Rainbow Room Opens Once Again for Dinner, Dancing and Brunch

October 20, 2014 on 2:36 pm | In Dine Drink, New York City | Comments Off



NEW YORK – Rainbow Room, New York City’s historic landmark and iconic restaurant atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Rockefeller Center®, will open to the public on October 5, 2014, serving its first Sunday brunch. Rainbow Room’s first dinner service will take place on Monday, October 6, 2014.

The Rainbow Room’s legacy began 80 years ago this October when it transformed the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza into a dining and entertainment destination that has occupied the collective imagination and memories of generations. Over the years, the biggest movie stars, entertainers and other notable figures from Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson, to all New York City mayors from Fiorello LaGuardia to Michael Bloomberg, Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand and Muhammad Ali, all dined, danced and celebrated countless occasions at the Rainbow Room.

Operating as a combination restaurant and event space, Rainbow Room will be open Sundays for brunch and Monday evenings and most holidays for dinner, including Valentine’s Day. The culinary team, led by Executive Chef Jonathan Wright, who brings over 20 years of international experience to Rainbow Room (Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, The Setai on Miami Beach), has crafted a menu of classic and contemporary American cuisine.

Offering a dining experience that has been designed to showcase the magnificent room, the menu features interpretations of American and international classics including Oysters Rockefeller (Island Creek Oysters complemented by a bacon sabayon), Lobster Pot Pie with Black Truffles (replete withHepworth Farms root vegetables), and Herb Roasted Pennsylvania Lamb (served with braised lamb tortellini, young lettuce hearts, Latham Farms turnips). Event menus draw on the restaurant offerings, ensuring a seamless, Chef-curated culinary experience regardless of when guests visit Rainbow Room.

Monday nights at Rainbow Room will once again be a premier destination for spectacular performances. Guests can enjoy a variety of entertainment unparalleled to any venue to date, from international headliners to new faces in a variety of genres, from jazz to swing and more.

Rainbow Room will also serve Sunday brunch. Known for his globally-inspired and interactive brunch at The Setai on Miami Beach, Chef Wright will transform the iconic, landmarked dance floor into an expansive culinary stage. Comprised of several stations each helmed by a chef with a cuisine specialty, the experience will take diners on a journey around the world with each bite. Dedicated chef’s tables will feature a spectacular raw bar, a selection of house-made breads, a roasted meat station offering dishes like Herb Roasted Amish Chicken and an expansive array of Asian specialties, including Char Siew Barbeque Pork Steamed Buns and Thai Chicken Green Curry, among others. An assortment of breakfast pastries, cheeses, charcuterie and smoked fish will also be available. Throughout the meal, the kitchen will surprise diners with homemade treats direct from the kitchen such as New Orleans Beignets and Cinnamon Apple Cider Doughnuts delivered tableside. A child-friendly, kid-height brunch buffet will delight those under the age of 12.

Designed by renowned architectural firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates (GSA), the space, including its legendary dance floor, has been restored through a modern lens to once again embody the glamour and elegance reflective of its rich history. Montroy Andersen DeMarco, who served as executive architect of the project, along with GSA, worked to preserve the signature landmarked design elements, including the famed crystal chandelier and crystal wall sconces, in accordance with the guidelines set by the New York City Landmarks Commission, to dazzle New Yorkers once again. Visitors may recall the signature platforms, brass railings and crystal ballards from the original 1934 design, and will notice new touches such as the enlarged windows and custom crystal curtains that enhance the view and grandeur of the space.

Adjacent to Rainbow Room sits SixtyFive, a new cocktail lounge that will be open to the public five nights a week serving a menu of classic and contemporary cocktails. Guests can imbibe classics such as the 1915 Gin & Tonic made with Dorothy Parker Gin, Lemon, Angostura biters and Johnnie Ryan Tonic. Celebrating the room’s storied past while looking to its future, new cocktails inspired by the kitchen – featuring Room With A View, made with Rittenhouse Rye, Green Chartreuse and Angostura Bitters – round out the menu. A previously vacant outdoor terrace on the 65th floor has been appropriated for outdoor seating, offering sweeping views of Manhattan’s breathtaking skyline. Inspired by the timeless spirit of New York, all of the materials and details from the faceted ceiling to the mother-of-pearl table tops have been painstakingly selected to seamlessly transition from day to night and serve as a beacon of style and sophistication for years to come.

Rainbow Room will be open Monday evenings for dinner and weekly rotating entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Brunch will be served Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rainbow Room will be open Tuesday – Saturday for private events. Reservations for Rainbow Room can be made by calling 212-632-5000. SixtyFive is open to the public Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. – midnight. For more information on Rainbow Room and SixtyFive, please visit www.rainbowroom.com

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What’s New in The Palm Beaches

October 20, 2014 on 11:29 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Florida, Miami | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowTHE PALM BEACHES, Florida – With an impressive collection of luxury and affordable resorts and hotels, 47 miles of pristine beaches, unparalleled culinary delights, trendy shops and boutiques, a vast array of cultural experiences and family attractions, championship golf courses, and a thriving nightlife, there is always something to talk about in The Palm Beaches. The Palm Beaches are proud to share the following sampling of exciting announcements and updates:

Accommodations:

Under new ownership, The Sundy House in Delray Beach will undergo renovations starting October 2014. New programming in the bar area will be introduced including Thursday night’s “Cantina Latina” Latin night with live music. In 2015, the new ownership will be enhancing the property’s exceptional culinary offerings, expand hospitality services by providing golf cart transportation throughout downtown Delray Beach, and provide complimentary airport transportation to local airports for cottage guests. www.sundyhouse.com

An iconic Palm Beach hotel, The Chesterfield Palm Beach, has recently announced several packages for the holidays including an overnight Thanksgiving package starting at just $334 per night. The Home for the Holidays package is available Dec. 1‐30 and includes a two‐night stay, traditional English Breakfast for two each morning, beach amenities for the day and a mixology lesson with one of the famous Leopard Lounge bartenders starting at $314 per night. www.chesterfieldpb.com

