Archive for December, 2009

Lavish and thrilling first Quarter in 2010 promises Mount Lavinia Hotel

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

White house Chef

Floribben to State dinners to culinary classics to wine and cheeses from Down Under amidst a chocoholic spread awaits in the first quarter in 2010 at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Starting out as an imposing and majestic weekend abode, Mount Lavinia Hotel, consisting of 226 rooms inclusive of suites, retains the old world charm and imperial elegance of yesteryear combined with the most up to date facilities of a modern resort that any discerning traveler might ask for. Furthermore, the innovative events and unique menus that are churned up at the hotel are indeed the talk of the town and are a focal point for all guests. The hotel’s first quarter of events are bound to be your first choice.

Indian cuisine will be the hottest fare that will be added to the Mount Lavinia Hotel’s food selection in the new year. When asked Mr Anura Dewapura, GM at the Mount Lavinia Hotel as to the reason for Indian fare, he stated, “Since of late, there has been a welcome increase in the Indian population to our country, and our hotel in particular, has benefited in the form of hotel occupancy and patronage in the food and beverage outlets.” Chef Chinnapillai Sarvanan, is the specialist on Indian cuisine, who will begin the year with breakfast and lunch specialties.

Then the hot hot Spanish Tapas will light up the Terrace with favourites like Gambas Prawns sauteed in salsa negra (peppercorn sauce), al ajillo (with garlic), or pil-pil (with chopped chili peppers). Calamares or rabas – Rings of battered squid, Boquerones White anchovies served in vinegar (boquerones en vinagre) or deep fried or even Patatas bravas Fried potato dices (sometimes part-boiled and then fried, or simply boiled) served with salsa brava, a spicy tomato sauce. Alioli is often served with it too. Tortilla de patatas, also known as Tortilla española – A type of omelet containing fried chunks of potatoes and sometimes onion are some of the tapas that will be on offer.

Slow Food begins the year with “Floribbean Cuisine South Beach style” on the 16th of January 2010. “The marriage between citrus and fish American style is the essence of this type of cuisine,” states President of Slow Food Chapter,

Chef Leo. It combines Miami and Caribbean flavours and excites all senses just like a visit to the southern beach in Miami USA.

Then love will definitely be in the air as the month of February will combine chocolate. Chocolate being a very big part of anyone’s life and indeed has the power to captivate like no other food. The month of February will be a longlasting Affair with Chocolate. But its roots run much deeper. It begins to melt, giving your mind and body a wonderful sensation. So why Chocolate for the month of February? Mr Anura Dewapura believes that something like chocolate that creates such emotional bonds – and also actually can be good for you – is just another reason to enjoy chocolate for the month of February. Chocolate cravers need not fear, the month of February at Mount Lavinia Hotel will be the month definitely dedicated to chocoholics. The chocolate menu for the month will include: Pairing wines and chocolates sessions, Tea and Chocolate pairing moments, Classic Chocolate Fondue Menu and Chocolate Martinis at a unique venue synonymous to Mount Lavinia Hotel like a secret tunnel, then indeed the 14th of Feb will be an evening extraordinaire with the Symphony Orchestra igniting the love lost.

March brings the culinary classics with history and originality embedded in the recipes when the hotel surfaces the Swedish Food Festival. It is thus all the more exciting that Guest Chef Mats Peltersson who has scored major successes with his tasty creations from Grand Hotel Sweden, which are innovative in both color and design particularly with Lingonberries, cloudberries, root vegetables, Baltic herring, wild game and indeed Västerbotten cheese, will be inspired by the richness of centuries-old Swedish culinary traditions and will surface master creations at the Swedish Food Festival which will be a treat for the new year.

April showers bring in faves from Down Under a – Australian Wine and Cheese Festival will be on the cards. “Every great wine needs some good and fabulous cheese,”states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of Mount Lavinia Hotel. Australian produced artisan cheeses with appropriate wines will be part of the menu.

There will be a cheese board with a range of cheeses to choose from along with matching the best cheese with the appropriate wine.

Also in the cards is Walter Scheib also known as the White House Chef, who had served at the White House for eleven years and indeed was the food preparer for the first family particularly the Bush and Clinton families, will now tantalize Sri Lankan taste buds with a traditionally very conservative and skewed toward classic French gastronomy – to reflect contemporary American cuisine.  To endorse the evening Rohan De Silva who will add some spice to the state dinner. Rohan De Silva globally acclaimed pianist who had appeared at the White House East Room during Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Washington DC in 2007, was given a standing ovation by the New York audience when he performed at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and now will woo Sri Lankan audiences aswell. This fabulous initiative with a creative twist will be the focal point for the month of May 2010.

