the observance of a Mexican Holy Night. The family-friendly evening will be complete with piñatas, hot chocolate, churros, amongst other mouthwatering delicacies. On Christmas Eve, guests can also choose from 15 unique dining venues, while the favorite Flavors Restaurant will serve traditional holiday dishes to its international fare menu including roasted turkey, apple purée, cod, and pork.
To ring in the New Year, guests have several options as three luxurious five-course dinners will be held on-site at Sea Olive, Pizco and Mestizo restaurants. The sumptuous menu will include lobster bathed in champagne beurre blanc and spicy butter, lamb rack with scalloped potatoes & pea purée, and chestnut cheesecake with blackberry and Moet rose perfume.
To close the night, the five-star property will offer guests waiting for the clock to strike midnight a memorable New Year’s Eve show held at the main infinity pool from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests will be able to enjoy live music by a DJ, a traditional show playing tribute to local Mayan culture, fireworks, lucky grapes for each stroke of midnight, and more.
The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, shielded between the lively city bustle and the breathtaking Caribbean coastline, will offer visitors an unforgettable holiday season with a scrumptious three-course Christmas dinner serving Mexican specialties such as tamales, pozole, and more. The dinner will be priced at approximately 49 US dollars per person.
The Fives Downtown will wait for the clock to strike midnight with a lively rooftop party presenting a five-star dinner, open bar, midnight fireworks, live DJ, grapes for the countdown and the best views of Playa del Carmen. The dinner and party will be priced at approximately 166 US dollars per person.
For families and friends seeking holiday fun in the sun, The Fives Beach offers the best meld of activities, cultural immersion, and relaxation with lavish accommodations in one, two, or three-bedroom residences-style suites for ultimate comfort. For more information and reservations, visit https://www.thefiveshotels.com.
MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, recently listed on World’s 50 Best Discovery will launch the second volume of its menu series, drawing inspiration from the travels taken by Bar Manager Michele Mariotti and his team since the bar’s opening in late 2018. Building on the first menu’s theme of “People of the Sea”, the progressive new menu concept invites guests on a whimsical journey across Asia Pacific.
In each destination, the group partnered with local experts to explore the markets and meet purveyors to discover herbs, spices and ingredients unique to the location. This menu has been curated to pay homage to the cities visited and features 16 drinks, including non-alcoholic options, ensuring a beverage to appeal to every palate. Highlights include:
The T And T was inspired by Hong Kong, when Michele worked alongside Jay Khan of COA. With a tequila base, the drink utilises lemon verbena and fig leaves, ingredients sourced from a farm in northern Hong Kong.
The Harvest Queen features Agricole Rhum from south of Hanoi, combined with apple and guava in a shaken, fruity tipple.
The Chiang Mai-inspired Expedition celebrates the coffee plantations of the region and combines green coffee, grapefruit and vermouth.
The Silk Market, a temperance cocktail with Mandarin cordial, fermented honey and corn is served in a unique vessel made of preserved cloth from pineapple fibre.
Widely known as “the city in a garden”, Singapore is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway or luxurious retreat. Located in the heart of Marina Bay, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore’s prestigious address is highly accessible to various attractions and fun-filled activities. Bed and breakfast rates are available at the hotel, priced from SGD 429 for two people sharing.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is one of the world’s foremost luxury hotels. It is the only hotel in the city that has been awarded Five-Star status for both accommodation and spa in the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide for eight consecutive years (2012 to 2019). This award-winning property has a prime location, close to the financial hub, with easy access to nearby luxury boutiques and entertainment venues, and minutes away from Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The hotel features an impressive atrium lobby with 527 rooms and suites. Facilities also include the Oriental Club Lounge, an intimate spa, extensive meeting and banqueting facilities, five renowned restaurants and two lounges overlooking the spectacular Marina Bay.
Hailed as one of Asia’s most revered dining destinations since opening its doors in 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong received a double seal of approval from the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2020. World-renowned French fine-dining institution Gaddi’s was awarded one Michelin star, and refined Cantonese restaurant Spring Moon garnered a coveted Michelin star for the fourth consecutive year.
Acclaimed by guests and gastronomes the world over since opening in 1953, Gaddi’s is consistently commended as one of the city’s most sophisticated French fine-dining restaurants. Leading Gaddi’s golden culinary trio is Chef Albin Gobil, who transports guests on captivating epicurean adventures brimming with creativity and refinement. Chef Gobil describes his cooking style as “modern classic” with a deceptively simple and elegant approach to his gastronomic art. Striving to combine the best of past and present, Restaurant Manager Michele Drusacchi ensures that Gaddi’s sumptuous interiors and superlative cuisines are matched by impeccable service. Chief Sommelier Bojan Radulovic is a passionate storyteller who enriches each dining experience with expert anecdotes about more than 700 labels from the world’s leading vineyards on the extensive wine list.
The Peninsula Shanghai welcomes the Chinese New Year with authentic family experiences to bring joy and prosperity for The Year of the Rat. Peninsula guests and local residents can ring in the New Year with a range of customs and traditions, welcoming the most important occasion in the Chinese lunar year. Throughout the festive period, a canopy of red lanterns will decorate the hotel forecourt and festive plum blossoms will decorate The Lobby. Guests will be welcomed by 6.5 metre traditional Chinese paper-cutting with intricate detailing and New Year blessings – a decoration which has become one of The Peninsula Shanghai’s Spring Festival traditions.
As tradition states, The Peninsula Shanghai (No. 32 The Bund 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road Shanghai 200002 The People’s Republic of China. +86 21 2327 2888. PSH@PENINSULA.COM) will once again host its spectacular Lion Dance performance by the award-winning Ha Kwok Cheung dance troupe from Hong Kong at The Lobby on January 25, 2020 and at Yi Long Court every evening from January 25to 31 January, 2020. A fantastic show to behold, The Peninsula’s Lion Dance performance is a picture-perfect moment for the entire family in anticipation of the new year.
Sharing a sumptuous reunion banquet with family and friends is perhaps the ultimate highlight of the Spring Festival holiday. One Michelin-starred Yi Long Court will present Chef Tsui’s delectable eight-course Chinese New Year menus with two options: the Treasure and Longevity menus.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, diners at Yi Long Court can enjoy three quintessential delicacies from Southern China. Poon Choi, a luxurious Chinese casserole with premium Yunnan truffle, prickly sea cucumber, abalone and oysters, is served in two versions, Fortune and Fame and Fortune and Treasure. Lo Hei is a sumptuous raw fish salad that groups of guests stir together as they make a wish for the year ahead.
