Last-Minute Travel and Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Last-Minute Travel and Gift Ideas for the Holidays
from Around the World

It’s not too late to celebrate the holiday season in another time-zone or find a clever travel-related gift idea for friends. Your readers will thank you for these one-of-a-kind gift guides, packages and experiences this holiday season.

Algodon Wine Estates for Barrels of Joy… Located in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina, Algodon Wine Estates offers personalized wine barrels that can be custom-designed and come with the owner’s private wine label. A choice of French or American oak barrels and of grape varieties such as Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bonarda and Chardonnay make this an inventive indulgence. Each barrel provides approximately 300 bottles of wine and can be filled up to three times. The bonus: The program includes a two-night stay at the boutique winery. For more information, visit www.algodonwineestates.com.

The Merrion in Dublin for an Irish House Party… The Merrion, a collection of four Georgian townhouses, invites guests to a Post-Christmas Racing Break that includes tickets to the Leopardstown Race Festival, a cherished Dublin tradition. Rates start at €160 (approximately $240) per person per night in double accommodations from December 26 to 29, 2008. A New Year’s Eve Getaway Celebration continues the festivities with a two-night stay, a bottle of champagne, a New Year’s Eve Jazz Dinner for two and full Irish breakfast each morning. Rates start at €447.50 (approximately $672) per person. For more information, please visit www.merrionhotel.com.

Orient-Express Trains and Cruises for a signature gift friends and family will always remember… Especially fun for train aficionados, the Orient-Express Signature Boutique offers crystal items, desk accessories, leather goods, silver jewelry, ladies accessories, gentleman’s fashion and mementos tied to the trains and Afloat in France barges, including the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and presented both in a handy gift guide and on-line. For more information, visit www.orient-expressgifts.com.

Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland for Pirouettes and Pastry Making … A special package showcasing the world-famous, Lausanne-based Béjart Ballet, one of the area’s most celebrated attractions, includes tickets to the ballet, a special Béjart Ballet gift, complimentary access to the Beau-Rivage Palace’s Cinq Mondes Spa and fitness room and a buffet breakfast. Valid dates are December 20 and 21, 2008, and from December 26 to December 30, 2008. Prices start at 485 CHF (approximately $425) per person. Throughout the holiday season, children have fun with pastry making, floral arranging as well as the Beau-Rivage Palace’s children’s holiday theme of Bori (the Little Fox) and a visit by Santa Claus on Christmas Day. For more information, please visit www.brp.ch.

Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a Grand Teton Ski Experience … Perched on the Gros Ventre Butte just outside of the town of Jackson Hole, the Amangani resort offers sweeping views of Grand Teton National Park, a private ski lounge at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the ultimate package for a favorite ski enthusiast. The Amangani Ski Experience includes double accommodations for five nights, airport transfers, daily Continental breakfast, four-day ski passes for two and a 60-minute massage per person for $4,200 (plus tax and service) from January 4 through April 5, 2009 (not available President’s Weekend, February 12 to 15, 2009). For more information, visit www.amanresorts.com.

Ciragan Palace, Istanbul for a Turkish Delight … The Ciragan Palace in the heart of Istanbul offers a New Year’s Eve experience from December 29, 2008 through January 3, 2009 featuring four nights in a Superior Bosphorus View Room, breakfast each morning, High Tea at the Gazebo for two, a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Laledan Restaurant followed by fireworks and dancing and a New Year’s Day brunch for two. Rates start at €2,000 (approximately $2,505) plus 8% VAT. For more information, visit www.ciragan-palace.com.

Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland for a Real-life Holiday Fairytale … Christmas in a castle turns from fantasy to reality at Ashford Castle in glorious western Ireland where a holiday package covers room, daily breakfast, dinner in the George V dining room each night, afternoon tea, a cocktail reception, activities on the estate grounds, an annual treasure hunt and dancing after dinner on two evenings. Rates start at approximately $2,233 per person for all three nights, December 24 through December 27, 2008. For more information, please visit www.ashford.ie.

Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière, Paris, France for Une Bonne Année in the City of Lights…
New Year’s Eve is magnifique at Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière where a special New Year’s Eve menu in the restaurant Le Diane can be the last hurrah of 2008. Selections such as the deep-water sea scallops with licorice and cauliflower mousse will be paired with Dom Perignon 2000 — a gastronomic delight! For more information, visit www.fouquets-barriere.com.

Jerusalem for Fun-Filled Long Weekends in December… Tourists and visitors to Jerusalem this December can once again enjoy Hamshushalayim, the cultural city-wide event taking place during the first three weekends in December. Hamshush is Hebrew slang for the long Israeli weekend of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visitors and locals can enjoy free or reduced-cost entry to several tourist and cultural attractions, including museums, live performances, a giant culinary festival and other special activities unique to the Hamshushalayim event. Participating Jerusalem hotels will also offer special rates over the three weekends. Tourists can receive detailed information on the Hamshushalayim 2008 program by contacting the Tourism Ministry’s Tourist Information Office inside the Jaffa gate (tel: 02 6280403; 02 6271422; 02 6276429) or at www.jerusalem.muni.il.

The Ultimate Gift for the Luxury Traveler… This holiday season, Andrew Harper, whose Hideaway Report newsletter has been the bible of sophisticated travelers for more than a quarter century, is offering the ultimate luxury gift for the seasoned-vacationer with its 2008 Luxury Traveler Gift Packages. Buyers can choose from three Holiday Gift Packages at a special discounted price, which include several elements such as print editions of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, a personalized Andrew Harper Collection binder and a handsome leather-bound USB key. Buyers will receive these must-have gifts in addition to an Andrew Harper full membership kit, and the month’s Hideaway Report. For more information, visit www.andrewharper.com.

      

Last-Minute Travel and Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Last-Minute Travel and Gift Ideas for the Holidays
from Around the World

It’s not too late to celebrate the holiday season in another time-zone or find a clever travel-related gift idea for friends. Your readers will thank you for these one-of-a-kind gift guides, packages and experiences this holiday season.

Algodon Wine Estates for Barrels of Joy… Located in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina, Algodon Wine Estates offers personalized wine barrels that can be custom-designed and come with the owner’s private wine label. A choice of French or American oak barrels and of grape varieties such as Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bonarda and Chardonnay make this an inventive indulgence. Each barrel provides approximately 300 bottles of wine and can be filled up to three times. The bonus: The program includes a two-night stay at the boutique winery. For more information, visit www.algodonwineestates.com.

