Thursday, September 29, 2016

VIEW Restaurant & Bar, Hadirkan Menu Baru yang Istimewa

Menyajikan masakan Eropa dengan sentuhan Asia yang elegan. Everything just tastes better up here…

Coffee Spice Line Caught Tuna
Terletak di kawasan pusat bisnis jantung kota, tepatnya di lantai 22 Fairmont Jakarta, VIEW Restaurant & Bar menghadirkan menu baru bergaya Eropa dengan sentuhan Asia yang elegan, hasil kreasi Executive Chef Andrew Zarzosa.  

Menggunakan bahan-bahan terbaik yang dimasak menggunakan teknik modern dan disajikan dengan tampilan yang Indah, menu baru di VIEW Restaurant & Bar mampu membawa pengalaman bersantap yang unik bagi pecinta kuliner. Para tamu dapat menikmati pilihan menu a la carte yang terdiri dari Partial View (hidangan pembuka), Full View (hidangan utama), Sweet View (hidangan penutup), atau set menu istimewa berupa menu 5-course dan menu 7-course yang dilengkapi dengan pilihan wine.

Partial VIEW
Perjalanan kuliner di VIEW Restaurant & Bar dimulai dengan hidangan Amuse-bouche yang menyegarkan yaitu Gift from the Sea (tuna tartar yang dibungkus dengan semangka yang sudah dikeringkan dan buah alpukat pada bagian atasnya, yang disajikan dalam wadah unik berbentuk tangan), Foie Gras Rempeyek, dan Oxtail Potato Cylinder.

Tamu dapat memilih hidangan pembuka mulai dari Dry-Aged Beef Tartar (disajikan dengan puffed mustard, kenikir emulsion, dan nasturtium), Torch Ginger Cured Amber Jack  (disajikan dengan kelapa muda dan avocado puree), Chilled Prawn (disajikan dengan smoked yoghurt, crispy nori, dan daikon radish), Veal Sweetbreads (disajikan dengan foie gras, sunchoke, dan hazelnut vinaigrette), Chickpea Broth (disajikan dengan oxtail dan curry granola), Iberian Pork Belly (disajikan dengan miso caramel, shiso, dan snow pea), hingga Parmesan-Tomato Dashi (disajikan dengan preserved vegetables). Bagi tamu yang ingin merasakan kelezatan yang berbeda mereka dapat memilih hidangan pembuka Vegetable Various Ways yaitu perpaduan sayuran lokal dan musiman yang menjadi salah satu menu andalan restoran ini.

Dessert: Walk in the Forest
Untuk hidangan utama, VIEW Restaurant & Bar menyajikan berbagai hidangan lezat yang tidak kalah istimewa. Bagi pecinta olahan daging merah, terdapat pilihan menu seperti Wagyu Beef Sirloin (disajikan dengan king trumpet tobanyaki mushroom, lemongrass sweet corn, dan kale), Beef Short Ribs dengan sentuhan citarasa Indonesia (disajikan dengan heritage rice, kafir lime foam, kecap manis, dan elemen dabu-dabu) atau Lamb Loin (disajikan dengan barley, daun pepaya dan santan).

Menu Free Range Chicken (disajikan dengan truffle, foie gras dan kailan), hingga Juniper Lacquered Duck (disajikaan dengan almond potato, watercress dan heirloom carrots) merupakan hidangan yang tepat bagi tamu pecinta daging unggas. Sementara bagi mereka yang menyukai hidangan laut, terdapat menu dengan bahan utama seafood seperti Butter Poached Rock Lobster (disajikan dengan bubur yang terbuat dari beras biodynamic, Japanese uni, caviar dan beetroot gastrique), Japanese Suzuki (disajikan dengan shellfish custard, cauliflower dan hibiscus), atau Coffee Spice Line Caught Tuna (disajikan dengan barbecued leeks, kentang dan jeruk limau). Bagi para tamu vegetarian, dapat menikmati lezatnya menu Jerusalem Artichoke (disajikan dengan cassava, ancient grains dan soy-porcini broth).

Restaurant & Bar
Perjalanan kuliner dapat ditutup dengan manis dengan pilihan menu yang menggugah selera seperti, Stone Roses (vanilla crémeux, rose dan buah leci), atau Under Pressure (cantaloupe soup dengan yoghurt sorbet). Bagi pecinta kopi, mereka dapat merasakan nikmatnya Iced Coffee yaitu es krim kopi single origin yang disajikan lengkap dengan popcorn karamel, cokelat Tabanan Bali 38%, sup earl grey, pisang, dan hazelnut. Sedangkan bagi pecinta cokelat, mereka dapat menikmati lezatnya aneka pilihan hidangan penutup, mulai dari After 8 (mint ice, dehydrated chocolate mousse dan mint sponge), hingga A Walk in the Forest (disajikan dengan 84% Aceh chocolate stones, crème bavaroise, braised Amarena cherry, dan pistachio moss) yang menjadi hidangan penutup favorit bagi sebagian besar tamu.


VIEW Restaurant & Bar juga menyediakan berbagai varian ‘Culinary Cocktails’ yang menggunakan house-made infusions, muddled fruits, infused syrups, earthy spices, dan herbs. Berbagai minuman segar yang wajib dinikmati adalah Kecombrang Sour (gin, kecombrang, dan lemon), Pandantini (martini dengan rasa pandan), Purple Gimlet (butterfly pea flower infused gin dan lime juice), Echo Chic (lemongrass infused vodka, Cointreau, dan lemon), Elderflower Daiquiri (rum, cranberry juice, dan elderflower syrup), dan VIEW Iced Tea (jasmine tea infused vodka dengan rum, gin dan Cointreau).

‘Everything just tastes better up here…’ merupakan kalimat yang tepat untuk menggambarkan perjalanan kuliner di VIEW Restaurant & Bar.  Aneka cocktail dan wine yang dapat dinikmati sambil memandang indahnya langit kota Jakarta dari lantai 22 semakin memberikan pengalaman yang berkesan bagi para tamu.