The Entertainment Capital of the World to Offer Dazzling New Year’s Eve Experiences
Saying goodbye to another year, Las Vegas visitors can give 2019 a proper farewell with exciting New Year’s Eve events. The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas will ring in 2020 with astounding entertainment, pyrotechnic displays, mouthwatering culinary offerings and much more.
Raise a Glass with the Stars
Christina Aguilera will have guests saying “come on over” as she wraps up this leg of her “Christina Aguilera: The Xperience” residency at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, with four shows on New Year’s Eve weekend Dec. 27-28 and 30-31. Join the chanteuse for a special countdown to midnight at the Dec. 31 show.
One of the world’s greatest rock bands – Journey – will bring the crowd inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to their feet with four shows on New Year’s Eve weekend Dec. 27-28 and 30-31.
Celebrate with Lady Gaga as she puts on three shows New Year’s Eve weekend at Park Theater inside Park MGM. The superstar will perform her famous pop hits during LADY GAGA ENIGMA Dec. 28 and 30. And close out the decade in style on Dec. 31 at LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO with stripped-down versions of those hits alongside music from the Great American Songbook.
Maroon 5 will bring their annual New Year’s Eve shows back to Mandalay Bay Events Center for the ninth consecutive year, Dec. 30 and 31.
Jam out with rock band The Offspring at the Pearl Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Dec. 30 and close out the year with an intimate performance by Puerto Rican superstar OZUNA on Dec. 31.
Straight up ring in the new year with Paula Abdul as she performs her greatest hits at the Flamingo Las Vegas on Dec. 31.
American reggae and dub band Stick Figure will ring in 2020 at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas with a New Year’s Eve performance on Dec. 31.
Leave it all on the Dance Floor
Drai’s Nightclubat The Cromwellwill host a star-studded, four-day celebration to ring in 2020 from Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, with performances from artists Trey Songz (Dec. 28), Meek Mill (Dec. 29), Gucci Mane (Dec. 30) and Future on New Year’s Eve.
Hakkasan Nightclubinside MGM Grand Hotel and Casinowill celebrate New Year’s Eve weekend in style with five days of stellar performances by DJ Shift (Dec. 27), Fergie DJ (Dec. 28), rapper DMX (Dec. 29), TIËSTO (Dec. 30) and Steve Aoki bringing it home on Dec. 31.
GRAMMY Award-winning rapper Drake continues his partnership with XS Nightclubat Encore Las Vegaswith a New Year’s weekend performance Dec. 30.
Chart-topping DJ duo The Chainsmokers will kick off the 2020 countdown on Dec. 31 at XS Nightclubat Encore Las Vegaswith hits like “Call You Mine” and “Something Just Like This.”
The expert mixologists at Top of the Strand, New York City’s iconic rooftop bar, have released their “12 Days of Cocktails,” a collection of jolly recipes that just may become everyone’s newest holiday tradition.
With nods to seasonal favorites that include the Grinch, a red-nosed reindeer and everyone’s least-liked relative from the classic movie “Home Alone”—plus a recipe sure to make St. Nick’s naughty list—the 12 Days of Cocktails are perfect for lighting up holiday parties and family gatherings or for warming up on those cold, snowy nights. For those who spend the holidays in the sun or by the pool, the cocktails can bring a welcome chill.
Top of the Strand rooftop bar—known for having one of the best views in NYC—is set like a jewel on the 21st floor of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. With its friendly atmosphere, dazzling views, handcrafted drinks and tasty light fare, Top of the Strand is one of New York City’s favorite rooftop bar.
December 14 – Winter Mule
Serve over ice in rocks glass with a sugar rim
1 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron
3/4 oz. agave syrup
3/4 oz. lemon juice
Top with ginger beer
Before serving, garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries
December 15 – Rosemary Christmas
Do ahead: Smoked rosemary – place rosemary sprig on plate and use mini torch to light rosemary; place coupe glass over rosemary and leave for one minute.
Shake with ice and strain into coupe glass
1 1/2 oz. gin
1/4 oz. Cynar (a flavorful artichoke liqueur available in most package stores)
3/4 oz. Aperol
Before serving, garnish with smoked rosemary
December 16 – Philly’s Naughty List
Do ahead: Simple syrup – in a medium saucepan combine 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.
Shake with ice and strain into rocks glass
2 oz. rye
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice
6 dashes of tiki bitters (available at most package stores)
Before serving, garnish with pinch of ground nutmeg
The Comedy Writer and Iconic Blended Scotch Whisky Brand Have Created A Series of Merry Messages To Personalize Your Johnnie Walker Blue Label Gifts This Season
Award-winning actress Mindy Kaling and Johnnie Walker, the number one Scotch Whisky brand in the world, have teamed up this holiday season to bring maximum cheer. Using her comedic way with words, Mindy has created original holiday messages that can be engraved on bottles of the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label. (http://www.MindysBlueLabelHoliday.com)
One in every three spirits purchased in December is a gift1, so Johnnie Walker has enlisted Kaling to help gift-givers find the right words to say. With a message from Mindy, an engraved Blue Label bottle will certainly stand out from the rest. Choose from eight engravings by Mindy to customize your next gifted bottle of Blue:
Snow Much Fun, You Guys
From Your Whisky Elf
Damn, Someone Made The Nice List
Sip By The Fire (Or A Fire Gif)
The Sip That Keeps On Giving
(Recipient’s) Best Holiday Present
Peace, Joy & Whisky
I Love This For You, Happy Holidays
“Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the perfect gift for everyone who appreciates a rare whisky and a bold personality, like me! I love that you can engrave the bottle with a personal message, so every time someone pours a sip, they think of you. And for anyone short on words, I have you covered. I teamed up with Johnnie Walker to create a few, festive holiday messages of my own for you to engrave. Thank me later!” shared holiday enthusiast, Kaling.
Holiday shoppers can engrave complimentary messages from Kaling on Johnnie Walker Blue Label online at www.MindysBlueLabelHoliday.com and also at the Johnnie Walker Holiday Pop Up Powered by Giftagram, located in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in New York City. As the rarest and most exclusive offering in the Johnnie Walker portfolio, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an iconic whisky meant for celebrating all of life’s meaningful moments. A personalized engraving from Kaling transforms this already special bottle into a truly one-of-a-kind gift and as a little something extra to get shoppers in the holiday spirit, Kaling and Johnnie Walker are offering free shipping with code MINDY. Consumers must be of legal drinking age to participate.
For more information on Johnnie Walker, please visit www.johnniewalker.com and follow @JohnnieWalkerUS on Facebook and Twitter and @JohnnieWalker on Instagram.