The Merrion in Dublin for an Irish House Party… The Merrion, a collection of four Georgian townhouses, invites guests to a Post-Christmas Racing Break that includes tickets to the Leopardstown Race Festival, a cherished Dublin tradition. Rates start at €160 (approximately $240) per person per night in double accommodations from December 26 to 29, 2008. A New Year’s Eve Getaway Celebration continues the festivities with a two-night stay, a bottle of champagne, a New Year’s Eve Jazz Dinner for two and full Irish breakfast each morning. Rates start at €447.50 (approximately $672) per person. For more information, please visit www.merrionhotel.com.

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ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS ANNOUNCES $300 PER PERSON SAVINGS

ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS ANNOUNCES $300 PER PERSON SAVINGS PLUS 30% OFF ALL SHORE EXCURSIONS FOR SELECT “VENICE & THE DALMATIAN COAST” SAILINGS

IF BOOKED BY JANUARY 31, 2009

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Experience one of travel’s most popular destinations at value-based fares

Elegant Cruises & Tours, (www.elegantcruises.com), a niche line specializing in culturally-focused travel to Europe, the Red Sea and South America and expedition voyages to Antarctica, announces savings of $300 per person off published rates plus 30 percent savings on all shore excursions for select “Venice & The Dalmatian Coast” sailings aboard the 64-passenger m/s Monet, if booked by January 31, 2009.

“Venice & the Dalmatian Coast” is an 8-day/7-night cruise itinerary exploring the splendid coastline and islands of the eastern Adriatic Sea between Venice, Italy and Dubrovnik, Croatia, currently one of travel’s most popular destinations. Elegant Cruises & Tours, a Croatian-owned company, and the Monet make cruising to this region even more special, delivering an authentic Croatian experience with a Croatian ship and captain, full Croatian crew, regional cuisine, local entertainment and first-hand knowledge of each port of call.

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The select sailing dates and itinerary options are April 15 – 22, 2009, sailing one way from Venice to Dubrovnik; April 22 – 29, 2009 sailing one way from Dubrovnik and April 29 – May 6, 2009, sailing roundtrip Venice to Venice.

 

Ports of call include Venice, Italy; Pula, Croatia, famed for its Roman antiquities including the beautifully preserved Amphitheater; Split, Croatia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the walled city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the island of Korcula, Croatia; and Zadar, Croatia. The April 15 and April 22 sailings also visit Mljet, Croatia and Ploce, Croatia (for Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina).

 

The April 29 departure includes shipboard overnights in Venice and Dubrovnik. The April 15 and April 22 departures include two overnights in Dubrovnik plus overnights in Korcula, Split and Venice. Cruise only rates for all three itineraries and departure dates begin at $2,595 per person, based on the $300 per person savings. Complimentary house wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner aboard all Elegant Cruises & Tours voyages. Group rates and full ship charters are also available.

 

For more details on specific itineraries, to book or to request a 2009 brochure, contact Elegant Cruises & Tours (800) 683-6767 or email info@elegantcruises.com or visit the Elegant Cruises & Tours website at http://www.elegantcruises.com.

 

About Elegant Cruises & Tours, Inc.

2009 will mark the 21st year of operation for Elegant Cruises & Tours as a cruise ship operator, general agent and wholesaler for the leisure travel industry. From its headquarters in Port Washington, NY, the company provides deluxe cultural and expedition cruises aboard small ships and riverboats in Europe, the Red Sea, South America and Antarctica. ECT is the exclusive operator of the 104-passenger expedition ship m/s Andrea and the 62-passenger m/s Monet, and reservations agent for the legendary tall ship Sea Cloud. The company is also a wholesaler and retailer for the deluxe riverboats, River Cloud, River Cloud II, Amadeus Princess and other fine vessels.

      

ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS ANNOUNCES $300 PER PERSON SAVINGS

ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS ANNOUNCES $300 PER PERSON SAVINGS PLUS 30% OFF ALL SHORE EXCURSIONS FOR SELECT “VENICE & THE DALMATIAN COAST” SAILINGS

IF BOOKED BY JANUARY 31, 2009

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Experience one of travel’s most popular destinations at value-based fares

Elegant Cruises & Tours, (www.elegantcruises.com), a niche line specializing in culturally-focused travel to Europe, the Red Sea and South America and expedition voyages to Antarctica, announces savings of $300 per person off published rates plus 30 percent savings on all shore excursions for select “Venice & The Dalmatian Coast” sailings aboard the 64-passenger m/s Monet, if booked by January 31, 2009.

“Venice & the Dalmatian Coast” is an 8-day/7-night cruise itinerary exploring the splendid coastline and islands of the eastern Adriatic Sea between Venice, Italy and Dubrovnik, Croatia, currently one of travel’s most popular destinations. Elegant Cruises & Tours, a Croatian-owned company, and the Monet make cruising to this region even more special, delivering an authentic Croatian experience with a Croatian ship and captain, full Croatian crew, regional cuisine, local entertainment and first-hand knowledge of each port of call.

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Le Fabulous NEW Richemond

 

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Le Richemond

By Nancy Walman

After 20 months of complete renovation, Le Richemond re-opened its doors on the 21st of September 2007.

Recently acquired by The Rocco Forte Collection, this prestigious five star hotel has held its prime position facing the famous Brunswick Gardens and overlooking the Alps, Lake Geneva, and the Old Town Cathedral for over 130 years. Just 6km from Geneva Airport and with the business and shopping districts of this sophisticated city only walking distance away, it is ideally located for business meetings and conferences. Three meeting rooms, all with natural daylight and the ballroom, which accommodate parties of 10 to 200, make it the ideal choice for events of all kinds.

The Official Opening of Le Richemond:

A Legendary Hotel and Genevese Jewel in Rocco Forte collection.

Following a 20-month renovation, the official opening of Rocco Forte’s Le Richemond took place on 26th September in the presence of Sir Rocco Forte, the Vice-President of the Administrative Council Mr Manuel Tornare, and the Administrative Councillor Mr Pierre Maudet.

Geneva was bathed in sunlight during the opening, which took place just before midday on the steps of Le Richemond. Crowd of journalists, representatives of the various departments of the City of Geneva, as well as the tradespeople who had worked on the renovation of one of the best-loved institutions in the European hotel world since the end of the 19th century.

“It is one of our dearest wishes that Le Richemond regains the place that it has always held in the social and cultural life of the city of Geneva,” said Sir Rocco. “This hotel belonged to the Armleder family for four generations and we would like to pay homage to them here; I should add that today the hotel passes into the hands of another family, the Forte family, and we hope to maintain the unique atmosphere that has always reigned here. The renovation of this legendary hotel raises the profile of Geneva Harbour, with Le Richemond certainly being one of the most beautiful buildings in the area.”

