AWAP Needs YOU!

In less than a year, AWAP has grown from a few dozen members to 110 members today, and we continue to grow each day. Our volunteer “Board” have been doing our best to keep AWAP going through creating and promoting more events of interest to members and by creating a website and newsletter for our community of Asian women. But, as our roster of activities grows, we need more volunteers to help. In our survey, many of you expressed interest in volunteering to help with events, the Board, and publications. Now we are calling on you to help keep this organization moving ahead:

TWO (2) BOARD POSITIONS:
Events Co-Chair
Events are the crux of our group’s existence. We have had the wonderful Cindy Zang co-heading events with the fabulous Shella Evangelista-Mandic, but now Cindy has to take a step back to focus on other priorities. While she will remain on the Events team, we are looking for another member with experience in coordinating and running events to join Shella as a Co-Chair. For a detailed job description, please click HERE.

Secretary/Treasurer
If you’re a good record-keeper, and like handling money, we could use your help. This person would keep minutes of our Board meetings, keep administrative records, and  handle any cash collected at events and any financial records as needed in the future. Knowledge of French a plus. For a complete job description, please click HERE.

To volunteer for one of the Board positions, please click HERE.

Writers / Contributors for Newsletter & Website
Are you a writer, a blogger, or someone who just loves to express your opinion in writing?  To enhance the content of our website and newsletter, we need your help! We need Writers and Contributors to provide articles, restaurant reviews, or simply to be our eyes and ears to research Asian-related events around Paris. To volunteer, please click HERE.

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Talking Thai

On October 20th, amidst a crisp,  chilly fall day, six ladies were transported to a Tropical Paradise for their Thai cooking extravaganza. The day began with an Asian market tour in the 18eme, led by Thai-native-turned-French resident, Kochapan. Like children in a candy store, the ladies oooh’d and ahhh’d — relishing their discovery of all things Asian. Fresh exotic fruits, hard-to-find Asian sauces and spices, even pantry items were quickly purchased to replicate recipes back home.  At Kochapan’s Asian-inspired apartment, we were served a refreshing coconut drink before the ladies were put to work:  cutting, grating, marinating, sautéing, and pounding herbs in mortar and pestles. In between all this, we even learned how to make a flower out of a fresh tomato!

No one said this was going to be easy — but the fruits of our labour certainly paid off when we completed three Thai dishes.  Not only were they authentic… they were, more importantly, delicious!  We were so full, each of us even got to go home with that good ‘ol Asian custom of “tapaw” (or doggie bag)!  Not a bad deal at all.

Thank you, Kochapan, for sharing your recipes with us, and for your gracious charm and warm hospitality!  If you want to read more about this adventure, hop on over to fellow AWAP member Eva Wong’s blog.

Discovering Asian Food Stores

A beautifully set-up dining table welcomed us.

Plus this refreshing fresh coconut drink!

Then the chaos began. Fun, happy chaos.

Lovingly-carved out tomatoes.

And our crowning glory: Phad Thai.

The Chefs at work, plus the camera girl.

We are ready to impress our families with everything we learned!  C’est sûr!  

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Aside from cooking classes, Kochapan Tortrat also offers catering services!  
Visit her website here
E-Mail: kochapan@yahoo.com
Mobile:  +33 6 30 30 02 20