Nikmati perjalanan kuliner di VIEW, mulai pukul 5 sore hingga 11 malam. Untuk info lebih lanjut, hubungi +62 (21) 2970 3333 atau email diningreservations.jakarta@fairmont.com.

Saimah Sabirin Appointed As General Manager for Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur, Bali

Sudamala Resorts appoints home-grown hospitality talent – Saimah Sabirin – as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Bali and Lombok cluster of properties, as well as General Manager of Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur, Bali

Samah Sabirin
Leading luxury boutique hospitality brand Sudamala Resorts has appointed Ms Saimah Sabirin as Director of Sales and Marketing (DOSM) for its properties in Sanur, Bali and Senggigi, Lombok. In addition to taking on the role as cluster DOSM for both Sudamala properties, Saimah also takes up the position as General Manager of Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur, Bali.

Situated at the southern Mertasari end of the Sanur coastline, Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur, which includes Sudakara ArtSpace, is one of Bali’s most remarkable art-inspired resorts. At home in the historic, cultural surrounds of Sanur, Sudamala Bali has made a love of art part of its taksu or spiritual soul. The ARES Steak and Pasta restaurant meanwhile has established itself as Sanur’s leading lounge lizard lair, with a cool al fresco vibe, fairy lights and comfortable sofas perfect for watching the leisurely world go by.

Deluxe Sweet type
“I’m very proud to appoint Saimah Sabirin as both cluster DOSM for Bali and Lombok, and General Manager of the Bali property. It’s a big responsibility, but she has the skills and experience to do the job, with an impressive list of previous positions, befitting a growing boutique brand like us,” said Emily Subrata, Director of Sudamala Resorts. 

Ms Sabirin’s resume includes a long list of previous positions at some of the most impressive resorts in the region. Beginning her rise to the top as a Sales and Marketing staffer at the Melati Dua Cottages in Senggigi, Saimah went on to work at Lombok’s Holiday Inn Resort, before moving to the Intercontinental Resort, Bali as a Senior Business Development Manager. Following that, she spent several years at Bali’s luxurious, cliff-hanging Bulgari Hotel, as well as Accor Hotels, Tjendana Resorts and Sempiak Villas, before joining Sudamala in July this year. 

Nahsahji Courtyard 
“Bu Saimah has her own individual leadership style and is expected to bring Sudamala Sanur to the next level. I believe she will continually challenge the brand to strive to be better and to achieve our goal of being a first-class hotel company,” added Ms Subrata.

For more info, see: www.sudamalaresorts.com, or contact +62 361 288 555 (Bali) or +62 370 693 111 (Lombok), or email info@sudamalaresorts.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Red Planet Hotels Accelerates Asian Expansion through Investment from Goldman Sachs


Red Planet Hotels, the fast growing pan-Asian budget hotel chain announced today it has received USD70 million from Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), a leading global investment bank.

Founded in 2010, Red Planet Hotels owns and operates a portfolio of 26 hotels in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The funds from Goldman Sachs will facilitate the activation of a confirmed pipeline for 10 hotels to open over the next 24 months.

Red Planet Hotels Chief Executive Officer, Tim Hansing, said the investment would solidify the company’s current expansion roadmap and help to establish a basis to close a final round of private investor equity to support further expansion of the brand.

“We have a well-diversified portfolio over four countries, and have developed a highly systemised brand. We have also created a unique customer-facing IT platform that is without parallel in our market. We now have substantial growth opportunities not only in our existing markets but also in additional countries where we are confident our brand and product will excel,” Mr Hansing added.


“To have our company, our people, our product, and our brand be funded by Goldman Sachs indeed gives us the confidence that we are on the right track to our stated goal of a 2018 IPO.”

Jonathan Vanica, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, said: “The growth of travel, coupled with the evolving demands for more diverse and cost-efficient hospitality platforms, is leading to new opportunities for entrepreneurial companies in Asia.  We anticipate our capital will help Red Planet Hotels accelerate its expansion throughout the region.”

Simon Gerovich, Chairman of Red Planet Hotels, added: “The investment we have received from Goldman Sachs will augment our expansion capabilities in the short-term and allow us to focus on our longer-term goals of scaling up our hotel footprint across the Asia-Pacific region.”


Since 2011 Red Planet Hotels has raised USD240 million of capital and the funds from Goldman Sachs position the company well to complete its next and final pre-IPO round of capital raising amounting to USD250 million.

About Red Planet Hotels
Red Planet Hotels, founded in 2010, is a privately-owned regional hotel company focused on Asia’s expanding value hotel sector. The company owns and operates 26 hotels (24 under the Red Planet brand) in Indonesia (7), Japan (4), the Philippines (10), and Thailand (5) for a total of 4,118 rooms, growing its portfolio through the acquisition of existing hotels and development of new hotels. Red Planet’s robust and scalable technology platform provides both advanced reservation software and local attraction guides for customers, ensuring a fast and efficient booking process. Red Planet comprises a stylish value hotel offering, with all of its properties centrally located and featuring high-speed Wi-Fi. Red Planet’s companies based in Jakarta (Red Planet Indonesia - PSKT:IJ) and Tokyo (Red Planet Japan - 3350:JP) are listed on the Indonesian and Japanese stock exchanges, respectively.


About Goldman Sachs
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

Meliá Hotels International Menambah Hotel di Vietnam dengan Penandatanganan Meliá Ho Tram

Dijadwalkan akan dibuka pada semester kedua tahun 2018, Meliá Ho Tram, sebuah resor tepi pantai bintang lima yang berlokasi di salah satu destinasi paling cepat berkembang, menegaskan kembali komitmen Meliá Hotels International untuk Asia Pasifik


Meliá Hotels International mengumumkan penandatanganan Meliá Ho Tram, yang akan menjadi properti keempat yang dikelola oleh Meliá Hotels International di Vietnam setelah Meliá Hanoi, Meliá Danang dan Sol Beach House Phu Quoc, 26 September 2016. Kesepakatan yang baru ini memperluas kehadiran Meliá Hotels International di Vietnam, didukung dengan kepemimpinan perusahaan dalam pengelolaan resor, untuk memenuhi peningkatan permintaan dalam pariwisata dan travel di negara ini.

