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Gospel Jazz Sunday Brunch: an iconic tradition at MLH

Monday, December 27th, 2010

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Christmas Lunch at MLH

Monday, December 27th, 2010



Gospel Jazz Sunday Brunch at MLH: Two iconic traditions merge into one

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Family time at Brunch

Kids in pool

Raw Bar shooters and the delectable spread

Gospel and Jazz by Voice Print, Soul Sounds and Norma n Jazz to surface multi cultural traditions

Languorous, relaxing New Orleans Jazz Sunday brunch is a tradition in Mount Lavinia Hotel. The hotel is celebrated and features a Jazz Sunday Brunch often with a jazz combo with Norma n Jazz and Sri Lanka’s best jazz musicians with the spectacular spread of delicacies synonymous to New Orleans. But also on Sunday morning particularly 26th of Dec 2010 as it very popular in New Orleans, African-American churches burst into song with the joyous sounds of gospel, yet another musical genre deeply rooted in the city of New Orleans and now at MLH. Gospel brunches, a relatively new phenomenon, allow a non-religious audience to enjoy a sumptuous meal while appreciating this uplifting, soulful music on the day it was meant to be heard.

Gospel took shape in the early twentieth century from the old spirituals that gave hope and strength to many. In New Orleans gospel, any instrumentation aside from human voices was at first frowned upon as sinful in spite of the fact that the music adopted the upbeat rhythms honed by jazz artists. Choirs were originally quite small, but over the years they grew and the more talented vocalists began to step forward to lead emotional call-and-response numbers.

The Gospel Jazz Sunday Brunch is the perfect way for music fans and curious visitors to enjoy gospel without having to track down neighborhood churches. Indeed MLH could be guised as the house of blues and jazz on 26th Dec from 1130am to 3.30pm and will be the only and indeed popular location that offers delicious Sunday brunch buffet matched with the soaring harmonies of gospel and uplifting live jazz.

Ranked with some of the most renowned choirs in the world, SOUL SOUNDS a much loved all girls who have enthralled many an audience both in Sri Lanka and abroad will team up with VOICE PRINT, a choral musical ensemble or very much known to be an all male acapella choir both choirs bringing Sri Lanka fame by winning the World Choir Games in China in two respective years, will liven the Terrace on 26th Dec 2010.

Sequence of voices:

11.30am to 1215pm- Norma n Jazz

1215pm to 1300hrs – Soul Sounds

1300hrs 1345hrs – Voice Print

135hrs – 1430hrs – Souls Sounds

1430hrs – 1515hrs – Norma n Jazz

Jambalaya, Poached Salmon Fillet, Oysters on ice, creative salads, variety of desserts, Cucumber and Mint Shooters, Cajun Remoulade are just a few to tempt your taste buds. In addition the delicious brunch-time food that brings out the best of Mount Lavinia Hotel’s signature items: fresh air and sunshine at the poolside Governor’s Restaurant; or just splash out on a most indulgent spread to break those Sunday Blues.

Celebrating iconic Christmas traditions with St Lucias’ Day, only at MLH

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

As Mount Lavinia Hotel’s theme for the season was iconic traditions 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 in the Scandinavian countries in great procession and indeed marks the beginning of the Christmas season, we at MLH believe traditions as such need to be celebrated and exalted since that is the Spirit of Christmas.”

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, which indeed was performed. 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 and entwining that iconic traditions of such nature should be made aware to the world over.

The night of the 13th of December at the hotel made way for Santa Lucia with the star boys who brought forth light and hope whilst Sri Lanka’s most renowned choirs: Soul Sounds and Voice Print thrilled the audience which consisted of the business community, media friends, the diplomatic corp and indeed travel trade partners. The saffron bread and Swedish mulled wine or glogg was the essence of the evening along with inhouse guests and valued patrons of the hotel too partaking in the celebration spread magnificently in the Empire Ballroom.

12th Annual Black Tie Dinner was well attended

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The seven course menu consisted of study of salmon, Veal and Goose, Champagne Sorbet and a delicious Chocolate Tower with Praline Ice cream, are just a few to mention…

Recognizing Team Members at MLH this Christmas season

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

GM and Chairman having happy sentiments of the events that will proceedxx

GM welcoming memers of the team and their families flanked by Chef Publisxx

The mgmt team of MLH ready to welcome the team membersxx

Team member recognition is absolutely essential.  Looking for every opportunity you can to reward and recognize excellent results, “above and beyond” effort and value added is MLH’s belief. Hence to recognize their team 5th Dec 2010 was set for a grand event, when 800 team members and their families gathered for some quality time.

The General Manager, Mr Anura Dewapura’s reign has indeed done justice from image to quality of service and innovativeness in dining, events and products have certainly made MLH the most talked about iconic hotel in town.

He stated the following as the key to the success of the hotel. And indeed was very well executed on the 5th of Dec.

It’s all up to YOU. Financial rewards, our company’s “brand” or the quality of our executive team will not, by themselves, make my team successful.  It is actually up to YOU to make it happen.