As part of the new “Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences,” Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, is offering guests the chance to experience one of the most scenic drives in South Florida from the driver’s seat of world famous supercars. From Friday, Nov. 14, until Wednesday, Nov. 19, travelers and automotive enthusiasts are provided first‐hand access to a Ferrari 458 Italia, McLauren MP4‐12C, and Porsche 911 Turbo under the direction of professional racecar driver Didier Theys. The three‐hour driving experience from the resort to northern Palm Beach along the coast costs $999 per couple and includes exclusive access to an Aston Martin Rapide. www.bocaresort.com

Stay and play at The Seagate Hotel & Spa in courtyard accommodations for $299 per night, or deluxe accommodations for $379 per night, for stays Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Both stays include a round of golf at The Seagate Country Club. Also at The Seagate Country Club, tickets are now on sale for the November 6‐9. Walgreens Charity Championship; the two‐day event features 48 LPGA Tour Legends. Tickets are available at Walgreens locations in Florida. www.theseagatehotel.com

The Four Seasons Food Truck will be making its stop in The Palm Beaches Oct. 30 through Nov. 4 as part of its Taste Tour along the coast traveling from Boston to Miami. The culinary team at the Four Seasons Palm Beach has crafted a unique menu for its portion of the tour, highlighting some of the best flavors of the area and local chef favorites such as the spicy Vampiros Steak Tacos. A portion of the proceeds from the Taste Tour will go to deserving charities in each of the nine destinations. www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach

Delray Beach’s Wright by the Sea hotel recently completed a renovation including new living and dining rooms and upgraded bedroom furniture in each room to make each stay more comfortable. A new walkway to the beach and outdoor umbrellas are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beach or beautiful pool. www.wbtsea.com

Crane’s BeachHouse Hotel & Tiki Bar will unveil its luxury villas following a $750,000 renovation to transform four suites into Key West‐style boutique, upscale villas this November. www.cranesbeachhouse.com

Early December 2014, The Breakers’ Ocean Fitness will debut as the resort’s flagship fitness offering — a spectacular, 6,000 square foot, indoor/outdoor oceanfront fitness experience, situated in the resort’s Mediterranean‐style Beach Club complex. Complimentary to hotel guests, this exclusive amenity will provide an amazing array of resources to help individuals reach their personal fitness goals in an inspiring setting with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. www.thebreakers.com

On Oct. 10, A Palm Beach landmark, The Colony Hotel, will reopen after a five‐week reimagining by international designer Carleton Varney to include a multi‐million dollar transformation of guestrooms, restaurants and lobby with an amazing palette of vibrant colors and florals partnered with the latest in amenities including luxurious Frette linens and walk‐in closets. www.thecolonypalmbeach.com

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa recently announced the next phase of its new‐fashioned Palm Beach philosophy a partnership with Jonathan Adler to redefine the guest experience. The resort’s 309 guestrooms, suites and corridors will be full of elegant surprises, including Adler’s signature accents to add style, craft, and joy to the lives of resort guests. The redesign will be completed in time for the winter 2015 season. www.eaupalmbeach.com

Attractions:

The Society of the Four Arts recently announced an exciting season of cultural programming, including more than 360 events that celebrate the four arts (art, music, drama and literature). This will be the first season under the leadership of David W. Breneman, a nationally recognized expert on higher education. Among this season’s events is a new series of high definition telecasts from the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, one of the greatest music and dance stages in the world with more than 250 dancers. The Four Arts will show four of the celebrated dance company’s performances, beginning Nov. 23, 2014 with Cesare Pugni’s “Pharaoh’s Daughter”. www.fourarts.org

Visit Palm Beach, the largest provider of recreational activities in Florida, recently announced the completion of its newly renovated 40‐passenger sailing catamaran, Hakuna Matata. With a bold and beautiful new paint job, new lavatory, deck and full service bar, the Hakuna Matata is the perfect vessel to enjoy daily sightseeing, sunset or specialty cruises as well as private charters for any special event. The 50‐foot catamaran sails daily out of Downtown West Palm Beach’s beautiful Waterfront Docks, and a number of new specialty cruises will be announced this fall for the upcoming season. www.visitpalmbeach.com

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium newest exhibit Afterlife: Tombs & Treasures of Ancient Egypt, the largest current touring exhibition of authentic Egyptian artifacts,will open to transport guests on an interactive journey including a full‐size reconstruction of the burial chamber of the great Pharaoh Thutmose III. www.sfsciencecenter.org

On Sept. 23, visitors to the Norton Museum of Art will find a new lobby installation by British artist Terry Haggerty. In addition, a collection titled Renaissance to Rococo: European Collection Highlights will be on view through January 11, and re‐installed works from the museum’s American Art Collection, which will use five galleries instead of four. The Norton Museum of Art’s wildly popular Art After Dark series resumes on Thursday, Sept. 25. www.norton.org

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts recently announced Lee Wolf and Steven Caras will serve again as cochairs for the Center’s popular 2014–2015 ArtSmart Lunch & Learn series. The series of three continuing arts education events includes lively lectures presented during lunch. Tickets are $75 for each event and go on sale to the public starting Sept. 27. Topics include Woody Allen’s Women: In Film and In Life, a tell‐all conversation with Julie Gilbert and Lee Wolf on Jan. 26; Ballet Superstar Marcelo Gomes interviewed by Steven Caras on Feb. 16; and Princess Grace: Her Movies, Her Men, Her Monaco, moderated by Lee Wolf and Steven Caras on March 16. www.kravis.org

The Creative City Collaborative recently announced that Todd Barkan will be the new Programming Director for Arts Garage in Delray Beach. One of the most respected talents in the jazz world, Barkan has served as both the Artistic Administrator for Jazz at Lincoln Center and theProgramming Director of Dizzy’s Club Coca‐Cola and has already booked internationally renowned jazz artists such as Polly Gibbons. www.artsgarage.com

The Malayan tiger habitat at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is undergoing construction to more than double in size, as the Zoo announces its newest corporate sponsor, Braman Motorcars Palm Beach & Jupiter. The Zoo’s two Malayan tigers, male Keemasan Mata and female Berapi Api, both reside in the Australia/Asia section of the Zoo, which is where the new habitat will be located. Construction began at the beginning of 2014, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. www.palmbeachzoo.org

On Sept. 30, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will unveil its Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form, and Function exhibit. Each component features objects designed and crafted to be both beautiful and functional. Inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three‐day holiday honoring ancestors, Morikami celebrates by hosting the Lantern Festival on a fun‐packed evening on Oct. 18. Event highlights include rousing taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese folk dancing, a street fair with games and vendor booths. The highlight of the evening begins at sunset when the lake, surrounded by majestic gardens, is transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns that, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living. www.morikami.org