A festive getaway with that magical pampering at the Mount Lavinia Hotel

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Lovely though the Christmas bustle is, it can be very tempting to flee for peace over the festive season and there is a unique destination with a holiday ambiance that is nothing less than perfect, available for you weary souls.

Mount Lavinia Hotel’s Dusk to Dusk Festive Stay over package has the right combination of pampering, festive celebrations with an immaculate spread of Christmas fare and the comfort you deserve.

The best of all worlds has to be entitled for Christmas day lunch and indeed the High Tea with all the Christmas goodies that one craves for.

If you’ve ever dreamed of a heritage style hideaway with a fabulous beachfrontage,  Mount Lavinia Hotel is now yours to stay from 24th to 25th Dec 2009 for a mere USD160/- for double occupancy.  This is the perfect escape for families and friends who want to spend quality time together and relish authentic hospitality in a truly magical setting.

The package includes:

  • Includes breakfast for two adults on the 25th of Dec,
  • Christmas Lunch on the 25th for two
  • Santa’s Gifts for kids,
  • High Tea on the 25th evening for two
  • Late check out till 4pm on the 25th.
  • Children below the age of 6 stay free and 12 years of age – 50% off.
  • 20 minutes Massage on the house at the Coconut Spa
  • Rate subject to availability
  • For local and resident expatriates only

“Christmas is a very special time of year and here at the Mount Lavinia Hotel it is no exception.” We offer a Christmas Package from dusk of the 24th of Dec to dusk of Christmas Day filled with festive fare and can assure you of a memorable stay-over during this joyous season for you and your family,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of the hotel…

31st Night at the Terrace at the Mount Lavinia Hotel considered a real deal!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

NEW YEARNEW YEAR

“You’re the Star”, avers Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, when asked what the theme will be for many of the festive events and indeed 31st celebrations.

“The spread for LKR9000/-nett is incredible,” states a guest at the events desk.

“A variety that is unbeatable, definite value for money,” states a guest who booked a table of 12 for 31st night celebrations at the Terrace.

Mount Lavinia Hotel Beach is counting down to the New Year as the hotel is ready to star in the many programmes. A major public celebration on 31st night on the Paradise beach at the Mount Lavinia Hotel will be “Copacabana II goes Glam on the Beach” with foreign artistes in the categories of dancing and DJing and JCs Beach Blast more towards the Tropical Hut.

“13th Dec marked St Lucias Day hence we had a great event at the courtyard,” states Mr Dewapura. When asked what is the significance for Santa Lucia’s Day, “Sweden’s shining custom is definitely what we at Mount Lavinia Hotel believe in too: faith and tradition. Hence we begun to shine on that day and then glamour takes over on 31st night.

A classic Gospel Jazz Sunday Brunch is scheduled for the 27th of Dec with powerful performances by Voice Print, Jags Quartet and indeed Jerome who will perform till 4pm.

Everyone from kids to seniors will be able to participate in the 31st night celebrations named “Glamour Night on the Terrace” including Seafood and Oyster Bar, Carvery, Molecular delicacies, home made pasta stations, grand dessert buffet, home made pate and terrines, Japanese sushi bar, crab and cheese kottu at midnight, a chocolate display and till the wee hours of the morning a gracious traditional Sri Lankan breakfast. Guest artistes Jerome Speldewinde will be there to get the celebrations on a roll.

“You’re The Star Tonight” theme is intended to showcase YOU and attendees to “shine” on the thematic Glamour Nights at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, states the General Manager. Everything from personalized photography to Oscar Awards is on the cards. He further adds, “We’re planning on quality entertainment with lots of variety starting from the 27th of Dec. We were able to engage several of our local musical talent to make the events particularly for the Gospel Brunch and indeed 31st with regard to the entertainment portion of the evening’s activities even more exciting than ever before.”

A Message of light and hope on St Lucia’s Day at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Santa Lucia

As Mount Lavinia Hotel’s theme for the season was Christmas around the world it was no wonder that the celebration of St. Lucia, the patron saint of light, was an important part of their festivities. As Mahika, Manager Corp Comms stated, “While St Lucia’s Day is celebrated differently in different countries, its message of light and hope resound with all who participate in the day’s festivities.”

