Thursday 27 October 2016

Can’t Get Enough Baijiu? On Workd Baijiu Day tomorrow Wednesday 9 August guests visiting the Brickyard will be offered Baijiu Spritzers for Rmb 29. Believe us, with our Schoolhouse Liqueurs as the base, they taste great and will quench your thirst on a hot late summer day.

New Brickyard Home
We’re delighted to announce that Lilac Cottage has joined our roster of rental vacation homes. This home with crisp and bright interiors is located in Beigou Village and was designed by our partner Jim Spear. The cottage features two bedrooms, two baths, a massive fireplace and long kang bed, not to mention spectacular views of the Great Wall from the outdoor terrace.

New Painting
Vasken Mardikian, from Belgium and trained at Yale, stayed with us as a resident artist in July. He just returned to his Chinese home in Hangzhou where he teaches art, leaving us one of his paintings as a gift for our collection (partial image above) and this note: I would like to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to come work in your amazing environment, it allowed me to get out of my regular studio, and try a few different things and I think it was just what I needed. I was glad to meet all of you as well the great team you have.
Orchard Dreams
We finally officially broke ground for construction on our Orchard underground product development center and countryside residences earlier this month, after 6 years of approvals, roadblocks, illogical after-the-fact design criteria, etc. etc. etc. We anticipate more hassles but will persevere. Nothing is easy -- at least when you are committed to compliance and sustainability.

Meditation on 50 Objects
Our Schoolhouse resident artists were inspired by and included in their performance our friend William Lindesay's book The Great Wall in 50 Objects. Joe Hedges and Jiemei Lin explained that while William's book contained ancient objects their experience staying under the impossible immenseness of the Great Wall led them to use contemporary as well as natural objects found around Beigou Village for their performance on 1 July. The music was composed by Joe and includes his playing on the Brickyard piano and recordings of life in the village.

Village Tourism In Japan
Pictured is one of the homes for rent in Maruyama Village, part of Sasayama, about two hours from Kyoto. There are only 12 houses in the village and some of them were left by villagers who moved away. The remaining residents took the initiative to refurbish two houses and add modern amenities and operate them as village stay houses. They leased a third home to a chef who operates a superb French restaurant, literally at the end of the road, where Jim & Liang dined recently.

Introducing Our Summer Interns
Rose Kloeckner hails from Kansas City and is studying agricultural science at Oregon State University. She is working on revitalizing our composting program and will be here till the end of August. Ge Xiangkun is 16 years old and would like to become a chef. He is working over his summer vacation in our central kitchen and living in our manager’s residence with the rest of our team, his first experience away from home.


Can You Believe It: We’re already receiving bookings for our Thanksgiving Feast and Saturday Reprise this November. Book early to ensure you and your friends will have a family-style holiday with roast turkey and all the trimmings under the Great Wall.

Mystery Home
No one was able to identify the pictured home in our last newsletter. Let’s try again, this time doubling the prize for being first to email us with the correct name to a credit of Rmb 1,776 toward a stay in any Brickyard Home. If no one identifies the home by 15 August we will make a cash donation in this amount to the United Foundation for China’s Health, the charity arm of United Family Healthcare.
Cooking with Randhir
This is Namoura cake -- a semolina cake soaked in honey syrup -- topped with Chinese almonds and our apricot sorbet garnished with mint from our kitchen garden. Yummy! You can make this at home and here’s the recipe.

Sustainability in Action
Baby carrots just picked by our Farmer Wang. The bounty of our kitchen garden is unbelievable and our guests enjoy the ood, clean, and fair produce in the dishes we make from scratch and serve in our restaurants.
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