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October 23, 2007
  • End of October gastronomy events
  • Reef Rhythms
  • The Legend of the Seas is coming
  • Equipping luxury hotels
End of October gastronomy events
Santo Domingo is site of several gastronomic events as October comes to an end.
There is the Macadamia Festival at the Melia Santo Domingo on the Malecon, at its Cafe Casabe, right off the lobby. 37 delicacies, including salads, soups, main dishes, and deserts have been created by Mexican chef Oscar Orbe utilizing Dominican macadamia nuts. The Festival is a la carte, with most dishes ranging from RD$300 to RD$600. The 7 to 11:30pm Festival ends on Saturday, 27 October.
There is the Oktoberfest, taking place at the Chalet Suizo Restaurant on the Malecon from 25-28 October. This is a time to sample German food and meet the German community that congregates at the restaurant for the event.
And the first The Gourmet Show, a major gastronomic gourmet fair, is taking place at the Santo Domingo Hilton this weekend, 26-28 October. International chefs have come to share their knowledge in workshops. Tickets are RD$800 for general admission, RD$600 for students. See the complete program at www.thegourmetshow.com.do
El Catador liquors distribution company announces the hosting of its annual pre-Christmas season liquors tasting event at the Hotel Embajador for Wednesday, 31 October and Thursday, 1 November. Prices are RD$5,000/person for the benefit scheduled for 8 pm on 31 October, RD$3,500/person for the private tasting on 1 November from 5-7 pm and RD$2,000/person for the grand tasting as of 7 pm also on 1 November. For more information, contact [email protected]
Reef Rhythms
It's time to contribute to the conservation of the coral reefs of the La Caleta Underwater Park. Reef Check, the underwater conservation organization, is inviting to their annual fund-raising activity that this year will specialize funds for the popular scuba diving site near the airport of Santo Domingo. This time the benefit will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe, in front of the Columbus Park, at Calle El Conde. Tickets are RD$1,500 for the benefit. The event is scheduled to start at 8pm this Thursday, 25 October with the performance of Marel Alemany, Pavel Nunez and Wason Brazoban. Open bar, snacks and DJ Bubba performance, too.
The Legend of the Seas is coming
Luis Molina, spokesman for the Port of Santo Domingo announced that the Royal Caribbean cruiseship, Legend of the Seas will inaugurate the renovated Sans Souci cruiseship terminal, part of the modern port revamping underway for Santo Domingo. The ship is booked for 16 December. The company expects a new record year in arrival as the port proves itself as a popular destination with tourists. The port offers easy access to several attractions, such as the Colonial City and Calle El Conde shopping, steps away from Don Diego dock, and the Columbus Lighthouse, Three Eyes caves and Santo Domingo Aquarium, walking distance from the Sans Souci dock.
Molina says that the season starts 31 October, with the arrival of the Braemar ship, from the Fred Olsen line. The Don Diego docks at the port received cruise ships for last season, but December marks the start of Sans Souci dock activity.
Randolfo Rijo Santana, general director of the port company, Sans Souci Ports said the company has invested almost US$200 million in the refurbishing. US$400 million investment has been scheduled to convert Santo Domingo into a "megadestination" for Caribbean cruising lines.
For 2007-2008, Royal Caribbean has announced stops of the Legend of the Seas on 16 December and 13, 27 Jan, 10, 24 Feb and 9, 23 March 2008.
Equipping luxury hotels
Latinhotel, the leading supplier of luxury hotels in Mexico, has new offices and showroom at the Plaza Bolera. Company president, Juergen H. Beier said at the opening that they have opened here to better service their clients as the DR takes a turn towards the luxury tourist segments, as he said happened in Mexico 20 years ago. Latinhotel has been serving the Mexican luxury market since 1990 helping companies choose the best quality in top of the line hotel and restaurant equipping. The Santo Domingo office will enable the company to offer clients shorter lead-times and better after sale service and re-supply.
Beier explained that at present they are equipping the luxury Roco Ki Westin, the Moon Palace in the Punta Cana area, along with the first Four Seasons announced for construction in Casa de Campo, La Romana, among other properties. He said they have been responsible for the equipping of all the Four Seasons in Mexico.
Beier said that while their products are known to be more costly, the quality of the goods makes the purchases last longer and pay off in the long run. "People are willing to pay for quality," he commented, mentioning that many of the brands they offer have been in the market for more than 100 years. In the DR, they represent the brands Aliseo, Gasser, Sico, Forbes, Mascioni, Kettal, Spiegelau, Tafelstern, Bauscher and Alfi, among others.
Victor Cabral, vice president of Latin Hotel Caribe said they will be serving the rest of the Caribbean from the Santo Domingo office (Tel 809 732-6044). Fernando Forteza is director of sales and can be reached at [email protected]

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