15 F&B Events You Can't Miss This Week (and Beyond)

By Cristina Ng, January 8, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at some of the week's best upcoming F&B events: 

Jan 8: el Willy Family Showtime

Flyer courtesy el Willy Group

The el Willy family is throwing down tonight at Tomatito, Mexican style! They've flown in chefs from their other Asian locations to cook you sexy tapas at Tomatito. Two teams will compete for ultimate bragging rights with Team #SexySeven led by Koen Vessies (Chef el Willy Group), team #DelayNoMore led by Alex Fargas (el Fofo by el Willy, La Paloma). Kohei (el Ocho)  and Ricky Sabata (La Paloma Hong Kong) will be shaking coctéls and as always, count on excellent service from the dream team! 

Jan 8, 6pm, from RMB20. Tomatito, see event listing

Jan 9: Stone Brewing 1/9/19 Promo Sale

Flyer courtesy Stone Brewing

Did you know that January 9, 2019, is a drinking day? Apparently, yao jiu yao jiu (一九一九) meaning – as in the date 1/9/19 – in Chinese sounds very similar to yao jiu (要酒) meaning 'I want alcohol.' 

As such, Stone Brewing is discounting prices to RMB19 on 19 different Stone products all day long on January 9, 2019. This includes Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse crowlers, barrel-aged Arrogant Bastard Ale bottles, Stone Tangerine Express IPA,   Stone branded tote bags, and everything in between available in the Stone Brewing Tap Room or online through Eleme, Sherpas, Weidian, and Hema.

Jan 9, all day, RMB19. Stone Brewing Tap Room, see event listing

Jan 10-12: Pop Up Izakaya at Bird

Flyer courtesy Bird

The internationally renowned chef Mo Zhou is teaming up with Bird's own Chris Zu for a three-night Japanese pub-style izakaya pop up. Inspired by Japanese manga series Shinya Shokudo ('Midnight Diner'), the chefs are reinterpreting casual izakaya dishes with a fine dining approach. Expect a night of sake, beer and highball with dishes such as teriyaki glazed grilled chicken, pigeon katsu with homemade Worcestershire sauce and steamed forest rice.

Jan 10, 6.30-10.30pm; Jan 11-12, 6.30pm-midnight. Bird, see event listing.

Jan 11: Mardi Gras Madness at The Blind Pig and Pistolera Nanyang

Flyer courtesy The Blind Pig

Although Mardi Gras isn't officially until March this year, The Blind Pig and Pistolera are taking a head start to the festivities by throwing a Mardi Gras Madness themed party in the historical building of Legend & Co.! To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the True Legend Hospitality Group (Pistolera, The Blind Pig, Big Bamboo), they're offering finger food and free flow house wine, margaritas, craft beer and selected spirits from 7pm to 10pm. And they're asking you to come dressed in glam and sparkle. To top everything off, the night is filled with dance performances, a special guest DJ, raffle prizes and other promotions. 

Jan 11, 7pm, RMB150 early bird, RMB180 door. The Blind Pig, see event listing.

Jan 12: M Talks China | Panel on Food Waste in China

Flyer courtesy M Glam

M Glam hosts a thought-provoking panel addressing the challenges that have come about as China's economy has become consumer-led. As a result, Chinese cities struggle to find ways to safely and economically manage the waste produced daily.  Major cities (like Beijing and Shanghai) produce more than 2,000 tons of food waste in a day. Expect a lively and important discussion on an issue that hits especially close to home. 

Jan 12, 4pm. M Glam, see event listing

Jan 12: All Star Bash at Big Bamboo Jinqiao

Flyer courtesy Big Bamboo

Shanghai's very first sports bar Big Bamboo is throwing an All Star Bash to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the True Legend Hospitality Group (Pistolera, The Blind Pig, Big Bamboo). They're celebrating with finger food, free flow drinks, a cheerleading performance, eating and drinking contests, raffle prizes, 50 percent off selected drinks after 10pm and gift bags for the early birds. The dress code is sports stars, so channel your inner athlete and head down to Big Bamboo Jinqiao for one beast of a party.

Jan 12, 7pm, RMB150 early bird, RMB180 door. Big Bamboo Jinqiao, see event listing.

[Cover image via Pixabay]

Jan 13: BottlesXO's Meet the Makers Wine Tasting

Flyer courtesy BottlesXO

Do you wish you knew more about French wine? Then join XO Wine Bar on for an introductory session and wine tasting. Led by Robert Oustric of the Marrenon winery in Luberon, France, who will share some of his vast wine knowledge while guiding you through a tasting of six curated wines. Seats are limited, so RSVP is essential. To reserve your spot and pre-pay via WeChat, scan the QR code on the flyer above.