1 Source: F20 AOP and Numerator Occasions Tracker – April 2018 thru January 2019
Mandarin Oriental, Santiagois proud to partner with leading Franco-Chilean vineyard Lapostolle Chileto create two signature wines designed exclusively for the hotel. The two appropriately named wines—MO Carménère and MO Blanc—will make their official debut at the prestigious Descorchados Wine Fair, held at the hotel on December 19.
The wine creation was the vision of Executive Chef Germán Ghelfi, who forged the partnership with the Lapostolle winemaking team, a renowned Franco-Chilean vineyard in the Colchagua Valley. Working in tandem with the vintners, Chef Ghelfi looked to develop blends that reflected Chilean ‘Wine Country’ while also providing a smooth finish to pair well with Mandarin Oriental’s excellent gastronomic quality. The Blanc, the more complex of the two, is created from the vineyard’s Semillon-Chilean varietal grapes, producing a dry, full-bodied white. The Carménère, often referred to as the preferred red of the Chilean people, has hints of warm spice and fruit, pairing perfectly with the more robust cuisine offered at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Senso.
The wine’s label was designed to showcase not only the Mandarin Oriental signature gold fan, but the distinctive bee-hive trellis found throughout the property. Each will be priced at approximately 25,000 CLP and can only be purchased at the hotel.
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago is in the heart of the city’s most important commercial and leisure district, known as Las Condes, home to two luxury shopping malls, restaurants, museums and theatres. It is also close to the exclusive residential neighborhood of Vitacura. The property comprises 310 guestrooms including 23 suites with commanding views of the city and the Andes Mountains, being ideal for a relaxing getaway. Its 25,000-square meter grounds contain a large iconic lagoon-style outdoor pool and landscaped gardens which provide a resort environment for guests. The hotel currently features two renowned restaurants, a renovated new lobby lounge and an English style bar as well as extensive banqueting and meeting space. Additional facilities include also a spa and a fitness center which are now under renovation.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 32 hotels and seven residences in 23 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.
The Peninsula Hotels has announced a calendar of fun festive activities and experiences for all to enjoy this season, including bountiful brunches brimming with festive fare; celebratory cocktails crafted by on-site mixologists; gingerbread making classes led by each hotels’ professional pastry chefs; and live story-telling sessions of The Peninsula’s digital storybook for children ‘The Gingerbread Man’s Tale,’ available to download on a complimentary basis via Peninsula.com’s festive webpage.
Putting The Spice Back Into Life The hero and leading character of this year’s story – which has been specially written for The Peninsula Hotels – is the Gingerbread Man. A familiar sight hanging within decorated trees, the Gingerbread Man represents the ‘Stories from within the Tree’ chapter of The Peninsula Hotels’ three-year festive campaign titled ‘Stories from the Tree’.
After kicking-off with ‘Stories from Under the Tree’ last year and closing with ‘Stories from the Tree Top’ next year, this year’s theme is about sharing the joy and fun of the season. Adding a Scandinavian touch to the festivities, The Peninsula Hong Kong will welcome Santa Claus from Finland Santa Claus Village on December 11 at The Lobby as the Grande Dame joins hands with Finnair this winter. More collaboration will be announced by the end of December 2019 for a truly Nordic celebration.
In line with this, the magic of the festive season will be celebrated at each of the ten Peninsula hotels around the globe with giant Christmas trees erected in the grand lobbies, and resplendent decorations on view for all to enjoy. To prolong the festive joy throughout the season, the hotel mascot, The Peninsula Bear will appear at The Lobby, giving adorable surprises spontaneously to guests.
A Time Of Reflection Often, the joy and fun of the season is felt most strongly by the children in our lives. In support of those less fortunate, the six ‘Stories from the Tree’ characters will be available to purchase at each hotel in the form of tree decorations and pins, with US$5 from each purchase being donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong and Room to Read. Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong, an organization that grants one life-changing wishes for children aged between three and 17 with critical illnesses in Hong Kong and Macau, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Room to Read, a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
In The Peninsula Hong Kong’s legendary lobby, the much-loved tradition of Afternoon Tea will be given a festive makeover to present ‘Teas of Hope’ Afternoon Tea. Available now through to December 20 and December 27th to 30th 2019, the set is priced at HK$ 398* per person or HK$ 718* for two, and includes a festive pin. For each tea set sold, US$5 will be donated to the above charities.
The Joy Of Festive Gastronomy The festive sounds of Rhythm and Harmony will also be a feature of the lobby, with the big band performing live each evening from December 24th to 31st. Guests can enjoy movie theme-tunes, bossa nova hits, and popular songs from the 70s and 80s. The nightly live entertainment of top performers will make this place the live lounge music capital of Hong Kong. Guests who enjoy a more traditional approach to Christmas are well catered for too, priced at HK$ 508* per person, the classic afternoon tea will be served in The Lobby from December 21stto 26th.
For lovers of classic Cantonese cuisine, there are few better places in Hong Kong to ring in the New Year than at Spring Moon. The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on December 31st will see the Spring Moon Band performing a blend of Shanghai classic songs and American music, to celebrate ‘East meets West’. A festive lunch and dinner will also be available from December 24th and 25th.
French fine dining institution Gaddi’s offers the perfect Christmas Eve treat with a six-course festive dinner on December 24th created by Chef Albin Gobil, in addition to a four-course festive lunch and five-course dinner menu on Christmas Day. Guests can enjoy ‘new vintage’ music performed by the Gaddi’s band, which mixes 1940s jazz and classic pop in a roaring 20s-style adaptation.
Those with a penchant for the avant-garde can enjoy a Christmas meal created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez in Felix on December 25th, choosing between a three-course early seating from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, or a five-course dinner from 8:00 pm onwards. Those dining between 24 to 31 December will also be treated to live music each evening from 8:00 pm onwards.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is delighted to announce a one-of-a-kind culinary collaboration with Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. From January 3 to 10, the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will showcase the creativity of Chef Vincenzo Guarino,Executive Chef at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como during two exclusive starred dinners at Mes’Lalla and an Italian week presenting a special menu available for guests at the Pool Garden restaurant.
Promoting authentic cuisine, acclaimed Chef Vincenzo Guarino has been awarded one Michelin star in 2019 for L˜Aria, the resort’s fine dining restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. This prestigious distinction confirms the great Chef’s talent in marrying high-quality ingredients, precise techniques and inspiring flavours and aromas to produce a multi-sensory experience that pays homage to traditional Mediterranean cuisine and brings it to life.
Vincenzo Guarino’s passion for the culinary arts started at a young age. After attending culinary school, the Chef honed his skills at Michelin-starred establishments both in Italy and abroad. Over the course of his career, Vincenzo Guarino has worked alongside celebrated chefs such as Gualtiero Marchesi in Capri and, in 2019 Chef Guarino took on a new challenge as Executive Chef of the new Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como.
