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Former Executive Chef of Hong Kong Government House and Lai Bun Fu Present Traditional Chinese Cuisine with Authentic Hong Kong Hospitality
(Hong Kong, December 12, 2014) – Gourmets will be excited to discover a new restaurant offering fine traditional Chinese cuisine with a modern twist that opens on 18 December at 18 On Lan Street in Central, a discrete yet fashionable district in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central Business District that, with the addition of a few new restaurants, is fast becoming the newest dining destination. Named “Lai Bun Fu”, the fine-dining restaurant will be helmed by former Government House Executive Chef Chung Kin Leung.
In Cantonese, Lai Bun means “hospitality”, while “Fu” refers to “sifu”, or master chef. As a result the restaurant aims to present guests with exquisite dishes served with conviviality. The restaurant also represents Hong Kong, as Chef Chung previously prepared dishes for world leaders such as US President George Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, presenting the best of Hong Kong and the region through the finest ingredients and culinary skills.
At Lai Bun Fu, the authentic cuisine is prepared by a team of experienced chefs helmed by Chef Chung, coupled with a carefully selected premium Chinese tea and international wine collection, innovative cocktails and cutting-edge interior design to create a novel culinary journey. Harking back to Chef Chung’s 10 years at the Hong Kong Government House, Lai Bun Fu will recreate the timeless sophistication and elegance of European architecture.
Originally from Guangzhou, the home of “yue cai” or Cantonese cuisine, Chef Chung became interested in food at an early age which further blossomed when he arrived in Hong Kong at a formative age. His passion for learning more about food led to him to pursue an apprenticeship at the age of 16 at a renowned catering group that specializes in banquets and premium ingredients. It was here that Chef Chung learned the art of fine traditional Cantonese cuisine and his culinary talent and interest in food propelled him quickly up the ranks to become head chef of this top catering group. His unique ability to execute traditionally simple dishes with exquisite flavours into a fine dining experience quickly earned him numerous accolades and high praise. In 1998, Chef Chung’s culinary prowess caught the attention of prominent epicurean and then Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, who invited him to become head chef at his official residence. From 2001 to 2005, Chef Chung was then given the esteemed opportunity to head the kitchens at the Chief Secretary Residence and most recently at Government House from 2005-2014, where he showcased his culinary talents to formidable diners, including numerous dignitaries, international business leaders, and heads of states.
The highly anticipated menu will showcase a number of Chef Chung’s signature dishes from his Government House days as Executive Chef there, as well as VIP favourites. These include Sifu’s Crispy Chicken with 5 flavour condiments, and Foie Gras Prawn Cutlets on Toast, featuring whole fresh prawn on bread topped with smooth and creamy foie gras. Featuring Hong Kong’s exquisite dried seafood, Lai Bun Fu Extra Special Hot Pot combines fish maw, abalone, sea cucumber, and goose webs, which are carefully simmered in a claypot, resulting in a flavourful experience.
Traditional Cantonese double-boiled soups feature prominently on the menu, with such health-conscious concoctions as Bird’s Nest with Minced Chicken Soup, Vegetarian Shark’s Fin with Abalone Soup, Fish Maw with Chinese Cabbage and Shiitake Mushroom Soup,Chicken Soup with Eel and Preserved Salty Cabbage and more.
The extensive menu combines Chef Chung’s secret recipes and premium ingredients, such as Fresh Crab Claw Stir-fried with Egg White and Milk in Traditional Style, Traditional-style Steamed Chicken (to be pre-ordered one week in advance), Poached Thick Cut Conch with Oyster Sauce and Shrimp Paste Dip, and Typhoon Shelter Crab with Garlic and Chili.
For greener and healthier choices, Lai Bun Fu’s menu also features tantalizing vegetarian specialties, including Poached Seasonal Vegetables with Silk Beancurd, Steamed Bamboo Fungus, Elm Fungus and Asparagus Roll, Braised Winter Melon Stuffed with Assorted Mushrooms, and his signature Stir-fried Five-Coloured Vegetables.