Dikelola di bawah merek Meliá Hotels & Resorts dan dimiliki oleh Tanzanite International, resor ini terletak di dalam kompleks The Hamptons Ho Tram dan baru-baru ini mendapatkan penghargaan dari Vietnam Property Awards dalam kategori Best Hotel Development, Best Hotel Interior Design, dan Best Villas Landscape and Architecture. Begitu selesai dibangun pada pada semester kedua tahun 2018 mendatang, resor ini akan memiliki total 156 suite dan 98 villa.

“Perluasan portofolio kami di Vietnam, di salah satu kawasan paling dinamis di dunia mengindikasikan bahwa strategi pertumbuhan kami membuahkan hasil,” kata Bernardo Cabot Estarellas, Senior Vice President Meliá Hotels International untuk kawasan Asia Pasifik.

Ia menambahkan, “Perusahaan kami memiliki track record yang sangat baik dan telah menjadi pemimpin di segmen resor selama beberapa dekade; ditambah dengan keahlian manajemen hotel yang kami miliki sehingga kami selalu menjadi pilihan utama bagi para pemilik hotel. Hari ini kami menandatangani kesepakatan dengan Tanzanite International dan berharap dapat menawarkan sebuah resor yang mewah dan pengalaman menginap di tepi pantai kepada wisatawan di kawasan Asia Pasifik.”


Terkenal karena pantai yang alami dan pedesaannya yang cantik, The Hamptons Ho Tram berlokasi sekitar 95 kilometer sebelah tenggara kota Ho Chi Minh, di sepanjang lajur pantai yang sama dengan Grand Casino dan Bluffs Golf Course, yang menjadi tuan rumah Asian PGA Championships 2015 dan memenangkan World Golf Awards sebagai „World‟s Best New Golf Course in 2015‟.

Daerah ini juga menawarkan banyak restoran tepi pantai serta aktivitas hiburan dan rekreasi lainnya. Destinasi pantai ini mudah diakses melalui jalan raya baru yang menghubungkan Ho Tram ke kota Ho Chi Minh dan kota-kota sekitarnya seperti Vung Tau, yang menarik lebih dari 17 juta pengunjung setiap tahunnya. Selain itu, bandara internasional baru yang diusulkan di kota yang dekat dari Long Thanh diharapkan akan beroperasi sekitar tahun 2022, sehingga akan mengurangi waktu perjalanan sekitar 45 menit dari bandara baru menuju Ho Tram, mengubah Ho Tram menjadi destinasi pantai untuk wisatawan internasional sehingga meningkatkan permintaan pariwisata.

Meliá Hotels & Resorts merupakan merek paling internasional milik Meliá Hotels International, sangat dihargai oleh wisatawan di seluruh dunia dan dicirikan dengan pengalaman personal yang diberikan melalui budaya „Passion for Service‟ dari merek ini. Merek Meliá Hotels & Resorts memiliki 126 properti dan telah hadir di benua Asia selama lebih dari 30 tahun; dan Meliá Ho Tram merupakan bentuk penegasan dari komitmen Meliá Hotels International pada wilayah ini.

Di tahun 2016 ini, Meliá Hotels International merayakan hari jadinya yang ke-60 dan terus menambah propertinya di Asia, dengan 11 hotel sudah beroperasi dan 23 hotel di dalam pipeline, perusahaan akan terus mempertahankan pertumbuhan bisnisnya dan menggandakan jumlah hotel di wilayah Asia pada tahun 2020.


Tentang Meliá Hotels International
Didirikan pada tahun 1956 di Palma de Mallorca, Spanyol, Meliá Hotels International merupakan salah satu perusahaan hotel terbesar di seluruh dunia serta pemimpin mutlak dalam pasar Spanyol, dengan lebih dari 370 hotel (portofolio dan jaringan saat ini) di lebih dari 43 negara dan 4 benua di bawah brand: Gran Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus Resorts, ME by Meliá, INNSIDE by Meliá, Tryp by Wyndham dan Sol Hotels.

Fokus strategis pada pertumbuhan internasional telah memungkinkan Meliá Hotels International untuk menjadi perusahaan hotel Spanyol yang pertama dengan kehadirannya di pasar-pasar utama seperti Cina, Teluk Arab atau Amerika Serikat, serta mempertahankan kepemimpinannya di pasar asalnya seperti Eropa, Amerika Latin atau Karibia. Tingginya globalisasi, model bisnis yang beragam, rencana pertumbuhan yang konsisten didukung oleh aliansi strategis dengan investor besar dan komitmennya untuk pariwisata yang bertanggung jawab adalah kekuatan utama dari Meliá Hotels International, menjadi pemimpin Spanyol Hotel di Corporate Reputation (Merco 2013).

Web: meliahotelsinternational.com/en

Etihad Airways Collaborates with Leading Fashion and Skincare Brands in First Class

Airline chooses Christian Lacroix and Omorovicza for stylish new amenity kits for its world-leading first class guest experience


Etihad Airways has revealed its new First Class amenity kits, designed in partnership with two leading brands from the worlds of fashion and beauty: internationally renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix, and pioneering Hungarian skincare brand, Omorovicza.

The attractive new bags will initially be introduced on the airline's Airbus A380 flights between Abu Dhabi and London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Mumbai, and then fleet-wide in early 2017.

Calum Laming, Etihad Airways Vice President Guest Experience, said: "The new kits perfectly balance fashion and style with beauty and wellbeing. By forging partnerships with these two innovative lifestyle brands, we are once again able to demonstrate Etihad Airways' continuous commitment to First Class travel, and to providing unparalleled experiences at every phase of our guest’s journey with us.”

With a reputation for attention to detail and a meticulous approach to design, the Christian Lacroix brand complements the elegance and flair synonymous with Etihad Airways’ First Class service. Both the male and female embossed bags come in two rich colours, plum for ladies and grey for men.‎ A second phase will see new kits in burgundy for ladies and black for men.

There are two varieties for both male and female guests – featuring a wash bag and convertible flat case for men, and debossed fold over bags for ladies. The stylish ladies bag is designed to be used as a chic clutch, whilst the men’s bag can be used buttoned down as a wash bag or, when opened flat, as storage for tablet devices such as iPads.