The dignitaries then moved into the lobby of the hotel where a commemorative plaque of the inauguration was unveiled and Father Tony conducted a blessing. The guests were then able to sample the delicious cooking of Executive Chef Pietro Amato while enjoying cocktails in The Ballroom. Previously called Le Grand Gentilhomme, The Ballroom has been completely renovated, along with the rest of the hotel. However, it has kept its impressive atmosphere, its splendour accentuated by trompe-l’oeil paintings, mirrored walls, a magnificent parquet floor and, for the perfect finishing touch, superb Murano glass chandeliers.

Le Richemond, built in 1875, prides itself on having an incomparable location in the centre of Geneva, with superb views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. This Genevese institution re-opened its doors in September 2007 and has 109 rooms, of which 26 are suites, a restaurant, a bar, three flexible meeting spaces, a ballroom, as well as a spa and fitness centre. Situated close to the business and shopping centres, Le Richemond welcomes the local Genevese and visitors to the city in a cosmopolitan and sophisticated atmosphere.

Events, Events and More Events

One can book Online. From James Bond to Sex & The City, Richemond’s Le Bar Celebrates The Martini! Le Bar at the Hotel Le Richemond has decided to honor the Martini cocktail. More than a drink, the Martini represents a spirit, an atmosphere, a certain idea of luxury tinted with a touch of nonchalance and laid-back attitude. It is this Martini spirit that Le Bar will put forward once a month, by proposing a Martini Night, dedicated to a historic personality that has perpetuated the celebration of this classic and contemporary concoction.

Richemond’s Le Bar, a chic and refined meeting place

Richemond’s Le Bar is also a place to be at any time. With its exceptional terrace and its vibrantly coloured bar, Le Bar offers “a la carte” menus that are simple and refined. For those who don’t have the time for a longer stay at the Sapori, Richemond’s restaurant, Le Bar offers them the chance to be tempted by a classic burger, a plate of Parme Pio Tosini ham accompanied by a marvelous Buffalo mozzarella, without forgetting the famous crab royal sandwich with its subtle and refreshing taste.

Le Bar Opening Hours:
Open every day
From 10h30 to 01h30

Direct reservations:
Tel + 41 22 715 72 01
lebar.lerichemond@roccofortecollection.com

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Sapori Captures The Spirit of Italy

Sapori: The Restaurant at Le Richemond with Exquisite Italian Cuisine in a Chic SettingIn the warm, contemporary and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Sapori, the Italian restaurant at Le Richemond, the Sicilian chef Pietro Amato creates sophisticated dishes, placing great emphasis on the quality and freshness of all the products used.

Sapori truly highlights the Italian art de vivre. The fish, which is exceptionally fresh, will delight gourmands who really must try the wild salmon accompanied by cannoli of bread and sea bass with a Dijon vinaigrette or fillet of mullet with tomatoes and capers, along with a black olive sauce and polenta.

The truffle season has seen the introduction of some delicious new recipes, such as Carnaroli risotto with white truffle. The home-made pastas are a real high point at Sapori. Not less than five kinds of different bread are offered at each meal, each with a small helping of the most mouth-watering olive oils.

The decor of Sapori is both contemporary and eclectic, in keeping with all the areas of the newly-renovated hotel. It features dark wood, rich warm materials and wall coverings, leathers, the signature red of Le Richemond, the hotel’s omnipresent alcoves with floral accents, interesting crockery and impeccable service. Sapori also offers a private dining room that can accommodate up to 14 people for family reunions or confidential business lunches.

Only 34 years of age, Chef Pietro Amato is blessed with a rare talent and creativity. His passion for cooking comes across in the food, which pairs tradition and modernity. A good selection of wines from the mythical cellar of Le Richemond, which has been updated by Head Sommelier Sébastien Humbert, tops off the perfect meal. And make sure you do not leave without sampling a delicious dessert prepared by Head Pastry Chef Arnaud Salvetti – try the Moelleux au Chocolat (a kind of gooey chocolate souffle) or his latest creation Le Croustillant de Gruée de Cacao et Crème de Marron avec son Sorbet de Cacao Amer (a crunchy concoction made with cocoa and chestnuts, served with a bitter chocolate sorbet).

Festive menus

To celebrate the end of year festivities, Sapori has put together some great menus for a private family meal or a party with friends. The menus Follow.

Opening Hours:
Every day
From 12h to 14h30
From 19h to 22h30

Price of set menu for business lunches: CHF 62.-

Reservations: Tel + 41 22 715 71 00
Email : sapori.lerichemond@roccofortecollection.co
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The Hotel

Le Richemond, built in 1875, boasts an incomparable location in the centre of Geneva with a superb view of the lake and the Alps. The Genevan palace has re-opened its doors in September 2007 after months of refurbishment. Today it counts 109 rooms, including 26 suites, a restaurant “Sapori”, a bar, 3 flexible conference rooms and a ball room. Le Richemond is the only hotel in the centre of the city to offer a real spa, comprising 5 treatment rooms and a fitness centre. Located near shopping and the business quarter, Le Richemond will welcome Geneva residents and other guests in a chic and relaxed cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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The huge Armleder Suite is a truly flexible space. A huge living area (measuring 70 square metres) can be linked to one, two or three junior suites, thanks to a series of doors along a central corridor. When all three suites are booked, the Armleder Suite covers 250 square metres.

The living area is perfect for entertaining. Light and airy, it offers every home comfort, including a real log fire, perfect for warming the cockles after a day’s skiing in Chamonix. The contemporary design is paired with Art Deco and classic touches, in the shape of original works of arts, an eclectic collection of antiques and some furniture that has been designed for the space by the designer John Stefanidis.

Rich and sensual materials have been used in the soft furnishings, while the room itself is decorated with marble, gold, mosaics and parquet flooring. All the latest technology is a given and all the windows on this top floor are bullet proof, while luxurious highlights include a private sauna and under floor heating.

An additional 100 square metres of terrace wraps around the entire seventh floor and has stunning views over the old part of the city to Lake Geneva and the Alps, with Mont Blanc in the distance, to one side and vistas of the Jura Mountains to the other side. Stylish furnishings adorn the terraces.

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Richemond, Geneva - Hotel Exterior

Reservations & Information : www.roccofortecollection.com
Le Richemond Jardin Brunswick 1201 Geneva Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 715 7000 Fax: +41 22 715 7001

Le Richemond is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Founded in 1996, the Rocco Forte Collection presents a collection of luxury hotels established in Europe. Each location seduces with its singularity and offers a design in perfect harmony with its environment. Attention to detail, quality and service are the key words at the Rocco Forte Collection.

