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This month, we’ve added a special section for International National Women’s Day events, because we’re all about girl power here at Foodie…

International Women’s Day events

Female winemaker wine-pairing menu at Roganic & Aulis

Throughout the month, Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred Roganic Hong Kong and development kitchen Aulis Hong Kong will offer a specially curated wine menu showcasing female winemakers from around the world, which can be ordered alongside the restaurants’ lunch and dinner tasting menus. The menu shines a light on globally acclaimed female winemakers such as Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore Estate Vineyards in Greyton, South Africa, Spain’s Christina Forner, the CEO of winery Marqués de Cáceres in Rioja, and Rumiko Moriki of sake specialist Moriki Brewery in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

Dates: 1–31 March 2020

Time: lunch and dinner services

Location: Roganic/Aulis Hong Kong, UG/F, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay

Price: $680/person (6 glasses of wine pairings)

To book: phone 2817 8383 or book Roganic online/book Aulis online

JIA Group celebrates International Women’s Day

JIA Group is celebrating female talent across HK with a panel at lovely French restaurant Louise featuring women such as Dominique Backhouse, MD at Companion Communications, Tracy Kwan, VP of marketing at Pernod Ricard Asia, and SCMP senior reporter Laura Westbrook. Also on the cards are a luxury raffle and guest bar shifts by top female mixologists like Monsen Ip from Back Bar and The Diplomat’s LZ Zapanta. Proceeds on the night will be donated to Teen’s Key, which works towards improving the lives of vulnerable young women and girls in the city.

Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Time: from 6:30pm

Location: Louise, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

Price: à-la-carte food and drink prices

To book: walk-ins only

7 local female entrepreneurs cook for a good cause at Tate Dining Room

Tate Dining Room Hong Kong

Seven inspiring women from around Hong Kong are set to join Chef Vicky Lau of Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room to strut their culinary stuff in support of BEYOND Foundation, which helps children with special needs. BEYOND was started by celeb yoga instructor Margaret Chung, who will serving up her childhood favourite crispy taro spring roll with pork and carrot filling. Other notable participants include Yenn Wong, the founder of JIA GROUP, who will be showcasing her dish of fermented red bean-curd-braised pork belly with black fungus, inspired by her grandfather’s old Malaysian recipe, and Sarah Heller MW – Asia-Pacific’s youngest Master of Wine – who will be whipping up her very own spaghetti carbonara with an Asian twist. Shout-out to our partner in F&B crime Charmaine Mok, the Editorial Director of Dining for Hong Kong Tatler, for her delectable-sounding French quail with maple pancake and raspberry.

Date: Thursday, 5 March 2020

Time: dinner service

Location: Tate Dining Room, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

Price: $1,780/person (8-course collaborative tasting menu)

To book: phone 2555 2172 or email info@tate.com.hk

Each for Equal: The Vibe Tribe at Uma Nota

Meraki Hospitality Group is partnering with Cristina McLauchlan of The Vibe Tribe to host an afternoon rocking female achievements in Hong Kong. Uma Nota will welcome guests to eat, drink and network whilst listening to six fierce women tell their stories of how they actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions and celebrate women for who they are. Speakers include Olivia Cotes-James, founder and CEO of LUÜNA Naturals, Natalie Chow, founder of Lacess, and Gabrielle Kirstein, founder and executive director of charity Feeding Hong Kong, with a portion of all proceeds from the event donated to Feeding HK.

Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020

Time: 3:30–5:30pm

Location: Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, SoHo, Central

Price: $250/person (includes 2 drinks + a selection of veggie snacks and sweets)

To book: book online

Other events

Celebrate Nobu-san’s birthday

NOBU Hong Kong

Whatever his age, world-famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s timeless Japanese-Peruvian cuisine at NOBU deserves to be celebrated. The chef’s birthday may be on 10 March, but you can treat yourself to NOBU’s special sushi set dinner menu until the end of April – happy birthday to US! Executive Sushi Chef Satoru Hashimoto will be taking care of the sushi, sashimi and handrolls, while Executive Chef Rhys Cattermoul is focusing on the hot courses of miso soup and tempura.