Dining:

Palm Beach’s hottest restaurant, Buccan, has hired its first‐ever pastry chef, Antonia Grandberry from BLT Steak in Miami to bring items to the menu such as a Butterscotch Soaked Carrot Cake and a Popcorn Sundae, a combination of bourbon bacon crackerjack, salted caramel and chocolate crumble with the menu changing frequently. More exciting news from Buccan, the restaurant will introduce a takeout‐only sandwich shop, Pressed at Buccan, next door to the restaurant open daily for lunch and offering cold and pressed sandwiches like a Steak and Cheese sandwich featuring braised shortrib, calabrian cherry peppers, fontina, and caramelized sweet onions as well as salads and unique sides. www.buccanpalmbeach.com

The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival will celebrate its eighth year as one of the country’s most prestigious and delectable culinary and wine programs from Dec. 11‐14, 2014. Held at the quintessential Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Worth Avenue, and at select locations on the island of Palm Beach, the festival will showcase some of the world’s most renowned chefs and wine industry leaders through a collection of dinners, late‐night parties, tastings and seminars. www.pbfoodwinefest.com

On Monday, Sept. 29 the second South Florida location of Meat Market will make its wildly‐anticipated debut at 191 Bradley Place in Palm Beach. Touted by Condé Nast Traveler as one of “Miami’s Buzziest Restaurants,” Meat Market, the award‐winning Lincoln Road steakhouse from seasoned restaurateur David Tornek and Chef/CoOwner Sean Brasel is a glamorous take on the traditional steakhouse. www.meatmarket.net/palm_beach

Shopping & Retail:

Jupiter’s Harbourside Place, the multi‐use shopping, dining and entertainment project is scheduled to open in October with a grand opening set for December. The project aims to be the area’s downtown destination offering a central location for locals and visitors to explore shops including Tommy Bahamas and Francesca’s or dine at several restaurants including Another Broken Egg and Burger Fi. Harbourside Place will also offer an amphitheater and marina.  www.harboursideplace.com

Several new stores and restaurants are coming soon to CityPlace in West Palm Beach including Paper Source, a unique store offering everything from fine papers to handmade cards and one‐of‐a‐kind gifts, expected to open in October. Another store coming soon to the shopping, dining and entertainment destination is Life in Palm Beach, a fun new boutique offering everything from apparel and gifts to home décor. Early 2015 will bring a new restaurant to CityPlace as Burger and Beer Joint’s mouth‐watering menu includes an extra‐juicy ten‐pound burger, zucchini sticks and fried Twinkies with ice cream to name a few. CityPlace also announced their annual tree lighting for Nov. 15 to kick off the holiday season. www.cityplace.com

Other:

Eight new, nonstop flights from Palm Beach International Airport have been announced including Asheville on Allegiant Airlines, Denver on Frontier Airlines, New York City (JFK) on Delta Airlines, Newport News/Williamsburg on PeoplExpress Airlines, Trenton on Frontier Airlines, Washington D.C. on both JetBlue and Frontier as well as a second daily nonstop flights to Chicago (ORD) on American Airlines. www.pbia.org

This October at Seagate Spa, guests can enjoy the Pink‐Lady Apple Spice Manicure & Pedicure while sipping a complimentary “Pink Lady” martini. The treatment starts with a warm foot bath infused with spiced essential oils, followed by a luxurious lower‐leg apple spice rub, and hot stone lower‐leg massage utilizing warmed oil to increase circulation followed by polish. The 80‐minute treatment costs $100 and is available through Oct. 31, 2014 with 10 percent of proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. www.theseagatehotel.com

About Discover The Palm Beaches

Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts in Palm Beach County, commonly referred to as, The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $30 million dollars in bed‐tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting 60,000 jobs.

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Nine Iconic Places to Eat Crab in San Francisco

October 20, 2014 on 8:46 am | In California, Dine Drink, San Francisco | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIn San Francisco, Dungeness crab season – which begins in November – is cause for celebration. Restaurants throughout the city populate their menus with the freshest and most imaginative dishes featuring the succulent crustacean. Here is a list of nine notable establishments serving up crab favorites.

Alioto’s #8, 8 Fisherman’s Wharf
http://aliotos.com/.
Since 1925 Alioto’s #8 has been serving family recipes with the city’s freshest crab. Beautiful views of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Bay compliment their many Sicilian specialty dishes, including Cioppino and shellfish risotto.

Crustacean, 1475 Polk St.
http://houseofan.com/wp/
Not in the mood for crab in the traditional sense? Head over to Crustacean, where their menu of Euro-Vietnamese cuisine is imaginative and delicious. Drunken or roasted crab is a favorite among patrons along with a side of their famous garlic noodles. Crustacean is just one of the restaurants by the An Family on this list.

Franciscan Crab Restaurant, Pier 43 ½, Fisherman’s Wharf
http://www.franciscanrestaurant.com/
Recently named “Best Food at Fisherman’s Wharf” by Sunset Magazine, the Franciscan Crab Restaurant stays true to its name. Boasting beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay, menu favorites include sizzling Dungeness crab legs and crab enchiladas.

R & G Lounge, 631 Kearny St.
http://www.rnglounge.com
Hidden away in Chinatown, R & G Lounge serves up crab eight different ways, along with traditional Chinese dishes.

Sabella & La Torre, 2809 Taylor St.
A staple in Fisherman’s Wharf, Sabella & La Torre has been serving up crab since 1927. Their prices are almost as good as their dishes, with a crab sandwich for only $6.


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Scoma’s Restaurant, Pier 47
http://www.scomas.com/
Celebrating their 50th anniversary next year, Scoma’s is a true San Francisco tradition. Their menu changes with the season’s freshest catch, but don’t miss out on the Dungeness crab cakes or the “lazy man’s” cioppino.

Swan Oyster Depot, 1517 Polk St.
A place not short on accolades, Swan Oyster Depot is a casual seafood diner, serving some of the city’s freshest fish. Lines can grow up to 45 minutes long, but it’s worth the wait to sit at the counter of this family-run establishment.

