From global initiative to local commitment to celebrate the Earth Hour 2014
Bangkok, 18 March 2014 – Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok will take part in Earth Hour, a worldwide initiative for energy conservation organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Highlighted activities at the hotel will include an introduction of green-inspired food and drink at its restaurants.
On Saturday, 29 March 2014, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm (Bangkok time), the hotel will dim and switch off 6,000 light bulbs from a total of 12,000 installed across its public areas and restaurants. Some will even be replaced with lighted beeswax candles. During the evening, the hotel will also introduce a special menu featuring eco-friendly dishes and drinks including beetroot ravioli and Love the Earth cocktail, all made without the use electric power and only available on the evening of 29 March 2014.
“I created beetroot ravioli without using gas or electricity,” said Giancarlo Caffaro, a head chef at Niche, a new all-day dining restaurant and bar. “Beetroot is found under the earth and people have been eating it since ancient times without using gas. I slice the beetroot into thin pieces and marinated them in balsamic vinegar. I then used ricotta cheese to stuff between the prepared beetroot slices and served it as ravioli.” The same is true for the Love the Earth cocktail, which is a green-inspired drink specially created by human powered shaking.
Beetroot ravioli is priced at THB 450 and is available exclusively at Niche. Love the Earth, a vodka-based cocktail with melon, lime, and pineapple juice is priced at THB 350 and a non-alcohol based mocktail version is priced at THB 250. Both versions will be available at Niche and Hanuman Bar.
Plan to arrive early for a complimentary drink which will be served in the lobby. Hanuman Goes Green, the hotel’s green mascot for energy savings and environment protection, will also be there to welcome you for this special celebration of Earth Hour.
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global environmental movement of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). As one of the first open sourced environmental campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in one city into a global movement of crowd-sourced actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to generate environmental outcomes. Since 2007, the event is held annually towards the end of March.
Siam Kempinski Hotel, the city-resort adjacent to Sra Pathum Palace, is part of Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels. Every one of the hotel’s 303rooms and suites overlooks the surrounding gardens and pools, and 21 rooms have direct access to the pool. It also houses 98 serviced residences for long-stay guests.
Thai artistic heritage is a key theme of the Siam Kempinski Hotel. The property will display 4,000 pieces of art, including over 200 original paintings and sculptures by Thai artists commissioned by the property.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 32 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.