Recognition is KEY. Noticing and recognizing the RIGHT behaviors is the key to strengthening team member relationships.  During these tight economic times, we were called upon to do more with less resources.  Keeping and motivating high-performing employees becomes even more critical during these times.  As a leader, it is YOUR JOB to recognize and bond your most valued people to your team and your company. And no doubt my engineering team did wonders by saving millions for the company.

Pick your “rewards” wisely. We do not wait until we offer a raise to recognize great performance; heart-felt and sincerely-delivered “thanks” is its own reward.  When team members feel recognized and involved, they are much less likely to keep asking about money.  Examples of things we include (a) remembering our team members’ birthdays (b) Lavinia Star – recognizing efforts that made an impact on quality of service and product. (c) Team member of the month. (d)  Walk around the departments on a daily basis and looing for opportunities to say thanks and giving verbal recognition of effort.

It’s all in the presentation. Praise and recognition must be specific to have an impact.  And indeed it has paid off in the motivational factor of my team.

Keep your eye on the harvest. Focus recognition on the kinds of behavior that make your team and your company better.  With this type of focus, your team will understand that recognition is not a popularity contest but an important tool to move people toward specific goals, make team members more efficient and make work groups more productive.

Make formal milestones worth remembering. Making the most of my company’s quality of service, tenure of one’s work experience were areas that were highlighted.  Presenting a formal award doesn’t have to be a burden, it can be an opportunity to bond a team member to you and your team and to reinforce our goals and vision.

Keep on growing! Recognition means most to a team member when it’s sincere and spontaneous.  Lavinia Star is a mechanism that brings the best out of recognizing.

A GREENER Christmas Tree at MLH and the first in Sri Lanka

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The eventful evening

Voice Print being the highlight and musch loved

Mrs Dewapura and friends

MLH unveil magic, mystery and mirth of the seasons as they commence the iconic yuletide festivities with the symbolic lighting of the first recycled Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day

Approximately 25 million-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the world every year. An acre of living Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen for 18 people. Eighty percent of artificial trees are manufactured in China, and most are made with PVC and other plastics, which do not biodegrade and which contain enough lead to legally require a warning label. While there isn’t much that says Christmas like a decked out tree, every year the world over is saddened by the waste and loss of life that goes into the usual cut-down-and-dress-up trees that most people buy from the streets of Colombo or drive all the way to the hill country to purchase the best tree. Fortunately, there are kinder and greener options for Christmas trees that really aren’t too difficult to implement at all, if one is just willing to rethink antiquated traditions and realize that the holiday spirit doesn’t need to mean going to the tree lot to chop down a tree. Every year one gets frustrated to hear the same old same old ‘plastic tree’ versus ‘cut tree” debate – when the most environmentally friendly option by far is simply to get a living tree instead. Nowadays, most of us recycle. As always, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Some people are just more creative than others, and indeed MLH’s own Engineering Team definitely found a very unique way to celebrate Christmas and in a greener way.

This truly “green” tree was constructed from materials like jute, newspapers, flour and even cement, just a few to mention. This Christmas tree is both environmentally friendly and clever. In fact, it looks pretty cool. Who says sustainable awareness cannot also be attractive?

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated their launch of the season by giving thanks in a special way on Thanksgiving Day, to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Friends and partners from the Business community, very good friends from the media, and guests of the hotel. The greatest part of the evening was when all four religious dignitaries came together with Mr Anura Dewpura and lit the tree, with fireworks and bagpipers exalting the evening. Voice Print did justice too to the evening with their soulful acapella voices brining out their colours in true spirit. Finally, Mr Dewapura’s speech “May the lighting of the Mount Lavinia Hotel’s Christmas tree ablaze the flame in your heart, to spread peace, harmony, happiness, hope, love and abundance to others…was most fit.

Before tossing out your trash, go take a look at MLH’s recycled Christmas Tree and enjoy iconic traditions synonymous to Mount Lavinia Hotel and world over.”

American Chef Indika’s All -American Thanksgiving at MLH

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Chef Indika with turkey

North and South America’s best flavors come together (with a few Spanish accents) in chef Indika’s menu, centered around a glorious turducken and sweet potatoes topped with Chorizo and Corn Hash …..

Chef Indika at Mount Lavinia Hotel who is now known as the “The American Chef in Sri Lanka” has been influenced by the Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson at Washington Square in the US, his stint at Ecuadorian American Chef Jose Garces’ Nuevo Latino restaurant: El Vez (both in Philadelphia), Chef David Felton at the Pluckemin Inn in New Jersey, gives him the edge over others to bring to Sri Lanka an authentic American Thanksgiving on the 25th of November 2010 for LKR2950/- nett for dinner.

My devotion to experiencing new culinary techniques and pushing those boundaries to surface new and exciting flavours using influences from many cuisines is the foundation of my love and passion for cooking and let me tell you your Thanksgiving meal will be outstanding.”

Indika’s Thanksgiving menu reflects his background as well as the culinary focus of his forte of cooking and indeed his influence from the US.

Thanksgiving is Indika’s favorite holiday, and his expertise will be ignited on the 26th of Nov at the Governor’s restaurant. There’s deep-fried turkey and a potluck of side dishes that reflect the diverse cultures in his cookings and the American delectables that make Thanksgiving the most thankful of times.

