137 Pillars House Celebrates, Third Asian Organic Gourmet Festival ~ 10-12 March 2017

137 Pillars House - Organic Farm Vegetables Photos Courtesy: 137 Pillars House

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Heritage and holistic are cornerstones of 137 Pillars Hotels and Resorts. Building on this, 137 Pillars House embarks on the 3rd Asian Organic Gourmet Festival to celebrate and showcase the finest in wholesome, organic ingredients and cuisine locally sourced and lovingly prepared by talented Thai chefs. Over 3 days, Friday 10 March – Sunday 12 March, guests and visitors can embark on a gourmet culinary journey which also includes holistic wellness components and organic spa cuisine.

137 Pillars House - Monkey Farm - Organic Farm
137 Pillars House – Monkey Farm – Organic Farm

Friday 10 March

Chefs Black and Mam will accompany participants on a tour to visit the renowned Rajapruek Royal Project facility where guests will learn first-hand about the principals of organic practices, the criteria for certification and the growing cycle of the farms produce as well as a touring the factory and before proceeding to the Organic Monkey Farm. Here farm to table cuisine will take on true meaning when produce picked by participants will be used by Chefs Black and Mam to create a delicious and healthy al fresco lunch at the Monkey Farm.

The day will culminate with pre-dinner cocktails at the Parlor at 137 Pillars House, followed by a unique Dining in the Dark experience at Palette Restaurant, prepared by Chef Chapornpat (Jib).

Saturday 11 March

The second day’s programme includes an organic farmer’s market at the hotel, a selection of holistic wellness events with  Wellness Guru Roger Moore (who we affectionately call 00137 – no relation to James Bond!) and Tim Stoneman, a hypnotherapist and energy healer; and an organic spa cuisine cooking class and exhibition with Chef Jib. In the evening an elegant cocktail reception will precede a sumptuous Siamese authentic cuisine themed dinner featuring husband and wife team Guest Chefs Bo and Dylan.

The wellness programme is as follows:

8.30-9.00am – An introductory talk on the Seven Pillars of Wellness will be held at Palette Restaurant and How to Create Balance in our Lives and Improve Well-Being, with a few simple lifestyle changes.

9.10-10.00am –yoga on the lawn

10.15am – juice refreshments at the Old House during which appointments can be made for free 30 minute wellness consultations with Roger Moore or Tim Stoneman to be held at the Spa between 10.30 and 11.30am or 3.30 – 5.30pm

11.30am – 1.30pm -Spa cuisine exhibition and lunch created by Chef Jib at The Show Kitchen and The Dining Room.

1.30-2.00pm – An introduction to hypnotherapy with Tim Stoneman will be held at Palette. Tim will guide us through ‘Cutting the Ties that Bind’, explaining and demonstrating techniques on how to eradicate negative thoughts and habits, together with self-analysis, affirmations and ‘letting go’.

2.30-3.30pm – An introduction to Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation at Palette; learn the ancient Asian art of creating well-being through gentle rhythmic movements while standing, sitting and lying down; using awareness of our breath to revitalize energy, calm the mind and improve energy flow.

3.30pm – juice refreshments

3.30 – 5.30pm – continuation of free spa sessions

Sunday 12 March

The farmer’s market continues and Chefs Dylan, Bo and Jib will compete in the inaugural Master Organic Chefs Challenge lunch menu will be followed by the Vendors Prize giving ceremony. Following pre-dinner cocktails, the final dinner of the festival – Global Cuisine with an Asian Twist – will be created by Chef Paitoon Surawongpaiboon, Executive Chef from the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa.

Participating Chefs

Chef Black

Prior to opening Blackitch, his humble kitchen in Chiang Mai, Chef Black was a civil engineer. His love and passion for cuisine led him to become a professional Chef and to develop his Chef’s table concept, featuring a menu in which each dish is personalized for the individual customer, using the freshest local ingredients available. He specializes in contemporary cuisine with a Japanese flair and has won several culinary awards in Asia.

137 Pillars House - Chef Blackich
137 Pillars House – Chef Blackich

Chef Lakana Suakeaw (Mam)

Chef Mam is the Executive Sous Chef at 137 Pillars House. She loves to eat Thai food but prefers to cook western cuisine. Her passion for food and cooking came from her Grandfather who was a goldsmith by trade but defacto Chinese chef in his Thai community during all the Chinese holidays and for weddings and other special celebrations.

137 Pillars House - Executive Sous Chef K Mam
137 Pillars House – Executive Sous Chef K Mam

Mam’s cooking journey started in Le Meridien Baan Taling Ngam and was honed with Six Senses in Hua Hin, Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives followed by Dusit Maldives before she joined 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai . She is greatly influenced by European and Australian chefs who inspired her to focus on fresh, season ingredients prepared in with a Mediterranean influence.