Dates: 1 March–30 April 2020

Time: dinner service

Location: NOBU, 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST

Price: $888/person (5-course sushi set dinner); +$100 to add dessert; +$200 for free-flow sake

To book: phone 2313 2323 or book online

Mercedes me Store x Lify Mindful Escape

First discovered at last year’s Food’s Future Summit, Lify Wellness, a tech-innovation company focusing on health and wellness, is partnering with Mercedes me Store this month to set up a pop-up wellness café offering
personalised herbal hot and cold drinks made with the Lify Smart Herbal Brewer. Bevvies include infusions of both Eastern and Western herbal blends as well as a number of creative mocktails and tea/herbal lattes. As part of this holistic wellness experience, a guided tea meditation programme created in conjunction with meditation and wellness coach Stephanie Luo will help guests to take it slow.

Dates: 2–31 March 2020

Time: Monday–Saturday, 12–6pm

Location: Mercedes me Store, Shop 38 and 40, G/F, 48 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Price: à-la-carte pricing

Artemis & Apollo’s Greek Wine Orgy

Give thanks to the gods for Greek taverna Artemis & Apollo, which is putting on a raucous Greek wine dinner this month. The sharing menu features a bounty of meze, salads, roasted meat and seafood and dessert alongside all-you-can-drink red and white wine and ouzo. Yamas!

Date: Thursday, 5 March 2020

Time: from 7:30pm

Location: Artemis & Apollo, 9–11 Moon Street, Wanchai

Price: $488/person (5-course sharing menu + free-flow wine and ouzo)

To book: phone 2818 8681 or book online

La Vache! TST hosts Le Dimanche à Paris

La Vache! Hong Kong

Paying tribute to long, leisurely Sunday lunches with friends, Le Dimanche à Paris honours the City of Love. Spend the afternoon enjoying a generous four-course Parisian-style brunch with unlimited tea, coffee and daily juices. Signature classic French desserts, a cheese platter and pastries accompany La Vache!’s famous entrecôte steak and frites, with board games on the table for the whole family to enjoy. Le Dimanche à Paris takes place every second Sunday of the month at La Vache! TST.

Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020

Time: 12–2:30pm

Location: La Vache!, 12 Hart Avenue, TST

Price: $488/adult or $288/child (4-course brunch + free-flow non-alcoholic drinks)

To book: phone 2666 6818 or book online

Lebanese Wine Feast at Maison Libanaise

Maison Libanaise Hong Kong

Wine and dine your way through Lebanon with generous pours from the region’s most beloved wineries alongside a hearty feast by Lebanese restaurant Maison Libanaise, featuring traditional dishes that highlight the most dynamic Middle Eastern flavours. There are prizes and entertainment to boot.

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Time: from 7pm

Location: Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central

Price: $518/person (sharing menu of meze, mains and dessert + free-flow wine)

To book: phone 2111 2284 or book online

VEDA x Alibi Bar & Kitchen (Sydney) Veg Off

Alibi Bar & Kitchen Sydney

It’s Ovolo Hotels at the ready with this plant-based collaboration between HK’s VEDA at Ovolo Central and Sydney’s Alibi Bar & Kitchen at Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Each two-dish course on the limited-time menu spotlights a key ingredient – for instance, kimchi is the focus of the first course, with Chef Hetty McKinnon of VEDA filling her popular momos with kimchi, seasonal veg and cheese, while Alibi chef Matthew Kenney’s fermented counterpart is set to be kimchi dumplings crafted using green-hued coconut and coriander wrappers and served with ginger foam.

Date: 11–14 March 2020

Time: 2 seatings – 6pm and 8:15pm

Location: VEDA, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central

Price: $500/person (4-course 4-hands vegetarian tasting menu); +$250 for wine pairings

To book: book online

Wagyu katsu sando pop-up at Wagyumafia

Wagyumafia Hong Kong

Ordinarily a members-only restaurant, Wagyumafia will open itself up for one night to show off its Wagyu sarnies to those hunting for a taste of premium Ozaki beef. The menu includes a striploin version (first created for David Beckham), a 100-day dry-aged striploin and Waygymafia’s signature chateaubriand katsu sando. Seats are limited.

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020

Time: from 6pm

Location: Wagyumafia, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai

Price: $1,000 (includes 1 chateaubriand katsu sando). Other cuts are available as upgrades. Extra sandos can be ordered for both dine-in and takeaway.

To book: book online

Dim sum workshops at Ming Court

Dim sum workshops at Ming Court Hong Kong

Every Saturday from now until the end of May, dim sum lovers can learn from the master at Michelin-starred Ming Court. Head Dim Sum Chef Tse Sun Fuk will lead step-by-step, hands-on demos of the making of four of the restaurant’s signature dim sum items, which this month include steamed New Caledonia blue prawn dumpling with bamboo shoot, steamed scallop dumpling with morel mushroom in beetroot wrap, steamed vegan Omnipork bun with pickled Chinese cabbage and deep-fried lava hawthorn ball with strawberry jam and rice crisp. And the best bit is that you can eat up all the goodies at Ming Court following the workshop.