Tadich Grill, 240 California St.
http://www.tadichgrill.com/
Founded in 1849, Tadich Grill is a San Francisco classic, with waiters serving fresh seafood in spotless white uniforms. In the city that invented Cioppino, be sure to try their signature version.

Thanh Long, 4101 Judah St.
Located in the Outer Sunset, Thanh Long is the place to dine like a local. Run by the An Family (the people behind Crustacean), their roasted crab and garlic noodles are menu favorites. Media contact: Harlan Joseph, hjoseph@antranbiz.com

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit www.sanfrancisco.travel or call 415-391-2000. The Visitor Information Center is located at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, near the Powell Street cable car turnaround.

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Harbourside’s Elaborate Dinner Buffet Showcases Greek Specialties

October 19, 2014 on 7:41 am | In Asia, China, Dine Drink | Comments Off



Harbourside, InterContinental Hong Kong’s popular all-day restaurant, is acclaimed for its elaborate international buffets. From September 12 – October 4, Harbourside welcomes Guest Chef Alexandros Economidis, from InterContinental Athens Athenaeum, who will be sharing his Greek specialty dishes at the nightly Dinner Buffet.

Enjoy an authentic taste of Greece with Octopus, Greek and Politiki Salads, Tzatziki, and Eggplant Dip (babagoanoush Greek style). Other Greek favourites will include Moussaka, Souvlakia, Pomodoro Tomatoes & Small Green Peppers stuffed with rice & herbs, Ntakos-Wheat Rusks with goat cheese, oregano and olive oil, Beef skewers with Oregano and Fresh Thyme, Pork Souvlaki; Spetzofai (sausage with peppers stew), as well as Lamb Chops with rosemary, plus a variety of other Greek specialties. For dessert, try Kataifi, Baklava and Walnut Pie.

Originally from Piraeus, Greece, Guest Chef Alexandros Economidis is the Sous Chef at InterContinental Athenaeum in Athens, where he has worked for 14 years. Over the years, he has organized and produced Greek food festivals in London, Istanbul and Malta and also has conducted training on Greek cuisine in Paris and Berlin.

In addition to the Greek specialities, Harbourside’s Seafood & Sushi Dinner Buffet features fresh sushi and sashimi, as well as cold fresh seafood imported from around the world. Indulge in the US Lobster Mountain, Canadian Snow Crabs, French Brown Crabs, Australian Spanner Crabs, Canadian Scallops, New Zealand Mussels, Thai Shrimp and Taiwanese Abalone.

Guests can see our chefs in action as they make pan-fried Foie Gras and Tempura and select from Chinese, Pan-Asian, Indian, Western and Italian options, with a carving station showcasing fresh fish and beef. The Saturday Dinner Buffet also has a Peking Duck station.

The dessert buffet features a chocolate fountains, homemade desserts by Executive Pastry Chef Cyril Dupuis and his team, plus an ice cream sundae station, as well as made-to-order crepes and waffles.

About Harbourside:

Perched directly at the harbour’s edge, InterContinental Hong Kong’s Harbourside Restaurant is known for its elaborate international buffets including the nightly “Seafood & Sushi Dinner Buffet” and decadent Sunday Champagne Brunch. Acclaimed as the best in Hong Kong, Harbourside’s elaborate buffets showcase a sumptuous array of Western and Asian dishes, a roast carving station, action stations and decadent home-made desserts.

Seafood & Sushi Dinner Buffet

Sunday- Friday: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

HK$838 per adult / HK$588 per child (6-11 years old)

Saturday:

1st Seating: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

HK$738 per adult / HK$518 per child (6-11 years old)

Saturday:

2nd Seating: 8:30pm – 11:00pm

HK$788 per adult / HK558 per child (6-11 years old)

Children 5 years old and under dine for free at the Harbourside Buffets.

For reservations, please call our Restaurant Reservations Centre at (852) 2313 2323 or

e-mail: fb.hongkong@ihg.com. You can also make reservations online by visiting

www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2721 1211 Fax: (852) 2739-4546 / E-mail: hongkong@ihg.com  /

Website: www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com  /

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BLT Steak Toyko

October 19, 2014 on 7:27 am | In Asia, Dine Drink, Japan | Comments Off



ESquared Hospitality To Open BLT Steak Tokyo In September 2014

Global Restaurant Group Introduces

Its First Restaurant in Japan, Sixth in Asia

New York, NY & Tokyo, Japan (September 3, 2014) – Global restaurant and hospitality group ESquared Hospitality announced today that it has partnered with President Ryuji Oki and Tokyo-based Jinterji Co., Ltd. to bring BLT Steak to Japan. BLT Steak Tokyo will open at Roppongi-itchome Izumi Garden in September 2014.

“It is our pleasure to announce ESquared Hospitality and BLT Restaurants’ continued expansion in the Asian market,” said Jimmy Haber, managing partner of ESquared Hospitality. “We are appreciative of the tremendous support the BLT brand has received for our restaurants in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Seoul, as well as the significant Japanese customer base which currently visits BLT Steak in Waikiki, Hawaii. We are excited about opening in Tokyo.”

“BLT Steak is enormously popular in the United States and other countries, especially in Hawaii, thus the opening of BLT Steak at this time is expected to draw major attention. Also, the restaurant will target not only Japanese clientele but foreign customers as well as travelers, which are expected to increase toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. We are confident that the demand for authentic steakhouses will grow further,” said Ryuji Oki, President of Jinterji Co., Ltd.

One of the most renowned steakhouses in America and abroad, BLT Steak and ESquared Hospitality have grown from one flagship restaurant which opened in New York City in 2004, to more than 10 brands and 28 restaurants worldwide, including 14 BLT Steak and BLT Prime locations. BLT Steak Tokyo will be ESquared Hospitality’s sixth outpost in Asia, joining BLT Steak restaurants in Hong Kong and Seoul, and BLT Burger locations in Hong Kong (two) and Taiwan. ESquared Hospitality will also open BLT Steak in the Kingdom of Bahrain later this year, marking the company’s first entrance into the Middle East.

