There's no doubt that La Cuisine Cooking Academy's Chef Night In is the event of the summer. Already in full swing, the series of dinner parties features international chefs that prepare a hand-selected three course menu all the while sharing stories of their pasts and their passions for food. Chef's Night In has created quite a buzz amongst Seoulites, as it has successfully achieved the trifecta for the perfect summertime soiree: tasty food, promising entertainment, and exceptional socializing. But, let's be honest. A party isn't a party without a bit of booze and the event's mixologists have guaranteed that this essential element not be excluded.
Upon entering the small but inviting dining room at La Cuisine in downtown Seoul, it's easy to overlook the perfectly placed table settings and the well-equipped chef's station. Rather, it seems that most attendants immediately flock to the beautifully illuminated bar like moths to a flame. It's hypnotizing, really, topped with eye-catching cocktails and tended by striking bartenders. Even those not drinking alcohol stand nearby to take a closer look at the creative concoctions.
Park Seong Yeol has been a mixologist for more than ten years and tended the bar at the most recent Chef's Night In event. Watching the guests, he appeared to be excited to serve those at the party, after having been assigned to La Cuisine by Bacardi Korea's bartending agency. "I really enjoy working with alcohol and mixing drinks. When people come together in a space, alcohol, like music, gets rid of the awkwardness and breaks the ice. I like how that happens and how I can make it happen," Park expressed, humbly.
Mixologists Park Seong Yeol and Kim Shi Hun pleased guests by serving up innovative cocktails provided by Bacardi Korea.
Kim Shi Hun worked alongside Kim and mentioned that cocktails like the ones served at Chef's Night In are quite trendy this summer. "Currently, mojitos are very popular, as are frozen cocktails like margaritas and daiquiris," he stated.
As the party came to an end, attendants trickled out of the doors of the venue with flushed faces and full bellies, in obvious states of culinary contentment. Mixologists Park and Kim watched on, certainly prideful of their efforts at the bar and another successful night at La Cuisine.