One of the most popular Christmas traditions in Sweden is the celebration of Saint Lucia’s Day, on December 13th. Although not a legal holiday, Saint Lucia’s Day is a day of great celebrating and merriment.

The Story of Saint Lucia stretches back to the time of the Vikings and the Roman Empire. According to legend, Lucia was a brave young woman from the island of Sicily, in the Mediterranean. When Lucia heard about the persecution of Christians by the Emperor, she gave one Christian family her entire dowry. This so angered her betrothed husband, that he told authorities that Lucia secretly practiced Christianity. Lucia, who died a martyrs death, was much admired for her courage, generosity and faith. And tradition has it that she took food to Christians hiding from persecution in underground tunnels, wearing candles on a wreath around her head to light the way.

Traditionally, on St. Lucia day The Lucia is dressed in white robes and red ribbons and wears a crown of candles on her head. Often times the eldest daughter plays Lucia, and greets her family with a breakfast of hot coffee and pastries, known as Lucia Buns or St Lucia buns or Swedish Saffron Buns or Swedish Lussekatt.

St. Lucia is rich with religious history and symbolism, and it is a holiday that has withstood commercialism and stayed firm in its origins in modern times. Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated this event with the same objective of spreading light and hope throughout the season and the coming year.

The night of the 13th of December at the hotel made way for Santa Lucia who brought forth light and hope whilst Nuovo Vita sang Santa Lucia. The saffron bread and Swedish mulled wine was the essence of the evening along with inhouse guests and valued patrons of the hotel celebrated under a starlit night at the Governor’s Roof top.

Christmas goes Slow at Mount Lavinia Hotel as Slow Food celebrates 20th Anniversary

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Slow Food 6 - Santa at the SLow Food

Christmas Treats

For me, Slow Food is all about sustainable eating. It brings the best in local foods back into the lime light,” states a guest at the 6th Slow Food night at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. 10th Dec 2009 at the hotel surfaced a celebration of global cuisine particularly 16 different countries specialties prepared by four exquisite Chefs namely – Chef Ira specializing in Italian delicacies, Chef Publis – authentic Sri Lankan dishes, Chef Leo and Chef Herman from the Phillipines that surfaced Asian styled food. Instead of just stuffing down a meal in a noisy place, the evening reminded of the importance of experiencing all the senses while eating with your family. And the evening at Mount Lavinia hotel was certainly worth a celebration. The Horizon Rooftop was the ideal location for a Christmas meal with a family styled theme, a venue overlooking the Indian Ocean, a picture nothing less than perfect. The soft sounds of Jerome Speldewinde added some spice to the evening. Santa visiting the evening with gifts for the little ones and not so little too!! And knowing that the meal satisfied all senses did make it a fulfilled evening.

December 10 marks the 20th anniversary of Slow Food. The celebration happened in 150 countries with Slow Food’s 100,000 members, organized in 1,300 convivia (local chapters) and the Terra Madre network: more than 2,000 food communities, according to the press release, celebrated this wonderful evening.

The day, celebrated in Mount Lavinia Hotel achieved in showing the importance of food diversity, farm to table methods, and a cultural shift in the way we view food. Chef Publis started the evening by stating the importance of natural and organic produce to mind, body and indeed soul. Then Chef Herman took to the stage introducing his dishes, followed by Chef Ira and his dishes finally the President of Slow Food in Sri Lanka, Chef Leo introducing his expertise. The menu consisted of:

Sri Lankan Fresh Herbal Soup

Negombo Creamy  Lagoon Crab

By Chef Publis

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Mexican Salad

Whole Roast Turkey

Roast Suckling Pig

Poultry en Mole

Mashed Potato

Gravy

Pate

By Chef Leo

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Poached Duck

Grilled Salmon

Snapper Ceviche

Scallops Black Bean sauce

By Chef Herman

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Bread Dumplings with dry plum

Forest Mushroom Ragout with fresh herbs

By Chef Udo

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By Chef Ira [Italian]

Lasagne

Cappone Ripieno

Zabaglione

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X-Mas Pudding with Brandy

Apple Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream

In the future Slow Food nights at the Mount Lavinia Hotel will vary from convivia to convivia like done previously but soon will include communal celebratory/festive meals, cooking demonstrations by guest chefs, local producer excursions, film viewings, and other local food related events that are in the pipeline.

A satisfied guest at the 6th Slow Food night states, “Cheers to an organization that changed the way we view food.”

