Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in southeastern France, which lies just to the east of the Rhône. Famous for the production of red wine, almost all the cultivable land is planted with grapevines. If you’re a fan of wines from this region, you’ll want to book a table at Loft Eatalicious, as they take you through a dining and wine-pairing tour of the Rhône Valley. If beer is more your drink of choice, you’ll be pleased to hear about Charcoal, a new Brewpub opened up in Shunyi. No longer do you need to trek to the city to enjoy the taste of true craft beers. There are more school open days taking place this month. Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) and The British School of Beijing Shunyi (BSB) are opening up their doors, giving prospective parents the chance to find out more about the different curriculum and facilities on offer.
Rhône Valley Wine Dinner
The new branch of Loft Eatalicious, over at Shine Hills in Shunyi, will be hosting a Rhone Valley wine dinner, on Saturday January 24 from 7-11pm. The evening will begin with signature canapés, followed by oysters. To start, diners will be served scampi and sea urchin bouillabaisse, followed by a first course of crepes with asparagus and porcini mushroom, a main course of slow cooked veal with morels and truffles, and to finish grilled tofu brûlée with strawberry coulis. Each course will be paired with Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines from Imperatrice Fine Wine. RMB 888 per person, for reservations and enquiries (134 2607 6099, 152 0156 3068, email@example.com) www.eatalicious.com
10-103 Shine Hills, 9 Anxiang Street, Shunyi
The people behind Arrow Factory Brewing, and other local restaurateurs, have opened up a new venue in Shunyi. Serving up craft beers and BBQ food, Charcoal had its soft opening last Saturday (January 17), showcasing its vast selection of brews. The menu focuses on house cured meats, slow pit roasted BBQ, and a good selection vegetarian dishes. Inside the venue, you’ll find reclaimed furniture, plenty of wood, and a 12,000L brewing facility. For more details and for reservations, call 6040 8911.
West end of Qingyuan Sanjie, Houshayu
BIBS Open Day
On Friday January 30, Beanstalk International Bilingual School(BIBS) will be holding an all-day open day. Visitors will be able to see presentations, from the school’s senior educational leadership teams, be given a guided tour of the Shunyi campus, including their new pool, visit classrooms, and be given the opportunity to speak to teaching staff. Refreshments will be available. To reserve a place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information, contact (5130 7951, email@example.com) www.bibs.com.cn
BSB Shunyi Open Morning
The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi is having an open morning, on Friday February 6, from 8.30-11am. Visitors will have a chance to see the school in action, visit classrooms and the Early Years facilities, have a look at the playground areas, and the new indoor sports dome. For more information, and to reserve a place, call 8047 3558.
Don’t forget, BSB Shunyi hosts a Baby Group every Monday 9-10.30am in the Primary School Soft Play Room. The group is free and is suitable for babies aged 0 to 18 months. It’s a great way to meet other families, whilst your little ones enjoy soft play, messy play, seasonal crafts, singing and actions, and lots more. Drinks and snacks are provided. Spaces are limited, to sign up contact (8047 3558, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.britishschool.org.cn/shunyi
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.
Photos: jean-louis Zimmermann, courtesy of Charcoal, BIBS