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Friday, May 15, 2009

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Culinary exchanges a la Ducasse, Pan Pacific packages and wine party at Roti

Food-culture collaboration

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Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo, a French restaurant joint venture with Chanel, is to hold the second edition of its popular "Les Rendez-vous culinaires japonais" culinary exchange event.

Based on the idea of "cultural exchange via food," three famous Japanese chefs have been invited to collaborate with Jero^me Lacressonniere of Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo.

The Japanese chefs and Lacressonniere will share their knowledge and culinary skills and will work together to create new tastes for special lunch and dinner courses, using Japanese seasonal ingredients and French-style cooking.

Invited chefs include Hisato Nakahigashi from Miyamasou and Hiroshi Sasaki from Gion Sasaki — both restaurants in Kyoto — and Shinichiro Takagi from Zeniya in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.

The first session, with Nakahigashi, is from June 10 to 14. The second, with Sasaki, and third, with Takagi, will be held from Aug. 16 to 20 and from Nov. 11 to 15, respectively.

Lunch is ¥17,000 and dinner is ¥35,000, excluding drinks and service charges.

Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo is in the Chanel Ginza Building, a three-minute walk from Ginza 1-chome Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5159-5500 or e-mail info@beige.co.jp

Pan Pacific joins Yokohama party

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To coincide with Expo Y150 (yokohama150.org), the series of events celebrating this year's 150th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama port, the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu has prepared special accommodation and restaurant packages.

The Y150 Accommodation Plan, available through July 16, includes an admission ticket to the Expo Y150's main venue, which is just minutes from the hotel, a stay in an Executive Twin room, buffet breakfast at Cafe Tosca and late checkout (12 p.m.). Prices start from ¥13,000 per person (double occupancy).

The Yokohama Cruise package (¥12,000 per person, double occupancy) includes the admission ticket, a night in a Deluxe Twin City View room, breakfast and rental of electric-assisted bicycles, which are ideal for those who want to visit several event venues and other sightseeing spots throughout the city.

The Y150 Lunch Set, available through Sept. 27, combines the admission ticket and a lunch course at Turandot, featuring chef Yuji Wakiya's nouvelle Shanghai-based cuisine. The Y150 Lunch Set is ¥5,500 on weekdays and ¥6,000 on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. There's also a ¥10,000 Y150 Dinner Set.

The Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is a one-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station. For more information or reservations, call (045) 682-2222.

Spring party in Roppongi

Wine importer Orca International will hold its annual spring party at the Roti Roppongi restaurant in Tokyo on May 22.

Chef Ian Tozer will serve an array of international delights, such as Moroccan grilled spiced lamb chops, Thai barbecue chicken, grilled tortillas, Mediterranean meze dips, Indonesian beef sate skewers and more, while Orca International will offer more than 25 selected wines on an unlimited basis. There will be live blues and door prizes.

Tickets are ¥7,500 in advance and ¥8,000 at the door. The event starts at 7 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m.

Roti Roppongi is on the first floor of the Piramide Building, 6-6-9, Roppongi, Minato-ku, a three-minute walk from Roppongi Station. For reservations, contact Emi Twyman at (03) 3803-1635 or e-mail events@orca-international.com



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