Ten years following its creation, the Rocco Forte Collection has expanded and includes:

– Hotel de Russie in Rome
– Hotel Savoy in Florence
– The Balmoral in Edinburgh
– The Lowry Hotel in Manchester
– Hotel Astoria in St Petersburg
– Hotel Amigo in Brussels
– Le Richemond in Geneva
– Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt
– Hotel de Rome in Berlin
– Brown’s Hotel in London
– The Charles Hotel in Munich

Upcoming openings:
Prague – 2008
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort en Sicile – 2008
Marrakech – 2009

Copyright 2008 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved .

The Sapori restaurant presents its new menu
The flavours of Italy transported to Geneva

One of the flagships of the Rocco Forte Collection, Le Richemond was bound to offer not a mere smattering of Italian cuisine, but a cornucopia of flavours and colours. To ensure outstanding quality is the hallmark of the new menu, the help of Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, recently crowned Italy’s best chef, was enlisted. Produces and recipes have been harvested up and down Italy; all are prepared so as to preserve their original qualities, but have an extra touch of fantasy which creates the most unforgettable harmonies.

A journey for the senses

Sapori’s new menu is a journey trough Italy’s flavours, with traditional dishes revisited and creations based on produces selected with fastidious rigour.

The journey starts gently, with appetizers which look familiar… until one bites into them. Like these olives ” All’Ascolana “, the recipe of which was probably invented by the Etruscans. Fat, juicy green olives – from a variety endemic to the Marche Region (central Italy) – are stuffed with ham, parmesan and pine kernels, and then rolled into breadcrumbs, before being browned in a pan with olive oil. Or you may take the “timbale” of aubergines “parmigiana”; the Chef transformed this Sicilian dish into a delicate composition where thin, moist slices of eggplant alternate with mozzarella and basil-perfumed tomato sauce.

After having been briefly placed under the grill, the top of the edifice becomes crunchy, while the rest melts splendidly in the mouth.
And this is only a beginning… The journey then goes on to deep fried calamari and thin slices of violet artichokes, served with a sweet-sour sauce, simply made of white vinegar and sugar syrup. Then comes the sea bass platter, where the fish is cooked in two different ways, as are the zucchini which complement the fish.

Among the meat dishes, one falls for the “veal variation” which lays side by side a thick and juicy fillet, a veal cheek that melts in the mouth and grilled liver, the precise cooking of which is specified by the guest upon ordering. This dish is accompanied by braised radicchio from Treviso, dressed with balsamic vinegar – which adds a note which is both sweet and astringent – and white polenta, the finest there is, straight from Venice.

And nothing has been said so far of the tomato risotto with a creamed buffalo mozzarella…. well, that’s because there nothing to say: it only needs to be relished in near-religious silence…

The research for flavours extends to the variety of breads which are proposed, such as the bread with squid ink, that with red onion or with aniseed, all being recipes created by the Chef.

The high art of pasta

Not surprisingly, pasta has pride of place. Needless to say, they are home made. The dough is worked until the texture is right. As with all artefacts, the pasta are controlled manually, as they come out of the machine which shapes them; the quirky elements are discarded without a second thought!

In actual fact, Sapori proposes a whole range of pasta. For there are the pasta made with eggs, intended for the ravioli, for instance, and those suited to al dente cooking. And there are also the regional specialties, such as the gnochetti from Sardinia, small gnocchi made of pasta – rather than potato – which blend bread wheat, semolina and eggs, and are sprinkled of home-smoked ricotta. There are also the unusual – they feature a square cross section – spaghetti “alla chitarra” from the Abruzzo, which derive their name from the tool with which they are made, a wooden framework on which metal threads are stretched, which resembles a rectangular guitar.

Handpicked produces and wines

No effort has been spared to identify the best produces and the most reliable suppliers, to match permanently these high standards. Thus, Sapori has its buffalo mozzarella delivered twice a week from Italy. The meat and sausage specialties – such as the raw salami or the cheek of black pork from Sicily – all come from small local producers, selected by a specialised importer. The oil used by the Chef is selected from the best, in different regions: Tuscany, Umbria, Liguria, Apulia or Sicily.
This also holds true of the wines. With the help of two specialised importers – Caratello Vini and Ceresio Vini – Sapori offers wines which may be little-known, such as the Etna Rosso DOC, a small and recent production growing on the flanks of the volcano, or difficult to find outside their home country, such as the Vernaccia from San Gimignano (Tuscany), which blossoms on the aubergine timbale or the deep fried squids. There is also a Moscato Passito di Pantelleria, from the small, rocky island off Sicily, which elegantly accompanies the zabaglione of preserved pear and pear sorbet and exhales the warm atmosphere of this splendid part of Italy.

A gourmet ” dream team “

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This new menu was born out the collaboration of Fulvio Pierangelini and Pietro Amato. Fulvio Pierangelini, of Roman origin, recently crowned Italy’s best chef, has been, for the past 20 years, the owner of the Gambero Rosso, situated in San Vicenzo’s harbour, Tuscany. Of worldwide acclaim, his restaurant boasts, among other distinctions, 3 stars in the Michelin guide. Reputed for his love of genuine produces, Pierangelini is inventive while at the same treating the products with the greatest respect. At the Sapori, he lent a hand to Pietro Amato, the Richemond’s young Executive Chef. The son of a cook, Amato retained from his travels overseas an interest in foreign culinary tradition and an appetite for experimenting with new combinations of tastes. Together, they have put together a dream menu, which allows the guest to embark on a journey throughout Italy, without leaving the shores of Lake Leman.

A tasteful décor

Richemond, Geneva - Sappori

The decor of Sapori is both contemporary and eclectic. It features dark wood, rich warm materials and wall hangings, leathers, the ubiquitous signature red of Le Richemond – to be found from the alcoves to the flower arrangements – unusual crockery and impeccable service.
Sapori also offers a private dining room that can accommodate up to 14 for family reunions or confidential business lunches. Located on the ground floor of the main building, Sapori can seat 70 guests inside and, in summer, 64 on the protected and calm terrace.