Nicolas Topiol, Chief Executive Officer of Christian Lacroix, said: "We are very proud to be partnering with Etihad Airways for its First Class amenity bags. Etihad Airways' position as a leading global airline is a wonderful complement to the House of Christian Lacroix.”

The bags contain four anti-ageing and rejuvenating items by Omorovicza, hand-picked from the brand’s ‘Gold’ collection. The anti-inflammatory gold in the luxurious creams, serums, oils and scrubs heals micro-damage and strengthens mature skin, and also achieves maximum efficacy with only pure ingredients and no harmful agents.

The inflight essential products include a perfecting lip balm that soothes and nourishes dehydrated lips; a facial moisturiser with cooling gel-cream that absorbs instantly and provides long-lasting hydration; a nourishing, lightly scented hand treatment; and a refreshing cleansing wipe.


Four Omorovicza items will be available in the First Class guest washrooms: a Queen of Hungary face mist: a hydrating and energising mist that refreshes the skin and stimulates the senses; a fragrant and refreshing face and hand wash to cleanse and hydrate the skin without stripping it of its natural oils; and a nourishing, lightly scented hand lotion.

Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Omorovicza,  said: “We are very proud that Etihad Airways has selected Omorovicza products for its new First Class amenities, and we look forward to forging a strong and successful collaboration with an airline for which we have the utmost admiration, and whose vision we respect and appreciate.”

Other comfort items included are ear plugs, a comb, a care pack (consisting of cotton pads, ear buds and an emery board), a dental pack, a sleep pack (with comfortable socks and eyeshades), and a relax pack (with pillow mist and pulse point oil). The offering for men also includes a shaving kit.

Cita Rasa Kuliner Indonesia di Pusar Gatronomi Dunia


Master Chef Degan Septoadji membawa kuliner Indonesia ke mancanegara, kali ini ke kota Paris yang dikenal sebagai pusar gastronomi dunia dalam rangkaian acara “Festival Colorful Indonesia” pada 14 - 16 Oktober 2016 mendatang berlokasi di Pavillon Dauphine. Promosi kuliner ini menampilkan sejumlah hidangan populer Indonesia yang menjadi bagian acara dalam rangka perayaan HUT ke-71 Republik Indonesia.

“Merupakan sebuah kehormatan sekaligus tantangan bagi seorang chef untuk menampilkan kuliner bangsanya di Paris yang terkenal akan haute cuisine atau hidangan tingkat tingginya,” ujar Chef Degan. “Bagaimana kuliner Indonesia ditampilkan agar mendapatkan sambutan baik dari masyarakat yang amat terlatih seleranya dalam mengapresiasi hidangan gourmet,” paparnya.

Salah satu upaya yang dilakukan dalam promosi kuliner ini adalah memahami ragam hidangan khas Nusantara dan memilih diantaranya yang cocok dan sesuai dengan selera budaya makan Eropa, khususnya Perancis.

Chef Degan menjelaskan, “Masyarakat Eropa umumnya menikmati cita rasa gurih, asam, segar, manis dengan tingkat kepedasan yang wajar agar masih dapat menikmati sensasi aneka rasa lainnya, terutama karena hidangan akan dipadukan dengan wine.”


Hidangan yang ditampilkan diambil dari beberapa menu favorit di Café Degan Bali, restoran milik Chef Degan, seperti Bebek Bumbu Bali, Iga Kambing Bumbu Ketumbar, Daging Sambal Hijau, Salmon Sayur Lodeh, Sambal Goreng Udang, Rendang, dan Ayam Bumbu Rujak.

“Semakin banyak di antara kita yang bangga dan mempromosikan kekayaan budaya kita, termasuk kuliner Indonesia, semoga makin mengharumkan nama Indonesia di tingkat internasional seperti kuliner asal Asia lainnya,” ujarnya.

Acara “Festival Colorful Indonesia” diinisiasi oleh Duta Besar Republik Indonesia untuk Perancis, Monaco dan Andorra Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan sebagai bentuk komitmen mempromosikan Indonesia dari berbagai aspek budaya, ekonomi dan investasi, yang akan digelar di Pavillon Dauphine di Paris.

Acara promosi terpadu ini merupakan kesempatan bagi pemerintah/provinsi dan pihak swasta di Indonesia untuk memperkenalkan potensi daerahnya dan menjalin kerjasama dengan berbagai kalangan di Perancis.


Dubes Hotmangaradja mengatakan, potensi Indonesia masih sangat besar untuk dijelajah dan dipamerkan pada dunia. Khusus bidang kuliner, makan dan makanan adalah sebuah bahasa universal yang dimengerti seluruh masyarakat dunia. “Melalui pengenalan kuliner dapat dilakukan soft power diplomacy yang diharapkan semakin memperkuat hubungan diplomatis antar negara dan membuka peluang temasuk niaga maupun kunjungan ke Indonesia kedepannya,” tandasnya.

Degan Septoadji, salah seorang chef profesional asal Indonesia, telah berpengalaman lebih dari 30 tahun di industri boga. Mengenyam pendidikan dan mengawali karirnya di Eropa, Degan bekerja di sejumlah jaringan hotel mewah internasional di mancanegara diantaranya Hilton International, Grand Hyatt, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlantis, Sol Melia dan Banyan Tree Hotels. Ia kembali ke Indonesia membuka Café Degan di Pulau Dewata tahun 2010. Disamping mengelola restoran, Chef Degan tampil sebagai juri dalam acara TV MasterChef Indonesia, pembicara dan konsultan kuliner. Mempromosikan kuliner Indonesia di mancanegara merupakan agenda tahunannya, disamping menginspirasi para chef muda Indonesia untuk mendalami warisan budaya kuliner. Sepanjang 2016 telah membawa kuliner Indonesia ke Thailand, Inggris, Jerman dan Perancis.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Spearheading SMART Building & Construction through Digital Transformation and Productive Technologies


The sixth edition of BuildTech Asia returns from 18 to 20 October 2016 in Singapore to further address the needs of an evolving built environment sector in the region. Organised by Sphere Exhibits and hosted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), BuildTech Asia is held in conjunction with the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW) 2016.