During this Italian week, diners can enjoy two exclusive dinners in the cosy atmosphere of the Mes’Lalla restaurant on January 3rd and 4th. The seabass and re-imagined eggplant parmigiana are just two of the delightful dishes on offer.
From January 5 to 10 , Lake Como will take over the Pool Garden restaurant and surprise guests with a varied menu offering Mediterranean delights such as the unmissable octopus “Alla Luciana” and the “Acquapazza” seabream.
Proceeds Benefitting AutoNation’s DRV PNK Initiative, February 8-9, 2020
The Seaglass Group, together with AutoNation and Mercedes-Benz, has announced the launch of its Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation SEAGLASS | A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience(SEAGLASS), taking place February 8-9, 2020, on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach.
SEAGLASS is a first-of-its-kind event immersing guests in a rosé experience second to none, benefitting AutoNation’s DRV PNK initiative which has raised more than $20 million for cancer research and treatment. With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, the inaugural event will showcase the world’s finest rosé wines with perfectly paired culinary options throughout the weekend.
“Rosé is more than another wine; it’s a lifestyle,” said SEAGLASS co-founder Carlos Suarez, who also serves as publisher for Venice Magazine. “Greater Fort Lauderdale’s coastal environment, luxury lifestyles and year-round ocean breeze create the perfect canvas for this immersive rosé experience.”
Hosted by Venice magazine, SEAGLASS highlights the community of Greater Fort Lauderdale creating an immersive atmosphere that celebrates the best in wine, art, music and fashion. The rosé paradise will deliver luxurious stops at every turn, unlimited pours of the finest wines, Instagram-worthy moments and rosé-themed activities.
“We are thrilled to be title sponsors of this incredibly luxurious event. It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase the renaissance underway in Fort Lauderdale while raising funds and awareness for critical cancer research,” said AutoNation Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Marc Cannon. “Through this fantastic partnership we’ll be directing all funds raised for DRV PNK to the Dolphins Cancer Challenge- supporting cancer research and treatment right here in South Florida!“
“We are creating a sanctuary for rosé lovers and experientialists alike,” added SEAGLASS co-founder Trevor Fried. “Fort Lauderdale deserves the splendor of what the SEAGLASS experience will deliver.“
Tickets are on sale now for the SEAGLASS | A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience at www.seaglassexperience.com where guests can choose from the full all-inclusive Rosé Experience ticket at $150/per day. Discerning guests who seek further exclusivity can opt for the VIP Cabana Experience, priced at $5,000/per day.
Explore the Best Restaurants and Bars Around the World
50 Best, the brand behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars annual ranking and awards, announces the launch of 50 Best Discovery.
For 17 years, 50 Best has been compiling authoritative rankings based on the votes of its extensive international network of experts. Until today, 50 Best only revealed the restaurants and bars which received sufficient votes for them to be ranked. With the launch of 50 Best Discovery, the organization now provides a deeper, richer library for people to draw on for eating and drinking inspiration as they traverse the world.
50 Best Discovery is the world’s most exciting database for eating and drinking and operates as an unranked extension of the annual 50 Best rankings of restaurants and bars. The venues featured on 50 Best Discovery have all received votes from the experts who create the rankings of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars, as well as Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Bars and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. The digital collection is compiled from the results of these five annual 50 Best rankings but extends far beyond the elite establishments celebrated in each list. The result is a more diverse range of expert-recommended restaurants and bars across the world, offering everything from emerging talent and local favourites through to fine dining and fine drinking establishments. To qualify, a restaurant or bar needs to receive a significant number of votes in the most recent round of polling for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants or The World’s 50 Best Bars, or appear on one of our other annual rankings. Restaurants and bars cannot apply to be part of 50 Best Discovery.
50 Best Discovery gives discerning diners and drinkers the chance to explore restaurants and bars that have received votes from 50 Best experts across the world, featuring more than 1,600 reviews of venues in 75 countries. The library combines destinations from all the lists’ rankings and other far-flung locales to comprise a diverse and tempting range of restaurants and bars, empirically recommended by its Academy. This 1,700-strong Academy comprises the world’s leading food and drink writers, chefs, restaurateurs and bar owners, global gastronomes and regional cuisine specialists.
A new website features a powerful search engine, which allows users to search by city, town and region to find restaurants and bars in a destination they may be travelling to, or to look for a reliable new dining or drinking experience closer to home. Locations and reviews sit side by side to allow easy-to-navigate functionality with each entry displaying location, price, contact details, imagery and a bite-size profile.
Whether searching for the hottest back-street ramen bar in Tokyo, boundary-pushing fine dining in San Francisco, or the best martini in Madrid, 50 Best Discovery allows adventurous gourmets to explore hidden gems, secret spots and timeless classics, providing a unique itinerary for culinary and cocktail adventures.
William Drew, Director of Content for 50 Best, says: “This exciting new way to explore the world is completely guided by the recommendations from the 1,700-plus independent expert voters behind the 50 Best restaurant and bar rankings. Never before have the best local and international destinations in which to eat and drink been featured in one place, on one intuitive website. We are confident that it will become a go-to resource for anyone looking for a reliable gastronomic experience almost anywhere in the world.
“When The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was established in 2002, it started a journey that would see us showcase the very best places to eat and drink. Gastronomic tourism has become a cultural phenomenon in recent years, evident in the rapid expansion of our social media followers to more than two million and the continued growth of our global events. For the first time, we are now able to offer a comprehensive library featuring a vast number of restaurants and bars. For food and drink lovers this is the ultimate map of the world; essential for planning gastronomic adventures.“
The 50 Best family includes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, The World’s 50 Best Bars, Asia’s 50 Best Bars and the #50BestTalks and 50 Best Explores series, all of which are owned and run by William Reed Business Media. Since 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has reflected the diversity of the world’s culinary landscape. The annual list of the world’s finest restaurants and bars provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique dining and drinking experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global gastronomic trends.
cities adorned with Christmas lights to beach resorts with glistening
Oriental Hotel Groupunveils
a variety of holiday escapes and festive offerings at its properties
worldwide. This year, Mandarin
will play its part in making each holiday moment a memorable one with
activities such as elegant festive dining with loved ones, beautiful
in-room holiday decor and magical holiday shopping experiences in
some of the greatest cities in the world.
