Pie Sabai Bistro extension
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
The cozy garden area of the
newly opened Pie Sabai Bistro.
A new place to go just opened in town on Sunday,
September 4, no longer a secret hideaway for those lovers of Audrey
Dootson’s breads and cakes, also known as Mrs. Pie Sabai.
The Pie Sabai Bistro is next door to her garden
restaurant near Wat Umong, and is as tasteful and comfortable as her
well-known garden cafe. In addition, three chic private rooms will cater for
small family gatherings or parties.
Opening day Sunday Brunch was prepared by French Chef
Jean-Claude and his wife Fung, who previously took care of a couple of
restaurants in Vietnam. Salmon pโt้; garden fresh salads;
homemade potato salad; chunks of chicken and more. The opening day was an
invitation to indulge and we all did.
The bistro will be open daily, except Mondays, from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
with a daily changing menu and Sunday brunches, all with seasonal
the cakes: raspberry cheesecake, pear cr่me cake, chocolate, you name
it. Amongst friends and guests are (from right) Fung, Jean Claude, Audrey
and Jeremy Doodsen and the first piece went to Basil McCall who just could
Chiang Mai Thriller Night
Dr. Howard Graves recently arranged a private film night
with almost 50 people accepting the invitation. Dr. Graves said, “I am
interested in promoting locally produced films. There is a good deal of
talent working in the field, but little outlet for their films and, seeing
the response tonight, I am proud to say, we have Chiang Mai residents here
as young as 12 and as old as 75.”
50 film lovers enjoyed ‘Thriller Night’.
The first film shown and discussed was 70 minutes long,
written, directed, and produced by Don Mott and his friend, Kot. Don teaches
English at Chiang Mai University and gave his students a way of expressing
themselves by exercising their English and drama skills.
The thriller called “Roomies” was very well done from
a technical standpoint - the camera work, the selection of venues, the sound
and even the pronunciation had only a tinge of an accent.
film maker Renee Weygandt (second from right) brought a group of friends
The second film was a documentary by Mr. Neville, who
works with a United Nations program in the drug field. A short story, but
The films were followed by a pot luck dinner with about four times the
amount that could be consumed. A nice touch afterwards, was that the food
that was not eaten was gathered up and taken to the night bazaar where many
Burmese workers appreciate the thoughtfulness.
World’s best chefs stir the pot at Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Ginor is known for bringing together celebrated American and local chefs to
create an intercultural culinary exchange program which introduces global
concepts and ideas to the world market.
After the great success of 2004, the Four Seasons Resort
Chiang Mai will again present a unique opportunity to look over the shoulder
of world-renowned master chefs as they take to the stoves at the Cooking
School on Sunday, 18 September from 6 - 8 p.m.
Fresh from the World Gourmet Festival at in Bangkok, the
confirmed line-up of chefs who will join the cook-off that evening includes
Walter Manzke, and Margarita Manzke, who opened a small, intimate restaurant
L’Auberge Carmel which has been selected as one of the world’s best new
dining destinations by the editors of Robb Report in the June 2005 issue and
Bon Appetit Magazine featured L’Auberge in their ‘Best of the Year’
January 2005 issue, calling Manzke ‘at the top of his game’.
Another is Michael Ginor from Hudson Valley Foie Gras,
New York who joins the World Gourmet Festival for a record 6th time. Michael
established what is the major Foie Gras producer in the world today.
Cyrus Todiwala from the Caf้ Spice Namast้,
London UK is proprietor and Executive Chef of the Caf้ Spice Namast้
restaurant group, renowned for its innovative and fresh approach to Indian
cuisine. Caf้ Spice Namast้ is the only Indian restaurant in the
UK to be awarded the Investors in People Standard and a National Training
Award as well as being runners up for the Millennium Excellence Awards. He
has been voted Best Indian Chef in the UK, awarded a Culinary Honor of Merit
Award from the World Chef Society and Caf้ Spice Namast้ is one
of the only Indian Restaurants to win the BIB Gourmand Award from the
Enrique Luis Blondet Montero, the Gastronomic Director of
‘La Rosa Nautica Restaurant’, Lima, Peru. Chef Blondet, a graduate of
the Ritz Escoffier High Cuisine and Pastry School in Paris is a firm devotee
of this vibrant Peruvian cuisine, a sophisticated blend of Spanish, Asian,
and ancient Incan methods and flavors based on readily available seafood.
Laurent Tourondel, from BLT (Bistro Laurent Tourondel)
New York, USA gained vast and varied hands-on culinary experience in the
best kitchens around the world. A stop at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas
earned him the coveted Food and Wine Magazine’s Ten Best New Chefs 1998
and in 1999 The New York Times awarded him a well-deserved three-star review
for Cello, the former Upper East Side restaurant devoted to inventive fish
and seafood. With BLT Steak, Chef Tourondel realized a lifelong dream of
opening a restaurant where steak, meat and fowl take center stage, the
result being the Modern American Steakhouse.
Lorenzo Vivalda from Antica Corona Reale da Renzo di
Cervere, Cervere Italy comes from a restaurateur family which founded the
restaurant in 1835 and achieved a Michelin star in 2003, the national award
Espresso 2003 for the best and original utilized raw material and first
place in the list of Provincial restaurants for 2003 and 2004. Lorenzo was
named Chevalier of the Italian Republic by the Italian President.
Lorenzo’s aim is to use the freshest products of his native region
including snails, river fish and Piedmont Beef Fassone.
It is rare to meet these chefs all under one roof in a relaxed
environment. Tickets are 1000 baht per person inclusive of tax and service.
Due to limited space it is highly recommend to book early at the Four
Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, tel. 0 5329 8181.
“Chiang Mai Women’s Retreat 2005 - Together With the Father”
A Christian women’s retreat is to be held at Suan Bua
Resort from Friday afternoon, Sept. 23, to Sunday noon, Sept. 25, and Chiang
Mai women are invited to attend.
The Chiang Mai Women’s Retreat was started ten years
ago by Judy Clark, a live-wire from Prince Edward Island and the wife of
Barry, former pastor of Chiang Mai Community Church.
Women from different backgrounds have a great time, and
this has become a popular annual event in September, involving women from
churches all over Chiang Mai and beyond. The goal is to provide an enriching
time of encouragement, refreshment, fellowship and Christian worship
Speakers will come from Chiang Mai community, as they
have in the recent years, and the organizers have chosen as Joan Eubank,
famous for her Broadway career before coming to Thailand more than 40 years
ago with her family’s ministry; Cathy Byers, whose passions include
“inner healing prayer” and home schooling; and Karen Thomson, senior
producer at CBN Siam as the main speakers for “Chiang Mai Women’s
Retreat 2005 - Together with the Father”.
Optional seminars are also part of the program:
“Finding Your Colors,” by Bangkok consultant Joette Berkompas,
“Relationships, Roots and Sacred Objects - Raising Kids Overseas,”
“Generational Healing,” and “Overcoming Obstacles to Listening
Saturday afternoon events will include a Mad Hatter’s
Tea party. Wearing a hat is prerequisite for entry, but millinery supplies
will be available, and there is a prize for the best original creation.
There will also be a popular water aerobics session with Ruth Erickson.
All women interested are welcome to join the weekend from
September 23-25 at Suan Bua Resort. For information or registration forms
contact womensretreat@ cmcchurch.org or local international churches.