The SCPW brings together developers, architects, consultants, builders and suppliers to exchange ideas on construction productivity, new productive technologies, best practices and success stories. Themed ‘Transforming the Way We Build through Innovation’, this year’s SCPW will facilitate discussions on Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), raising the quality of the workforce and improving integration in the construction value chain, to drive a quantum leap in construction productivity.

“The next phase of advancement in the built environment sector will require changing the way we build. We need to move the built environment sector towards wider adoption of the Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) approach, which means moving as much on-site construction works to off-site factory prefabrication as possible. By doing so, we can reduce our reliance on labour through higher degree of automation, minimise the impact on the surrounding neighbourhood, reduce wastage of resources during construction, as well as create more conducive and safer workplaces. The quality of our buildings and infrastructures will also improve as we move towards more prefabrication,” said Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA.

Some 150 exhibiting brands will be showcasing a range of productive technologies, building materials and architectural solutions as well as quality finishes, alongside staple exhibits from construction machinery and equipment at the BuildTech Asia to over 6,000 visitors from Asia and around the world. In addition, eight country pavilions from China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and South Korea will showcase technologies that address the challenges of building and construction across different vertical industries.

In Singapore, the average construction demand is expected to be sustained between $26 billion and $35 billion in 2017 and 2018, and $26 billion to $37 billion in 2019 and 2020. The integration of technology into buildings has contributed an increase of 3.8% in building function productivity. In view of this, BuildTech Asia 2016 aims to equip builders and architects with new insights on smart building and construction methodology in addition to cost savings from facility design, construction and operations, which are creating sustainability in buildings through increased efficiencies.

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, says “Technology has significantly impacted the built environment sector in Singapore and around the region. Over the years we have strengthened our partnership with BCA to assist companies in this industry to keep abreast of the latest technological developments in productive technologies through the deployment of smart building materials and turnkey solutions. We are very pleased to reintroduce architectural solutions and a showcase of quality finishes this year. To further equip the industry, we are proud to be the first to introduce a segment of Building-IoT as well as a dedicated conference to further to assist industry practitioners to cope in an increasingly complex and interconnected environment whilst developing their expertise.”


Paving the way for Building-IoT for the Region
Asia has the world’s largest building technology market – its projected value is US$1036 billion by 2020 – and opportunities are growing for technology applications in the built environment sector. To facilitate construction demand of smart cities, BuildTech Asia 2016 will showcase a dedicated pavilion showcasing the latest cutting edge technology for building construction, including a holistic exhibition of Internet of Things technology for buildings.

As the focus of governments and industry stakeholders shifts to that of integrating infrastructure in a manner that facilitates Internet of Things (IoT) adoption, the inaugural Building-IoT Asia Conference 2016 will help participants comprehend the role of the construction industry in creating Smart Cities.

Organised by Homdex and Sphere Exhibits in conjunction with BuildTech Asia 2016, the Building IoT Exhibition takes place from 18 – 20 October and will feature a dedicated pavilion consisting of companies showcasing IoT platforms, IoT applications, devices and services; Wired and Wireless communications and network solutions; including 5G and Giga Internet options; Smart home building controls for lighting, facilities, sunshade, telecommunications, energy management, building security and parking; Sensors and components; Smart home appliances; and Smart City options for transport, clean energy, urban planning, disaster management, water and waste management, security and safety.

The B-IoT Asia Conference features international experts, along with speakers from across Asia, who will tackle topical issues such as safety and security, the application of big data and analytics in buildings and discuss the impact of the smart ecosystem on design and building standards. 

Deliberations as to the changing expectations of sustainability, the rebalancing of objectives to attain operational efficiencies and how to increase the satisfaction and experience of the occupant of a building will also take place. The conference will wrap with an exploratory session of the future of building IoT, touching on real estate information systems and cybersecurity.

BuildTech Asia 2016 has earned increased regional support this year from South East Asia’s building and construction sector. As in previous years, local and international Associations have embraced the opportunity to collaborate with BuildTech Asia 2016 to enjoy abundant opportunities to network with industry colleagues in pursuit of their business goals. This year, the Association of Industrial Engineering and Management Industry of Indonesia (ISTMI); Association of Property and Facility Managers, Building Owners & Managers Association, Indonesia, Construction Industry Joint Council; The Institution of Engineers, Singapore ; Indonesia Engineers Association ; International Powered Access Federation; IFMA Singapore Chapter, National Association of Indonesian Consultants ; Jakarta Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Malaysia Heavy Construction Equipment Owners Association; Master Builders Association of Malaysia, Renovation and Decoration Advisory Centre (RADAC); Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL); Singapore Cranes Association; Singapore Institute of Building Limited; Singapore Institute of Surveyors & Valuers; Singapore Institution of Safety Officers; Singapore Manufacturing Federation; Society of Project Managers Singapore, The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, Vietnam Ceramic Association, Vietnam Electronic Industries Association, Vietnam Federation of Civil Engineers Association and Workplace Safety and Health Asia are supporting BuildTech Asia 2016.

Co-located Conferences & Activities at BuildTech Asia 2016
The Singapore Contractor’s Association and SCAL Academy, with the support of Sphere Exhibits and Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), will run a one-day conference, the Environment Sustainability Conference 2016, themed "Building Sustainably". The conference will highlight topics from sustainable designs and practices to improve energy efficiency and the use of green building materials, to facilitate discussions about industry trends and green best practices that can lead to cost efficiency and environmental benefits.

SCAL Innovation & Productivity Awards
The inaugural SCAL Productivity and Innovation Awards (PIA) 2016 is an industry initiative to raise productivity in the construction sector through a ground-up approach for innovative ideas. The competition will provide a platform for companies to step up productivity efforts through the involvement of all levels of staff to propose projects, products or process changes that will result in significant improvements in their workplaces.

Supported by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Housing and Development Board (HDB), construction companies are invited to submit applications where judges will select the top few innovative ideas to be showcased for public voting at the BuildTech Asia 2016. Winners will receive cash prizes, a plaque and recognition at the Awards at the SCAL Conference.