sampling of this year’s global seasonal offerings can be found
below, together with an overview of additional Mandarin
Oriental festive experiences, all of which can be booked online at
Oriental, Taipei —
it may seem an unexpected holiday destination, Taipei’s cultural
Christmas markets and celebratory firework shows have made this a hot
spot for Christmas globetrotters. Mandarin Oriental, Taipei has
created a package centered around these indulgences by offering:
Classic Christmas treats including traditional Stollen, Christmas Wreath, and a luxurious Christmas hamper at the Mandarin Cake Shop; a “Winter Wonderland” Christmas-themed afternoon tea at The Jade Lounge, with a portion of proceeds donated to a remote Taiwanese aboriginal school
The perfect pampering for two with the Spa IndulgenceRoom Package which includes two 60-minute “Oriental Fusion” treatments and a special “me time” Essentials Gift Set
Price: From 13,500 TWD; more information can be found here
Ring in the new year with an appetite, as Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
has prepared a proper feast for its guests this holiday season:
specialty Toshikoshi Soba available via in-room dining and
traditionally eaten at midnight as well as a celebratory Japanese
Osechi breakfast served in the privacy of each guest’s own room,
as well as a buffet breakfast for up to two guests on December
From 186,999 JPY; more information can be found here
access to Van Cleef & Arpels’ unique exhibition Van
Cleef & Arpels: Time, Nature, Love accompanied by an
expert guide, which showcases a collection of more than 400 pieces
of some of the Maison’s most unique and beautiful creations
From 670 EUR; more information can be found here
Spending the holiday season in Paris is perfect for decadent treats,
bubbling champagne, and shopping bags aplenty. Mandarin Oriental,
Paris offers it all with a package made specifically for those
seeking their own Parisian holiday experience:
collaboration with Galeries
Lafayette Champs-Élysées, the
department store’s new concept store, the package offers guests a
VIP shopping experience in the ‘Speakeasy’ at the Galeries
Lafayette Champs Elysées with Champagne and French chocolates,
topped off with a beauty or wine experience in-store
round out the shopping experience, guests are invited to redeem a
credit at The
From 1,125 EUR; more information can be found here
Canouan Island, also known as the “Island of Tortoises,” offers
natural beauty, unspoiled beaches, tranquil seas and gentle breezes —
in other words, a perfect escape to unwind for the holidays. To honor
the festive season, Mandarin
offers a variety of unique on-property happenings centered around the
partnership with Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, guests can
witness the release of the critically endangered Hawksbill turtles
into the sea, a holiday tradition for the property
out over the warm, turquoise waters of Carenage Bay, guests can
enjoy a Canouan
with events such as guest chef-prepared dinners, sunset cruises,
sailing, star-gazing, and a glamorous New Year’s Eve gala dinner
to ring in 2020
those looking to enhance their wellness regimen, visiting Crystal
Sound Healer Khun Noom
will host daily introductory sessions to yoga and massage. Keeping
with the holistic approach of The
Noom can help alleviate many conditions, ranging from
colon-cleansing to mindfulness development
From $3,400 USD; more information can be found here.
Oriental, New York—
New York City embodies the holiday spirit with prominent window
decorations and the
larger-than-life Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.
After running around from various attractions all day long, enjoy a
bit of relaxation at Mandarin Oriental, New York with the following
Central Park-facing suite filled with holiday decor including an
impressively decorated Christmas tree. Guests can also enjoy treats
such as hot chocolate with Grand Marnier, sugar cookies, candy
canes, cake lollipops, a gingerbread house and Stollen Cake, all
From $2,125 USD; more information can be found here.
rates quoted are subject to availability, service charge and relevant
local tax. For further information and reservations, please visit:
Spotlighting Iconic, Well-Loved And Highly Shareable “Masterdishes” From Around The World
a record-setting year in cuisine, boasting 27 Michelin stars at 18
dining establishments worldwide, Four
spotlighting its Masterdishes
the most coveted, shareable and iconic menu items from all over the
world to guests, followers and locals alike. Ranging from newly
conceived creations to recreated classics, these Insta-ready dishes
and drinks showcase flavour mastery, passion and technique, and are
as distinct as the restaurants and bars where they originate and the
artisans who created them.
Friday from November
will be spotlighting a selection of Masterdishes via @FourSeasons
With the festive period fast approaching, culinary enthusiasts are
invited to experience Masterdish creations for themselves at Four
Seasons restaurants and bars or digitally through the dedicated
Seasons is home to some of the very best restaurants and bars in the
President, Global Operations. “With
Masterdish we are placing our most iconic dishes centre stage,
celebrating the passion and artistry that are at the root of
everything we do.”
and bars are the heartbeat of Four Seasons hotels, offering
communities inviting spaces to gather, connect and dine. Read on to
explore the very first global sampling of standout creations and
beloved signature dishes from Four Seasons restaurants and bars
worldwide. Travel to Geneva, Mexico City, Seoul and Vail, among other
culinary destinations as Four Seasons explores some of the most
buzzworthy creations to date.
fans should stay tuned for more Masterdishes as they are unveiled by
first broadcast appearance on BBC’s Masterchef: The
Professionals launched Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s take on
the classic “thousand leaves” dessert to social media stardom.
Crack into its pristine façade to expose layers of crispy
triple-folded puff pastry, Tahitian vanilla cream and jasmine jelly.
A sheet of royal icing covers the delicacy for added crunch, while
dollops of voatsiperifery pepper-infused milk foam flank either side.
The dazzling dessert fuses purity, lightness and surprise, easily
earning the title of most Instagrammed dish in the two Michelin star
this complex piece of culinary art, 35 different vegetables are
featured in various preparations, inspired by memories of Chef
Massimiliano Sena’s childhood on Italy’s Sorrento Coast. The
vibrant plate features roast scampi served in its own bisque
surrounded by a garden of seasonal produce and topped with a squid
ink tuile. Within the first hour of its social media debut, Sena’s
star dish generated incredible intrigue, garnering more than 100k
views on Instagram and encouraging eager tasters to visit
Michelin-starred Il Lago to see and taste the work of art first hand.
of the most sought-after menu items at three Michelin star restaurant
Le Cinq, Chef Christian Le Squer’s luxurious take on a much-loved
classic never fails to impress. Profiled on France’s Top Chef
and online in French Vogue, a dedicated @fsgeorgevparis
Instagram story achieved more than 12.5k views, while a post on
@lecinqparis earned the most-liked photo of the year. Perfectly al
dente noodles are tossed in butter and parmesan and carefully laid
out side by side to form the walls of a rectangle. Inside, ham,
truffles and cep mushrooms are glazed in jus and drizzled with
truffled cream. Topped with a thin parmesan crust and adorned with
gold leaf, this rich, savoury and tender architectural masterpiece is
served throughout the year and is a “must-try before you die” for
Parisians and international travellers alike.
voted one of the world’s best hot chocolates by Travel +
Leisure, a video of its epic marshmallow drop amassed the highest
number of organic views on Four Seasons Instagram channel in 2018. At
any given time, someone is eagerly taking a slow-motion capture of
the suspenseful splash in Vail’s The Remedy Bar, Flame Restaurant
or in the comfort of their guest room or private retreat. Piping hot
Valrhona chocolate, heavy cream and steamed whole milk are churned
tableside and poured over a hand-made dark chocolate lattice,
resulting in a perfectly-timed marshmallow plummet and pillowy
landing. First featured by Forbes more than seven years ago,
it remains one of the most popular items on the menu at Four Seasons
Resort and Residences Vail, a must-visit après ski destination.