Building on BLT’s reputation for delivering classic steakhouse fare and superior service in a warm, bistro-like setting, BLT Steak Tokyo will feature an array of BLT staples, including the brand’s signature popovers, airy golden Gruyère-laced puffs of dough served warm at the start of every meal; fresh salads and seafood from the lobster cobb and chopped vegetable salad to the tuna tartare and Dover sole; and delectable desserts, such as the peanut butter chocolate mousse and crepe soufflé. BLT Steak Tokyo will serve the finest USDA Prime (the highest grade awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) and Certified Angus® steaks, which are aged naturally for maximum tenderness and flavor, before broiling at 1700 degrees and finishing with herb butter. The restaurant will also serve dry-aged U.S. beef as well as domestic Japanese Wagyu steak with BLT’s original sauces. Weekly blackboard specials will highlight local ingredients and seasonal flavors, while an extensive collection of wines, beers and handcrafted cocktails provides the perfect complement to every meal.

BLT Steak Tokyo is a bi-level restaurant offering the perfect setting for a variety of dining occasions, from business entertaining to private family and social events. At six meters, the main floor’s high ceilings create an open airy feeling for the spacious bar and dining room, which can accommodate 111 guests. At the back are four private dining rooms that can seat six to eight guests in each, or be combined to host up to 20 guests. Guests may smoke on the mezzanine level, which boasts a unique design and seating for 40. An outdoor terrace is adorned with greenery and colorful artwork to create an elegant resort atmosphere.

About BLT Steak

BLT Steak is ESquared Hospitality’s interpretation of the classic steakhouse. Coupled with signature style and exceptional service, ESquared Hospitality’s flagship brand is best described as a Modern American Steakhouse. Combining a bistro ambiance with steakhouse fare, BLT Steak is known for its signature warm popovers, specialty steaks, fresh seafood and satisfying sides. Weekly blackboard specials highlight seasonal flavors and local ingredients. The brand has received a number of honors, including two stars from the New York Times; three stars from the New York Post, The Daily News and Crain’s New York Business; and “Best New Restaurant” from Esquire magazine. Learn more at www.bltsteak.com.

About ESquared Hospitality

ESquared Hospitality is an international restaurant and hospitality group. Built on a commitment to “Exceeding Expectations” with extraordinary food and excellent customer service, ESquared Hospitality has grown into a diversified group of restaurant concepts, from the flagship BLT Steak New York which opened in 2004 to more than 28 restaurants on two continents. ESquared Hospitality properties include the BLT restaurants, comprised of BLT Steak in New York, NY (2004), Washington, DC (2006), San Juan, PR (2006), White Plains, NY (2007), Scottsdale, AZ (2008), Atlanta, GA (2009), Miami, FL (2009), Hong Kong (2009), Charlotte, NC (2009), Waikiki, HI (2009), Seoul, South Korea (2014) and Las Vegas, NV (2014); BLT Burger in Las Vegas, NV (2008), Hong Kong (2009) and Taipei, Taiwan (2013); BLT Prime in New York, NY (2005) and at the Trump National Doral Miami, FL (2014); and BLT Fish (2005), BLT Fish Shack (2005) and BLT Bar & Grill (2010) in New York, NY. In addition, ESquared Hospitality operates two Italian concepts: Casa Nonna in New York, NY (2011), which became the official pizza vendor of Madison Square Garden in 2013, and The Florentine in Chicago, IL (2010); as well as GO Burger Bar & Grill (2012) and Horchata De Nueva York (2014) in New York, NY. Visit ESquared Hospitality online at www.E2Hospitality.com, Facebook.com/ESquaredHospitality, Twitter @ESqHospitality or Instagram @ESquaredHospitality.

About Jinterji Co., Ltd.

Jinterji co., Ltd. was established in 1998 and has developed and managed many concepts restaurant and amusement spaces in Tokyo Japan and Australia. We believe that the space we produce is not merely the creation of restaurant and amusement but also the proposal of new lifestyle.

http://jinterji.co.jp


New Additions To Copenhagen’s Dynamic Culinary Scene

October 17, 2014 on 7:55 am | In Denmark, Dine Drink | Comments Off




Nordic cuisine with organic and local ingredients in an unpretentious atmosphere characterise the dining scene in Copenhagen. Each restaurant is distinctive with inventive and trendsetting dishes that define Copenhagen as a leading gastronomic destination with the “Best Restaurant in the World,” the “World’s Best Chef,” and a total of 17 Michelin-star FROM ACCOMPLISHED MICHELIN-STARRED KITCHENS COMES THE NEXT WAVE OF CULINARY STARS Uformel (Informal) In late May 2014, Kristian Arpe-Møller and Rune Amgild Jochumsen, the team behind Michelin-star restaurant Formel B, opened the self-proclaimed “cool and edgy younger brother,” Uformel.

Chef Frederik Rudkjøbing, the former sous chef at Formel B, works closely with small Danish farms and continually looks for seasonal ingredients from across the globe to provide guests with simple and sustainable dishes like Danish Organic Lamb with Tomato and Grilled Salad, and Ceviche of Turbot with Green Strawberries, Grilled Fennel and Pickled Garlic.

Sommelier Martin Iuel-Brockdorff Bek’s close relationships with wine suppliers allow Uformel to serve the best varietals possible with a list full of bottles and glasses in every price range. Along with hand-selected wines, cocktails from one of Denmark’s best bartenders, Hardeep Rehal, complement the chef’s creations.

Uformel serves lunch and dinner daily.

no. 2 This new restaurant, which opened in June 2014, is the relaxed and laid-back accompaniment to the gourmet, Michelin-starred establishment, AOC. Located on the water in Christianshavn, no. 2 gives guests a grand view of the Copenhagen Canal and the Black Diamond—the new extension of Denmark’s Royal Library—and provides Resident Chef Nikolaj Køster with the opportunity to feature fresh, local seafood.

Together with Søren Selin, co-owner and chef de cuisine at AOC, Chef Køster focuses on elements such as beach, sea, forest, and field in the detail-oriented dishes that feature raw ingredients thoughtfully combined in innovative creations like North Sea Cod, Salt Baked Celeriac, Browned Butter and Sorrel, and Radishes with Smoked Cheese and Bottarga.


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The wine list at no. 2 was created by Christian Aarø, owner of AOC, and the “Best Sommelier” in both Denmark and Norway. It ranges from local to global selections, with an emphasis on sustainable wines.

no. 2 serves lunch Wednesday-Saturday, and dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Restaurant Kul (Coal) The chef duo who worked the lines at The Paul, the now closed Michelin-starred restaurant in Tivoli Gardens from Paul Cunningham, opened the trendy Restaurant Kul in November 2013 in the popular Meatpacking District.

