Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Food For Thought – Culinary Adventures Around The World With Raffles

  Food for Thought – with Raffles November 2013 – Food and travel are inseparable companions; destinations are defined by their food, the flavors of a country are created by the local produce and native spices of the region. Wherever we go, we need to eat, so food becomes a natural pathway into a place, a tool for discovering its innermost workings.This is why food is so central to every hotel in the Raffles Hotels & Resorts family, from East to West, old to new, Phnom Penh to Paris. In their own way, each of the hotels carves a story for itself through food, drawing on tradition, yet always looking to the next culinary chapter. Another meal, another memory. ‘Pappa’ Tuscan Tomato Soup In ParisInnovation and creativity are part of Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris’ DNA – and that runs right through to the food. Il Carpaccio is the only Michelin-starred Italian restaurant in Paris. Drawing on his heritage, Tuscan Chef Roberto Rispoli prepares dishes from all over Italy, using the freshest Italian produce.One dish that leaps off the menu and onto the table is the ‘Pappa’ Tuscan Tomato Soup, a sunny antipasti with gorgeous tomato flavors lifted by fresh basil and thin slices of crispy bread. This was originally considered a farmer’s dish, prepared by housewives during the war who made a soup out of the leftover bread so as...

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Happy Holidays! December Events in Lodi, California

LodiView provides an overview of the upcoming events in Lodi, California over the next 30 days. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share upcoming Lodi events with you. If you are a new subscriber, LodiView covers the upcoming events in Lodi, CA with the purpose of spreading the word about fun and current happenings in Lodi Wine Country.  As the month progresses, more events and classes can be added so be sure to visit our online event calendar.Wine tasting basics, bird tours, wine & cheese pairings, art skills, and so many more “classes” are available through our event calendar.  Be sure to check it out before you plan your trip to Lodi.Happy Holidays! It seems that the year has rushed by us, but there are still plenty of things to experience here in Lodi before we close out 2013. The city is full of sparkle and lights during December, make sure to see all the beautiful decorations throughout town! If you’re looking to do some last minute holiday shopping, make sure to check our website’s event calendar for various places that are celebrating the holidays with open house events and special shopping deals. We truly wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2014!With warm regards, Camille Wall Executive Assistant P.S. If this was forwarded from a friend and you would like to subscribe to future...

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Ultimate Holiday Gift | 4th Annual Napa Truffle Festival

    Foward to a friend  If you have trouble reading this email, click here. 4th annual Jan 17-20, 2014 .JanJan . . The  Ultimate Holiday Gift . for the foodies and adventure-seekers in your life . world class cuisine meets cutting edge truffle science! . Want to really impress the foodies and adventure-seekers in your life? Then get them the ultimate holiday gift: truffles! Not the chocolate kind, the real thing: black Périgord truffles (aka “black diamonds”). These rare and delectable fungi will be the center of attention at the fourth annual Napa Truffle Festival where they will be discussed, examined, probed, prepared, demonstrated and, finally, paired with wines and feasted upon for breakfast, lunch and a fabulous Truffles & Wine dinner prepared by Michelin star chefs.FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS The Festival begins with a Friday Night Reception where you and fellow truffle-lovers will have a chance to hobnob with your hosts, American Truffle Company’s Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas, and Chef Ken Frank of La Toque; along with the wild mushroom forage guides David Campbell and Stephanie Jarvis, master truffle dog trainer Alan McGee,  and the Michelin star guest chefs—sans toques—who have come from as far as Chicago and Italy to cook and demonstrate for you throughout the weekend. . Winery Truffle Lunches Saturday and Sunday, January 18 & 19 .. Few places on earth conjure the spirit of global elegance and hospitality like the Napa Valley....

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Il Cortile Ristorante Debuts Fall Menu in Paso Robles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Il Cortile Debuts Fall Menu New menu highlights seasonal ingredients; white truffles     November 19, 2013 (Paso Robles, CA) Il Cortile’s Chef Santos MacDonal highlights fall flavors with his new menu, guests are already raving about.   The new seasonal menu was expertly created with the freshest ingredients available from the surrounding local and regional landscapes providing a melody of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti, as well as a special mozzarella menu. Signature menu items include a vast selection of fresh pastas, gnocchi and risottos made from scratch daily such as Kabocha squash gnocchi (homemade kabocha squash gnocchi on a bead of parmesan fonduta with a brown butter sage sauce), Fettuccine di coniglio (fettuccine with slow roasted rabbit in a white wine herb sauce), Cervo e cotogna (pan-seared venison medallions with a red wine sauce and quince) and Vitello ai funghi porcini (veal chop with porcini mushroom sauce, finished with truffle oil).   Il Cortile also highlights truffle season with three delicious dishes. Their Carpaccio, made of thinly sliced sirloin is complemented with truffle cream sauce and shaved black or white truffles over the top; the homemade fettucinne dish is made with a parmesan fonduta, a drizzle of white truffle oil and white or black shaved truffles on top; the risotto also features a parmesan fonduta, a drizzle of white truffle oil and white or black shaved truffles...

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Minor Hotel Group’s two newest brands join Anantara in alliance

PRESS RELEASE AVANI AND PER AQUUM JOIN GLOBAL HOTEL ALLIANCE Minor Hotel Group’s two newest brands join Anantara in alliance   Dubai, November 7, 2013.  AVANI Hotels & Resorts and Per AQUUM Retreats ∙ Resorts ∙Residences, part of Minor Hotel Group’s growing stable of luxury brands which also includes Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, are the latest members of Global Hotel Alliance (GHA). Anantara has been a member of GHA since 2007 and its hotels and resorts are a popular choice among members of GHA’s loyalty programme, GHA Discovery, which now has 3.6 million members. GHA’s CEO, Christopher Hartley commenting on the announcement explained “Anantara has always been a firm favourite with our members, and we expect AVANI and Per AQUUM to be similarly popular, offering our customers new destinations to choose from and an even wider variety of unique resort experiences in urban locations and leisure destinations. As an alliance, we enable our member brands to reach more high-end customers through very dynamic and personalised marketing to our growing database. This is especially beneficial for new or slightly smaller brands like AVANI and Per AQUUM, which can be showcased to a greater audience across the globe.” AVANI is a refreshing upscale hotel concept offering relaxed contemporary-inspired comfort to guests who value the details that matter.  The AVANI portfolio currently includes two properties in Sri Lanka and one in Vietnam, with future openings...

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