Lai Bun Fu features an interior of over 2,000 sq ft of dining space that seats 52 guests and a private room for up to 14 guests.Designed by Hands Hospitality Limited, the interior and meticulous detailing of Lai Bun Fu recreates the old British colonial Hong Kong yet with a new innovative zest of modernity. Endowed with an East-meets-West ambience, the nostalgic aura with a modern twist exemplifies the past, present and future of Hong Kong. The flooring features classic beige and white checkered marble, while the walls will be covered with fine leather panels decorated with elaborately decorated ceramic plates with architectural themes.
For a touch of wit, the theme of the top hat and coat rack along the windows pay homage to the forever suave James Bond, while a striking pendant lamp is made of crystal cut glass ice buckets.
Lai Bun Fu is located at 5/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong.
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that New York's premier contemporary design show, BKLYN Designs, will return on May 8th, 9th and 10th of 2015. After a dozen years in DUMBO, this year's exhibition is moving to the Brooklyn Expo Center, the 40,000-square-foot facility in Greenpoint—a neighborhood that has become a hub of creative activity in the borough. For this year's event, the Chamber will also collaborate with Novità Communications, a marketing consulting firm with deep ties to the international design community.
"The Brooklyn Chamber is proud to host BKLYN Designs 2015 in Greenpoint, and be a part of the artistic renaissance happening in one of New York's most creative communities," said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. "There's no doubt that this year's show will be bigger and better than ever before, thanks to our partnerships with the Brooklyn Expo Center and Novità Communications. I cannot wait to see what our amazing artisans come up with to wow the world of design."
"Greenpoint is one of the most creative places in Brooklyn, and BKLYN Designs has become a must-see exhibit each and every year—so this partnership makes perfect sense," said Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. "Our goal at the Chamber is to support and promote all businesses in Brooklyn, and moving this event reflects the recent positive changes in our borough. I look forward to this year's event, and am confident that the Chamber's new partnerships will make BKLYN Designs 2015 one to remember!"
Now in its 13th year, BKLYN Designs is an internationally renowned, juried exhibition of the best Brooklyn-made furnishings, lighting, carpet and flooring, wall coverings and home accessories. Each spring, the event features a dynamic collection of designs from the most innovative Brooklyn-based designers and manufacturers, and includes designer's booths, seminars, off-site exhibits and street programming. With thousands of visitors expected to attend over the three-day weekend, BKLYN Designs is one of the biggest design shows in New York City, and helps kick off NYCxDESIGN.
"The BKLYN Expo is pleased to be the presenting partner of this year's BKLYN Designs Show," said Jack Guttman, President of the BKLYN Expo Center. "Being part of the historic Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods has given us the opportunity to watch the emergence and rapid growth of Brooklyn as a powerhouse of design and creative endeavors. Together with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, we are proud to be a part of the platform that continues to attract talented, motivated people to our amazing borough, spurring Brooklyn to even further heights. The BKLYN Expo is the perfect venue to showcase and promote this curated, internationally-renowned selection of dynamic elements from the most innovative and creative furnishing designers and manufacturers that Brooklyn has to offer."
"For Greenpoint, hosting BKLYN Designs feels like a long awaited homecoming," said Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. "Not too long ago, unseen in old Greenpoint and Williamsburg factory spaces, the creative interior and exterior design process quietly developed. Now Brooklyn's creators influence the world of design. It's terrific to celebrate and promote this important industry right where they started from—here in Greenpoint."
"The new Greenpoint venue will provide the perfect opportunity to explore the depth and array of what is being designed and created throughout Brooklyn," said Susan Doban, President of Doban Architecture and CEO of Think Fabricate. "And there will be plenty of space to house seminars and speakers all under one roof, which will make for an exciting weekend for the entire design industry. As former exhibitors, we look forward to this spring's show with great enthusiasm!"
"We are thrilled that BKLYN Designs is coming to Greenpoint and Williamsburg next year, bringing talented designers and New Yorkers together to celebrate local handicrafts and furnishings right here in our neighborhoods, where we film," said Gina Argento, President of Broadway Stages. "Broadway Stages is a big fan of all things Made in Brooklyn."
By The Tesla Motors Team
Battery technology has continued a steady improvement in recent years, as has our experience in optimizing total vehicle efficiency. We have long been excited to apply our learning back to our first vehicle, and are thrilled to do just that with the prototype Roadster 3.0 package. It consists of three main improvement areas.