Chefs Christian Mortensen & Henrik Yurk prepare dishes on either a Yakitori grill or Spanish Josper griddle, and feature an approachable, seasonal menu inspired by Californian cuisine with dishes like Rib on the Bone with Mac & Cheese, Pepper Sauce and Caesar Salad, and Mackerel with Peach, Shiso and Chili Gastrique.

The wine list at Restaurant Kul is a mix of quirky overseas wines and continental “pleaser wines.”

Restaurant Kul serves lunch and dinner daily.

HISTORICAL LOCATIONS WITH STELLAR RESTAURANTS

Tårnet (The Tower) On June 11, 2014, Tårnet opened in an incredible space at the top of Christiansborg castle, home of the Danish Parliament. The restaurant provides guests with an idyllic Danish dining experience, with stunning views of Copenhagen. Guests are served the highest-quality and simply prepared culinary creations from Chef Mikkel Laursen, formerly of the Copenhagen Opera House.

Rasmus Bo Bojesen, owner of Tårnet, world famous chocolatier, and the man behind the restaurant at the Copenhagen Opera, works closely with Chef Mikkel to create an extraordinary meal in which they reveal the inspiration, stories, and ideas behind the delicate, modern, and ‘Old Nordic’-influenced dishes like Tartare of Danish Beef with Tarragon Mayonnaise, Crisp Onion and Horseradish, and Fillet of Turbot with Bodynamic Vegetables from Kiselgården, Dried Seaweed and a Creamy Sauce of Line Mussels and Herbs.

Tårnet serves lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday.

Restaurant Slotskælderen (Castle Cellar) The newly renovated Kokkedal Castle, 25-minutes outside of Copenhagen, opened Restaurant Slotskælderen in its 18th century vaulted cellar.

The menu, created by Head Chef Frank Svard, formerly of Skovshoved Hotel, focuses on local, classic influences with an emphasis on “seasonal simplicity, flavour, and refined culinary craftsmanship” in dishes like Filet of Sole and Minced Sole with a Variation of Tomatoes and Beurre Blanc and Creamy Goat Cheese with Quince, Pistachio and Malt.

The castle cellar dates back to 1746, and its original vaulted ceilings and candle-lit tables create an intimate and romantic setting that takes guests back in time.

Restaurant Slotskælderen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

NEW, CASUAL RESTAURANTS BREAKING THE NEW NORDIC TREND

Foderbrættet (The Bird Table) The Danish hot dog stand, which has been a cultural institution since 1920, has been reinvented thanks to Foderbrættet. Since its opening in March 2014, the restaurant has been serving untraditional hot dogs—ox, pig, lamb, and tempura cod—with champagne and craft cocktails. The restaurant also serves a limited edition hot dog, which is currently a “Mexi-Dog.”

Located in an old bank in Vesterbro, the restaurant draws its inspiration from Bubbledogs in London and Wurstküche in Los Angeles. On the weekends, guests can enjoy live entertainment from top DJs. Foderbrættet also features a bank vault, which is available for private events.

Foderbrættet is open Monday-Saturday.

Øl & Brød (Beer & Bread) The world-class brewery, Mikkeller, pairs its brews with Smørrebrød, the traditional Danish open-faced sandwich, at the new lunch spot Øl & Brød.

With a traditional backbone, the menu uses imaginative, fresh and ever-changing ingredients, providing guests with a modern twist on the Danish mainstay.

In addition to offering beer, Øl & Brød prides itself on offering the most “extensive and ambitious” selection of Aquavits in Denmark. The selection of the flavoured spirit ranges from traditional Scandinavian Aquavit to modern creations and rare vintages.

Øl & Brød is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Copenhagen Street Food Copenhagen Street Food opened in April 2014 in a warehouse previously used for storage for the Danish newspaper on Paper Island. The market currently offers 15 trucks, each with approachable prices and menus, aimed at promoting and supporting the global street food movement. Fan favourites include Danish hot dogs, Italian charcuterie, Mexican tacos, Belgian frites, Cuban fare, and Turkish street food.

The focus on sustainability is evident in the market’s use of recycled items. The stalls are old storage containers, benches are made from recycled wood, and the walls are insulated in an old-fashioned method using mussels.

Copenhagen Street Food is open daily, weather permitting.

20 a Located at 20 a Ravnsborggade Street in the Nørrebro district, this new restaurant is the latest addition to the growing dining destination, an area traditionally known for its vintage and modern Danish furniture stores.

20 a serves French wine and Mediterranean food with Nordic influences. The restaurant’s focal point is the expansive map of French wine districts that covers the ceiling.

20 a serves lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday.

Bæst (Beast) Christian Puglisi, the owner and chef of restaurants Relæ and Manfreds & Vin, is opening the new establishment Bæst in the Nørrebro district later this year. Authentically focused, this Italian-influenced restaurant will serve wood-fired pizzas, organic meat and mozzarella, house-cured charcuterie, yeast-free fermented bread, and natural Italian wines.

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Enjoy Wine And Champagne Tasting With Sceptre Tours’ New Enchanting Journeys Vacations‏

October 16, 2014 on 12:03 pm | In Dine Drink, Europe, France, Paris | Comments Off




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Small group guided vacations take travelers beyond the everyday motorcoach tour to experience the places and faces most tourists never see

Rockville Centre, NY (October 16, 2014) — Sceptre Tours knows that there are certain travelers who want more upscale, curated, personalized tours, and as such the company has designed new “Enchanting Journeys” vacations.


One such tour, France’s Greatest Champagne & Wine, takes travelers through the French regions of Champagne, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley combining beautiful surroundings with wine and champagne tastings and tours along the way.

The hallmarks of the Enchanting Journeys vacations are small-group journeys (18 passengers max), hosted in custom mini coaches with expert tour leaders, featuring non-traditional itineraries which explore special interests and include stays in small hotels to offer a true boutique-style experience.


