CFFC 2012 After Party at Hatsune (Photo by Lakshitha Yapa)
Reflecting on this past year, I am reminded of one of the most spectacular evenings of the year. It’s an event that comes only once a year, a glamorous evening that rallies hundreds of Beijingers together in an effort to wine, dine and party for good causes.
An event I am personally very proud to be a part of, Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) is a Beijing’s premiere charity dining event that’s only getting better each year. This 2012, we managed to raise over RMB 400,000 in just one night in Beijing! It’s astounding to watch this event raise the bar each year, with word-of-mouth going viral and seeing more and more people active and excited about such a worthwhile charity event.
Originally founded by Michael Crain, Chi Fan for Charity has quickly made a name for itself as one of Beijing (and now Shanghai)’s most highly-anticipated culinary and charity events of the year.
AAB Art Fair 2012 in 798 Art Space
Last night, Affordable Art Beijing (AAB) hosted an invite-only preview launch party for serious art buyers to have the privileged opportunity to get first bids in before the masses swarm in and rip through all the art works on display at the AAB Art Fair 2012 running this weekend, Saturday, June 2- Sunday, June 3 in 798 Art Space.
It was an elegant occasion featuring an introduction to the media and its art audience by AAB founder Tom Pattinson, some of the popular and more established artists of the art fair, and an explanation of the Mini Clubman “creative overloaded” concept on display in the middle of the 798 Art Space. The event also featured live art – a head-to-toe painted model statue along with lovely wine sponsored by The Wine Republic.
AAB Founder Tom Pattinson introduces Artists and AAB Mission
Since it’s inception three years ago, Chi Fan for Charity has since raised over RMB 850,000 for worthy local charities in China. Hats off to founder Michael Crain for putting together this brilliant formula of bringing together good eating + good company for a good cause.
While the main CFFC event is held in November every year (where Chi Fan gathers 40 of Beijing’s premium restaurants to host tables of 10 and over 500 people rally together to make this event Beijing’s top charity culinary event of the year), last Tuesday, April 17th marked the first time CFFC teamed up with 20 Napa Valley Wineries to co-host paired wine dinners at 5 elite restaurants including the new Brasserie Flo, Grange (Westin Chaoyang), Maison Boulud, Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) and Vasco’s (Wangfujing Hilton).
The choice to dine at TRB was an easy one knowing the perfectly professional and courteous Ignace Lecleir and his gracious team would be looking after our party of 40. Each of the five participating restaurants were also allowed to seat up to 40 people, but TRB and Maison Boulud were the two that managed to fill every single one of their 40 seats. In spite of the volume, I knew it was safe to say we would be in good hands.
One of our favorite and most popular events, Hatsune hosted back-to-back sushi making classes last week. With one class filled up within one day of sending the word out, we knew we had to host a second one to accommodate the high demand! And we’re so happy we did because now 60+ Hatsune friends can now say they have officially joined the growing class of Hatsune sushi samurai graduates!
In similar form to previous sushi samurai classes, Hatsune Restaurant Group owner Alan Wong teaches the class himself, introducing the importance of hygiene, and then going straight into our top-secret recipes for cooking sushi rice, Hatsune’s spicy tuna mix and how to master three sushi making techniques: the hand roll, maki roll and inside-out roll.
A fun and interactive event, big thanks to everyone who came out to join in the sushi making fun!
L-to-R: 2nd place Sam Hulbert (USA), 1st place Juuso Laivisto (FIN), 3rd place Roope Tonteri (FIN)
For the second time at the TTR 5Star 10th Red Bull Nanshan Open, Juuso Laivisto (FIN) reclaims his throne (he won first place in 2010) winning first place in this year’s 10th Annual Red Bull Nanshan Open.
Although US rider Sam Hulbert was ranked first going into the Super Finals, Juuso stole the show hitting a “back-to-back bs900 mutes, followed by a 50-50 to method on the polejam, bs lipslide on the downrail finishing off in style with a tweaked out fs360 nosebonk on the Red Bull cube.” If you don’t speak “snowboarding”, then just imagine a lot of super fast spinning flying off massive kickers.
“It’s been awesome to see how the event has grown the last few years, and to see such legends in the judging booth made it extra special to win here today!” - Juuso Laivisto, Winner of Red Bull Nanshan Open 2012
California is about 16 hours behind Beijing, so please forgive the belated post, but after a peek into my very merry Christmas, I hope that perhaps you’ll understand why I’ve been distracted.
LumDimSum Snapshots of My Christmas Day:
My LumDimSum Family