BJ Foodies and Room restaurant are teaming up to raise funds for Compassion for Migrant Children (CMC) this Sunday. The charity meal includes starter, main, dessert, and two glasses of wine for RMB150, which is not only a good deal, but also helps a good cause. A reservation is essential. Contact Xixi Cheng at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon tomorrow to book a spot. This event marks the second anniversary of BJ Foodies, which has organized more than a dozen charity events around town (see this post) and is headed by Cheng, who works in the wine sector for Summergate.
If I had one kuai for every time someone said that someone should start a bar in Shuangjing, I could buy a shot of that 1950 Macallan at Aria. So a slow clap for Ryan Johnston, who opened The Brick, built a loyal following, has more chalkboard per square meter than any other place in the city, and last week celebrated his first year of business. By the way, The Brick holds Big Lebowski night every Tuesday: White Russians are RMB25.
The latest Spirit It cocktail class will be held from 7:30 PM to 9 PM this Saturday at Fubar and focus on coffee. The class is limited to 20 people, costs RMB160 per person, and will use the Nespress0 coffee machine. To reserve a spot or for more info, contact Bob Louison at bobspirit.it (at) gmail.com.
The Middle Kingdom’s fickle music fans won’t have Down Under’s DJ Chunky to kick around no more as he has packed his vinyl collection and shipped it to San Francisco, with said Aussie to soon follow. I’ll post a tribute to Chunky that can be sung to the tune of David Bowie’s Major Tom, a song that–despite hundreds of request–he never ever ever played. In the meantime, Fubar patrons can expect a change in music this weekend, with DJ BB Deng slated for Friday night and Canuck John on Saturday.
Speaking of Canucks, how ‘bout that Moosehead, eh? It’s going down faster than a barrel of beavers over Niagara Falls, says Simon Pendergast of distributor Dxcel, who adds that this Canadian icon is off to the quickest start of any of his beers. I’ve done some quality control by sampling about a dozen bottles and find the pale ale slightly more palatable than the lager. You can find Moosehead at Union, Fubar, Parkside, and The Stumble Inn.
Speaking of The Stumble Inn, I tried the “Bambi” venison burger yesterday and will soon have a report on it and my other visits to this newcomer in Sanlitun Village. For now, I recommend the “Jenga” fries, which rank among the city’s tastiest tater products.