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Sapori is open every day, including Sundays, for lunch and dinner. In the evening, last orders are taken at 11.30 pm. At lunch, from Monday to Friday, in addition to à la carte dishes, set menus including minerals and coffee at CHF 68.00 (three courses), at CHF 48.00 (starter and main course or main course and dessert) and CHF 38.00 for the day’s special. They also serve an excelent buffet breakfast.
To book: tel. +41 22 715 71 00 – www.lerichemond.com/dining/reservations.htm

 

 

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Dinner Menu

Antipasti
Starters

Scampi al basilico, mozzarella di bufala, pomodoro alle erbe
Grilled scampi basil seasoned, buffalo mozzarella, tomato with fine herbs

Cuore di tonno, composta di pomodoro giallo e rosso
Filet of tuna, yellow and red tomato compote

Frittura di calamari e carciofi, salsa agrodolce
Deep fried squid and artichokes, sweet and sour sauce

Parmigiana
Parmigiana

La terrina di fegato d’oca, mostarda di frutta pane all’albicocca
Goose-liver terrine, mustard of fruits and apricot bread

Foglie verdi e misticanza di piccole verdure
Tender salad and baby vegetables

Paste eRisotti eZuppe

Pasta, Risotto and soups

Busiati al nero di seppia con scampi e funghi porcini.
Busiati with squid ink, scampi and porcini mushrooms

Spaghetti alla chitarra, pesce spada, melanzane e mentuccia
Spaghetti alla chitarra sword fish, aubergines and fresh mint

Ravioli di salsiccia con broccoli in tegame
Ravioli with sausage, broccoli sautéed

Tagliolini al tartufo nero, fegato d’oca e pinoli tostati
Tagliolini with black truffle, foie gras and toasted pine nuts

Risotto ai porri, caviale e capesante
Risotto with leeks scallops and caviar

Risotto al pomodoro e crema di fiordilatte
Risotto tomatoes and buffalo cream

 

Zuppa di cipolle bianche tiepida, parmigiano, aceto balsamico tradizionale di Modena
Soup of white onions, parmesan, and balm vinegar “Tradizionale” di Modena

Pesce
Fish

Noci di capesante, gnocchi di ricotta al dragoncello, barbabietola all’arancia di Sicilia
Grilled Scallops, ricotta dumpling tarragon seasoned, beet and Sicilian oranges

Filetto di branzino alle mandorle, zucchine e olio alla menta
Filet of sea bass with almonds, zucchini and olive oil mint scented

Pesce intero grigliato o al sale ( per 2 persone)
Catch of the day grilled or in a salt crust (2 persons)

Carne
Meat

Vitello, radicchio di Treviso e polenta bianca
Veal, red chicory from Treviso, and white polenta

Controfiletto di manzo, tortino ai funghi misti, orzo perlato al prezzemolo
Sirloin steak, mushrooms flan and pearl barley with parsley

I Classici del Richemond
Le Richemond Classics

Le nostre paste alla lampada (a richiesta per due)
Our Live coking pasta (on request for two)

Costoletta di vitello alla milanese
Veal chop Milanese style

Sogliola alla mugnaia
Sole “mugnaia” style

Stinco di agnello, purea di patata, scalogni all’aceto di lamponi
Shin of lamb, potatoes purée and shallot seasoned with raspberry vinegar

I Contorni
Side dishes

Patate saltate al timo ed aglio in camicia.
Pan fried potatoes, thyme and garlic

Spinaci saltati allo scalogno
Spinach sautéed with shallot

Patate naturali con olio extra vergine e prezzemolo
Steamed potatoes with parsley and extra virgin olive oil

Verdure di stagione
Seasonal vegetables

Purea di patate all’olio extra vergine di oliva
Potatoes puree and extra virgin olive oil

Riso basmati e lauro
Basmati rice seasoned with laurel

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Founded in 1996, the Rocco Forte Collection presents a collection of luxury hotels implanted in Europe. Each establishment seduces with its uniqueness and offers a design in perfect harmony with its environment. Le Richemond is also a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Attention to detail, quality and service are the key words at Rocco Forte hotels. The Group’s other properties are:
Hotel Amigo – Brussels, Hotel de Rome – Berlin, Villa Kennedy – Frankfurt, The Charles Hotel – Munich, Hotel Savoy – Florence, Hotel de Russie – Rome, Hotel Astoria – St Petersburg, The Balmoral – Edinburgh, Brown’s Hotel – London, The Lowry Hotel – Manchester. Opening soon: The Augustine – Prague (2009), Verdura – Sicily (2009), Marrakech (2010), Abu Dhabi (2010), Jeddah (2010). More information on www.roccofortecollection.com

      

Le Fabulous NEW Richemond

 

Richemond, Geneva - Hotel Lobby

Le Richemond

By Nancy Walman

After 20 months of complete renovation, Le Richemond re-opened its doors on the 21st of September 2007.

Recently acquired by The Rocco Forte Collection, this prestigious five star hotel has held its prime position facing the famous Brunswick Gardens and overlooking the Alps, Lake Geneva, and the Old Town Cathedral for over 130 years. Just 6km from Geneva Airport and with the business and shopping districts of this sophisticated city only walking distance away, it is ideally located for business meetings and conferences. Three meeting rooms, all with natural daylight and the ballroom, which accommodate parties of 10 to 200, make it the ideal choice for events of all kinds.

The Official Opening of Le Richemond:

A Legendary Hotel and Genevese Jewel in Rocco Forte collection.

Following a 20-month renovation, the official opening of Rocco Forte’s Le Richemond took place on 26th September in the presence of Sir Rocco Forte, the Vice-President of the Administrative Council Mr Manuel Tornare, and the Administrative Councillor Mr Pierre Maudet.

Geneva was bathed in sunlight during the opening, which took place just before midday on the steps of Le Richemond. Crowd of journalists, representatives of the various departments of the City of Geneva, as well as the tradespeople who had worked on the renovation of one of the best-loved institutions in the European hotel world since the end of the 19th century.

“It is one of our dearest wishes that Le Richemond regains the place that it has always held in the social and cultural life of the city of Geneva,” said Sir Rocco. “This hotel belonged to the Armleder family for four generations and we would like to pay homage to them here; I should add that today the hotel passes into the hands of another family, the Forte family, and we hope to maintain the unique atmosphere that has always reigned here. The renovation of this legendary hotel raises the profile of Geneva Harbour, with Le Richemond certainly being one of the most beautiful buildings in the area.”

The dignitaries then moved into the lobby of the hotel where a commemorative plaque of the inauguration was unveiled and Father Tony conducted a blessing. The guests were then able to sample the delicious cooking of Executive Chef Pietro Amato while enjoying cocktails in The Ballroom. Previously called Le Grand Gentilhomme, The Ballroom has been completely renovated, along with the rest of the hotel. However, it has kept its impressive atmosphere, its splendour accentuated by trompe-l’oeil paintings, mirrored walls, a magnificent parquet floor and, for the perfect finishing touch, superb Murano glass chandeliers.