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France’s Greatest Champagne & Wine Enchanting Journey features highlights such as visits to a traditional family-run Champagne house for a tour and tasting, meetings with local Champagne experts, a visit to Chablis, one of the most famous white wine regions in the world including a tour of a traditional wine cellar, stops in Beaune, the “Capital of Burgundy wines,” private wine tastings and meetings with expert sommeliers, and so much more.

The 7-Night France’s Greatest Champagne & Wine Vacation includes:

Transportation:

Round-trip airport transfers in Paris and Lyon
Transportation by private luxury mini-coach with air conditioning

Accommodations as listed or similar:

1 night in Paris at the Hotel La Demeure
2 nights in Ay at the Hotel Castel Jeanson (or similar)
2 nights in Beaune at the Belle Epoque (or similar)
2 nights in Lyon at the Grand Hotel des Terreaux (or similar)

Tours and Sightseeing:

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cathedral of Our Lady of Reims
Behind-the-scenes visit to a vineyard in Champagne
Tastings in Champagne, Chablis, Beaune & The Rhone valley
Walking tour of the vineyards in Beaune
The HotelDieu (The Hospices de Beaune)
Tain l’Heritage
Dinner in a traditional “Bouchon Lyonnais”

Other Inclusions:

European Breakfast daily (B) and 3 dinners (D)
Services of a professional Tour Leader
All local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage for one suitcase per person

This tour is priced from $3,549 per person, land only, based upon double occupancy. There are a variety of departure dates from May to September, 2015.

Sceptre’s Enchanting Journeys combine perfectly with their $400 Air Credit promotion. Book before 12/31/14 and save an additional $200 per person when you include airfare. For complete details, visit http://sceptretours.com/400-air-credit.

For additional information on this and other Enchanting Journeys tours which include visits to Spain, Italy, France, Ireland, and the UK, visit www.sceptretours.com/vacation-packages/enchanting-journeys or call 800-221-0924. To order copies of Sceptre Tours’ Enchanting Journeys brochures, visit www.sceptretours.com/brochures.

About Sceptre Tours
Sceptre Tours is a deluxe tour operator designing innovative and unique opportunities for the discerning vacationer. From expertly designed pre-packaged vacations to bespoke travel experiences, Sceptre’s Vacation Experts are committed to earning their clients’ trust one vacation at a time. With more than 30 years of experience, Sceptre Tours offers a winning combination of unique luxury travel experiences, in-depth destination knowledge, and unmatched customer service.

For additional information, visit www.SceptreTours.com  or call 800-221-0924.


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Holly Madison and MMA fighter Ricardo Abreu join the Oktoberfest celebration this Fri. and Sat. at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas‏

October 16, 2014 on 11:38 am | In Dine Drink, Las Vegas | Comments Off



This Friday, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas welcomes back their favorite Fräulein, Holly Madison, to tap the ceremonial keg. On Saturday, MMA fighter Ricardo “Demente” Abreu will pound the keg and keep the Oktoberfestbier flowing.

WHAT: Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas offers guests endless Bavarian fun, food and, of course, Oktoberfestbier imported from Munich, Germany. The full-bodied lager is brewed to perfection and is the ultimate centerpiece for the exciting festivities that compare to the real Oktoberfest revelry held in Munich, Germany. Patrons can test their strength during the stein holding competitions and Jägermeister spankings, or watch the nightly almond and pecan glazing process, adding the finishing touch to an authentic experience.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas. This faithful reproduction of the world’s most famous beer hall, the original, centuries-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, is an authentic and entertaining blend of tradition and fun. Guests can savor schnitzels, sausages, pretzels and the finest Hofbräu beer.

WHEN: HOLLY MADISON Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m.
RICARDO “DEMENTE” ABREU Saturday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

4510 Paradise Road

 


Take A Culinary Tour Of Italy In Alta Badia With A New Twist On ‘A Taste For Skiing’ #madeinItaly

October 16, 2014 on 8:49 am | In Dine Drink, Italy, Rome | Comments Off



Argos Travel Insurance 100x50Alta Badia’s gourmet initiative ‘A Taste For Skiing’ is back for the 2014-15 season…with a twist. This winter the resort has partnered with Le Soste; the association that groups together the creme de la creme of Italian Michelin starred chefs working in Italy and abroad. Together they aim to create a foodie journey that will explore the ancient traditions of Italian cuisine from across the country.

Participating Michelin Star chefs from Alta Badia, Verona, Milan, Modena, Lombardy, Siciliy and other Italian towns and regions will create their menus based on their individual regional backgrounds. Food will become a medium for storytelling with the dishes and associated wines reflecting the traditions of the regions they represent and the chef’s own story. Each chef’s creation will be allocated to a mountain hut, where it will feature on the menu for the duration of the winter season. The dish will be paired with two wines; one from the chef’s home region and one from South Tyrol, both carefully chosen to compliment the flavours of the food.

Meet the chefs on a Gourmet Ski Safari: 14 December 2014

The Gourmet Ski Safaris officially kicks off the food season in Alta Badia on 14 December 2014. Five Michelin starred chefs will cook up their exquisite traditional Italian dishes in five dedicated mountain huts while keen skiers, snowboarders and gourmands slide from hut to hut sampling each creation. There will also be the opportunity to meet the chef behind the dish, hear their personal story and inspiration for the food and even pick up a cooking trade secret or two.


Tickets for the Gourmet Ski Safaris cost 50€ which includes five gourmet dishes (one from each of the participating huts) and complimentary wine.

The best way to start the day is still ‘Breakfast with Powder Snow’

‘Breakfast with powder snow’ will be available throughout the 2014-15 winter season in participating mountain huts. It’s a great excuse to be first on the slopes and indulge in a hearty South Tyrolean breakfast before making first tracks in the fresh snow.

Other Alta Badia events for skiers with an appetite

18-23rd January: The 10th edition of ‘Chef’s Cup Südtirol’

The Chef’s Cup Südtirol was created in 2004 with the aim of bringing chefs together to discuss the changes and development in Haute Cuisine. The brainchild of 2 Michelin star chef Norbert Niedekofler, the Audi Chef’s Cup Südtirol is now an established gourmand and lifestyle event and is an occasion when great chefs, companies and the public come together to celebrate and advance the world of gastronomy. Alta Badia will host the 2015 event and become the home of haute cuisine for six days. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a packed programme of activities from sampling the food of umpteen star-studded chefs, take part in a food ski safaris, cooking classes, sit in on food conferences and dance on the mountain to some local music. Visit: www.chefscup.it for more info.

