April 17 / Thursday – Don’t miss tonight’s Jazz Standards from 7pm to 10pm happy hours at the Cocktail Bar !
“Chaul Chnam Thmey!” which means Happy New Year in the Khmer language, is being celebrated across the country from today April 14th until April 16th.
This festive holiday lasts for three days which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. You will find at the hotel entrance a table of offerings where our staff has placed candles, incense, bread, soft drinks, and other ceremonial ornaments to offer to the New Year Angel. This is where the staff gathers to light five sticks of incense and pray for happiness, health and prosperity for the coming year.
The Heritage Collection, a new range of handcrafted brass bullet jewellery, was launched last week at Heritage Suites Hotel. Created exclusively for the boutique hotel, the collection is designed by Saomao founder owner Marie Hill and Ammo Jewelry front-woman Madeline Green.
Green, who has been working with Hill for the last two years, says the collection reflects each of the designer’s unique styles.
“There are two sides to the collection,” she says. “We wanted to offer the customers both the traditional Cambodian style of jewellery, and more of a contemporary fusion, East-meets-West kind of feel.
Read the full article here: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/siem-reap-insider/bullet-jewellery-set-fire-fashion-passion
Heritage Suites hosted its 2nd Charity Gala Dinner for Sala Bai with Celebrity Chef Luu Meng and raised over $10,000 for the building of its new school
Heritage Suites Hotel in Siem Reap held its 2nd Charity Gala Dinner and Auction for Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School’s extension project last Friday, March 21st 2014. The event featured the country’s Top Chef Luu Meng, supported by Heritage’s Executive Chef Boun Vibol and highlighted Cambodia’s acclaimed Best World Rice campaign. The event raised USD 10,000 net.
Claude Colombié, Director of Sala Baï, commented “It has been such a successful event, exceeding by far our expectations! We feel really proud to have such wonderful partners by our side! On behalf of all our students and team here in Siem Reap, millions of thanks to the Heritage Suites team, to Chef Luu Meng and the sponsors of the event for their great dedication. Having organized so many events in my professional life, I should say that this one will remain very special to me, not only because of Sala Baï, but also because of the genuine kindness and commitment of all who participated and supported us! “L’envie de faire plaisir”… “
To further combat human trafficking and reduce poverty, Sala Bai aims to increase the number of students by 50% in 2016 while preserving the current ratio of young female students (70%). The expansion of Sala Bai: January 2014 – July 2015: Property Acquisition & Construction Work; September 2015: Increase of the number of students, reaching 110; addition of the Beauty Therapy Training; September 2016: 30 more students. Total of 150.
As Cambodia’s most celebrated chef, Luu Meng is passionate about creating career opportunities for the younger generation. “I am very thankful to Sala Baï for creating such an inspirational project for the Cambodian people. It was a true pleasure to work alongside Chef Vibol and his team and I admire Heritage Suites for their dedication. Our teams of the Malis & Thalias group will always support Sala Baï‘s cause and actions in helping Cambodians youth to get out of extreme poverty. These youths will become the actors of the economic development of our country.”
Heritage Suites Hotel is strongly committed to support Sala Baï in educating underprivileged young Cambodians in the hospitality industry. It shares their vision of fighting human trafficking through vocational training. This is what drives the hotel’s active training and hiring of the students as well as its fundraising events and awareness campaigns. Magnus Olovson, General Manager, explains the reason for his commitment: “The little Sala Bai School has simply captured our hearts and souls through its commitment, tuition quality, consistency, humanity and performance.” More than 75% of the hotel’s employees in the restaurant, kitchen, housekeeping and front office departments were trained at Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School in Siem Reap.
For more information about this event, please contact:
Jam NSOULI | DIrector of Sales & Marketing | Heritage Suites Hotel| firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayelle BARBIER | Communication Manager | SALA BAÏ Hotel & Restaurant School |email@example.com
Photo Credits: Stéphane de Greef
Heritage Suites in collaboration with Saomao Social Enterprise and Ammo Jewelry Design will launch an exclusive collection of traditional and contemporary set of handcrafted jewelry from recycled brass bullets. Join us on Thursday April 3, 2014 during the Jazz in the City from 7pm, happy hours at the Heritage Lounge, Siem Reap.
An extraordinary range of hand crafted jewelry from recycled brass bullets combined with 92.5% silver has been meticulously and passionately designed by Saomao Social Enterprise owner Marie Hill and Ammo designer Madeline Green, to create this unique and elegant Bullet Brass Collection exclusively available at the Heritage Boutique.
The collection will distinctively display two styles, traditional and contemporary. The Saomao design fuses past and present with neckpieces made from metal plates using recycled brass bullets, with soft hammered finishes and intricately hand-stamped Khmer patterns.