Denver’s Newest Holiday Attraction – A 110-Foot Digital Tree – Amplifies The Excitement Around The City’s Seasonal Blockbuster Exhibitions, Events And Performing Arts
year, along with hundreds of holiday traditions and festivities, The
Mile High City will feature two
brand-new lighting attractions illuminating downtown, making the city
look and feel more festive than ever. The Mile
High Tree – the tallest digital tree in North America –
will feature pre-programmed LED light shows choreographed to
multicultural holiday music; and Night
Lights Denver – an outdoor projection mapping
installation featuring local artists – will also light up the city
new attractions complement the already robust programming that makes
up Denver’s Mile High Holidays.
There are also world-class exhibitions, like Claude Monet: The
Truth of Nature and The Science Behind Pixar, at the
city’s museums; innovative and immersive performing arts like Camp
Christmas and movies with the Colorado Symphony; and
plenty of local gifts to be found in neighborhoods, galleries,
boutique shops and marketplaces.
are just a few experiences to be found during Mile High Holidays.
For more information on how to spend a night or a long weekend in
Denver, and to take advantage of holiday hotel deals starting at $99,
Monet: The Truth of Nature, through February 2, 2020
Denver Art Museum is the sole U.S. venue for the most
comprehensive exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades.
The exhibition features more than 100 paintings spanning Monet’s
entire career and focuses on the celebrated French impressionist
artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the
varied and distinct places in which he worked. In connection with
Denver Art Museum, several hotels have created VIP packages
that include untimed, skip-the-line tickets, which allow access to
the exhibition even if the date is sold out to the general public;
these packages can be found at https://monetindenver.com.
Science Behind Pixar, through April 5, 2020
a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and
technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their
characters with The Science Behind Pixar at Denver Museum
of Nature & Science. This interactive exhibition showcases
the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used by
the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s
award-winning films to the big screen. With more than 50 interactive
elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the
filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production
pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun,
engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from
members of the studio’s production teams, and even come face-to-face
with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including
Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.
Sports: Beyond Human Limits, through April 12, 2020
will be put to the test as they jump, fly, dive, climb and explore
some of the riskiest activities in the world at this Denver Museum
of Nature & Science exhibition. Physical, multimedia and
creative challenges place guests inside the minds and bodies of
extreme athletes and their passions such as wingsuit flying, ice and
rock climbing, parkour, and free diving. Amid exhilarating speeds,
breathtaking heights, and profound depths, the stories of these
passionate athletes will leave visitors inspired to push their own
Here! Brewing the West, through August 9, 2020
Colorado’s brewing industry from the saloons of the Gold Rush
through Prohibition to today’s booming craft beer scene at
History Colorado Center‘s Beer Here! Brewing the West.
Learn about the Centennial State’s brewing past, present and future
through historical artifacts, interactive elements and more.
Christmas, November 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020
newest indoor immersive installation from Denver Center for the
Performing Arts, Camp Christmas, will feature mesmerizing
displays of decorations that shift time and reality. Performed at
Stanley Marketplace, Camp Christmas is Denver’s newest holiday
experience, where yuletide traditions of the past and present get
merrily mashed together in a massive 10,000-square-foot wonderland.
All ages are welcome at this family-friendly experience.
Hip Hop Nutcracker, November 23-24
digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A.
Hoffmann‘s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to
the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.
Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic,
performed at Buell Theater in the Denver Performing Arts
Complex, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take
audience members on a journey that celebrates love, community and the
magic of a New Year.
Nutcracker, November 30 – December 29
and adults will enjoy Colorado Ballet‘s 58th annual production
of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker, held at the
Ellie Caulkins Opera House and
featuring unforgettable characters, classic choreography, exquisite
sets, dazzling costumes and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement
performed live by the Colorado Ballet
Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, December 3-8
Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returns
to the Buell Theatre in Denver to steal Christmas after a
blockbuster debut in 2014. More than 2.5 million theatre-goers across
America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical,
featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch”
and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated
TV special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming
Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to
steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets
and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations transport
audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind them of
the true meaning of the holiday season.
at the Symphony: Home Alone in Concert, November 29; Love Actually
in Concert, December 6
holiday classic, Home Alone will feature renowned composer
John Williams‘ charming and
delightful score performed live by the Colorado Symphony at
Boettcher Concert Hall as the
film is shown on large suspended screens in Boettcher
Concert Hall. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin
McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is accidentally left
behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must
defend his home against two bungling thieves (Joe Pesci and
Daniel Stern). Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone
is holiday fun for the whole family.
Actually is the ultimate romantic holiday comedy. Featuring an
all-star cast, the film will take audiences on a tour of love’s
delightful twists and turns. The score will be performed by the
Colorado Symphony and conductor Christopher Dragon.
Dances to a Holiday Drum, December 7-22
28 years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has been
blending dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and
customs from around the world into a memorable holiday tradition like
no other. A Denver original, Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum
is a family favorite that inspires audiences of all ages to discover,
celebrate and honor the holiday traditions of cultures from around
Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour, December 8
celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing group, Celtic
Woman, will be coupled with the Colorado
Symphony in Denver’s stop of The
Best of Christmas Tour. The performance at Boettcher
Concert Hall will feature music from the all-female ensemble’s
most favorite Yuletide songs.
Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, December 13-14
one and only Moscow Ballet will present the Great Russian
Nutcracker at Denver’s Paramount Theatre. Featuring world
class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and
jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the
Christmas spirit to life for all ages.
Christmas and New Year celebrations are on offer at the glamorous
Oriental Jumeira, Dubaithis
festive season. A majestic canopy of frost-white lights and other
seasonal decorations will create the perfect festive atmosphere for
guests to enjoy a series of activities and culinary treats at the
resort over the holidays.
a merry holiday gathering, Noor
will be available starting
featuring a delectable array of scones, finger sandwiches, cakes and
other tasty bites.
decorated Christmas cakes, petit gâteaux, gingerbread houses and
panettones will be available at The
Mandarin Cake Shop.