Chef Chapornpat Dapachutisan (K. Jib)

A very talented lady, Chef Jib has strong culinary credentials having worked with the Mandarin Oriental group both in Bangkok and London. Last year she trained with Chef Philippe Vetele, at the 2 Michelin Star Restaurant in Anne De Bretagne Hotel, Relais & Chateaux Hotel in France. Chef Jib has also been a private chef for the German Embassy in Bangkok and is currently executive chef at the Relais & Chateaux’s Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa in Phang-Na, near Phuket.

137 Pillars House - Chef Ratchaneeporn Dapachutisan
137 Pillars House – Chef Ratchaneeporn Dapachutisan

 Chef Dylan Jones and Chef Duangporn (Bo) Songvisava

Chef Dylan discovered his love for Asian flavours while completing his apprenticeship in Melbourne; the food centre of Australia. He travelled throughout Thailand before moving to London to work at the renowned Nahm restaurant, with Chef David Thompson where he began to discover and cement his love for Thai cuisine.

137 Pillars House - Chef Bo and Chef Dylan Jones
137 Pillars House – Chef Bo and Chef Dylan Jones

Chef Bo always had a passion and desire to create exceptional Thai food which has only   amplified since opening Bo.lan with Dylan in 2009. She completed her Masters in Gastronomy in Adelaide, before returning to Bangkok to pursue her career in the kitchen. She first joined the team at Cy’an, in the Metropolitan Hotel, before moving to London to work at Nahm where she met Dylan. On leaving London they felt the time was ripe to open a truly remarkable Thai restaurant in her mother country.

137 Pillars House - Chef Bo Duangporn Songvisava
137 Pillars House – Chef Bo Duangporn Songvisava

Since opening Bo.lan, Bo has constantly been campaigning to raise awareness of important issues regarding Thai food and food security, whether through teaching at several leading Thai universities or on her weekly television show Eat Am Are (Thai PBS) which she now co-hosts with Dylan. Bo was presented with the inaugural award for Asia’s Best Female Chef, as part of The 50 Best Restaurants in Asia Awards in 2013. From early on, the pair received rave reviews from local and international press.

Chef Paitoon Surawongpaiboon

Chef Paitoon’s career spans 24 years of extensive experience in Asia Pacific and Europe during which he has won several awards.   While working at the Astoria Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland he used his free time to master Italian cuisine. After four years in the Maldives with Anantara, overseeing eight restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine, he returned to Thailand as Executive Chef at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa. He is also a travelling food consultant within Anantara, assisting hotels both within Thailand and globally on providing the best Thai culinary experience possible.

137 Pillars House - Chef Paitoon, Executive Chef Anantara Golden Triangle
137 Pillars House – Chef Paitoon, Executive Chef Anantara Golden Triangle

Wellness Consultants

Roger Moore

A world renowned therapist to many regular celebrity clientelle, Roger has been featured in spa and health related magazines and TV health programmes. Originally from the United Kingdom, he has travelled and studied extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia over the last 20 years. his qualifications and experience range from the western medical and scientific approach to health, to the Eastern “Shamanic” esoteric spiritual approach to well-being and happiness. 

137 Pillars House - Roger Moore, Wellness Consultant
137 Pillars House – Roger Moore, Wellness Consultant

Tim Stoneman

Also originally from the United Kingdom, Tim has lived abroad for much of his life, with most of the last four years in South East Asia. He is a hypnotherapist and energy healer and uses his skills to help people with well-being issues, stress management and to make positive life changes through a variety of techniques including Reiki, meditation and hypnotherapy.

137 Pillars House - Tim Stoneman, Wellness Consultant
137 Pillars House – Tim Stoneman, Wellness Consultant

 Fund Raiser for Charity

A variety of travel experience and unique prizes will be available during the event, from which proceeds will be donated to Warmheart, a grassroots organization for sustainable farming, to aid their efforts to eliminate harmful burning of crops by providing farmers an environmentally kind, affordable and soil enriching, alternative.

The Stay 4 Night Pay 3 Asian Organic Gourmet Festival Package for two persons from 9-12 March includes the following:

  • Round trip private limousine transfers from Chiang Mai International Airport
  • Four nights’ accommodation in a luxurious Rajah Brooke Suite
  • Sumptuous daily breakfast with organic menu items
  • Complimentary welcome drink and fruit basket in the room on arrival
  • Lunches and Dinners featured in the 3-day event featuring organic cuisine prepared by the Chefs, with wine paring during meals
  • 10% discount on spa treatments

Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access throughout the stay.

The package is priced at THB 62,000 nett (USD1770) and is inclusive of applicable service charge and government taxes.  Pre and post extensions are available at best available rate and include suite accommodation, daily breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi.

For more information and reservations, please contact 137 Pillars House on:

 Tel: +66 53 247 788                               Fax: +66 53 247 780

Email:       stay@137pillarshouse.com

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