The Japanese expression ichi go ichi e perfectly encapsulates part of the value inherent in each Wok+Wine event as a special gathering that is truly unique to every other. Each event is designed to offer some sense of familiarity with a decent sprinkling of surprise. We go out of our way to help you discover new wines, new spaces and new people.
Ichi go ichi e can be translated as “one time, one meeting” or “once in a lifetime” and is often used in the context of a traditional tea ceremony to remind participants that, like Wok+Wine, every ceremony is unique. The phrase is also used in other aspects of Japanese life from martial arts to theater where again, every encounter and every performance is unique.
This is a nice reminder to consider in other aspects of our lives, especially when they involve encounters with others. Remember, that any particular moment will not repeat in exactly the same way so you should do everything you can to make the most of it!
Earlier this year Wok+Wine was featured in Harvard Business Review - explaining the concept as “an experiment in social chemistry” and going on to add “…these days, few take pleasure in social repetition. We prefer to have the world stirred. We like it when “stuff happens,” when an unexpected event or companion breaks through the fired surface of our creme brulee of ceremony and lets something else in. That’s when things get interesting.” Read full article here.
Yes, the food and wine are amazing but it’s not until you’ve been to Wok+Wine that you realize it’s not a food/wine event. Wok+Wine is first and foremost a ‘people event’. It’s the world’s most effective serendipity machine – helping you to find the people you didn’t know you were looking for.
To enable us to share the connecting power of Wok+Wine with more amazing people around the world, we’re creating a ‘Global Family of Ambassadors’ to run events locally. So far we’re set up in New York, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne and we’re working on London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Miami, Tel Aviv, Vancouver and Colombo in Sri Lanka… which just happens to be the island where the word ‘serendipity‘ originates. Coincidence? We don’t think so! If you’re keen to join the family, connect on facebook and let us know.