Le Richemond, built in 1875, prides itself on having an incomparable location in the centre of Geneva, with superb views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. This Genevese institution re-opened its doors in September 2007 and has 109 rooms, of which 26 are suites, a restaurant, a bar, three flexible meeting spaces, a ballroom, as well as a spa and fitness centre. Situated close to the business and shopping centres, Le Richemond welcomes the local Genevese and visitors to the city in a cosmopolitan and sophisticated atmosphere.

Events, Events and More Events

One can book Online. From James Bond to Sex & The City, Richemond’s Le Bar Celebrates The Martini! Le Bar at the Hotel Le Richemond has decided to honor the Martini cocktail. More than a drink, the Martini represents a spirit, an atmosphere, a certain idea of luxury tinted with a touch of nonchalance and laid-back attitude. It is this Martini spirit that Le Bar will put forward once a month, by proposing a Martini Night, dedicated to a historic personality that has perpetuated the celebration of this classic and contemporary concoction.

Richemond’s Le Bar, a chic and refined meeting place

Richemond’s Le Bar is also a place to be at any time. With its exceptional terrace and its vibrantly coloured bar, Le Bar offers “a la carte” menus that are simple and refined. For those who don’t have the time for a longer stay at the Sapori, Richemond’s restaurant, Le Bar offers them the chance to be tempted by a classic burger, a plate of Parme Pio Tosini ham accompanied by a marvelous Buffalo mozzarella, without forgetting the famous crab royal sandwich with its subtle and refreshing taste.

Le Bar Opening Hours:
Open every day
From 10h30 to 01h30

Direct reservations:
Tel + 41 22 715 72 01
lebar.lerichemond@roccofortecollection.com

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Sapori Captures The Spirit of Italy

Sapori: The Restaurant at Le Richemond with Exquisite Italian Cuisine in a Chic SettingIn the warm, contemporary and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Sapori, the Italian restaurant at Le Richemond, the Sicilian chef Pietro Amato creates sophisticated dishes, placing great emphasis on the quality and freshness of all the products used.

Sapori truly highlights the Italian art de vivre. The fish, which is exceptionally fresh, will delight gourmands who really must try the wild salmon accompanied by cannoli of bread and sea bass with a Dijon vinaigrette or fillet of mullet with tomatoes and capers, along with a black olive sauce and polenta.

The truffle season has seen the introduction of some delicious new recipes, such as Carnaroli risotto with white truffle. The home-made pastas are a real high point at Sapori. Not less than five kinds of different bread are offered at each meal, each with a small helping of the most mouth-watering olive oils.

The decor of Sapori is both contemporary and eclectic, in keeping with all the areas of the newly-renovated hotel. It features dark wood, rich warm materials and wall coverings, leathers, the signature red of Le Richemond, the hotel’s omnipresent alcoves with floral accents, interesting crockery and impeccable service. Sapori also offers a private dining room that can accommodate up to 14 people for family reunions or confidential business lunches.

Only 34 years of age, Chef Pietro Amato is blessed with a rare talent and creativity. His passion for cooking comes across in the food, which pairs tradition and modernity. A good selection of wines from the mythical cellar of Le Richemond, which has been updated by Head Sommelier Sébastien Humbert, tops off the perfect meal. And make sure you do not leave without sampling a delicious dessert prepared by Head Pastry Chef Arnaud Salvetti – try the Moelleux au Chocolat (a kind of gooey chocolate souffle) or his latest creation Le Croustillant de Gruée de Cacao et Crème de Marron avec son Sorbet de Cacao Amer (a crunchy concoction made with cocoa and chestnuts, served with a bitter chocolate sorbet).

Festive menus

To celebrate the end of year festivities, Sapori has put together some great menus for a private family meal or a party with friends. The menus Follow.

Opening Hours:
Every day
From 12h to 14h30
From 19h to 22h30

Price of set menu for business lunches: CHF 62.-

Reservations: Tel + 41 22 715 71 00
Email : sapori.lerichemond@roccofortecollection.co
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The Hotel

Le Richemond, built in 1875, boasts an incomparable location in the centre of Geneva with a superb view of the lake and the Alps. The Genevan palace has re-opened its doors in September 2007 after months of refurbishment. Today it counts 109 rooms, including 26 suites, a restaurant “Sapori”, a bar, 3 flexible conference rooms and a ball room. Le Richemond is the only hotel in the centre of the city to offer a real spa, comprising 5 treatment rooms and a fitness centre. Located near shopping and the business quarter, Le Richemond will welcome Geneva residents and other guests in a chic and relaxed cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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The huge Armleder Suite is a truly flexible space. A huge living area (measuring 70 square metres) can be linked to one, two or three junior suites, thanks to a series of doors along a central corridor. When all three suites are booked, the Armleder Suite covers 250 square metres.

The living area is perfect for entertaining. Light and airy, it offers every home comfort, including a real log fire, perfect for warming the cockles after a day’s skiing in Chamonix. The contemporary design is paired with Art Deco and classic touches, in the shape of original works of arts, an eclectic collection of antiques and some furniture that has been designed for the space by the designer John Stefanidis.

Rich and sensual materials have been used in the soft furnishings, while the room itself is decorated with marble, gold, mosaics and parquet flooring. All the latest technology is a given and all the windows on this top floor are bullet proof, while luxurious highlights include a private sauna and under floor heating.

An additional 100 square metres of terrace wraps around the entire seventh floor and has stunning views over the old part of the city to Lake Geneva and the Alps, with Mont Blanc in the distance, to one side and vistas of the Jura Mountains to the other side. Stylish furnishings adorn the terraces.

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Richemond, Geneva - Hotel Exterior

Reservations & Information : www.roccofortecollection.com
Le Richemond Jardin Brunswick 1201 Geneva Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 715 7000 Fax: +41 22 715 7001

Le Richemond is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Founded in 1996, the Rocco Forte Collection presents a collection of luxury hotels established in Europe. Each location seduces with its singularity and offers a design in perfect harmony with its environment. Attention to detail, quality and service are the key words at the Rocco Forte Collection.

