The Peninsula Hotel chain will stop serving shark’s fin from January 1, save for events previously booked. In a press release, CEO K.M. Kwok of parent company Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels states: “As Asia’s oldest hotel company, we also hope that our decision will inspire other hospitality companies to do the same and that our industry will play a role in helping to preserve the bio-diversity of our oceans.” Steven Schwankert of Beijing-based scuba-diving company SinoScuba has been encouraging Beijing restaurants to drop shark’s fin for some time and lauded the move. He added: “If THE Asian hotel chain is willing to do this, what is anyone else’s reason for not doing so?”
Beer Mania will become a blend of wine mania and Beatlemania tonight. Starting at 6 PM, this Sanlitun South venue will have a tasting of over a dozen wines from distributor La Caumette, with snacks from new Sanlitun Soho bakery Amandine. At 9:30 PM, The Beijing Beatles will make their first visit since Beer Mania’s opening party. There will be a rmb20 deal on Sangria and wine during the night. (I might also have a pint of my current favorite: draft Chimay Red.)
Speaking of beer, the Xiao Yun Road branch of Kro’s Nest is the latest to get draft Dead Guy. A pint is rmb55 — or buy two and get one free during happy hour.
Ryan Johnston, part of the team that opened Shuangjing’s The Brick and later sold it to current owner Lee Mitchell, has a new project in the works: The Drive-Thru. The shop will include imported wine and beer for carry-out or delivery as well as everything from spices to scarves. Look for it to open just after the New Year.
Room Beijing will host a dinner on Sunday, December 4 to mark the upcoming Chinese edition of Jeremy Oliver’s 2012 Australian Wine Annual. Chef Brian McKenna is putting together the menu while Oliver will introduce the wines, which include labels like Yarrabank, Mount Langi, Tyrell, Yering Station, Henschke, Vasse Felix and Noble One, provided by local distributors The Wine Republic and Torres China. The five-course meal is rmb888 per person. RSVP at grm (at) room-beijing.com.
Finally, Alsace restaurant Tonton & Tata has closed in the B1 level of Sanlitun Soho. The equipment and furniture was being removed today…