The usual place for members of the Chaîne des Rtisseurs to meet is certainly not on a sun-drenched beach. But General Manager Pierre Battaglia and his excellent team at Couples Sans Souci pulled out all the stops to host a fiesta caribe along the private beach at the picturesque property on Sunday, September 22.
Battaglia shared hosting duties with Nicholas Lynch, operations manager; Dwight Powell, food and beverage manager; and head chef Morice Lewis. He was the consummate host as, having welcomed some 70 guests, he used every opportunity throughout the next three hours to ensure all ran smoothly.
The multi-talented Karl Williams of Uzuri showed some fancy footwork, proving he's as adept with a pair of scissors as he is on the dance floor. And a little bird told The Gleaner that this guy sings too! The hotel band, Serenity, serenaded throughout the delectable courses.
Tables for eight were abuzz with exciting chit-chat and laughter as persons like Patrick Smith and Karen Neita kept their crew entertained.
Hotelier Brian Sang caught up with friends he had not seen for a long time. He will be taking up duties at the helm of the neighbouring Beaches Boscobel come October 1.
The man who is in charge of wine affairs for the Chaîne, Christopher Reckord, told The Gleaner that he doubles as official photographer while his wife Kerri is chargé de press for the organisation's magazine, The Gastronome.
TAKING A PLUNGE
Evita's ebullient Eva Myers could not resist the lure of the pool and took a plunge by the time dessert was served. Meanwhile Derek Elder, Bailli of the local Chaîne des Rtisseurs, gave an overview of upcoming events.
Guests who enjoyed the fabulous fare included Pierre and Sharon Battaglia, Charmaine Chin-Loy, Claudia and Ivor Alexander, Helen and Vincent Chen, Derek Elder, Peter Glaze, Shirley and Dr Trevor Golding, Lisa and Matthew Hogarth, Ricard Jones, Rosa Joseph, Nicholas and Elena Lynch, Sharon Lake, Brian Lumley, Eva Myers, Virginia O'Neill, Karen Neita, Jan Polack, Christopher and Kerri-Ann Reckord, Kolleen Russell, Claudia and Richard Salm, Brian Sang, Athol Smith, Patrick Smith, Mel and Debra Spence, Raihn Sibbles and Patrick Doricic, David and Tanya McConnll, Colin Hylton, Stephanie Scott, Lorna Myers and more.
About the Chaine
With more than 25,000 members, the Chaîne des Rtisseurs is an international association of gastronomy, now established in more than 70 countries, bringing together enthusiasts who share the same values of quality, fine dining, the encouragement of the culinary arts and the pleasures of the table. The distinctive character of the association is to bring together amateurs and professionals, from all over the world, whether they are hoteliers, restaurateurs, executive chefs or sommeliers, in the appreciation of fine cuisine.
RULES AT THE TABLE
Never mix wine with water.
Water should be served separately and only upon request.
Water slakes thirst and wine is savoured.
Salt and pepper are not recommended to be on the tables.
No smoking allowed at the table, except after coffee is served.
Mobile phones are to be switched off during meals. It is more convivial.