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October 13, 2015
  • Renovated Renaissance Jaragua Hotel open for business
  • Less than a month for the Enrique Iglesias show
  • Dominican Republic at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  • National Gastronomy Awards to be announced 14 October 2015
Renovated Renaissance Jaragua Hotel open for business
During his visit to Santo Domingo for the re-opening of the renovated Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino, the area vice president for the Caribbean for Marriott International, Andrew Houghton, said that everything is new at the seafront Jaragua, from the air-conditioning system, the rooms, the lobby and the restaurants to the pool. The company invested over US$40 million in the makeover.
Marriott International has three properties in operation in the Dominican Republic, all in Santo Domingo: the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino (on the Malecon), the Courtyard Santo Domingo (on Av. Maximo Gomez) and the JW Marriott (on Av. Winston Churchill). Houghton said the company is planning other investments in the Dominican Republic.
During the interview, Houghton called on the Dominican private sector and government to be aware of emerging new markets for the Dominican travel industry. In an interview with Listin Diario he said the country needed to prepare for Chinese tourists in order to make the most of the boom in Chinese tourism.
Less than a month for the Enrique Iglesias show
Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias is booked for a performance at Altos de Chavon amphitheater in La Romana on 7 November 2015. He will be making a stop on his Sex and Love Tour 2015. One of his recent hits, Bailando, was filmed in Santo Domingo.
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Dominican Republic at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
For the second time since 2007, the Dominican Republic Food and Wine Festival booth is taking part in Disneyworld's Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
The taste of Dominican cooking menu this 2015 features:
Lechon Asado: Roasted Pork with Mangu, Pickled Red Onions and Avocado (US$4.50)
Souffle de Yuca: Cassava Souffle topped with Griddled Cheese (US$4.75)
Pescado con Coco: Seared Grouper, Pigeon Peas and Rice, and Coconut Sauce (US$4.75)
The dessert is Caramel Flan with Roasted Pineapple (US$3.25)
There is Presidente Beer (US$3.50), Frozen Dominican Pina Colada (US$11) or Frozen Sugar Cane Cocktail with Don Barcelo Blanco Rum (US$9).
National Gastronomy Awards to be announced 14 October 2015
Arturo Villanueva of the Hotels & Tourism Association (Asonahores) and Raymundo Morales of Agencia de Marketing Gastronomico Creato have announced the nominees for the Second National Dominican Gastronomy Awards:
Gastronomic Excellence Category:
Adrian Tropical, Travesias, El Conuco, Tipico Bonao and Meson de Bari.
Best International Gastronomy Category:
Pat'e Palo, SBG, Nipau, La Cassina and El Meson de la Cava.
Best Hotel Gastronomy Category:
Occidental Hotel El Embajador, Sublime Samana, Casa de Campo, J.W. Marriott Santo Domingo and Sheraton Santo Domingo.
Best Resort Gastronomy:
Paradisus Palma Real, Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Hotel Alsol Luxury Village Cap Cana, Barcelo Bavaro Resort and Casa de Campo Resort.
Best Fast Food or Casual Food Category:
Wendy's, Chef Pepper, Emparedado, Denny's, Mustard's and Trattoria Pizzarelli.
Best Patisserie Category:
Pastry Reposteria, Pasteleria del Jardin, De la Casa Pasteleria, La Cuchara de Madera, Creme Brulee and Elysee.
Best Bar: La Posta, Mix, Lulu Tasting Bar and Moriqueta.
Best Caterer: Pastry Reposteria, Ambrosia, Le Buffet, Mila's Kitchen and Mujer 2000.
Best Specialist Store:
El Catador, Gastropolis, La Enoteca and Paragourmet.
Best Head Chef:
Alberto Martin (El Embajador), Cristian Baez (Sublime Samana), Saverio Stassi (Pat'e Palo), Ciro Casola (Osteria Da Ciro) and Martin Omar Gonzalez (K de Kafe).
Best Career:
Alberto Martin, Martin Omar Gonzalez, Saverio Stassi, Ines Paez (Chef Tita) and Luis Marino Lopez.
Gastronomy Communications Award:
Clases de Cocina with Jacqueline Henriquez, El Atico, Saber del sabor, Aqui tu cocinas with Leandro Diaz, Ruta Gourmet RD and Bocao RD.
Best Gastronomical Initiative:
Orgullo de mi tierra by Centro Cuesta Nacional (CCN), Rizek Cacao Trail, Casa de Campo Food & Wine Festival, Grupo Bona Training School, Marisco Ripiao Shellfish Festival in Sanchez, Samana.
The awards will be presented at the opening of Taste Santo Domingo 2015 on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 at the Hotel El Embajador.
Read more about the event at

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