Events in Seoul: Theatre, Wine, and Celebrations

Dear Seoul Eats Readers,

You can’t just eat all the time, right? I wanted to let you know about some events in Seoul. Some have to do with food and wine. It’s a great way to get to meet other foodies in the community.

Seoul Players will be presenting Wintertime by Charles Mee at Roofers in Itaewon from November 26th to December 12th. They always do a great production, so I am definitely looking forward to it.

My friend Benjamin Joineau of Le Saint-Ex in Itaewon will be celebrating his 10 year reunion. He is the person that started the whole Itaewon restaurant trend and I’m glad to hear he has been successful. He is having his anniversary party on December 1st and there will be cooking classes and cheese (mmmm…cheese) tastings this month as well. Click Read More, See More to see the complete details.

Another French friend, Thomas Scheidt from World Vine will be having their Harvest celebration on Saturday, November 27th.

Finally, my culinary school, O’ngo Food Communications will be having a “Cookies for Charity Cooking Class” and a Toys for Tots Collection for disadvantaged Korean kids.

Le Saint-Ex 10th Anniversary Program
December 1st: Anniversary Party “Korean Oysters meet French Wines”. The exceptional oysters “Osolé” raised according to French methods of oyster farming meet white wines from France. Wine tasting, cooked oysters tasting and buffet. From 8 p.m., entrance fee: 25 000 won. Reservation needed!
From 1st till 7th December:
“Osolé” oysters will be honoured in our set menu along with a promotion of the Bordeaux white wine served in the French Prime Minister’s Residence, Matignon. Also highlighted will be a Muscadet sur Lie, and an incredible bargain on Bourgogne Aligoté : buy one bottle, and receive another one free!
December 8th: Cooking class “Healthy Gourmet: French cooking with Korean organic products ” in association with the green food group Pulmuone and Japanese specialist of macrobiotics Iwasaki Yuka. Class from 10 a.m. to noon, tasting: noon to 1:30 pm, class + tasting: 22 000 won. Reservation needed! The dishes presented on that day will be featured for a week on the set menu. And as a gift, for each set menu ordered at dinner time, the outstanding Korean sea surface salt (“fleur de sel”) from Pulmuone will be given (one bottle per table).
December 15th: “Cheese tasting” discovering of some French cheeses with a wine pairing by Arnaud Abadi from Terroir Selection. From 9 p.m., entrance fee: 20 000 won (wine + cheese). Reservation needed! From 15th till 21st December, French cheese will be the honoured guest of our set menu, and of course a promotion will be organized around French wines matching cheese: Corbieres, Bourgogne Pinot noir, Bourgueil. A lucky draw will be held: for every bottle of these 3 wines you purchase during this week, you will be given a chance to participate in the lucky draw!
From 22nd till 31st December: a plate “All about the duck “: rillettes, foie gras, smoked breast, the duck will be the special guest of the party. Accompanied with a promotion around the sweet Jurançon wine, you will find the foie gras exceptional in the set menus!

And we will not forget our usual appointments of December: the Christmas market in Sorae Maeul, and of course our special menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

This calendar can change, please check out the updates of these events on our Web site or our Facebook page: Saint-Ex French Bistro ( if you subscribe to it, you will be automatically informed of all our activities! For the fixed events, thank you for reserving in advance by calling us to 02-795-2465 or by email [email protected] (please, be sure to receive a confirmation).

TThe World Vine has been established since almost six months already and getting close to the end of the year, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate this year Harvest with you. We are very pleased to invite you for 2010 Harvest Celebration and Beaujolais “Nouveau” déblocage* Party. Beaujolais Villages “Nouveau” will be served in Magnum size for the first time in Korea!!!
*déblocage = when the Beaujolais Nouveau is released and can be sold all over the world
Date Venue
Dress Code
Mr. Ju Hong Myung
November 27th, 2010 from 5:00 to 10:00 PM The World Vine
142-43, Samsung Financial Plaza 1F, Samsung-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul Before November 22nd, 2010
[email protected]
02 538 8382 Smart Casual

Christmas Cookies for Charity Cooking Class
Make a variety of Christmas Cookies at the O’ngo Culinary School for charity. After making the cookies, we will package them so you can share them with friends and family. The profits will go help the Gyeonggido Children’s Halfway House.  December 11th, 2010 at O’ngo Culinary School in Insadong at 4pm. 50,000 won per person. Contact [email protected] 02-3446-1607.
Toys for Tots Collection for Disadvantaged Korean Children
This Christmas make a donation to help disadvantaged kids in Korea by donating toys, food, clothes and other essentials to disadvantaged children in Korea and help spread the Christmas Cheer. The gifts will go to the Gyeonggido Children’s Halfway House and the Gokseong project that supports underprivileged bi-racial children living in the countryside. Donations can be brought to O’ngo Culinary School before 6pm on December 17th. Contact us if you would like to make a monetary donation. Contact [email protected] 02-3446-1607
Thai Cooking Class
December 4th, 2010 at 10am

Seoul Players will once again be presenting its Winter main stage production!

Just in time for this year’s holiday season, you can treat yourself to
a romantic comedy set around the New Year. In Wintertime, written by
Charles Mee, you’ll meet Ariel and Jonathan, along with Maria,
Francois and Frank, and a slew of other fantastically funny characters
to discuss love, its expectations and its complications.

Wintertime begins November 26 and will run Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays until December 12, 2010 at Roofers in Itaewon.