About BuildTech Asia 2016
Hosted by Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), and held during the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW), BuildTech Asia 2016 is now into its 6th edition focuses on technologies that address the challenges of building and construction across different vertical industries. BuildTech Asia 2016 is 3-day trade event dedicated to make a difference to the future of the industry.

For more information, please visit www.buildtechasia.com

About the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW)
Organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW) is an industry hallmark event for developers, architects, consultants, builders and suppliers to exchange ideas on construction productivity, as well as share the latest developments in new productive technologies, best practices and success stories. Held from 18 – 21 October 2016, key events this year include the BuildTech Asia Exhibition, Build Smart Conference, Skilled Builders Project, inaugural SCAL Productivity Innovation Competition and Awards, Experiential Workshop, as well as the Productivity Workshop, Productivity Challenge and Productivity Race to engage tertiary students on construction productivity concepts.

For more information, please visit www.scpw.sg

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Anam Unveils Luxurious Indochine Concept as Nha Trang’s First Beach Resort Opens to Guests


Vietnam’s most illustrious and pristine coastline has welcomed the arrival of The Anam, an independently operated luxurious all-villa five-star resort set to establish a new benchmark in hospitality at the effusive resort destination.

Combining colonial era charm and service with 21st century design and convenience, The Anam opened its doors in September to guests ahead of a grand opening at the end of the year.

Set on a private beach and staffed with Vietnam’s finest butlers, valets and concierge staff, The Anam harks back to a bygone era and offers natural sophistication with an emphasis on personalised services, culinary excellence and rejuvenating wellness.

“Vietnam is known for its genuine, warm-hearted people and a dedicated attitude to life. At The Anam we embrace this natural advantage by offering highly discerning levels of service while ensuring guests enjoy uniquely curated destination and resort experiences,” said Duncan MacLean, General Manager, The Anam.

“We are extremely proud that despite having only recently opened, The Anam is one of only six hotels and resorts worldwide to be recognized and included in the World Luxury category by Worldhotels,” he added.

With a range of stunningly appointed suites and villas, including beachside accommodation with private pools, The Anam presents old world architectural elegance with new world appeal. A philosophy based around “No Shoes. No News. No Stress” means the resort guarantees luxurious relaxation rarely found in other parts of Vietnam, or even the world.


Each of the 105 villas are finished with the finest Vietnamese hardwood, decorative stone and antique style tiling. Thanks to a “Sweet Dreams à la carte” concept with magnificent Irish linen, goose down pillows and recognized world’s best beds, guests are guaranteed a blissful night’s sleep. The elegant bathrooms, with sunken bathtubs, rain-showers, and hand-made French lotions and toiletries, typify The Anam’s meticulous attention to detail.

The luxurious Sri Mara Spa, named after the first Cham King, offers a range of private treatment rooms with all the therapists specially selected and trained in the art of Balinese massage.

A wide range of recreational activities – from water sports to tennis and yoga – plus a fully equipped fitness centre allows guests to create their own custom vacation agenda each day. The private beach is patrolled by internationally certified life guards trained by Surf Life Saving Australia.

Innovation and originality are The Anam’s watchwords and this is reflected in cleverly conceptualised dining concepts that have been carefully designed to suit the location. A Beach Club sits right next to the 600 sqm swimming pool, there’s also Satay Bar and the resort’s signature Indochine Café, where contemporary Asian and European cuisines are prepared in display show kitchens allowing guests to observe and indulge.

The Anam’s events facilities offer state-of-the-art amenities in a stunning ocean-side location. There’s ample space for extravagant weddings and couples, or those celebrating special occasions, have the chance to get creative with the ocean as their inspiration. In addition to the private beach, other facilities include three large swimming pools, a kid’s adventure club and playground, and a complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown Nha Trang city.

The Anam is located on Northern Cam Ranh Peninsula, just 15 minutes from Cam Ranh International Airport, and 30 minutes from the city centre.

To celebrate its four-month soft opening phase until 21 December 2016, The Anam a special 40% soft opening promotion for its first guests to experience Nha Trang’s world-class, all-villa beachfront resort. For more detail, see: www.theanam.com

Five Ways to Discover Dubai

The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to see Dubai. Old and new, land and sea, Dubai caters to the millions of visitors from around the world with unique ways to see the elaborate city.

Downtown Dubai Skyline from Dubai Creek Harbour
Thanks to its multicultural, cosmopolitan DNA, Dubai reveals a different facet of its personality at every turn, and if you dig deep enough, you will encounter a city that infuses variety and authenticity into every experience. Whether it’s a quick stopover or a weeklong holiday, here are five of the best experiences for visitors to catch a glimpse of the different shades of Dubai.

Frying Pan Adventures – for the Foodie
With sisters and self-confessed “intrepid eaters” Arva and Farida Ahmed at the helm, Frying Pan Adventures is a delicious journey through the backstreets and forgotten corners of Dubai in search of the best street eats and culinary experiences. The tours tap into Dubai’s historical role as a port of call for traders from around the globe, who left behind not just goods but a gastronomic heritage. The food trails, carefully crafted by the sisters, are tasty expeditions that take in piquant Moroccan tagines, giant Iraqi fire-grilled carps, Indian street snacks and many more. It also includes immersive experiences like trips to the market to buy local produce to be cooked, served and eaten in the traditional way.

Dubai Heritage Village
Dubai Historical District Heritage Tours – for the Culture Vulture
Among the awe-inspiring sights of the world’s tallest tower, a huge indoor ski slope in the desert, the world’s biggest mall and the world’s largest performing fountain, it can be easy to forget that Dubai was a humble fishing and pearl diving village in the not-too-distant past. A settlement home to merchants, traders and craftsmen for more than 100 years, Dubai has grown into a modern cosmopolis that continues to bring cultures, near and far, into the fold. Tales from the Past, a heritage tour of Dubai Historical District, delves into Dubai’s earliest days and traces its historical significance and cultural richness. The tour takes in key landmarks such as Dubai’s Heritage Village, where potters and weavers practice their traditional crafts; Sheikh Saeed House, the residence of the ruling Al Maktoum family until 1958; as well as the Textile and Spice Souqs. The tour also takes in Al Ahmadiya School, one of the oldest schools in the emirate, and includes a traditional Emirati lunch.