The original Roadster battery was the very first lithium ion battery put into production in any vehicle. It was state of the art in 2008, but cell technology has improved substantially since then. We have identified a new cell that has 31% more energy than the original Roadster cell. Using this new cell we have created a battery pack that delivers roughly 70kWh in the same package as the original battery.
The original Roadster had a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.36. Using modern computational methods we expect to make a 15% improvement, dropping the total Cd down to 0.31 with a retrofit aero kit.
3. Rolling Resistance
The original Roadster tires have a rolling resistance coefficient (Crr) of 11.0 kg/ton. New tires that we will use on the Roadster 3.0 have a Crr of roughly 8.9 kg/ton, about a 20% improvement. We are also making improvements in the wheel bearings and residual brake drag that further reduce overall rolling resistance of the car.
Combining all of these improvements we can achieve a predicted 40-50% improvement on range between the original Roadster and Roadster 3.0. There is a set of speeds and driving conditions where we can confidently drive the Roadster 3.0 over 400 miles. We will be demonstrating this in the real world during a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the early weeks of 2015.
Whyte Label by Joe Doucet is an exciting new collection of bespoke furniture and objects that pushes the boundaries of concept and craftsmanship.
The first collection of Whyte Label sees beauty in the everyday, the unnoticed and even in the dismissed, viewing inherent aspects of their basic make-up such as materials, construction or form, and elevating them into design features. Each of the made-to-order pieces in this series of furniture and objects is indeed beautiful and exceptionally crafted, but together they also challenge our notions of "common" and "ordinary".
Launched at the Wanted Design exhibit in New York, Whyte Label by Joe Doucet consists of seven outstanding pieces that challenge the way we think about design. Doucet elevates the simple concept of flat-pack furniture to a fetish through luxurious materials, reinvents the antiquated art of marquetry for modern times, reinterprets fluorescent lighting into a modern chandelier, celebrates the overlooked shapes in everyday vessels through porcelain sculptures and creates sleek furniture using primitive building techniques.
Joe Doucet's mantra is simple: everything communicates. Whether it's the furniture in your living room, the appliances on your countertop, the fixtures in your bathroom, even the mop in your closet, its combination of form, function and context says something about the owner. Consequently, as a designer, inventor, artist and auteur, his work deftly hybridizes function and visual appeal while conveying layers of meaning and message.
Being driven by an insatiable curiosity, Doucet believes that design and, more importantly, a designer’s thought process can play a larger role in innovation and problem solving, as well as aesthetics. His portfolio therefore encompasses a wide range of disciplines including furniture, household electronics, jewelry, fashion, technology, children’s toys, environments and architecture.
Omada® Conference Chair
A stylish chair that is both comfortable and affordable, Omada® fits in with practically any office environment - not to mention any budget. A stream-lined base design and a soft, comfortable armrest provide optimum appeal with breathable, tight weave mesh that distributes body pressure evenly and maximizes air circulation. Designed not only with an attractive and innovative new style, Omada® also has the latest in comfort features including self-weighing adjustable tilt mechanism. The back is adjustable and the arms are fully adjustable with armrests wide enough for forearm comfort and low enough to clear your work surface. Omada® is also available with fixed cantilever arms. The upholstered seat or coordinating mesh seat has an optional slide feature. Available in 30 vibrant mesh colors. From private offices to conference or training rooms, Omada® is an excellent choice at a price that’s hard to ignore.
Designed to be approachable, referring to visual character and a move from offices to be more residential; neighbourly, referring to rubber inlay in the back edges and low locations for all structural elements to protect surrounding furniture; and elemental referring to an elimination of covers – all structural parts are exposed. The use of mesh structure for the back provides a breathable structural surface with the least amount of material mass and assembly technique. It covers a soft elastomeric edge that protects the mesh and surrounding table surfaces from hard contact. As leading manufacturers of fine wood conference tables, the concept of designing a chairthat pays consideration to the table it surrounds is most welcoming.
Design: figforty • Model # 10926 • Cantilever arm • w 26”x d 27 x h 36 1/2”-40 1/2” • Mesh seat and back $875 list • Upholstered seat $860 list