Monday 20 March 2017 – For Immediate Release
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Cocktail lovers will be thrilled that on Friday 24 March Annemarie Sagoi of Le Boutier Phnom Penh will headline the Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society event at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel.
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Despite gin fever unabashedly sweeping the region, Siem Reap has yet to fully catch on. Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is now raising the bar by hosting the tourist town’s first regular gin-tasting popups. For its second instalment, the Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society welcomes Annemarie, Cambodia’s premier mixologist, to showcase a selection of her work in the hotel’s lush tropical garden environment.
Annemarie is renowned for her international accolades as a bar manager and owner, educator, brand ambassador, event coordinator, bar consultant, and competition judge, all the way from the United States to Southeast Asia. She is one of a new breed of young international entrepreneurs sweeping into Cambodia, also among them mural artist Tamara Venn (of east London fashion notoriety, and whose work appears at the hotel), and Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel partners Ilana Tulloch and Adam Scott, whose previous exploits include Slam Dunk Sandwich Co., a vegan sandwich and burger bar in Jakarta, Indonesia. Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel has similarly shot onto the hospitality scene in Siem Reap, maintaining a top-five position in the town’s TripAdvisor rankings, largely thanks to a relentless commitment to excellent food, drinks and guest service.
“Despite being a relative newcomer to the hotel scene in Siem Reap, we continue to provide some of the town’s very best food and service – both Cambodian and international,” says Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel’s managing partner and marketing director Ilana Tulloch.
“To attract someone of Annemarie’s calibre is testament to the brand we have been working hard to build, and we’are thrilled to be able to join our guests and community in welcoming her,” Ilana adds.
The Gin Appreciation Society meets at 7pm sharp, allowing attendees to embark on this journey of the palate together, sharing experiences as they explore. A a special menu will be on offer, including a range of gin cocktails and Khmer and international finger foods. The hotel’s regular cocktail and wine list will also be available.
Numbers for the event are strictly limited, and reservations (by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) are essential.
For press enquiries please contact:
Ilana Tulloch, Managing Partner & Marketing Director
Telephone: +855 7776 9126
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is an evolving independent boutique property in Siem Reap, providing premium budget and affordable luxury accommodation alongside all the facilities and services of an international hotel. We are an inclusive, family-friendly and LGBT-welcoming property offering a dynamic, creative and nourishing space for guests. Our sustainable and ethical business model is focussed on providing opportunities to our team of Cambodian staff, while creating rewarding and memorable experiences for our valued guests. Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel consistently ranks among TripAdvisor’s top five small hotels in Siem Reap, and has become renowned in Siem Reap for its retreats, recently introducing beer yoga to the town, and offering regular traditional yoga classes to the community.
Annemarie Sagoi has worked internationally as a bar manager and owner, educator, brand ambassador, event coordinator, bar consultant, and competition judge, all the way from the United States to Southeast Asia, where she currently lives. She has won numerous cocktail competitions, including first place in the 2013 Chicago Bacardi Superior Cup, global finalist in the National Cherry Heering Competition at ToTC 2013, and first place in the 2014 Chicago Tenzing Coupe; she also presented a seminar at 2014 Portland Cocktail Week, and was a National Finalist in the 2015 Sherry Competition. Sagoi managed the beverage program at The Dawson, which opened in October 2013 in Chicago and was honored with Time Out’s Best New Restaurant Cocktail Program. Sagoi has been given a nod for her innovation in prestigious publications including Food & Wine, The Chicago Sun Times, Bon Appetit, Wine Enthusiast, and Imbibe. Currently she is sharing her expertise as a consultant to numerous establishments, teaching bitters workshops, and lecturing on spirits. She opened her highly acclaimed bar Le Boutier in Phnom Penh in 2016 and is currently preparing to open a new cocktail bar in Siem Reap, due to launch in April 2017.