Archive for June, 2010

Country and Jazz Brunch amidst Arts critics Orchestra from Berlin at MLH

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Popular music based on the folk style of the southern rural United States or on the music of cowboys in the American West: country. And Jazz music will be on focus on 4th July when Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrates Uncle Sam’s Independence Day by paying homage to USA’s original art form, both past and present, along with a great and grand American style brunch.

The Country and Jazz Sunday Brunch will surface a spread that is synonymous to the Sunday Brunch in the USA with entertainment that brings in a swing to things. Iced Seafood if you are into Oysters, fresh prawns, a caesar salad bar with creative salads too, good ole Apple Pie, Hickory Smoked Prime Ribs, Sushi Bar, Crab Bar, BBQ Ribs, Ceviche Bar, Roast Tom Turkey, New York Cheese Cake are just a few to tempt your taste buds.

In addition experience uplifting live jazz, and the western swing of country accompanied by 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 Fourth of July spread to break those Sunday Blues. While you dine, the smooth-jazz stylings of Jazz in Focus, the western swing by the Cosmic Rays plays gently with the country feel will keep you entertained: Let the good times roll, states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager Mount Lavinia Hotel.

In partnership with the German Cultural Institute in Sri Lanka Art Critics Orchestra from Germany will liven the Terrace on the 9th and 10th July 2010.

Art Critics surface music that is more electronic one could call it “Punk for Adults.”It is a set up of enjoyable popular tunes played by people who enjoy good music and its interpretation,” states the Goethe Institute who have been very supportive in many initiatives surfaced by Mount Lavinia Hotel.

The Goethe Institute further adds, “The group was founded by Andreas Schlagegel and it consists of members who are more than musicians they are critics, curators and exhibition designers of art who import their professionalism to describe themselves in indeed musical terms.”

  • Raimar Stange – bass guitar
  • Andreas Schlagegel – drums and vocal
  • Agnes Wegner – vocal
  • Ole Wulfers – lead guitar

The Country and Jazz Sunday Brunch will be only on the 4th of July to honour Independence Day from 11am noon till 3pm and cost LKR2600 per person which includes Food and Beverage; Art Critics Orchestra amidst German food and beverage will take place on 9th and 10th July at the Terrace and cost LKR2000 per person which includes Food and Beverage. The sponsors for the event on 9th and 10th are Cargills and Ceylon Breweries.

Authentic Swiss Master Chefs from Switzerland to celebrate Swiss National Day at 2010 Swiss Food Festival at MLH

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Leaving the mountains, lakes and valleys where they are, Chef Siegler Serge and Fery Stockbauer brings the best of Switzerland to Sri Lanka to celebrate the founding day of the confederation.

Mount Lavinia Hotel will celebrate a week long celebrations particularly the day dedicated to the founding of the confederation, from 26th July to 1st August 2010.

After last years success, the Mount Lavinia Hotel relaunched the Swiss Food Festival, this time featuring master chefs from Switzerland. Leaving the mountains, lakes and valleys where they are, Master Chefs, Siegler Serge experienced at the Beau Rivage, Chalet Du Lac and Hotel De La Paix in Lausanne are just a few. Certified Master Chef Fery StockBauer who is indeed the Executive Chef at the Swiss Culinary School in Montreaux whose experience lies at the Hotel Ma Vallee Nax in Switzerland , Sheraton Hotels across Europe brings the best of Switzerland to Sri Lanka. Chef Siege and Fery have artfully shaped an authentic menu inspired the regions, using the freshest and finest of Swiss produce. Festival guests can sample dishes like Papet Vaudois, Omble Chevalier in white wine sauce on fennel, Malakoff, Fricassee de Porc genevoise and Tarte au Vin blanc along with other classic dishes from the beautiful Romandie region. Siegler will also prepare the traditional dishes of Raclette(melted cheese) and Swiss Cheese Fondue menu to satisfy everyone of one’s cheese cravings. And where would a Swiss Festival be without chocolate? To cater to this necessity, guests will be treated to a Swiss Chocolate Fondue and many more Desserts that are synonymous to Switzerland.

A Swiss menu will take place during lunch starting from LKR300 to LKR2500 per person. A Swiss Dinner Buffet for LKR2000/+++. A selection of fondues (both cheese and chocolate) for both lunch and dinner will cost LKR1500 per person. The Slow Food Dinner with food and beverage on 31st July will be LKR2500 per person.

Enjoy Swiss Fondues, and an array of authentic Swiss delicacies to celebrate Swissness is this month’s master plan,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager Mount Lavinia Hotel.

He further adds, “as Switzerland truly means” a cornucopia of foods and beverages that are celebrated with gusto, we are endorsing this by indeed adding a bit of Mount Lavinia Hotel’s spirit to surface a unique festival. ”

This year the Swiss Food Festival will accompany a unique food experience, guests will ‘dine beneath the stars’ and taste quality wine made by best Swiss wine makers, Like the Suisse Romands would say “Ca cést la belle vie!”

Publis – He is more than a Chef: Tourism Legends of 2009 Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism 2009

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism 2009 driven by the Ministry of Economic Development in partnership with Sri Lanka Tourism recognized and rewarded excellence among industry stakeholders on 15th June 2010.

Among the award recipients Chef Pubilis succeeded in attaining a Tourism Legend award for 2009.

