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Wine and Dine News: Where to celebrate Thanksgiving and Deepavali

Cured Cuts

Many believe that the finest j amón ibérico is from Spain’s Consorcio de Jabugo. It comes from 100-percent pure ibérico free-range pigs fed on acorns and grass in the open countryside of Sierra de Huelva. A long-term curing process in a natural environment imparts a deep and lasting flavour with an intense aroma. This delicacy is now available at Huber’s Butchery. 18A & 18B Dempsey Road. Call 6737 1588 or visit www.hubers.com.sg.

Just Do It

They did it before, and they’ve done it again. RedMart, a new online grocer, is offering Expat Living readers a special 10-percent discount on your first order. Simple enter the code “eled” when you check out and automatically receive ten percent off any of 5,000 items that include groceries and other household necessities. Place an order worth more than $75 before 10am and receive free same-day delivery, too. redmart.com

Gobble, Gobble

Turkey Day is around the corner. From fun runs to where to find the best roasted birds, gravy and pumpkin pies, check out our Thanksgiving Day roundup at expatliving.sg .

Violet Oon's Kitchen 

Best of Both Worlds

Want to introduce Peranakan cuisine to your visitors? Take them to Violet Oon’s Kitchen. Surprise your palate with interesting interpretations of Asian delights such as homemade pita bread with chilli crab dip or dry laksa (shown here), an updated version of the popular dish. A chef, entrepreneur and former journalist, Violet’s world travels inspired many of her creations, including her famous shepherd’s pie and meatless meatballs with Parmesan cheese. 881 Bukit Timah Road. Call 6468 5430 or visit www.violetoonskitchen.com.

Festival of Lights

Deepavali is on Tuesday, 13 November this year, and here are two places to celebrate. Shahi Maharani is holding a lavish buffet ($64) of chaats, pakoras, kebabs, curries and desserts with live musicians performing ghazals and Bollywoood tunes on 13 November. The Song of India is offering a four-course celebration menu with Deepavali savouries like chakli and shankarpali from 10 to 13 November ($69). Pick up festive sweets packaged in elegant gift boxes from either restaurant throughout the festive season. Call 6235 8840 or 6836 0055, respectively.

Allan Passard 

Passard is in the Building

Dine on dishes prepared by the one and only, Alain Passard, during his stint as guest chef at The Sentosa, A Beaufort Hotel. Try an elegant seven-course Duval-Leroy Champagne-pairing dinner, lunch or a Sunday brunch. Look out for Passard’s legendary hot-cold egg with maple syrup and Xeres vinegar, and candied tomatoes stuffed with 12 flavours. From 4 to 9 December. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 6371 1425 or visit www.thesentosa.com.

Month of Gourmet

Asian Masters is back for the third time to celebrate the best of Asian gourmet food. Restaurants such as Iggy’s, Restaurant André and Patara Fine Thai Cuisine are coming together to host a month of special events, like the adventurous Oriental Exotic Game Dinner night at Tóng Lè Private Dining on 29 November ($358), the carnivorous Japan “Meats” France evening at Fat Cow on 14 November ($198) and the spicy two-week feast of Hyderabadi food at the Grand Hyatt’s Straits Kitchen from 1 to 14 November. For a list of events and to register, visit www.asianmasters.com.sg.

Environment-Friendly Eating

If you care about the food you eat and the environment from where it comes, you may want to spring for a place at the De Dietrich Celebrity Chefs Sustainable Cuisines Experience 2012. This six-course, wine-paired luncheon features 11 top chefs from restaurants such as Le Saint Julien, Absinthe and OSO Ristorante, all cooking up dishes from sustainable sources. Organised in support of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). $368. 11 November from 11am to 3pm. The Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel. To book, visit www.celeb-chefs.com.