On Thanksgiving Day, Indika starts the meal with Fall Spice Pumpkin Soup that’s Chef Indika’s favourite. Chef Indika won’t compete with other food outlets buttery mashed potatoes, so he reimagines and makes a Herbed Mashed Potato and to top it off a Chorizo and Corn Hash. American and South American traditions: Whole Roasted Turkey and Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta shared the table with Green Bean Casserole and Sage and Sausage Stuffing. Indika prefers to incorporate Latin-American and Spanish ingredients into his recipes.


Whole Roasted Turkey


Roasted Lamb Leg

Glazed Studded Ham

Bread Station

Country Corn Bread

Herbed Cheese Biscuits

Assorted Breads


Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Green Bean Casserole

Glazed Sweet Potato

Sage and Sausage Stuffing

Traditional Herbed Stuffing


Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Jelly

Turkey Jus

Rosemary Jus


Pecan Pie

Caramelized Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Fall Berry Mousse

The official release of the new Beaujolais in Sri Lanka was a resound success at MLH

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Bistro Lavinia

Mr ANura Dewapura with Mr and Mrs Anoop Kundanmal and family

The Lillimarch Jazz quartet sponsored by Qatar

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 with a night French culinary extraordinaire and indeed re-creating the French ceremony in the heart of Colombo: Bistro Lavinia. The frenzy the Beaujolais Nouveau’s arrival generated a guest count of over 300 is almost as high as the build up for a major award show. The hotel featured French culinary delicacies, and live music by Lillimarche and French Connection. Mr Dewapura avers, “Guests were not only able to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010, but also explore great food, dance, have fun, and enjoy what Mount Lavinia Hotel loves to boast wine, food and ambiance.”

A variety of dishes ranging from the Burgundy region will scintillate your senses Les escargots de la region (Burgundy Snails with melted butter spiced with garlic), Le Potage du Vigneron(wine harvesters style vegetable soup), traditional specialties of Bourgogne like Le Boeuf Bourgnignon(Traditional Burgundy beef stew), and even La Charcuterie Montaguard de Bourgogne – Selection of local ham, salami and sausages from the region and much more will be yours to fancy and it indeed calls for celebration with wine and great food.

The wine supplier France Earl Pierre Durdilly was awarded the grande medaille d’or in Lyon on 14th Nov for the wine in domaine les gryphees cuvee 1.

The event partners were Alliance Francaise de kotte and Qatar Airways.

Iconic traditions celebrated with a bang by MLH with the tallest Christmas Tree

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

As Mount Lavinia Hotel’s theme for the season is based on iconic traditions it is no wonder that the celebration of St. Lucia, the patron saint of light, is an important part of their festivities. As Anura Dewapura, General Manager 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.”

With regards to seasonal offerings the Mount Lavinia Hotel is packed with many forms of entertainment and sensational festive menus that will add on the true meaning of Christmas. The hotel’s Christmas celebrations are scheduled to kick off from the 26th of November which is the day after Thanksgiving with the lighting of the Christmas tree and an evening dedicated to iconic traditions, with Sri Lanka’s best in celebrity voices by Soul Sounds and Voice Print, will echo in the Christmas season. This year’s Christmas tree is estimated to be the tallest ever tree to be lit in the country. The Christmas tree will be around 30 feet tall and will be made with environmentally friendly recycled materials. The hotel will also be offering the traditional Christmas drinks such as eggnog, Glüh wine and Kokito as well as other festive beverages from the around the world.

1st of December the hotel will take on the theme of ‘Christmas around the World’ which will be the focal point of all its seasonal celebrations and which will be depicted in all its restaurants. This year Santa Claus will make his visit to the hotel by boat and every Saturday the hotel will come alive with Christmas carols which will be sung in different locations of the hotel’s properties with the voices of Voice Print and Vocal Essence from 4th to 18th Dec, respectively. On the 13th of December the hotel will celebrate St. Lucia’s Day, which is a popular festival mostly celebrated in Northern Europe proclaiming the message of light and hope. This festival will be celebrated in style with traditional music and other delicacies at the Governor’s Roof Top. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also offer the very best menus and celebrations all conjured up by the European Food specialist: Chef Mats. Following Christmas Day the hotel will host a gospel jazz brunch with traditional gospel music by the Soul Sounds. The hotel is also gearing up to host a special New Year’s Eve celebration where the well known band ‘Misty’ will be performing at the Empire Ballroom. Also a special party will take place at the Governor’s Terrace which will include a musical entertainment mix of jazz and blues and will take on a mardi gras like ambience typifying New Orleans: non-stop party, night does not end till daylight, not just steeped in history but sautéed in it, etc. In addition to this the hotel’s Seafood Cove will offer a five course seafood dinner where the night will come alive with classical music and the seafood Experience will be nothing but the best.

All this and more will be offered by the hotel this festive season, so if you are looking at celebrating a culmination of Christmas festivities with a difference and hosting a potpourri of flavours from around the world then Mount Lavinia Hotel should be your number one choice this season.