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Spinning Plates; a tale of three restaurants

Joseph Levy (center) is joined by the US Consul General Michael Heath, Alan Baker, Supap Posolee, President of S.P. Publishing and publisher of Compass Gourmet Cuisine and Suvannee Chinchiewchan, SFX Cinema City

By Shana Kongmun
The U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai continued the foodie theme with the showing of the documentary Spinning Plates directed by Joseph Levy. Joining Joseph was his former professor at the famed film school the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, Alan Baker who also organizes the American Film Showcase that features American made films around the world.
The well attended party was hosted by Compass Magazine and U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and was sponsored by great local restaurants including El Patio, Dusit d2, Girasole, The Whole Earth Restaurat, Tajimaya, Rimping Supermarket, and The Chef.
Consul General Michael Heath welcomed the gathered guests and then introduced the filmmaker who said it was a great honor to have his film showing here. After the film was aired there was a short question and answer session where Mr. Levy said that he wanted to look at the world through the lens of three different restaurants, a Michelin three star restaurant in Chicago, a small town family restaurant that acts as the center of its community in Iowa and a struggling restaurant owned by a young Mexican couple in Arizona.
This documentary is not just about food, but about relationships and community. The moving film does take you into three seemingly very different worlds but in the end ties them together in a moving way that makes you want to know more about the people involved.

Chef Jesus Lopez from El Patio shares some of his tapas with U.S. Consul General Michael Heath.

(From left) US Consul General Michael Heath, UK Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson, Petchnoi Osathaphan of the South Korean Honorary Consulate and Supap Posolee from Compass Magazine.

Rooj Changtrakul of Rachamankha Hotel and his partner Pakorn are joined by Riddhi Diskul of Le Crstyal, Chiang Mai’s popular French restaurant (center) at the opening party for Spinning Plates.

The Festival of Lights brings out Chiang Mai’s Indian community

Members of the local Muslim community joined Ranjeet Singh for the Diwali festivities.

By Shana Kongmun
Lovely women in colorful silk saris and salwar kameez and men in gorgeous sherwani filled the hall at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel to celebrate the Indian holiday of Diwali on Friday, October 17, 2014. Diwali is a five day long celebration for Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs with the main event falling on the new moon, this year October 22.
Diwali is a time for families to come together and celebrate, the event signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. It dates back to a centuries old belief that the god Ram returned from visiting his mother after being gone for months, explained President of the Indian Community of Chiang Mai, Ranjeet Singh. He continued that the city dwellers wanted to light the way for his return, so lit thousands of candles and earthen lamps around the city, filling it with light.
Many members of the local community joined the event to celebrate this key Indian holiday, filling the hall with over 200 people including Europeans, Americans and members of the local Thai Muslim community.
Indian Consul General Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and his family joined the party, thanking everyone for such a wonderful evening. President of the Indian Community of Chiang Mai Ranjeet Singh and his wife lit the ceremonial candle to start the event that saw dancing, singing and fabulous Indian food.

President Ranjeet Singh and his wife Ranee Singh joined Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal, his wife Mrs Kalpana Lala Garbyal and their children before the party.

Ladies from the working committee (center) join (from left to right) Mr.Manat Kulpakdeesingwon, Treasurer for the Indian Community of Chiang Mai, Mr. Rachen Kulpakdeesingwon and Ranjeet Singh, President of the Indian Community of Chiang Mai. Second right Vice President Mr. Manjeet Sethi, and 3rd right Mr. Surin Batra.

Ranjeet Singh is joined by Lee and Shyam Arora and Shyam’s mother Prem.

Ranjeet and Rani Singh light the candle to start the Diwali Festival of Lights event at Centara Duangtawan Chiang Mai on October 17, 2014.

