As the brains behind Ms. G's, and executive chef of Merivale's multi-venue Establishment, Dan Hong is no stranger to innovation. But things are about to get extra crafty when he's joined in the Ms. G's kitchen by some big-name international comrades, for an exclusive series of whisky-inspired food collabs.
The first of these kicks off next week, with the help of groundbreaking LA chef Kris Yenbamroong. The mind behind legendary Thai street food restaurants Night + Market and Hong will each deliver an experimental menu of snacks, available across two rollicking weeknight parties on October 10 and 11.
We're talking bites like rock oysters with sweet and sour pig's head jam, condensed milk-marinated pork skewers, fried chicken and papaya sandwiches and a whisky coconut sorbet. Guests will enjoy a parade of the pair's game-changing dishes, alongside DJ tunes and a series of Chivas Regal cocktail concoctions crafted exclusively for the events. There'll also be the chance to road-test some special booze blends at whisky stations set up throughout Ms. G's.
Your $90 ticket includes all food, four Chivas Regal cocktails, entertainment, a whisky blending experience and your own blended whisky to take home.
The Blend series continues next month, when Hong will joins forces with longtime mate Jowett Yu (Hong Kong's Ho Lee Fook) and Louis Tikram from LA hotspot LP & EP. They'll host a couple of similar shindigs on November 12 and 13, this time plating up an adventurous Asian-fusion mash-up. A third and final (and yet-to-be-named) guest will be heading Down Under for two nights in December — we'll update you as soon as they're announced.
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