Venue: Roofers (Itaewon)
Date: Friday, November 26 @ 8pm
Saturday, November 27 @ 8pm
Sunday, November 28 @ 5:00pm
Friday, December 3 @ 8pm
Saturday, December 4 @ 8pm
Sunday, December 5 @ 5:00pm
Friday, December 10 @ 8pm
Saturday, December 11 @ 8pm
Sunday, December 12 @ 5:00pm
Price: KRW10,000
Tix: [email protected]

**Due to some of the content in the show, we recommend a viewing
audience of 15 years of age or older. There will be some nudity during
the performance.**

To find Roofers, take exit 3 from Itaewon Station and walk to the end
of the block (just past Dunkin Donuts). Turn right and walk 1 block
and a half up the hill. On your right, you will see Roofers on the 2nd
floor (across from the foreign food market).

Also,  We are in need of 2-3 volunteers per performance of Wintertime.
The time commitment is minimal (arrive 2 hours prior to curtain) and
you get to see the show for free! Please email [email protected]
if you are interested!

See you at the show!

- Seoul Players

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a fundraising event by New York City photographer Bremelin Romero
Once underprivileged children are given the basic needs of education, health care and love, they believe that there are no limits to their potential.
“Los Niños de Cristo” orphanage funded by Mr. Charles Decker foundation since 2005 was created to help destitute children in La Romana, Dominican Republic. This safe haven for children provides all the basic needs. It also helps children discover the infinite possibilities in life by reaching their full potential. However,after the catastrophic events in Haiti,the orphanage welcomed several children from neighboring Haiti. The needs have mounted. The children need support,financial support.

Together,NewYork Photographer Bremelin Romero and Harpist Kihwa Lee have joined their talents and have scheduled a fundraiserevent.

Come to Tea for Two to pledge your support to the children from “Los Niños de Cristo” orphanage.

Fundraiser Event
Date : Sep. 18, 2010 Time: 2pm – 8pm
Silent Auction:
Photographs by Bremelin Romero (viewing/bidding time 2pm-6pm)

Silent Auction announcement: 7:30pm Raffles: 3pm, 6pm Live Music: 4pm, 7pm

Tea for Two will be unveiling new menu items at the event at a reasonable price. All proceeds will also be donated to The Charles Decker Foundation. Venue: The Loft @ Tea For Two, Kwanchul-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Donation Fee: 10,000 won

Directions: Tea For Two is 5 minutes from Jonggak Station, Exit 10. Go straight then turn righ on Julmun Gori (젊음의 거리). On Julmun Gori you will see street vendors in the middle of it. Take the left side of it. On the 3rd alley at the corner of Mister Donut turn left. Tea for two is the second building on your right. Loft@ Tea for two is on the 4th floor.

Contact: [email protected] or call/text: 010-2062-2120

Central Seoul 2, Food News, Non-Korean Eats

Almost a Pound of Meat: Sky High Pastrami Sandwiches at Suji’s on Wednesdays

This Wednesday Night (after 5pm), Suji’s Restaurant is doing a special at all of their restaurants. They will be adding 100 grams (3.5 oz) of pastrami to their already massive 200 grams (7 oz) pastrami sandwich this Wednesday Night. Suji’s makes all of their meats and bread in house. This is a New York Deli Sandwich in Seoul, Korea. It’s a sandwich so big, that you’ll need a fork.

Suji’s is located at the entrance of Itaewon near Noksopyeong Station. If you are coming from Itaewon Station, walk out exit 4 and walk down past McDonald’s. It’s on the corner.

Disclaimer: The regular price of the sandwich is W15,000 for 200 (7oz) grams of meat. I was invited by Suji’s to try their sandwiches. Suji’s Restaurant donated product to an orphanage I volunteer at in return for marketing.


Activities/ Events, Food News

O’ngo Food will be at the 20th Anniversary Party at the Dragon Hill Lodge

These days, the company I work for, O’ngo Food Communications, has been quite busy because we are participating at the 20th Anniversary of the Dragon Hill Lodge. So tomorrow we will be serving food at the Dragon Hill Lodge Hotel- we’ve spent the whole day today preparing it. We’ll also be on base on Saturday near the Discover Seoul Stand inside the hotel. We’ll have giveaways and sign-up information about our cooking classes and tours. We’ll be opening up our cooking studio by the middle of May and then, we’ll be able to do regular classes with Chef Shawn.

Oh, the menu for tomorrow is Spicy Korean Chicken Skewers, Tofu and Kimchi, and Korean Pancakes.

We will be there starting at 5pm. Stop by if you are on the US military base.


Here’s the Flyer
Look! there’s the O’ngo Logo! I’m so proud^^
Activities/ Events

Seoul Eats Meet up: OK2 Kitchen in Itaewon: Thurs, April 1st

You all know that I’m a fan of this restaurant. I really believe in Chef Susumu Yonaguni’s food philosophy. He grows and makes most of his ingredients (he has a farm outside of the city where he grows his herbs and vegetables, he smokes his own salmon and duck pastrami, etc.) Susumu is a advocate for true food and, luckily, he is passing these lessons down to his students.

On next Thursday, April 1st at 7:30 PM, Seoul Eats will have the next meet-up at OK2 Kitchen in Itaewon. The chef will prepare a 7 course grand prix menu using the best ingredients available on that day (Susumu prepares food according to the freshest ingredients he can get from the markets and his farm). The price for this meal will be 65,000 (including VAT) per person. If you would like wine paired with your meal (you will get 3 glasses of wine chosen by Sommelier Ahn Sung-hwan) it will be 77,000.

Reservations are recommended and you can secure your spot by sending payment in advance to:

Bank: 외환은행 KEB
Name: Daniel Gray
Account Number: 620-166405-828

Disclaimer: Cancellations 2 days prior to the event will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee. OK2 Kitchen is not an advertiser on Seoul Eats.