The second part of the collection is from Ammo, a jewelry design company exhibiting a unique sense of femininity and modernity. Brass bullet creations are paired with 92.5% silver snake chains featuring delicately shaped brass circles to create a lace like effect, elegant and refined.
Saomao Social Enterprise is seeking sustainable solutions to long-term poverty. Marie Hill, founder and owner of the shop near the Old Market says, “We aim to give young, underprivileged Cambodians the opportunity to be trained in traditional and contemporary craft, to inspire them in transforming weapons of war into products of peace.”
For the last two years, Ammo designer, Madeline Green has been working alongside Marie, exchanging skills and ideas and combining them with traditional techniques and tools such as foot-powered bellows, hand-made soldering torches and a crucible. Madeline has also been facilitating apprenticeships to two disadvantaged Cambodians, and says “it has been a dream come true to not only learn from talented Khmer crafts-persons, but to now share that with enthusiastic and bright young people, and see how they have developed highly technical and creative skills in such a short time, is wonderful.”
Recycling bullets is maybe an unusual idea in the west, but in Cambodia, using all kinds of scrap metal, re-working and recycling it for a second life is well known. After the war, local people had to try to find innovative ways to earn a living to rebuild their lives, farms and businesses.
At that time, Cambodians were collecting bullets from the countryside to make cowbells. These days, visitors and expats have a wonderful choice of innovative and stylish ways to accessorize their style, in a way that also helps promote fair-trade practices, and supports the development of Cambodia.
The Heritage Boutique features a selected number of designers, craftsmen, artisans and photographers who portrays a passion for Cambodian heritage, displaying unique and exclusive pieces of art. The boutique is open daily from 8am to 9pm. International shipping is available.
Heritage Suites partners with Cambodia’s Celebrity Chef Luu Meng to lead this culinary event for the benefit of Sala Bai’s students in Siem Reap
March 1, 2014, Siem Reap – Heritage Suites Hotel, Relais & Châteaux, is launching its 2nd Annual Charity Gala Dinner and Auction Event for Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School’s extension project on Friday, March 21st 2014 at the elegant poolside. The event features the culinary works of the country’s Top Chef Luu Meng, coming up from Phnom Penh and highlights Cambodia’s acclaimed Best World Rice campaign. Supported by Heritage’s Executive Chef Boun Vibol, the net target is USD 7,000 to contribute to the building of the new Sala Bai School.
According to Claude Colombié, the Director of Sala Baï School, ‘’In a country, where 75% of the population is still living under the poverty line or in a precarious situation and where the hospitality market desperately needs qualified workforce to support its booming growth, we want to be able to increase the number of trained students each year up to 150 while increasing sustainability to 50% of operating expenses through revenues earned locally by the school, its selected partners and alumni association by 2017. But we cannot do it in the current school as the building is too small.”
As Cambodia’s celebrated chef, Luu Meng is passionate about building and creating career paths for the younger generation. His love affair with subtle tastes, variety and his country’s herbs and spices is now legendary. His constant experimentation with flavors and textures and his desire to dig into his country’s culinary secrets will inspire the Sala Baï youths. “I am very happy to participate as the Chef to this Charity Dinner. The Sala Baï training enables young Cambodians to get out of extreme poverty and become actors of the economic development of our country. They are the future of Cambodia!”
The selected recipes will highlight the unique creations of both traditional and modern Khmer dishes made of and with “White Gold” – the best rice in the world. The event will be attended by a well-traveled group of residents, expats, entrepreneurs and hoteliers with a great interest in food, wine and a very good cause – Sala Baï. A unique and entertaining program will create an out-of-the-ordinary experience with high value and tempting auction prizes.
Heritage Suites Hotel is committed to support Sala Baï in educating underprivileged young Cambodians in the hospitality industry and share their vision of fighting human trafficking through vocational training. All proceeds of this event will directly benefit Sala Baï’s building of its new school. The price of the dinner, fine wines and service included, is $75.00 per person.
RSVP before March 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Sala Baï
Sala Baï was created by French NGO “Agir Pour Le Cambodge” in 2002 and is located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Each year the school trains – free of charge – 100 young disadvantaged Cambodians with a 70% priority to girls. After eleven years of operation, more than 1,000 Sala Baï students have been trained for careers in the hospitality industry.
Jam NSOULI |Director of Sales & Marketing | Heritage Suites Hotelemail@example.com|www.heritagesuiteshotel.com
A great new documentary film by director John Pirozzi and Youk Chang that brings back the unique and almost forgotten rock and roll music of Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s,
“Music is the best answer to helping people understand the complexity of Cambodia’s history,” he said.
“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Every Record Tells a Story” has its world premiere at Chaktomuk Theater on Saturday January 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Read the full article in the Cambodian Daily “A Lost, But Not Forgotten, Rock ’n’ Roll Legacy”