Bida Manda

With Pax Mahle Wines

Sponsored by Kurt Bland & Meredith Keyes

Winery

Pax Mahle Wines

After Pax wine cellars were dissolved in 2008, the Pax brand was put on hold, leaving the Mahles to focus on their up and coming brand, Wind Gap Wines. But now, in 2014, Pax and Pam re-launched with the original all-star lineup of Syrah that hails from Alder Springs, Castelli-Knight Ranch and Griffin’s Lair. These are NOT-TO-MISS on wines which are a result of organic farming practices, vine-by-vine farming and a less is more approach to irrigation.

 www.paxmahlewines.com

Restaurant

Bida Manda

Bida Manda, which is the Sanskrit Ceremonial term for father and mother, is a modern Laotian restaurant nestled in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. Advertised as being a thoughtful gathering place celebrating the diverse food traditions and cultures of Laos, guests are sure to witness a splash of culture whilst enjoying their dining experience. The cuisine reflects Lao’s intimate relationship with nature, its culture of generosity, and its French colonial past. A vast menu selection of flavorful collaborations between Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cooking is offered with a twist of French technique.

Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha, the brother and sister duo, opened Bida Manda knowing that it would be one of the first Laotian restaurants in the United States. Vansana’s love for food, family and friends is very evident. Van’s chef, Lon Bounsanga, is from Laos as well. Lon can be describes as a big man, also with a soft heart and a huge desire for cooking. You can just tell by the way food is plated, presented and flavored. The two of them seem to have a great vibe and relationship that culminates in a great product. The chef emigrated from Laos with his family as a child, was a banquet chef at Carolina Country Club when he saw the Nolintha’s advertisement on Craigslist for a Laotian chef. Now, cooking with his favorite ingredients such as cilantro, mint, lemongrass, and sticky rice, he feels he has come home.

www.bidamanda.com