Entering the second week of October, we see a new wave of exciting events and — thankfully — better weather. While the smog seems to be on its way out, that doesn’t mean our environmental concerns should get tossed out of the window. This year’s PM2.5 is a reminder that our actions do have an impact, and that our planet won’t hold out for long if we keep causing damage to it. Taking things step by step, now marks a good time to begin bringing a little streak of sustainability into your life — whether it’s by buying a reusable bottle, or saying no to the plastic bag next time you go grocery shopping, every little act counts.

On another note, this week sees a peak in dining events across the city, as we welcome a group of Michelin-starred Italian chefs, as well as several award-winning bartenders. Save your appetites for the exclusive dining pop-up experiences, and be sure to keep your evening plans clear for the exciting cocktail-infused happenings taking place across town as well. From where to drink and dine, to which art exhibitions you should have on your radar, scroll to see your plans!

WINE & DINE — As Thailand’s annual traditional vegetarian festival comes to an end, why not drop by Akira Back restaurant for your last chance to try their special vegetarian set menu? Especially prepared for the ‘Jay’ season, the exclusive three-course set menu gives you innovative dishes, exquisitely crafted using the freshest local vegetables and herbs. Dishes include a serving of cold tofu salad with tentsuyu sauce and black summer truffle, followed by a smoky cauliflower steak slowly prepared in a Josper grill, and finally a dessert of coconut sorbet with fresh mixed fruits.

THB950++ per set. 6pm onwards, October 7, 2019. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2059 5999, or visit the official Facebook event page.

WINE & DINE — Hailing from Taipei’s Ounce, which ranks among one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, Peter Lin will be taking over Havana Social for one night only. Expect an evening out unlike any other, where the decorated bartender will be serving up four carefully curated cocktails, featuring Nicaragua’s most famous Flor De Cana rum. If you’re looking to kick things off by afternoon, you can also drop by Peter Lin’s masterclass from 3-4pm, where guests will get to experience a free tasting of the globally-renowned sustainable rum. For those who haven’t yet been to Havana Social, it follows a speakeasy-esque concept, where you’ll need a special entry code to get inside. Don’t forget to get your code by ringing 02 8216 6111!9pm-midnight, October 9, 2019. Havana Social. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 08 0467 7409, or visit the official Facebook event page

WINE & DINE — When it comes to unwinding on a Friday, few things hit the spot like a night of good meat and fine wines with friends. Knowing this, W Bangkok is launching a special Friday night event at The Kitchen Table, offering just that. Meat and wine lovers are invited to gather after work, and savour a selection of premium meats paired with wines from Catena Zapata Mendoza, Argentina. Highlights on the menu include plates sumptuously prepared from grilled to smoked. If indulgent, juicy meats aren’t enough to tantalize you, there will also be a selection of quality cheese to complement your wine.

THB3,200++ per person (includes food, welcome drinks, and wine). 6:30-10:30pm, October 11, 2019. The Kitchen Table, W Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2344 4210, or visit the official Facebook event page

WINE & DINE — Avid Italian food enthusiasts have much to get excited about this week, as Bangkok welcomes the world’s biggest celebration of Italian cuisine at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. Bringing in five award-winning chefs from Michelin-plate restaurants, the event promises a special five-course dinner that combines the very best of Italian food, wine, and culinary expertise, along with a series of exclusive dining experiences. A part of The Italian Cuisine & Wines World Summit, Bangkok is lucky enough to host the first episode — after kicking off here, the event will move on to Hong Kong and Dubai. Find out more about what’s in store here.THB6,500 net per person for a five-course dinner. 6-9pm, October 9 – 12, 2019. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2649 8364, or visit hotel-deals.marriott.com.

ART & CULTURE — A group photography exhibition featuring Sophirat Muangkum, Tanawut Ngamwutthiwong, Kamthorn Unsab and Poomjai Attanun, Lunar sees a series of monochrome images that are all centered around appreciating the beauty of the moon. Exploring the way in which photography can be used to communicate thoughts and emotions, the photographs draw a parallel between the black and white images, as well as the breathtaking image of the moon on a dark night. While each individual artist comes with a different perspective, experience, and technique, the group exhibition sees a sense of unification through the common goal of revealing their own perception of beauty.

Until October 26, 2019. Ilford Galerie Bangkok. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

ART & CULTURE — A solo exhibition by Prang Vejjajiva, Living Cemetery offers an artistic exploration into repressed emotions, feelings and thoughts that accumulate over time. Through dark hues and bold strokes, the exhibited work uses art as a medium to capture the social anxiety common today, as well as the potentially toxic nature of a salaryman society.Until October 30, 2019. 10ml. Cafe and Gallery. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page