Guests can spoil loved ones by gifting them an elegantly wrapped
packed with Christmas biscuits, chocolates, Panettone and other
mouth-watering seasonal delicacies.
Christmas menus will be offered at the resort’s highly acclaimed restaurants on December 24 and 25, including an extravagant buffet of international festive favorites at The Bay, the relaxed brasserie-style restaurant with two terraces overlooking the beach. On Christmas Day, Santa will delight children by making a special appearance at the restaurant to bring them gifts.
Drink and Be Merry with These Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Cocktails
holiday season is known as the most wonderful time of the year, but
sometimes entertaining can lead to more stress and mess than fun and
festivities. A little organization and planning, such as having a
well-stocked home bar and a few simple beverage recipes on hand, will
help to take the pressure out of the season and keep gatherings merry
mixologist Julia Momose, owner and Bar Director of the
celebrated Chicago bar Kumiko, knows a thing or two about
creating crowd-pleasing cocktails and spirit-free beverages that are
sure to delight family and friends during the holiday season. Momose
believes that cocktail making should be fun, rather than
intimidating, and that being prepared for holidays with a few basic
bar ingredients, like honey, can set the stage for effortless holiday
Momose has been in the service industry for close to 15 years,
starting her career as a student in Japan. When she moved to America
for university, she continued to work in the service industry,
training in all facets of hospitality. Currently she resides in
Chicago, where she worked as the head bartender at GreenRiver
Restaurant and Bar
in Chicago. During her time there, GreenRiver was awarded its first
Michelin star. In 2017, Momose partnered with the team at Oriole
in Chicago to open a bar based on the philosophy of a thoughtful
experience filled with deep appreciation and understanding of
craftmanship. Momose’s newest venture is Kumiko,
based on her Japanese heritage and a meticulous appreciation for
details, located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. It offers a
unique perspective on the notion of a bar, through a remarkable
experience of dining and drinking. Time
Kumiko on its
2019 list of World’s Greatest Places and
included it as a nominee on its 2019
America’s Best New Restaurants List.
favors the ease of honey to achieve well-balanced holiday beverages
and has partnered with the National Honey Board to share how
she incorporates it while entertaining at home and at Kumiko. Because
the flavor of honey is affected by the floral source that the bees
have foraged, there are more than 300 varietals of honey in the US
alone. The nuanced flavors of different honey varietals not only add
to its versatility, but also pair well with different spirits and are
the secret to many of Momose’s favorite cocktail and spirit-free
the lightness of a clover varietal to the richness of buckwheat,
honey brings a wide range of flavors that complete any beverage,”
said Momose. “Honey is in constant use at Kumiko, and at home
too. This holiday season, I’ll be experimenting with honey varietals
to create special drinks that will be sure to be crowd-pleasers at
inspire stress-free cheer this holiday season, Momose is sharing some
of her favorite honey-based beverages:
orange blossom honey with cold brew coffee and gin, Momose creates a
For a festive brunch bar, she recommends setting up several honey
varietals with an assortment of single-origin cold brew coffees,
gin, and tonic, and allowing guests to pick and choose their coffee
and honey for a customized experience.
create her own spin on a holiday season favorite, a hot toddy,
Momose combines honey, chamomile and spices in a soothin Spiced
Honey Toddy that
is not only easy to make, but is also warm and soothing on a chilly
hit with Momose’s family and friends during the festive season, The
Berries and Bees combines
honey, blackberries and whisky for a warming, uplifting cocktail
that can be quickly made day or night.
honey, yuzu juice and ginger beer creates a refreshing beverage that
will ensure that you wake up feeling refreshed.
addition to her recipes, Momose offers tips to easily create
crowd-pleasing beverages during the holiday season and beyond:
the perfect cocktail is about balancing three critical elements:
While balancing sweet with bitter or sweet with acid is a critical
element to drink making, so is finding ingredients that provide a
pleasant texture and roundness.
because you never know who may happen to drop by during the
holidays. Having a well-stocked bar at home will ensure that you
have the ingredients you need to create a well-balanced beverage.
The must-haves for any bar include:
varietals of honey – including wildflower,
– help to offset the intensity of the spirit and add flavor to the
can be combined with mixers like sodas, tonic water and bitters to
create a beverage that feels special.
are easy to keep on hand and make great garnishes to put the
finishing touch on a cocktail.
making a spirit-free, it is all about layering flavors.
Instead of using a traditional simple syrup made with granulated
sugar, experiment with honey, which is naturally sweeter than sugar,
and provides flavor and richness.
more information about how Momose uses just a drizzle of honey in her
favorite beverages, visit www.honey.com.
National Honey Board (NHB) is
an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate
consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products
through research, marketing and promotional programs. The Board’s
work, funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey, is
designed to increase the awareness and usage of honey by consumers,
the foodservice industry and food manufacturers. The
ten-member-Board, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture,
represents producers (beekeepers), packers, importers and a marketing
cooperative. For more information, visit www.honey.com.
Spring Moon at The Peninsula Hong Kong (1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong) is one of that city’s most beloved Chinese restaurants. Since opening its doors in 1986, the Michelin-starred destination has delighted diners with exquisite cuisines served in a stunning art deco-inspired setting. Joining Spring Moon as the new Chinese Cuisine Executive Chef is Lam Yuk Ming. An admired culinary maestro, Chef Lam’s two-decade long career has seen him helm the kitchens at iconic Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing. Most recently, Lam’s imaginative cooking philosophy earned a Michelin star at Macau’s top Cantonese restaurant.
At Spring Moon, Lam promises diners a delicate balance of tradition and innovation by placing the spotlight on authenticity and seasonality. An uncompromising stance on only using the freshest ingredients underpins Lam’s winning combination of classic Cantonese cooking styles and contemporary presentations to highlight their inherent flavors. Each carefully crafted dish is elevated to an art form, marrying striking aesthetics with a nuanced layering of tastes and textures.
This season, guests are invited to experience Lam’s world-class culinary expertise with the Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour. Designed to offer an interactive, behind-the-scenes perspective, the Chef’s Table offers over 30 choices of Cantonese creations for guests to choose 6 or 8 courses from it. Then the discovery begins, as diners accompany Lam to one of Hong Kong’s famed wet markets in Kowloon City; where the chef will guide guests through the art of spotting and selecting the very best ingredients. With its engaging experiences and delectable cuisines by Chef Lam Yuk Ming, the Spring Moon Chef’s Table promises a truly unforgettable dinner date. Based on the day’s market visit, Lam will create an entirely bespoke menu for each Chef’s Table, taking into account each individual guest’s own preferences.
