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Fire of Spain and a White House

State dinner at Mount Lavinia Hotel

What’s the best place for food, wine and entertaining to the White House? Mount Lavinia Hotel has it all when it captures the greatest tradition of Spain; flamenco dancing and the unique culinary creations served at the White House.’

‘The kitchen’ by White House Chef Walter Scheib, which now come alive in Sri Lanka on 16 May 2010 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, where a state dinner inspired by Walter Scheib himself will be stately presented at the Empire Ballroom.

Walter Scheib, as his forte lies in serving up a taste in stories and recipes of his eleven years as the White House chef will be in Sri Lanka during the month of May.

The evening will consist of a mock oval office taking on the ambience and the highlight of the evening will be the American cuisine prepared to the simple family meals to elaborate and formal State Dinner recipe creations which dazzled and delighted White House guests.

Scheib’s White House achievement was his creation of a distinctly American repertoire for the nation’s First House. He will continue his repertoire in Sri Lanka with eloquence and pride about America’s bounty as well as White House remembrances that ranged from State Dinner Secrets to throwing the White House Birthday Party. He will touch on concepts such as White House style cocktail reception, First Lady Luncheons, State Dinners, and Outdoor ‘South Lawn’ barbecues and picnics and most of all the fascinating White House insider’s anecdotes, culinary insights, team building and bonding, as well as, exercises with a culinary twist; hands-on cooking demonstration and interaction.

The evening menu comprises Pecan-Crusted Lamb with Red-Curried Sweet Potatoes that helped Scheib ace his job audition to the Vodka-Marinated Salmon and Kasha Pilaf to Roasted Beet Salad at lunches—White House Chef is a treat for everyone who loves food, politics or both.

The White House party will be priced at price of Rs. 7000/-nett which includes dinner and beverages.
There will also be a Tapas Party on 14 May at the hotel creating all Spanish environment in and around the hotel.

The Spanish tradition of Tapas is a good way to sample the local food. Tapas are small dishes of snacks which are served anytime especially in small bars. They cover all types of foods from seafood to vegetables. The Laura Segovia flamenco dance troupe will come alive at Mount Lavinia Hotel on 14 May. Their improvisations with

a combination of acoustic guitar playing, singing, chanting, dancing and staccato handclapping with the synonymous attributes performed by the dancers which ignites passion, fervor, even tortured expressions but always striving for grace and dignity, will be the highlight at the Empire Ballroom which will be transformed to a Spanish Bodega. Tickets are priced at Rs. 1500/-nett which includes the show and tapas.

Flamenco dance by the Laura Segovia flown especially from Madrid who will perform an expressive dance form that mixes percussive footwork with intricate hand, arm and body movements backed by the band ‘La Tuna’ along with Javier Garcia – Guest Chef from Spain that will also highlight the tradition of Spanish cuisine.

Courtesy: SundayTimes

Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010 @ 10:24:52 LKT by

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