Big Bus Dubai
Big Bus Dubai Tours – for the 48-hour visitor
If time is of the essence and a couple of days is all one has to enjoy a slice of Dubai, a hop on and off Big Bus Dubai’s ubiquitous red buses should do the trick. With over 11 stops at landmarks including Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Mosque and Atlantis, the Palm, this convenient option is best suited to short and sweet trips to the city. Ideal if you want to take in Dubai’s stunning architecture, marvel at its urban layout or try your hand at the age-old tradition of haggling, the bus tour packs in Dubai’s most exhilarating experiences. Also available is the Night Tour, taking in the city’s spectacular skyline that lights up as the sun goes down; and the Sunset Desert Tour, a complimentary guided foray into an Arabian-style fort, deep within the desert.

Yellow Boats – for the Seafarer
Skip the traffic and bustle of the mainland to discover the city from another perspective – on the water. See-it-all tours cover The Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Marina, guaranteed to give you the ultimate selfie backdrop or picture-perfect panoramic family moment, offering great views and ambience. Ranging from 30-minute thrill rides with high speeds, twists and turns, to slow-paced meanderings that allow you to admire the Dubai skyline in all its glory, the Yellow Boats are a distinct and memorable option for the nautically-inclined.

Dubai Marina
Seawings – for the Aviator
Discover the city from a bird’s eye view, looping over the shoreline and skyline. These scenic tours offer the ultimate private journey, carefully crafted to include all of Dubai's iconic attractions, including a magnificent take-off from the water at Dubai Creek or Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, followed by a gentle cruise along the coastline. Offering views of The World islands and wonderful vistas of the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, it gives visitors and residents a sense of the scale, diversity and unique layout of the city.

About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism)
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate.

Dubai Tourism is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector, and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment).

New Zealand locations you can visit from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon has been brought back to life using spectacular New Zealand locations as the backdrop.

Mount Victoria
The film was shot over both New Zealand’s main islands, the North and the South, showcasing diverse landscapes. The story about an orphaned boy and his best friend Elliot the dragon is directed by David Lowery and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, New Zealand's own Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford.

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon fans who want to transport themselves into the film by visiting the real locations used in the movie can explore New Zealand and go on their own adventure.

Rotorua
Rotorua
The Rotorua Redwoods Forest is the home of Elliot the Dragon and where Pete comes across his mysterious new friend. The 110-year-old trees tower above the forest floor and the numerous tracks and trails are popular with walkers and bikers.

For a dragons-eye-view of the forest floor below, the new Redwoods Forest Treewalk takes you high above ground to stroll amongst giants. A grove of 22 majestic specimens are linked together 12-metres / 40-feet in the air with not one nail or screw connecting the structure to the trees.

The central North Island town of Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s foremost tourism destinations known for its powerful Māori culture experiences and amazing geothermal parks.

Deer Park Heights
Wellington
New Zealand’s capital city Wellington is known for its contribution to film and Weta Workshop, once again, played an important role in bringing Disney’s Pete’s Dragon to life. Weta Workshop tours have been named one of the top 10 studio tours in the world. Film fans can meet members of the creative team and see first-hand how they create jaw-dropping special effects.

Just 30 minutes out of Wellington is Battle Hill Farm Park, which is where Pete makes the leap off a cliff only to land on Elliot’s back. The Battle Hill Farm Park is home to cycle trails and mountain bike tracks. The park is a popular spot for walkers and there are designated camping areas so you can stay overnight right in the heart of the film location.

Lake Wakatipu
Queenstown & Paradise
Queenstown is a hugely popular tourist destination and there is nowhere more exciting or diverse to shoot a movie than in the adventure capital of the world. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath The Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown has movie star good looks.

Milford
The beautiful lakes and snowy alps are picture-perfect for a flight on the back of a dragon. Take your own leap off the edge, much like Pete in the film, with A J Hackett Bungy, home of the world’s first commercial bungy operation.

Not far from Queenstown, on the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, sits Glenorchy and the gateway to Paradise. Paradise is true to its namesake and the picturesque location has to be seen to be believed. Travel one of New Zealand’s most scenic driving routes, then journey up the river aboard a Dart River Jet Boat and, as you zoom through the shallow river on your way to Paradise, you won’t believe what you are seeing.

Otago
Tapanui
The small South Island town of Tapanui (Pop. 900), located in the Otago region of the lower South Island, was transformed into Millhaven, a small logging town in America’s Pacific Northwest, for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. Tapanui is renowned for its incredible fishing in rivers brimming with brown trout and salmon. The Pomahaka River offers world class fishing with some of the biggest brown trout to be found anywhere in the world.

If fishing isn’t your thing, then grab a bike and jump on the Clutha Gold Trail one of the New Zealand Cycle Trail’s Great Rides. The trail is 72 kilometres/ 45 miles long and follows one of the country's longest rivers through a landscape rich with goldminers’ tales of bust and boom.

The Table by Golden Circle


Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced the launch of The Table by Golden Circle, a new food and beverage loyalty programme that offers unparalleled benefits to members who dine at Shangri-La properties both on the road and nearer to home. The dining programme is the latest initiative in the ongoing transformation of Golden Circle, which has rolled out industry-leading member benefits, new partnerships, exclusive offers and Golden Circle Event Planner Rewards during its nine-month Loyalty Is anniversary campaign.

The Hong Kong-based hotel group, which operates 98 properties and over 500 restaurants and bars worldwide, commissioned consumer research in developing The Table – surveying Golden Circle members, hotel guests and local residents on their attitudes towards dining, restaurant preferences and loyalty.


“Our consumer research reaffirmed that the emotion attached to a dining experience is far more appealing than the functional benefit of discounts and points. Loyalty programmes must adapt to this trend and become increasingly more experiential,” said Shangri-La’s Chief Marketing Officer Steven Taylor. “Through ‘The Table’s’ unmatched rewards, we are giving guests greater access to culinary experiences worth savouring. And the more they dine with us, the better these experiences get.”