Beginning with an artistic tea ceremony by Spring Moon’s resident tea master, also a certificated National Tea Artist, a series of table-side presentations offers thrilling performances for Chef’s Table guests. Flaming drunken Kuruma prawn creates a fiery, tantalising spectacle pairing the natural sweetness of prawns with rose liquor and Chinese herbs. A tricky choice follows between two exquisite creations – Poached sea conch in Cordyceps soup or poached spotted garoupa in chicken soup – with the seafood simmered at the table for ultimate tenderness. The thrills continue with a hands-on dim sum making class in the Spring Moon kitchen.
the opulent setting of Spring Moon, Chef Lam will prepare a selection
of signature dishes. Highlights such as Pan-fried
bird nest with crab meat and egg white (HK$380*),
Australia lamb fillet with Sichuan pepper (HK$360*)
chicken fillet stuffed with minced shrimp and crab roe sauce
marry Chef Lam’s expert Cantonese cooking skills with a passionate
Spring Moon’s Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour is priced at HK$ 3,388* (6 courses) and HK$ 4,388* (8 courses) per person, including Chinese tea pairing. The wet market tour supplement is priced at HK$ 2,680* per person. Chef Table seats a minimum of four guests and maximum of six guests. Only one Chef’s Table Experience is available daily from Monday to Sunday, with a required advanced reservation of at least three days.
in the city’s prime shopping district, popular parade routes and
seasonal celebrations, Four
Seasons Hotel Vancouver is
the perfect place for guests to wrap themselves in holiday spirit.
Let the expert concierge team help plan a festive winter getaway or
staycation to enjoy everything the season has to offer.
Feasts and Seasonal Surprises at YEW
Chef Evan Morgan
Pastry Chef Suraj Karmakar
at the helm, YEW
seafood + bar is
serving up special holiday menus with no shortage of decadent dishes
season. The YEW team is excited to begin prepping pristine holiday
meals so guests can focus on enjoying the company of loved ones. With
seasonal cocktails, culinary surprises and effortless group dining
packages, YEW is the perfect gathering place this holiday season.
Eve Dinner on
will be one to remember with butter-poached
rib pappardelle mains
to choose from, priced at CAD 110 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).
Day Brunch Buffet returns
December 25, 2019,
and guests can dive into a decadent spread of pastries, seafood raw
bar, carvery station, seasonal sweets and more savoury surprises for
CAD 105 for adults (CAD 50 for kids). Later on, diners can savour in
holiday classics such as chestnut
stuffed turkey or
of seafood options
for a three-course Christmas
priced at CAD 115 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).
604 692 4939 or click here
make a Christmas reservation.
New Year’s Celebrations
it’s a family affair or a date night with dancing, YEW has several
New Year’s options for guests to enjoy on December 31, 2019.
at the Early
New Year’s Eve Dinner can
begin their four-course meal with a glass of sparkling wine before
moving on to decadent dishes such as
sea urchin risotto with scallops for
CAD 100 per adult. Children can dine for CAD 50, which includes a
special hot chocolate, poured tableside. Groups of 12 or more adult
guests for this early seating may also be eligible to receive
complimentary dinner for children under five and valet for two cars.
For full details on group bookings, call
604 609 5480.
those heading out later, celebrate New
Year’s at YEW with
a lavish dinner, dancing and a fabulous array of champagne offerings.
New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration is
CAD 160, with limited space available.
Year’s reservations are filling up quickly, so call 604 692 4939 or
save a seat at the table.
launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery
lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in
the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by
elite jewellers Van
Cleef & Arpels
and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A
Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.
23 February 2020,A
Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels
features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time,
accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include
accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a
limited-edition book of the exhibition.
place at the city’s Palazzo
Nature, Love exhibition
showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’
most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of
February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to
the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line
drawings on display.
visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin
spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s
Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion
district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and
for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high
street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to
find gifts for loved ones.
the UK’s most innovative and daring commercials from the creative
world of British advertising. One of the Walker’s most popular
traditions back for the 33rd year, the British Arrows Awards
showcases an eclectic mix of riveting mini-dramas, high-tech
extravaganzas, wacky comedy, and vital public service announcements.
British Arrows is a much-loved program in the Twin Cities with
many people attending year after year. The audiences are moved by the
program, which can be a unique cross-cultural experience, as they try
to figure out brands and products that are not available in the U.S.,
but are cleverly conveyed. It’s a unique experience for American
audiences to view ads that are not invested in the hard sell; rather,
gaining interest in products and services through humor, pathos and a
dynamic cinematography. Although there are 95 screenings this year,
they are sure to sell out quickly.
NIGHT, Friday, December 6, 7 and 9 pm
early and celebrate with a cash bar, plus music by DJ Simon Husbands
of KFAI’s True Brit Radio. Introduced by Clare Donald and Jani
Guest, British Arrows board co-chairs, and Lisa Lavender, operations
Friday, November 29: 3, 5, and 7 pm
Saturday, November 30: 3, 5, and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 1: 3, 5, and 7 pm
Friday, December 6: 7 and 9 pm: Brits Night. Introduced by Clare Donald and Jani Guest, British Arrows board co-chairs, and Lisa Lavender, operations director.
Saturday, December 7: 5 and 7 pm
Sunday, December 8: 1, 3, and 5 pm
Thursday, December 12: 6, 7, and 8 pm
Friday, December 13: 6, 7, and 8 pm
Saturday, December 14: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Sunday, December 15: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 pm
Tuesday, December 17: 6, 7, and 8 pm
Wednesday, December 18: 6, 7, and 8 pm
Thursday, December 19: 6, 7, and 8 pm
Friday, December 20: 6, 7, and 8 pm
Saturday, December 21: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Sunday, December 22: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 pm
Thursday, December 26: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Friday, December 27: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Saturday, December 28: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Sunday, December 29: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Historic Hotels and Recipients Honored at the Awards Ceremony and Gala at Pinehurst Resort (1895)
Hotels of America®and Historic
Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the winners of the
2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. Recipients were
honored at a special ceremony and gala at Pinehurst Resort (1895)
on Thursday, November 7. Awards were presented before an
audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior
management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from
across the United States of America and from around the world. Honors
were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the
Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic
Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and
more than 200 nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America
and Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels and hoteliers were
honored with these prestigious annual awards for 2019:
Hotels of America New Member of the Year: Blackburn Inn (1828)
Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms): Historic Hotel Bethlehem
(1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms): The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield
City Center Historic Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel (1910) Nashville,
Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms): Grand Hotel Golf Resort &
Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama