Channeling one of America’s more enjoyable 50’s clichés, Ben Pao is putting on a three part “Passport to the South Pacific” cocktail and appetizer reception, and the first part, Bora Bora, is tonight starting at 6pm. This doesn’t benefit the inhabitants of South Pacific islands that are threatened by rising sea levels or anything - it’s straight up money for LEYE. Nevertheless, for $30 all inclusive, you get beer and cocktails (Malibu rum and Stoli vodka - totally evocative of the South Pacific, right?), and a whole slew of passed appetizers. These include: island beef sticks, sugar cane shrimp skewers, pork and pineapple sticks, duck and mango roti, tiki roll with shrimp and scallops (there’s that tiki!), and tamarind grilled scallops, among others. The restaurants executive chef, Jim Hoveke, will also be doing a cooking demo, which probably constitutes the evening’s raison d’etre. Anyway, it’s cheaper than flying out to French Polynesia - we couldn’t even find a flight, in the two minutes we spent looking for one.
[Photo: Bora Bora, kaboodle]