Date: 14, 21 and 28 March 2020

Time: 3:30–5:30pm

Location: Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok

Price: $488/person (includes a dinner voucher valued at $300 and a signature chicken consommé, matsutake mushroom and bamboo pith dish at the next visit to Ming Court)

To book: phone 3552 3028 or email cdhkg.restaurants@cordishotels.com (book at least 5 days in advance)

Gin-pairing dinner at Ming Court

Ming Court Hong Kong

On the back of Cordis, Hong Kong’s Perfume Trees guest mixologist pop-up at Alibi bar, the local gin brand will next be making an appearance at the hotel’s acclaimed Cantonese restaurant Ming Court in the form of a tasting menu by Executive Chef Li Yuet Faat paired with Perfume Trees cocktails by Alibi’s award-winning mixologist, Leo Cheung. In this unique partnership for Chinese cuisine, diners can expect such creative dishes as smoked baby pigeon with Chinese tea leaves, cinnamon and camphor wood paired with Cheung’s Sun and Moon cocktail, mixed with homemade tangerine pu’er tea soda, to complement the smokiness of the bird. Click here for the menu.

Date: Thursday, 19 March 2020

Time: from 7:30pm

Location: Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok

Price: $988/person (5 courses paired with 4 cocktails; includes a complimentary mini bottle of Perfume Trees gin valued at $138)

To book: phone 3552 3028 or email cdhkg.restaurants@cordishotels.com

HAKU pop-up at ThinkWine

HAKU Hong Kong

Hot on the heels of ThinkWine’s successful collaboration with Jim Lofdahl of Frantzén’s Kitchen last month comes the wine bar’s new series of one-night-only pop-ups with chefs from acclaimed Hong Kong restaurants, who will be pairing both their signature and takeover-exclusive small bites with ThinkWine’s impressive selection of wine. This month, the chef of the moment is Agustin Balbi of Japanese-European HAKU, showcasing dishes such as his signature Hokkaido uni brioche and abalone rice caldoso alongside off-menu items like a chicken katsu sando with wasabi mayo and Japanese tuna with tapioca chips and roasted sesame.

Date: Thursday, 19 March 2020

Time: from 6pm

Location: ThinkWine, 2/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central

Price: à-la-carte ordering (prices range from $80–220 for Chef Balbi’s bites)

To book: phone 2886 3121 or email drink@thinkwinehk.com

Test Kitchen x Ray Choi (Butler) and Devon Hou (Test Kitchen) – take 2

Chefs Ray Choi and Devon Hou

The fabulous local chef duo of Ray Choi and Devon Hou are back at Test Kitchen this month following their successful “If I Were in Charge” pop-up last month. Over the years, the chefs have worked and crossed paths at top HK restaurants like Mandarin Grill + Bar, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Tate Dining Room & Bar. For this latest crossover menu, dubbed the “Local Ingredient Challenge”, the two chefs pay tribute to local farmers, producers and flavours. Expect the likes of local threadfin with green Sichuan pepper, with the fish itself straight from Aberdeen Fish Market, hawthorn duck paired with Shanghai noodles from Chan Ming Kee – one of the oldest noodle factories in the city – Kowloon City beef with local Tai Wai Beer and a dessert made with HK Farm Milk and sago. Now more than ever, we need to support our home-grown talent, so we urge you to book this one.

Dates: 19–21 March 2020

Time: 2 seatings – 7pm and 8:30pm

Location: Test Kitchen, Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building – Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Price: $980/person (6-course tasting menu); +$480 for wine pairings; +$380 for non-alcoholic drinks pairings; +$180 for corkage

To book: book online

Night Carnaval brunch at Uma Nota

Night Carnaval Brunch at Uma Nota
 Hong Kong

Brazilian street-food faves, DIY caipirinhas and Rio beats post-sunset at Uma Nota.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020

Time: 7–10pm (after-party from 10pm)

Location: Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, SoHo, Central

Price: $890/person for Brazilian feast + free-flow bubbles and beer or $990/person to include cocktails

To book: book online (full pre-payment required)

Beer Meets Bagel

A partnership between Schragels, Young Master Brewery and Armoury Bar brings the winning trifecta of bagels, beer and live music to Tai Kwun for the Beer Meets Bagel event.

