BK's weekly Bites & Blends Market rounds up of the best dining and drinking events, deals and more.


The World in One Bite

This Aug 7-13, Central Embassy gathers pop-ups from more than 100 street food vendors and cafes from every corner of Bangkok, such as Tongue Fun Ice Cream, Yaowarat’s fish ball specialist Yu, Flair The Espresso and many more at Eathai. There will also be celebrity cook-ins, guest appearances from Disakul “Tum” Prasitloengsuk and Thanapat “First” Suyao of Masterchef Thailand, as well as a taste test event from top-name chefs from Water Library, Ippudo, Hinata and Thong Smith.

Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-119-7777. BTS Phloen Chit


Mekhong Elite Table 2018 

This event gathers three of Bangkok's top restaurants—Chim by Siam Wisdom, Blue Elephant and Sri Trat—and two bartenders to pool their creative skills and design innovative rum-based cocktails and special food to match. The event is all about unearthing the potential of Thai spirits, taking the flavors of Thai cuisine and focusing them on the world of cocktails. The campaign, which lasts until the end of Sep, aims to promote this idea to both local and to international drinkers. For more information: www.mekhong.com


The Taste of Macau

From Aug 1-13, Central’s dining chain Foodloft is giving Bangkokian’s a glimpse of Macanese food. Over the course of the promotion, every B800 you spend at Footloft through Aug 1-31, earns you a shot at a stay in the Galaxy Hotel for two nights and a meal at Michelin-plate-restaurant Fook Lam Moon (both worth B633,000 total). With the help of Attapol Na Ayutthaya—Dean & Deluca’s sous-chef—you can expect to see dishes like Macanese-African chicken served alongside jasmine rice, Macao Pork Bun and Macao Egg Tart.

Foodloft, 7/F, Central Chidlom, 02-793-7070


Kisso Celebrates 25th Anniversary

One of Bangkok’s most storied Japanese restaurants, Kisso in the The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, is celebrating its 25th birthday throughout August, and is rolling out an exquisite kaiseki menu (a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner; B25,000, up to 10 guests), discounted sushi (from B25 at lunch) and an Ultimate Japanese Sunday Brunch (B2,100/person) to commemorate the occasion.


The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, 259 Sukhumvit Soi 19, 02 207 8000. kisso.bangkok@westin.com


Sloane's Masterclass at Jamie's Italian

On Aug 9-10, 3-8pm, Jamie’s Italian will be hosting bacon and sausage masterclasses demonstrated by the one and only Joe Sloane, the guy behind arguably Bangkok's best-loved sausage-making enterprise, Sloane’s. The workshops will go the full hog, too, starting with the butchering of a whole pig and a step-by-step guide on making porchetta. Then, Sloane will move onto teaching how to make sausages and bacon from scratch. For B990, you'll not only get four kilos worth of bacon and sausages to take home, but you'll also follow up your masterclass with a sit-down meal prepped by Jamie’s Italian’s chefs along with Menabrea beer. Limited to 10 spots per day. To book a class, contact siamdiscovery@jamiesitalian.co.th.

G/F, Siam Discovery, Rama 1 Rd., 02-255-5222. Facebook event page.



The Last Farewell Before Closing for Renovation

This Aug 10-11, say "farewell" to the old 80/20 before it cloes for three months. A special 14-course meal will be served at B4,000 per person (food only). See the full details here

1052-1054 Charoenkrung Soi 26, 099-118-2200. www.fb.com/8020bkk



Let It Flow

To mark the arrival of its new beer taps on Aug 10, Bottles of Beer offers 15-percent of food from 5-7pm, 20-percent off draft beer, 15-percent off spirit bottles and other special deals. 
Sukhumvit Soi 34, 02-040-0473

TIKI Blinders: The 88 Surawong

On Aug 11, enjoy a night of modern Tiki drinks at the Surawong bar.
The 88 Surawongse. 88 Surawong Rd., 087-663-1365 



Set Menus Inspired by Ogeu

To mark the arrival of French mineral water brand Ogeu in Bangkok, six of the city’s leading French restaurants (SavelbergLe Cabanon [pictured above], Loulou Forks & Glasses, Artur Restaurant, Oskar Bistro and The Reflexions) are rolling out limited-edition set menus (starting from B1,450) designed to go with the water, whose low mineral content is said to compliment food flavors and wine. From Aug 15-31. Read more here.


Arcadia Private Tastings - I Siciliani

For the 4th edition of Arcadia Private Tastings on Aug 30, 6:30-8:30pm, head to Sicily to experience a collection of rare and unique Sicilian wines from across the island, in the beautiful intimate setting of Mighty Private Dining. B1,500 includes wines and tapas. The session begins with a brief introduction to the evening's wines and wineries. Guests will then be invited to participate in an interactive tasting, discussion and Q&A. Wines will be available for sale at promotional prices exclusively for this event. Reservations info@arcadia-fine-foods.com, limited to 20 persons only.

Mighty Private Dining, 2/1 Soi Prasertsit, Sukhumvit 49/14

Freebird 2nd Anniversary House Party

On Sep 2, from midday, Freebird celebrates its second birthday with a buffet spread in the backyard. B2,500 gets you six and a half hours of free-flow food and booze. 

28 Sukhumvit Soi 47, 02-662-4936


World Gourmet Festival

Anantara Siam hotel’s World Gourmet Festival is heading back to Bangkok this Sep 3-9, when the Ratchadamri hotel will host dinners prepared by chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. In total there are 24 dinners this year, cooked by 13 chefs from 12 restaurants. In addition, they’ll host five masterclasses and a Sunday brunch. This year’s lineup includes four two-star chefs, among them Bernard Bach, whose restaurant, Le Puits Saint-Jacques in Toulouse, France, turns out imaginative takes on Southern French ingredients. Read more here.

155 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-126-8866. BTS Ratchadamri



So Amazing Chefs

So Sofitel's celebration of high-wire gastronomy returns this Sep 14-23 with seven dinners and seven further culinary activities, including cooking classes, a Sunday brunch and a Diageo-helmed mixologist night. Between them, the 21 guest chefs and culinary whizzes count 14 Michelin stars, among them Guy Lassausaie, chef-owner of the century-old, two-starred Restaurant Guy Lassausaie in Lyon, France, and Paul Liebrandt, chef-owner of the two-starred Corton in New York. The international guests will join forces with nine AccorHotels Thailand chefs for nightly So Amazing Chefs dinners (from B3,000/person for four courses on Sep 14, up to B13,000 for 14 courses on Sep 23). See thewebsite for the full lineup.

So Sofitel, 2 Sathorn Rd., 02-624-0000. MRT Lumpini