Mystic Splendour Charity Night

3rd annual Bollywood night at the Empress

Frank and Vanita Sethi of Fashion King are joined by Chao Duanguan na Chiang Mai and her son Pakinai, U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and his wife Michelle, Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and his wife Kalpana, British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson and former Greek Ambassador George Sioris and his wife Dararat as well as Frank and Vanita’s daughter Pridhi and Shana Kongmun

By Shana Kongmun
Bollywood splendor filled the Convention Center at the Empress Hotel on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The third annual event was held this year to raise funds for the North Easter Autistic Center under Royal Patronage.
The sold out evening saw more than 200 people attend with palm reading and temporary henna tattoos for guests to enjoy while mingling before dinner. Some of the 30-40 children currently in residence at the Center dressed up in Indian finery to join the event, even performing a dance for the audience with one little girl basking in the limelight, waving to the audience.
They were followed by a troupe of dancers from Bangkok who performed popular Bollywood style dances and a fabulous singer Dr. Ravinder Kaur, whose beautiful voice filled the room.
Lucky draws were made and saw winners get gift certificates for DK restaurant, dinners at the Empress and hotel vouchers. There was a raffle prize draw that saw George Sioris and Theresa Kongtham with several lucky tickets each and finally an auction of some wonderful prizes conducted by Tim McGuire. Winners bid on a deluxe room at 137 Pillars House and more.
Frank and Vanita Sethi of Fashion King have organized the event each year and their hard work and devotion to the community has been recognized by all, here’s hoping to another splendid Bollywood event next year!

Ineke Maartens helped out at the ticket counter while Tim McGuire acted as emcee for the event, both dressed in fabulous Indian fashions courtesy of Frank and Vanita.

(From left) Frank Sethi, Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai, Ben Svasti Thomson, Michael Heath and Vanita Sethi at the start of the event.

Lee and Shyam Arora join Stella Jacobs of the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai on the red carpet.

Michael Heath gets his palm read at the Bollywood fundraising party.

Some of the kids from the North Eastern Autistic Center joined the festivities dressed to the nines.

Chiang Mai turns German at Oktoberfest

Holiday Inn Chiang Mai and Horeca team up for a fun filled night

Horeca’s Patinya “Joon”Srisuk with with Bangkok Airways Regional Sales Manager Attawut Singharajsamrit, General Manager of Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Stella Jacobs and Julio Christian Wuzel Sotelo-Suarez of El Patio at the grand opening of the event.

By Shana Kongmun
German food and fun was a part of the 2nd annual Oktoberfest held at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai and sponsored by Horeca and Bangkok Airways on October 24, 2014, and although heavy rains the day before forced the planned riverside event inside it didn’t dampen any spirits.
The packed house was filled with people from all over the world. The event featured a delicious German buffet, huge steins of beer, men in lederhosen and of course, an arm wrestling competition and a drinking competition. The competitions were divided into men’s and women’s and foreign and Thai, with German –Spanish owner of El Patio Julio Christian Wuzel Sotelo-Suarez taking the title but graciously handing it over to the 63 year old Austrian man who came a very close second with Chris saying, “I am a semi-professional, really he really won.”
General Manager of the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Stella Jacobs took to the stage with Bangkok Airways Regional Sales Manager Attawut Singharajsamrit for the grand prize giveaways which included a return ticket for two and two nights stay at Holiday Inn Phuket.
Boy Blues Band took to the stage and got everyone dancing, Boy is the owner of Boy Blues Bar in Kalare Night Bazaar and wowed everyone with his guitar skills. There was also a limbo competition that saw most people falling on the floor trying to go under the bar.
The night closed out with Stella thanking everyone for joining in the evening and promising to hold it in November next year so as to avoid last season rains like the storm that sent the event indoors this year.

Shyam Arora joined Boy onstage to sing to the great enjoyment of the audience.

People took to the dance floor as they enjoyed music from Boy Blues and his band.

The 38 year old Indian took on the 63 year old Austrian in a gripping arm wrestling match!

Malinee gave the limbo contest a try!

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Spinning Plates; a tale of three restaurants

The Festival of Lights brings out Chiang Mai’s Indian community

Mystic Splendour Charity Night

Chiang Mai turns German at Oktoberfest