Today Pubilis has become a household name. He is as big as Mount Lavinia Hotel. Ape Kema on Sunday nights at the Governor’s Restaurant is all about his cooking. His service for the Hotel as well as for the entire hotel industry spans an amazing period of FIVE long decades. During the last 50 years the Hotel has given him the opportunity to grow and he has embraced all prospects that were afforded to him very well. Chef Pubilis has worked tirelessly to bring back the lost art of Sri Lankan cooking particularly among the busy upwardly mobile urban households. They flock to the Mount Lavinia Hotel when Pubilis is behind a Sri Lankan Food Festival. He knows extremely well to please the Sri Lankan taste buds and palette as well as those who are strangers to our food. He has been instrumental in and contributed much for publications on Sri Lankan food and recipes. The media often invite him to make presentations and talks on Sri Lankan Food as he has become an unchallenged authority in this area. There is little doubt as to whether there is any one else in the history of our country who has taken the intrinsic values of Sri Lankan food and promoted it across borders like Pubilis.

Publis has not allowed anything in the world to deter him from serving his country and the Mount Lavinia Hotel. And that he has served well not just as a simple minded unassuming Chef but as a Ambassador of Sri Lanka and Mount Lavinia Hotel.

We were proud to nominate him for this award and we are even more proud that the industry and the stakeholders also consider him a Legend for Sri Lanka Tourism,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Ian Wright and other International Media visit MLH

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

A seasoned international traveller, Wright is perhaps the most recognizable host of Globe Trekker. He is known for his witty banter and amusing interactions with locals. For the past 7 years, he has hosted over 50 episodes of the program, including more extreme locations like Arctic Canada, Kirghizstan and Uzbekistan, Russia, Armenia, Nepal, and Outback Australia. To date, Wright has won three U.S. Cable Ace Awards for Best Magazine Host. Wright now also stars in the cable channel Discovery Travel & Living show VIP Weekends with Ian Wright. And now he is in Sri Lanka to shoot a spoof Musical video with Stigmata under the show Invite Mr Wright.

World Environment Day felicitated by MLH

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

World Environment Day(WED) which is a world-famous event was founded by the UN General Assembly in 1972. Nearly, 100 nations around the globe celebrate this event. This event commemorates every year on June 5th. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition on the week that 5 June is on.

Under the theme “Biodiversity — Ecosystems Management and the Green Economy”, which celebrates the incredible diversity of life on Earth. This year’s global host, Rwanda – a country of exceptional biodiversity that has made huge strides on environmental protection – will lead the celebrations with three days of keynote events. Thousands of activities have also been organized worldwide, with beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more.

On account of World Enviroment Day, Mount Lavinia Hotel felicitated the day with a Tree Planting initiative at their neighbourhood girls schools namely Girls High School and Buddhist Girls School. The trees that were utilized are indigenous to Sri Lanka: King Coconut, Mango, Kohomba(Margosa), Kumbuk(Terminalia Arjuna) and Naa(National tree of Sri Lanka).

Mount Lavinia Hotel chose to demonstrate their commitment to the environment by undertaking five aspects namely: better waste management, water consumption control, green procurement mechanisms, community development projects and energy consumption control. Past green felicitations included the National Tree Planting Day, Earth Day, Earth Hour, No pesticides Use Day.

We were happy to celebrate the World Environment Day by supporting the cause of creating green initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect flora and fauna, and save the Earth,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager Mount Lavinia Hotel.

With this commitment, Mount Lavinia Hotel reaffirms its primary goal: to be – and to remain – the benchmark in terms of trendsetters in hotel innovation but with ‘green’ in mind.

Seen enjoying the MLH experience over the IIFA weekend…

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Bollywood Food Festival at the MLH to complement the IIFA fever

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Bollywood Food Festival at the MLH to complement the IIFA fever

The Bollywood Food Festival, a major event in the calendar of MLH, drew a crowd on the opening night. The guests enjoyed an experience that was true to the culture, with smells and sounds of India in the background. 2nd to 13th June 2010 at the Imperial Room are the dates the Bollywood Food Festival will be on. And for a mere LKR1500/-nett a spread of authentic Indian dishes, stated below were some of the dishes:


Aloo Chaat / Green Salad / Kachumber Salad

South Indian Banana Salad / Murg Papdi Chaat


Gosht Chapli Kebab

Punjabi Murg Tikka

Anardana Paneer Tikka

Leshuni Mahi Tikka


Tomato Dhania Sharba

* * * * Live Cooking* * * *

Uludu Wadai / Naan / Roti / Dosa


Gosht Awadhi Korma / Murg Makhanwala

Paneer Lababdar / Subz Begum Bahar

Hing Dhania Ke Aloo / Ghucci Musalam

Gosht Dum Biryani / Jhinga Tariwala

Dal Makhini / Dal Tadka / Subz Dum Biryani

Raita / Chutney (South/Mint/Mango)

Sambar / Coconut Chutney


Savaiya Ka Musaffar – Hot

Rice Kheer / Shahi Tukra / Fruit Rabri

“We’re very excited to highlight India this month, especially since Sri Lanka is now attracting a very large Indian and South Asian community and indeed the ensemble cast of Bollywood stars making Sri Lanka their home this month, “states Mr Anura Dewapura

The visitors enjoyed dazzling performances, Bollywood Music, Bhangra beats, and authentic food by the food experts led by Chef Ved Prakash who were flown down for the event from the Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. North Indian food, South Indian are just a few regional spreads that will be on offer. “It is quite unique that we from the Imperial Hotel created our debut in Sri Lanka at the Imperial Room and we are proud to be in partnership with MLH for this event, “states Vinay Krishanan from the Imperial Hotel.

Also, the Indian market views Sri Lanka as a hub for destination weddings and already there is an influx of potential brides and grooms that are making Mount Lavinia Hotel their destination of choice, states Savio Mendonza, Sales Manager in charge of the Indian Market at Mount Lavinia Hotel.