Celebrity DJs at the Little Hut

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Tobias Thomas

The hype of the Little Hut has finally made waves in the music circle and now the doors have opened to two celebrity DJs who will perform on 16th Dec 2009 at the Little Hut for all music lovers that want to get their toes tapping………..

The space’s versatility makes it perfect for live electronic shows. As promised by the hotel in the months to come, to expect a wide variety of amazing events, thematic nights, world-class music. Well 16th Dec 2009 the Little Hut on partnership with the German Cultural Institute will get up close and personal with you with two world class DJs that will get your festive hearts a beating

Ada (Real Name: Michaela Dippel) is a German melodic techno electro pop artist and producer. She started her musical career as a singer in a rock-band. As the band slowly incorporated synthesizers and samplers into their repertoire, Ada too started exploring electronic music. She is now a producer of sumptuous mini-symphonies of synth pop, techno, and house.  The covers of Everything but the Girl and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs that appeared on the album helped her gain recognition outside of the expected dance circles.

“You can dance to her music which she makes live on stage with an analogue sampling machine. So her performance is not a DJ set but an electronic live show,” avers Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Tobias Thomas, born April 1970 in the south of Germany, is a member of the inner circle of the Cologne based electronic label Kompakt since the early nineties. He has been working as a professional DJ since 1990, was involved in many co-operations and projects like Forever Sweet, Thomas/Mayer and did a number of remixes alongside Dettinger, Superpitcher, Jörg Burger, Geiger, Michael Mayer, Ada and Reinhard Voigt. As a former editor for the German music magazine SPEX he has done interviews with Sven Väth, the Pet Shop Boys, Westbam, Depeche Mode, Wolfgang Tillmans, Erlend Øye, Justin

Timberlake and many others. After he stopped working as a music journalist, Tobias became part of the Cologne music festival where he worked as an editor and program assistant. Since 1998 he has been hosting the “Total Confusion”-Clubnight in Cologne. Other resident nights include the Panorambar in Berlin, the Robert Johnson in Offenbach and the Low Club in Madrid. DJ Tobias has played in more than 30 countries and on 4 continents. He released three Mix-CDs, »Für Dich« (1999), »Smallville« (2003) and »Please Please Please« on Kompakt and – with Forever Sweet – the album »Geben & Nehmen« on Ladomat (1998).

Christmas Tree Lighting event ushers in the festive season at the Mount Lavinia Hotel

Friday, December 4th, 2009

The hotel lobby decorated for the season

MLH continues to roll out the holiday festivities with a dazzling display of musical talent by Nuovo Vita and the lighting of the Christmas Tree with a diverse crowd from all walks and religions.  The 2nd of Dec, the courtyard of the hotel was the place to be. The press were among the priority list of the hotel and they were warmly welcomed by Mr Anura Dewapura and Mr Sanath Ukwatte, GM and Chairman of the hotel, respectively. And it was fascinating to see all religious leaders too gracing the event and being part of the festive cheer and indeed ushering in goodwill to the hotel. “This year is indeed a year to celebrate for the hotel and indeed Sri Lanka, and no doubt blessed will be the season who engages all in a conspiracy of love.”

One of the hotel’s most treasured traditions, the annual tree lighting had Santa too to bring some seasonal cheer to the little ones too.

The tree was decked with lights and the theme of turquoise and silver was quite prominent in all areas of the hotel.

Little Hut at the Mount Lavinia Hotel is back to shake the retro circuit

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Little Hut alive

The quintessentially retro club combines Souled out and In House with a retro perspective lounge bar.

The new venue’s opening day could not be any hotter with Most Wanted Saturdays presenting, Souled Out.

To date Little Hut’s mix of glamour, super-star DJ’s, and internationally acclaimed bands and personalities have helped make the Little Hut the most talked about. Media members and guests at Little Hut’s opening granted up close and personal interaction with Little Hut. Guests that revelled at the Little Hut in yester year, and new revellers had a fabulous night that lasted till the wee hours of the morning. When asked the GM why it took so long to re-open, “We needed the right time and right people to open the bar with a total new concept that Sri Lanka yearns for.”

The buzz surrounding Little Hut began in late 70’s when internationally acclaimed local sensation Hussain Jiffry was in the band named Galaxy with superstar Noeline Honter. Other names that have performed at the little Hut, Sohan Weerasinghe, Dalreen Suby, Alston Koch, are just a few.