15th March: ‘Roda dles Saûs’ is back for a week

The Roda dles Saûs ski safari is an event focused on traditional Ladin cuisine and will be available the week beginning 15th March in the Santa Croce huts. Ladin cuisine takes centre stage in the various mountain huts peppered across the lesser known Santa Croce ski area. Skiers will have the opportunity to taste dishes which originated in the heart of the Dolomites, made to old family recipes and paired with the best South Tyrolean wines. Skiers can buy a ticket from the participating huts which is valid for the whole week and includes 3 dishes. The dishes will be presented on the 15th March accompanied by traditional music at the huts.

29th March: The fine food season will end late March with the ‘Wine Ski Safari’



The ‘Wine Ski Safari’ is a day dedicated solely to celebrating the fine wines that have accompanied foodies along their culinary journey throughout the winter. South Tyrolean wines stand out for their superb quality due to the favourable climate, fertile soil and the care and dedication shown by winemakers. The best white, red and sparkling wines can be tasted at participating mountain huts while a variety of bands from different music genres serenade skiers on the way. Tickets are available at the four participating huts from € 30.

See: www.altabadia.org  for more information.



The perfect pairing: Matching France festivals with self-guided bike tours

October 15, 2014 on 7:03 am | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, Festivals, France, Paris, Webbandstand | Comments Off




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NEW YORK CITY – As summer takes its final bow, we can’t be sad. All we can think about is how lovely France is in autumn, with the colors changing, cooler climes and sparse crowds. If you can’t squeeze in another adventure before winter, that’s ok. Dream about the perfect journey for that other glorious shoulder season, spring. Any of the Discover France bike tours can be customized to fit a desired itinerary and travelers choose the dates! Here are some great ideas to get the wheels turning:

Shellfish & Crustacean Festival
Normandy: October 4-5, 2014


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Granville, the most important shellfish port in France, fêtes their oceanic bounty of scallops and other shellfish prepared by some of the region’s most renowned chefs.
PAIRING: Brittany to Normandy Tour
Bicycle through green pastures and seaside towns with beautiful coastline, discovering the history that has made this area so famous. Stop at Mont St. Michel, St. Mere Eglise and the D-Day beaches among other notable sites. On Day 3, wander through Granville, smelling and tasting all the fresh seafood your taste buds desire.

Le Festival du Périgord Noir
Dordogne: Through October 3, 2014
The region’s largest musical festival features classical music concerts in the truly unique architectural and natural settings in Sarlat and Chavagnac.
PAIRING: Best of Bordeaux & Dordogne
Discover this countryside mixed with vineyards, chateaux and the grottos of prehistory. Explore St. Emilion, filled with Romanesque churches and fascinating ruins stretching along the narrow streets. Travel through the forests and through small villages to Les Eyzies, home of the Font de Gaume, then end your journey in the charming, medieval town of Sarlat.

Festivities for the 154th Hospices de Beaune
Burgundy: November 14-16, 2014
During this three-day festival, merchant houses and family wine estates open their cellars and their bottles. Popular entertainment, both free and for a fee, fill the days, from a half marathon to street theater, wine tastings, bottle-opening contests and a carnival. The high point is the most famous charity wine sale in the world.
PAIRING: Burgundy Gastronomy and Wine
This cycling tour is the perfect combination of Burgundy’s most important treasured assets: wine and cuisine. Starting in historic Dijon, make your way across the most famous vignobles. Stop for tastings at your leisure and explore the wine country villages along this route. The last two nights will be in Beaune, allowing for plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.


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International Garden Festival
Loire: April-October

The former home of Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, hosts the world’s most lavish garden festival, boasting nearly 580 gardens designed as prototypes of gardens of the future.
PAIRING: Loire Valley Classic

Discover the rolling landscapes, unspoiled nature, beautiful gardens and breathtaking castles of the Loire Valley. You will explore the area between Chambord and Azay le Rideau, and indulge in the gastronomy of this region daily. Imbibe the sparkling white wine and savour sweet chocolates then stroll through the gardens Château de Chaumont.

Great Roman Games in Nîmes
Languedoc: May 2015

Antiquity comes alive with the largest historical re-enactment of Roman times in the exceptional Amphitheatre of Nîmes. The event will commemorate the accession of Augustus and the Battle of Philippi, scenes including: Emperor’s parade, military parade, gladiatorial combats, distribution of bread, chariot races and a final great battle.

PAIRING: Languedoc Countryside & Heritage
Discover sunny Languedoc on a fabulous route that takes you way off the beaten tourist path. You will have loop tours on three separate days, with opportunities to hike around St. Guilhem, visit a glass blowing museum in its birthplace, visit the icon Pic St Loup, explore the gorges of the l’Herault and more. You will be in Nîmes on Day 6 to enjoy the Roman Games.

Weekend of the Grands Crus
Bordeaux: May 30-31, 2015
The Union of the Grands Crus of Bordeaux invites all fans of great wines to experience an exceptional weekend among the best wine labels of Bordeaux. On Saturday, enjoy a tasting at the historic port, followed by an evening of private wine and food pairings or opt for cocktails and music at local wine bars. On Sunday, visit vineyards around Bordeaux or play a round of golf while tasting prestigious wines.
PAIRING: Bordeaux Wine Country
Arrive in Bordeaux a few days prior to your self-guided tour to take part in the Grand Crus events. This cycling tour is centered around Bordeaux vineyards, including Saint Emilion, Entre Deux Mers and other small wine villages throughout the region. Travel through the vines and passed chateaux, around walled towns and along winding rivers. Leave time for wine tasting, shopping and visits to cultural sites throughout the tour.

Luberon Jazz Festival
Provence: May-June, 2015
The 22nd annual festival, featuring the new generation of French jazz musicians and numerous regional musical treasures. Plus, plenty of European and African discoveries too.
PAIRING: Provence Multisport
National Geographic Adventure named this the “Best 25 New Trips of 2009”. This tour combines several activities to provide you with a unique way to discover this beautiful part of France. You will cycle through the vineyards and forests of the region, hop on a canoe and paddle down the Gardon river, hike through the mountains, lavender fields and olive groves. You have the option to do a cooking class too!

www.discoverfrance.com


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