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( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-01-22 07:13:10

That's Amarone

Via Roma restaurant is in the middle of an ongoing series of wine dinners, but resident chef Francesco Sanna is particularly buoyant about this Friday's event. Teaming up with the Zenato winery, a star in the Lugano wine-producing region south of Lake Garda, Senna says these Lugano and Amarone wines are not to be missed. Expect those vintages to sing in pairings with pan-fried quail, low-temperature cooked cod and a stewed lamb shank in Chiantiggiana sauce and black truffle. 588 yuan per person plus 15-percent service charge.

6:30 pm Friday at the Kempinski Beijing hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang district; 010-6465-3388 Ext 4215.

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Honors for Alleno

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Gault et Millau, one of the most prestigious restaurant guides since it's founding in 1965, has named Yannick Alleno as its Chef of the Year for 2015. Alleno, the celebrity chef who fronts S.T.A.Y. restaurant in the Shangri-La Beijing and the 101 Tower in Shanghai, has been a fixture in the guide since 2003 as culinary director of Alleno Paris at the Pavillon Ledoyen on the Champs-Elys��es, achieving five "toques" in the guide in 2010. "His thought process on French cuisine and its fundamentals, the sauces and his work on extractions mark a turning point, not only in his career but in today's vision of fine dining," the French guidebook said in an announcement.

Got cookies?

The Hutong culture center in Beijing will host its annual charity bake-off to indulge Beijing's most indulgent cookie monsters, showcase some of Beijing's best bakers, and support a local community charity. Competitors eager to present their favorite cookie creations should submit one recipe to The Hutong (e-mail: Kristen@lumdimsum.com) by Feb 9, ideally with a one-sentence explanation of why it's awesome and a photo of the finished cookie.

The Hutong will pick 20 recipes to compete in its March 14 Cookie Monster Bake-Off. Selected contestants must provide enough small cookie bite samples to go around (for about 50 people). All will also be allowed to sell their own cookies (each bag of five cookies for 20 yuan, of which 5 yuan will be donated to a select charity). For cookie fans who just want to come and snack, the entrance price is 150 yuan (which includes sample bites of all 20 cookies plus one drink). The Hutong will also be selling and serving up some hot drinks: Warm milk (that's what the Cookie Monster likes to dunk his cookies into), hot chocolate, chai tea, mulled wine and hot toddies.

Contest entry deadline Feb 9; event March 14, 2-5 pm, The Hutong, 1 Jiu Dao Wan Zhong Xiang Hutong, Dongcheng district, Beijing; thehutong.com. 15901046127.

China Daily

(China Daily 01/22/2015 page24)

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