11 Awesome F&B Events This Week (and Beyond)

Thats Shanghai takes a look at some of the weeks best upcoming F&B events: 

Until Nov 1: A Taste of Thailand

Image courtesy of Le Royal Meredien Shanghai

Shanghai gourmets will have a unique opportunity to taste authentic Thai delicacies presented by Thai Chef Thitid Ton Tassanakajohn of Le Du in Bangkok, which has most recently been awarded a Michelin one star and ranked #20 on the Asias 50 Best Restaurants list, released in 2019. 

Until Nov 1, 6pm. La Brasserie Signature Restaurant, L/F, Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, 789 Nanjing Dong Lu, by Xizang Zhong Lu 789L, . 

Nov 1: First Fridays @ The Rooster

Flyer courtesy of The Rooster

TGIFF or Thank God Its First Friday! Swing by The Rooster on the first Friday of every month from 7-8pm for free prosecco or select craft draft beer. Dont free drinks sound like a great way to kick off your weekend? First Friday starts this week with your choice of a glass of bubbly prosecco or a pint of Jing-A Workers Pale Ale, so dont miss out. 

Nov 1, 7-8pm; free prosecco or craft beer. The Rooster, 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu, by Beijing Xi Lu 455, . 

Nov 2: Day of the Dead @ Pistolera

Flyer courtesy of Pistolera

Be prepared to drink, dance and truly celebrate life by appreciating the meaning of this Mexican cultural tradition. Choose the Pistolera nearest you, because they have three separate events going on. From bloody margaritas to bloody Marias, from dancing to live music with the undead, to posing for photos, they promise a night to remember. The Hengshan Lu location offers face painting on-site to capture your scary looks if that helps you make a decision. 

Nov 2, 5pm-late. Pistolera (Hengshan Lu), 838-2 Hengshan Lu, by Zhaojiabang Lu 838-2, . 

Nov 2, all day. Pistolera (Jingan), 2/F, 132 Nanyang Lu, by Xikang Lu 1322, . 

Nov 2, all day. Pistolera (Laowaijie), Lane 17, 3338 Hongmei Lu, Laowaijie, by Yanan Xi Lu 33388, . 

Nov 3: Four Pillars at The Captain

Flyer courtesy of Four Pillars

The Captain Bar welcomes Mr. Samuel Ng (Four Pillars Brand Ambassador) for a guest shift. If you are into gin, you dont want to miss this event. Weve attended a few of Ngs guest shifts, and hes tons of fun. Plus, The Captain has one of the best views on the Bund with the most casual setting. 

Nov 3, 6.30-10.30pm. The Captain, 6/F, 37 Fuzhou Lu, by Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 376, . 

Nov 3: Rioja Fantastico

Image courtesy of La Maison

Once again, La Maison partners with with Rioja Wines and Pol Garcia to present Rioja Fantastico, a wine and food festival highlighting eight Rioja wineries paired with the creations of eight top Shanghai chefs (the full list is on the flyer above). 

Nov 3, noon-8pm; RMB150 incl. food & drink tickets. La Maison, 210 Jinxian Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu 210, .

Nov 3: 14th Annual Shanghai Chili Cook-Off

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The annual Shanghai Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival is this Sunday at Cages from 11am-5pm featuring live music from Rock Suey and the Faux Fighters. Entry gets you one free beer and chili samples while they last. Come see who is crowned King of the Chili Pot this year!

Nov 3, 11am; RMB100. Cages Bar and Sports, 3/F, Jingan Sports Center, 428 Jiangning Lu, by Wuding Lu 4283, . 

Nov 3: Coconut Battle

Flyer courtesy of promoter

Coconut culture has been growing in China for the past five years, and the folks at gre3n want to ensure that everyone is aware of the versatility and health benefits of this gift from mother nature the tree of life. To raise awareness, they are bringing Shanghais F&B community together for a competition rooted in healthy living and wellness. To this end, chefs and mixologists are competing to showcase their best coconut-based recipes. 

Nov 3, 3pm; RMB388 incl. 2 welcome drinks, appetizer and main course. Shanghai Tavern, 1/F, Heritage Building, The Shanghai EDITION, 199 Nanjing Dong Lu, by Jiangxi Zhong Lu 1991, . 

Nov 5: Four Pillars Guest Bartender at Caf Gray Deluxe

Flyer courtesy of The Middle House

Four Pillars Gin is a leading craft spirit in Australia, and one of the worlds most in-demand craft gins. This November 5, Four Pillars Australian [Gin] Open champion Satoshi Sugiura of The Odd Couple Shanghai will head to Caf Gray Deluxe to spread some gin love with three drinks featuring Four Pillars Gin.

Nov 5, 8pm. Caf Gray Deluxe, 3/F, The Middle House, 366 Shimen Yi Lu, by Wujiang Lu 366, . 

Nov 8: Ditch the Milk 

Image courtesy of Stone Brewing Tap Room

Its hard to beat a warm chocolate chip cookie dunked into a glass of milk, but wed honestly prefer an adult beverage like beer. Stone Brewing has the right idea, casting off the milk in favor of four beer-cookie duos (RMB158) on November 8. Kick things off with the seasonally appropriate Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout and a pumpkin spice cookie. Next, nibble Strictly Cookies flavor-of-the-month, caramel apple crunch alongside Stone Wazzle Barrel-Aged Sour. Stone Go to IPA with a cinnamon bun cookie also sounds good, theres a brew that tastes like carrot cake that we want to try. That Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale comes with Go Nuts cookie.

Nov 8, all day; RMB158 four beer-cookie pairings. Stone Brewing Tap Room, 1107 Yuyuan Lu, by Fenggang Lu 1107, . 

Nov 10: Farm to Table Dinner

Flyer courtesy of Kaixin Cooking

We know you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to making plans, but there are a limited number of seats for this. Kaixin Cooking proudly presents its first farm to table dinner in collaboration with Vert City Farm and Epermarket. The healthy Chinese popup dinner will feature organic, seasonal ingredients grown locally in Chongming.

Nov 10, 6-9pm; RMB200 presale, RMB250 door. 

Nov 12: Hairy Crab Feast

Flyer courtesy of Untour Shanghai

Ever wondered why Shanghai goes crab crazy two months out of the year? Find out why, and also discover the reasons Tang Dynasty poets immortalized these crabs in verse millennia ago with this hairy crab feast. This tour showcases the delicacy in a local, authentic setting. Youll walk through the streets of Shanghais Old Town, an area that is currently disappearing lane by lane, and sample several classic hairy crab dishes, including wontons in hairy crab broth, crab roe lions head meatballs and more. Youll also learn the multi-step process to cracking open the crab, and discover the reason why you should pair it with plenty of huangjiu (Chinese brandy). Note: This event is sold out, but you can still contact Untour to be added to waiting list. 

Nov 12, 7pm; RMB425. Untour Shanghai, visit untourfoodtours.com for more information. 

[Cover image via Dave Lastovskiy on Unsplash]

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