Date: Sunday, 22 March 2020

Time: 11am–8pm

Location: Armoury Bar, G/F, Armoury, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central

Price: $50/Schragels bagel sandwich and $90/Young Master pint

Test Kitchen x Chef Walter el Nagar (Geneva)

Chef Walter el Nagar

It’s back-to-back pop-ups at Test Kitchen this month, with the second showcasing the dynamic skills of Chef Walter el Nagar, a Milan native, who has taken Geneva by storm with his Fiskebar, ramen bar Susuru and his most celebrated and unique eatery Le Cinquième Jour. Open five days a week, on the fifth day, the same menu at Le Cinquième Jour is served for free to less fortunate people in the community. A social activist who has done pop-ups around the world, Chef el Nagar’s Test Kitchen menu pushes the culinary boundaries, focusing on hot techniques such as preservation, fermentation and conservation. Highlights include homemade ciabatta with home-cultured butter, almond cheese with aubergine and preserved leaves and a pork jowl and prawn carpaccio sweet-and-sour dish with black vinegar and mandarin.

Dates: 25–28 March 2020

Time: 2 seatings – 7pm and 8:30pm

Location: Test Kitchen, Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building – Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Price: $1,080/person (8-course tasting menu); +$480 for wine pairings; +$180 for corkage

To book: book online

Niccolo Nights at Popinjays

Niccolo Nights at Popinjays
 Hong Kong

The Murray’s fine-dining rooftop restaurant Popinjays presents its latest instalment of Niccolo Nights, where food and art meet. This one sees graffiti-art studio AXE Colours HK for an evening of live mural painting of the Hong Kong skyline to the tune of in-house DJ sets.

Date: Thursday, 26 March 2020

Time: 6:30–10:30pm

Location: Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central

Price: $688/person for 4-course menu by Chef de Cuisine Alexandre Viriot with glass of Pommery champagne; free entry in bar

To book: book online

After hours at Kinship Playhouse

Kinship Hong Kong

Veteran chefs Chris Grare and Arron Rhodes’ neighbourhood eatery Kinship is now home to Kinship Playhouse
on the last Saturday night of each month, featuring endless rounds of classic American-style drinking games like beer pong, flip cup, stack cup and giant Jenga, plus a late-night open bar. Almost feels like being back at university…

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020

Time: 11pm–2am

Location: Kinship, 3/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central

Price: $398/person (includes 3 hours free-flow drinks)

To book: phone 2520 0899 or email hello@kinshiphk.com

Art Cancel at Eaton HK

Art Cancel at Eaton HK

Those bemoaning the cancellation of big-ticket art events like Art Basel and Art Central can take some solace at Art Cancel, a mini festival aimed at gathering the community and celebrating local creatives, artisans and musicians. The pet-friendly event will be held at Eaton HK bar Terrible Baby’s large al-fresco terrace, with food and drink served from the late afternoon to the wee hours.

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020

Time: 3pm–3am

Location: Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan

Price: free entry 

To book: RSVP online

Earth Hour candlelight dining + meditation at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

The world’s largest environmental movement, Earth Hour, is being celebrated at both Amber and SOMM at The Landmark MO, with two-hour candlelight dining offered featuring live acoustic sessions in place of piped-in music. Or, if you’re not in the mood to dine out but need to switch off (literally), The Oriental Spa is hosting a free candlelight meditation session led by yoga guru Cristina Lopez McLauchlan.

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020

Time: 8–10pm (candlelight dining at Amber and SOMM); 8:30–9:15pm (candlelight meditation session at The Oriental Spa)

Location: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Price: à-la-carte pricing for food and drink, with vegetarian menus available at both Amber and SOMM; complimentary meditation session at The Oriental Spa

To book: phone 2132 0033 or email lmhkg-restaurants@mohg.com to book Amber or SOMM; phone 2132 0011 or email lmhkg-spa@mohg.com to book The Oriental Spa

Peggy Chan’s Earth Hour dinner

For the eighth year in a row, plant-based pioneer Peggy Chan is hosting a candlelight Earth Hour dinner,
in the form of a plant-based, mostly raw five-course menu showcasing seasonal, local ingredients. And this time
it’s al fresco.

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020

Time: 7–10pm

Location: Nature Discovery Park, 8/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST

Price: $1,980/person + 3% carbon tax

To book: email hello@grassrootsinitiatives.co

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