Ten years following its creation, the Rocco Forte Collection has expanded and includes:

– Hotel de Russie in Rome
– Hotel Savoy in Florence
– The Balmoral in Edinburgh
– The Lowry Hotel in Manchester
– Hotel Astoria in St Petersburg
– Hotel Amigo in Brussels
– Le Richemond in Geneva
– Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt
– Hotel de Rome in Berlin
– Brown’s Hotel in London
– The Charles Hotel in Munich

Upcoming openings:
Prague – 2008
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort en Sicile – 2008
Marrakech – 2009

Copyright 2008 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved .

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PETER DEILMANN CRUISES

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1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 170, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA * Tel.: 703-549-1741 or 800-348-8287 * Fax: 703-549-7924

DEILMANN OFFERS “THE ULTIMATE CRUISE TOUR” –
A UNIQUELY POSH ADVENTURE SHOWCASING THE FINER POINTS OF LAKE COMO,
VENICE AND PARIS COUPLED WITH A SEINE RIVER CRUISE ABOARD THE FIVE-STAR MV CÉZANNE

Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering guests an unparelleled opportunity to explore two of Europe’s most culturally wealthy countries in a single 17-day deluxe adventure – combining a nine-day Italian and French upscale land package with a seven-night sailing along France’s River Seine. Guests can take in the many wonderful gardens of Lake Como after their private lake cruise; stroll with a guide through a variety of Venice’s most important sites; take the famed Orient Express on an overnight to Paris; indulge in the taste of champagne while in Champagne; and slowly cruise along one of France’s most romantic rivers, the Seine, stepping ashore at many of the villages and cities along its path. Land accommodations are in deluxe hotels including three nights at Lake Como’s Villa d’Este, and two nights each at Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the Chateau of Les Crayeres, while on board the MV Cézanne, passengers enjoy all the amenities of a small luxury hotel in the heart of France. The six departures – one each month from April through September 2009 – are priced at $11,719 to $12,969 per person, double. A two-night Paris extension with included excursions is $615 per person, double.

The Villa d’Este in Lake Como, with its near 500-year-old villa and 25-acre park set on the shores of the lake, acts as the base of operations for more than three days of sightseeing. A private lake cruise stops at Villa Carlotta for a tour and the Renaissance town of Bellagio for a stroll, followed by a day for independent exploration. After a transfer by private car to Venice’s Hotel Cipriani, a luxury estate opposite the Piazza San Marco, guests are taken in hand for an introduction to the many sites of the city and an excursion to the islands of Murano, also known as the Glass Island for its 700-year history of glass blowers, and Burano, known for its lacework.

The overnight journey to Paris is aboard the restored luxury carriages of the famed Orient Express, taking passengers back to a bygone era. After settling in at the Chateau of Les Crayères, renowned not only for its high standards of service but also for its three-star Michelin restaurant, guests will tour Reims. Highlights include the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, where French Kings were crowned, and its old town, and then venture off to the Champagne region to visit the vineyards, meet with a local producer and tickle the senses with a Champagne tasting.

The MV Cézanne serves as a floating hotel, set in the heart of Paris for a night, as guests take a tour of the City of Lights’ not-to-be missed sites – Notre Dame, the Louvre, Sacrè Couer, Champs Elysées and Eiffel Tower. From Paris the ship makes stops in Les Andelys with a tour of Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau-Gaillard; Caudebec-en-Caus, where an optional excursion to the Landing Beaches of Normandy is offered; and Honfleur, whose unusual light inspired native son, Eugéne Boudin, and others, including Monet, Renoir and Sisley, to experiment and give the world Impressionism. In Rouen, the half-timbered city where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, guests visit the Gothic Cathedral Notre Dame and old town; and in Vernon, opposite Giverny, guests are take a tour of the restored home of Monet, his lily ponds, Japanese Bridge and gardens.

The fully air-conditioned MV Cezanne, completely renovated in 2006, is a deluxe ship with 50 large staterooms, sun decks and stylish public rooms that include an elegant restaurant, bar, lounge and library. Dining on board is single seating and the cuisine is continental. Mid-afternoon tea and coffee is served every day on deck and in the lounge and there is a late evening buffet. The friendly, multi-lingual staffs cater to passengers’ every wish – and offer a high level of service with one crew member for every 2.5 passengers. A non-smoking policy applies to the interiors of all Peter Deilmann River vessels.

Fares include 10 excursions, five-star accommodations on land and an outside cabin onboard, all meals onboard including Captain’s welcome and farewell champagne receptions, transfers and such nightly entertainment as traditional and folkloric performances. Port charges of $120 and a fuel surcharge of $70, per person, are additional.

Peter Deilmann Cruises has been offering award-winning European river cruise vacations since 1983. In addition to its line up of cruise tours, Deilmann also has special interest cruises catering to music, golf, equestrian, wine, gardens, cycling, hiking and wellness/spa. Seven other Deilmann luxury vessels make their way along the rivers of 13 countries, as part of 10 additional all-inclusive cruise-tours offered by Deilmann Cruises.

For more details on the cruise, optional tours and air arrangements, contact a travel agent or Peter Deilmann Cruises at 1-800-348-8287 or by E-mail at pdcmail@deilmann-cruises.com. Further information on The Ultimate Cruise and other Cruise-Tour offerings may also be found at www.deilmann-cruises.com/tours/tours.htm. Cruises itineraries, deck plans and ship photos are online at www.deilmann-cruises.com.

      

PETER DEILMANN CRUISES

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1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 170, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA * Tel.: 703-549-1741 or 800-348-8287 * Fax: 703-549-7924

DEILMANN OFFERS “THE ULTIMATE CRUISE TOUR” –
A UNIQUELY POSH ADVENTURE SHOWCASING THE FINER POINTS OF LAKE COMO,
VENICE AND PARIS COUPLED WITH A SEINE RIVER CRUISE ABOARD THE FIVE-STAR MV CÉZANNE

Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering guests an unparelleled opportunity to explore two of Europe’s most culturally wealthy countries in a single 17-day deluxe adventure – combining a nine-day Italian and French upscale land package with a seven-night sailing along France’s River Seine. Guests can take in the many wonderful gardens of Lake Como after their private lake cruise; stroll with a guide through a variety of Venice’s most important sites; take the famed Orient Express on an overnight to Paris; indulge in the taste of champagne while in Champagne; and slowly cruise along one of France’s most romantic rivers, the Seine, stepping ashore at many of the villages and cities along its path. Land accommodations are in deluxe hotels including three nights at Lake Como’s Villa d’Este, and two nights each at Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the Chateau of Les Crayeres, while on board the MV Cézanne, passengers enjoy all the amenities of a small luxury hotel in the heart of France. The six departures – one each month from April through September 2009 – are priced at $11,719 to $12,969 per person, double. A two-night Paris extension with included excursions is $615 per person, double.