The Table is fully integrated with Shangri-La’s award-winning Golden Circle loyalty programme and recognises members through achievable redemptions and access to signature food experiences, exclusive events, unique surprises and special offers. Among the industry- leading differentiators that set Shangri-La’s dining loyalty programme apart from others are:
  • More Rewards: Members can now earn Golden Circle Award Points by dining and drinking at the more than 500 restaurants and bars found in Shangri-La, Hotel Jen, Kerry and Traders properties globally when they are non-staying guests. 
  • Instant Indulgence: Instant Dining Rewards allows members to earn and redeem Golden Circle award points on the spot – no pre-planning or vouchers required. 
  • Elite Rewards: Jade and Diamond level members receive bonus earnings and more value on redemptions for dining transactions. 
  • Sweeter Deals: Members receive Golden Circle Award Points on all qualifying transactions, including discounts. 

Shangri-La Invites Guests to “Feed Your Mood”
Hotel dining is often portrayed as being uniform, with one perspective, one approach and one product. The Table’s innovative mobile-friendly digital platform, www.Golden-Circle.com/TheTable, challenges that notion with dynamic content showcasing the exciting range of culinary experiences available at Shangri-La properties. In addition, it caters to how consumers approach dining today. Guests searching for restaurants and bars will find options categorized under five moods – elegant, intimate, upbeat, chill and adventurous – or by curated experiences, local offers and member benefits.

The site gives members access to special offers and features immersive stories and videos which spotlight the artisans behind the food and drink that ends up on guest tables. The platform also highlights signature dish recipes and seasonal menus as well as The Table’s Instagram account, @TheTable, which visually captures the essence of Shangri-La culinary journeys.

“Incredible dining and drink experiences at our hotels play a large part in creating memorable moments for guests,” said Shangri-La Vice President for Partner and Loyalty Marketing Wee Kee Ng. “By elevating Golden Circle benefits and introducing moments of surprises via one platform, ‘The Table’ brings instant guest recognition and rewards to life.”

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, currently manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000. Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of ‘hospitality from the heart.’ The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wolf Blass Wine: Serigala dari Adelaide, Australia!

Wolf Blass Wine 

Undangan Jim Weston sangat menggoda. “Wolf Blass Wine Luncheon with 2016 Red Winemaker of the Year” yang bertempat di Pacific Restaurant & Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place Jakarta, Selasa, 13 September 2016.

Acara makan siang itu sekaligus untuk merayakan kemenangan Wolf Blass di International Wine Challenge (IWC) di London 7 Juli 2016.

Chardonnay

Wolf Blass merupakan merek wine ternama dari Barossa Valley, lembah yang terletak sekitar 40 kilometer di utara Adelaide, Australia. Berbeda dengan brand wine lain dari Australia pada umumnya, Wolf Blass memiliki ciri khas pada warna-warna label yang dipilih. Seperti Yellow Label, Red Label, Grey Label, Black Label dan Platinum Label. Di tiap labelpun diberi info lengkap mengenai jenis wine yang dijadikan campurannya.

Grey Label

“Label tersebut memang ada di Wolf Blass, karena kami ingin sesuatu yang berbeda, dan mudah diingat,” tukas Wolf Blass Chief Winemaker, Chris Hatcher, yang memandu kami siang itu, bersama Jim Weston, sang publicist. Undangan siang itu sekitar 15 orang, sebagian besar mewakili media gaya hidup serta food blogger.

Wolf Blass Winemakers dan Chris Hatcher (paling kiri)

Beruntung kami ditemani Chris Hatcher, sebagai salah satu pembuat anggur terkemuka di Australia, sangat teliti dalam membuat wine, sehingga menghasilkan produk yang berkualitas, konsisten, dan mempunyai karakter yang kuat, seperti Wolf Blass.

Tumbuh di Adelaide, Chris memulai kariernya sebagai winemaker dari usia yang sangat muda. Pada tahun 1974 Chris menyelesaikan gelar Science di University of Adelaide, sebelum belajar anggur di Charles Sturt University, New South Wales. Setelah bekerja di Orlando dan Kaiser Stuhl di Lembah Barossa dan Winery Simi di California, Chris bergabung Wolf Blass Wines, Desember 1987.

Sebagai winemaker senior, Chris yang bertanggung jawab terhadap kualitas produk Wolf Blass. Berbagai penghargaan, trofi dan medali emas pernah ia dapatkan di bidang anggur.

Salad Gurita

Well, makan siang itu terdiri dari tiga course – appetizer, main course, dan dessert, dan masing-masing course ditemani oleh tiga jenis anggur Wolf Blass yang berkelas. Hidangan pertama adalah Barbecued Octopus, White Pepper & Spinach. Sajian seafood ini dipadankan dengan 2014 Wold Blass Yelleow Label Chardonnay.  Wine asal Padthaway, Adelaide Hills ini, memancarkan aroma buah apel yang berpadu dengan kacang-kacangan. Paduan keduanya saling menguatkan rasa, dan terasa segar di mulut.

Main Course

Hidangan utamanya tergolong istimewa, Duck Confit, Bluberry & Ginger Risotto, bebek goreng yang akrab di lidah Asia, serta nasi ala Italia alias risotto yang berwarna merah. Padananya adalah 2014 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Merlot - 2014 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz. Chris menyebut anggur merah ini sebagai andalan Wolf Blass, dan jadilah sebuah paduan yang perfect!

Dessert

Sebagai penutup, terhidang Summer Strawberry Dome, Lime Jam, Breaton Shortbread, yang bisa memenuhi mulut dengan sensasi creamy dan asam. Namun, dengan diiringi NV Wolf Blass Red Label Pink Moscato, rasa manis yang ringan kembali menyesap di mulut. Meski tiga course, tapi porsi yang pas tersebut membuat sebagian besar undangan merasa puas.

Food and Art

Sebelum berakhir, chef dari The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place Jakarta mendemonstrasikan membuat dessert di atas nampan datar. Hasilnya adalah sebuah hidangan dessert bak lukisan, dengan tulisan: Wolf Blass. (Burhan Abe)