Jan 18, 4-6pm, RMB138. XO Bar, see event listing.

Jan 14: Osteria Chefs Collaboration Dinner

Flyer courtesy Oysterlicious

While the Oysterlicious amazing Chef Charity Dinner is already sold out (see event listing to join the waiting list), there are still spaces available at the chef collaboration dinner hosted by Osteria. Group executive chef Elijah Holland will be joined by Christopher Taylor (Osteria) and Canadian guest chef Matt Dean Pettit for a five-course meal with wine pairing. Wood roasted quail and lobster shrimp ceviche are just two of the delicious courses on offer. 

Jan 14, 6.30pm, RMB688. Osteria, see event listing

Jan 15-17: The Sukhothai Bangkok Celebrity Chef David Tamburini Pop-up Event

Image courtesy The Sukhothai Shanghai 

This month, The Sukhothai Shanghai welcomes Executive Chef David Tamburini (of their sister hotel in Bangkok) to Shanghai for the first time, treating discerning diners a three-day culinary experience at La Scala. Expect signature dishes from the legendary Bangkok restaurant featuring seasonal ingredients and modern Italian culinary techniques. Choose from either a six-course dinner (with optional wine pairings) or three-course lunch and discover why La Scala at The Sukhothai Bangkok  has been praised as "the best Italian restaurant outside of Italy."

Jan 15-17, RMB208 (lunch), RMB588 (diner) plus 10 percent service charge and 6.6 percent VAT. La Scala, see event listing

Jan 16: Stone Beer University

Flyer courtesy Stone Brewing 

Do know what ABV, SRM and IBU mean? How about the difference between hops and malt? If your answer to both questions is in the negative, don't despair because you aren't alone. Join a fun group of fledgling beer aficionados and enroll at Stone Beer University. Monthly interactive workshops will hit topics such as beer & food pairings, sour beers and more. 

The inaugural BeerU workshop examines the question "Is Winter Beer Bullshit?" Find out by sampling and comparing winter brews while considering malt presence, alcohol content, flavor profile, etc. Your ticket price includes a handy 10 percent discount on takeaway beer, so you won't fall behind on your homework. 

Sign up online using the QR code on the flyer or purchase tickets at the Tap Room.

Jan 16, 7pm, RMB188. Stone Brewing Tap Room, see event listing

Jan 17: Steven Beerens Guest Shift at Club Room

Flyer courtesy The Shanghai EDITION

For an introduction to Finish rye gin, head over to the Club Room (The Shanghai EDITION), where Steven Beerens (Kyro Distillery Company) will be mixing up a number of tasty cocktails on his guest shift. 

Jan 17, 8pm-midnight. Club Room. The Shanghai EDITION, see event listing

Jan 19: 2019 Chinese New Year Party

Flyer courtesy Social Supply

Social Supply is putting together a celebration of traditional Spring Festival culture combined with an exhibition of Western humanities and arts. There will be art exhibitions, dumpling classes, Chinese paper cutting workshops and plenty to eat and drink. Doesn't that sound like a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills and appreciate culture? Get your tickets before they sell out. 

Jan 19, 4-8pm, RMB120. Cohost West Bund, see event listing

Jan 19: Long Live the King (Cake)!

Image via Shanghai Young Bakers

Shanghai Young Bakers assists marginalized young Chinese adults who are unable to pursue traditional forms of education. One way to get involved is by joining one of their public or private booked baking classes, and this month they are eager to school you in the ways of baking a King's Cake. Led by Liu Dong (SYB, Marriot Hotel, EFBPa), the class includes lunch and all necessary ingredients.  All proceeds directly fund Shanghai Young Bakers’ programs. You must register ahead of the class. 

Jan 19, 10am-3pm, RMB600 (adults), RMB300 (kids). Shanghai Young Bakers, see event listing

Until Jan 31: Order Rosca de Reyes from El Luchador

Flyer courtesy El Luchador

Rosca de Reyes (ring of the kings) is a Spanish and Spanish American King's Cake pastry eaten to celebrate Epiphany. While traditionally enjoyed on January 6,  on Día de Reyes, you can order them from El Luchador Xintiandi until the end of January. Quantities are limited so get those orders in soon. 

Until Jan 31, RMB328. El Luchador, see event listing

Until Jan 31: Zapfler Craft Liquor Turns 3

Flyer courtesy Zapfler German Craft Brewery

To celebrate three years of wonderful liquor, Zapfler is offering fabulous deals on tasting paddles. All throghout January, you get six shots of their very own craft liquor for only RMB98. Cheers!

Until Jan 31, 4pm, RMB98. Zapfler German Craft Brewery, see event listing.

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