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DES BERGUES GENEVA Il Lago Restaurant

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Founded in 1834, Geneva’s historical landmarks, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues is the first and only Four Seasons in Switzerland. Behind its neo-classical architecture, the Hotel offers 68 bedrooms and 35 suites, inspired Italian cuisine, a lively and unusual bar, prestigious lounges, a business centre and a fitness area. The Hotel’s thorough and selective recruitment policy is but one example of what makes the worldwide reputation of this prestigious Canadian group, which is a leader in luxury hotel management providing service which is precise, attentive, even intuitive.

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While we didn’t stay at the hotel (we hope to do that next time and review it), we did have dinner at its luxury restaurant: Il Lago and were duely impressed. The green and blue-tinted dining room, split in half by gilt French doors, is decorated with brocades, chandeliers, and sweeping hand-painted scenery is enchanting and the service is arguabley the best is Geneva. When Executive Chef Marco Garfagnini is on target (which is most of the time), the food is sublime.

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Chefs in the Kitchen

Marco Garfagnini – Chef

Only the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues succeeded in tempting Marco Garfagnini to leave his native Tuscany and his restaurant Ninan Eight years after opening it. “I needed a new challenge, he says.”

But not just anything. “I received a lot of offers, but had not accepted any of them when Mr Silva suggested I join in the launch of the Il Lago restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. This is indeed a major challenge.” In Carrara, Marco Garfagnini had a team of half a dozen people; at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, the kitchen staff number no less than 20 to 25.

This young chef of 36 already has an impressive culinary track record to his credit. After working up the ranks of his profession learning different skills in large Italian establishments, he went abroad to broaden his experience. He was deputy executive chef at the restaurant Il Carpaccio du Royal Monceau in Paris in the early 90s, and also worked at Harry’s Bar Exclusive Private Club in London. Later, as executive chef, he opened two restaurants of the Coco Pazzo chain in New York and Cleveland.

It was in 1998 that he returned to his native country, where together with his wife he opened a restaurant in the family home in Carrara. Honours then followed, and he gained his first Michelin star in December 1999. In 2002 he was among the five finalists selected for the title of Best chef of Italy, and in 2005 he won the Young Chefs trophy. At the same time he continued to hone his skills, working at the Four Seasons Georges V in Paris and with Martin Beratasegui in San Sebastian.

Marco Garfagnini’s cuisine is clearly of Italian – Mediterranean inspiration. He has a passion, both from cultural and personal preference, for pasta in all its forms. Not surprising, then, that it is under this heading that his most original creations can be found: tortelli with cheese, lemon and mint, and shrimp ravioli with crab
sauce. We dined during white truffle season and both Carnaroli risotto and Tagliolini freschi were ravishing and world class.

But above all Marco seeks to create the finest recipes. Some of the dishes have become “musts” like the Brittany Lobster Risotto and the wild sea bass. Risotto with lobster and basil, risotto with calamari and champagne, and tortelli with cheese, lemon, and mint are some of the northern Italian creations Carrara native has road-tested on diners then added to his menu. if seared scallops with wild mushrooms in a shellfish reduction or braised veal cheek with semolina gnocchi and asparagus are available, go for it.

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If I were to select one plate that would be the chef’s signature, it would be Glazed goat kid, with roasted potatoes, purée of celery and green apple, which were in season. Cooked some 36 hours, the meat was bursting with flavor, amazingly moist and meltingly tender. A black cod creation was also excellent, if somewhat Nobuesque. In fact, our one criticism chef Marco’s style is the introduction of Asian influences that distract from his food’s innate purity: Something I am sure he will have corrected by our next visit.

The wine list is a joy and full of great bottles, as well as some interesting surprises. All desserts are recommended, especially La fraise, fraisier glaçé, croquant de meringue et rhubarbe (Strawberry, Iced strawberry cake, crunchy meringue and rhubarb) and Chocolat griottes,comme une forêt noire contemporaine (Chocolat cherries, as a contemporary black forest).

Il Lago restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Geneva and rates A Major on The Walman Report.

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Dinner Menu

Antipasti
Starters

Tortellini in brodo di bue, serviti con vecchio parmigiano 35
Oxtail consomme, tortellini with aged parmesan cheese
“Casseruola” di coniglio e legumi d’autunno 47
Rabbit “casserole” and autumn vegetables
Composizione di verdure tiepide al tartufo nero 55
Warm vegetable salad with black truffle
Insalata di mare con pesto alla rucula e crema di fagioli bianchi 60
Seafood salad with rocket pesto and white bean purée
Scampi con umido di fagioli risina e aceto balsamico 60
Seared scampi, white beans and balsamic reduction
Capesante con topinambour e salsa alle castagne 60
Seared sea scallops with Jerusalem artichokes and its chestnut emulsion Astice bretone con paesana di legumi ed emulsione al tartufo 75
Brittany lobster served with vegetables and a truffle emulsion

Pasta
Pasta

Tortelli di formaggio al limone e menta 38/52
Cheese tortelli scented with lemon and mint
Agnolotti alla coda di bue e salvia 38/52
Oxtail agnolotti with sage sauce
Ravioli di scampi con salsa ai crostacei 40/55
Scampi ravioli with shellfish sauce
Risotto all’astice bretone 55/65
Brittany lobster risotto

Pesce
Fish

Baccalá glassato con fagiolini verdi all’olio d’oliva toscano 65
Glazed codfish, green beans with Toscane olive oil
Branzino alla plancia, carciofi alla Romana ed emulsione al limone 75
Wild sea bass, artichokes “alla Romana” and lemon emulsion

Carne

Meat
Capretto laccato, patate al forno, crema di sedano e mela verde 65
Glazed goat kid, with roasted potatoes, purée of celery and green apple Costoletta di daino con frutti d’autunno e salsa all’ Alchermes 70
Rack of venison with autumn fruits, sauce Archems
Costoletta di vitello alla Milanese con insalatina invernale in agrodolce 75
Milanese-style veal chop and its sweet and sour winter salad
Costata di manzo Black Angus alla plancha con legumi d’autunno 90 p.p.
Black Angus rib eye steak “alla plancha” with autumn vegetables (min. 2 personnes.)
Nos viandes sont originaires de France, Suisse, Autriche, Allemagne
Service et TVA compris

Le Specialita’ al Tartufo Bianco d’Alba

Prezzo del tartufo bianco al grammo 25
White truffle price per gram 25

Uova al piatto 20
Pan fried eggs
Carpaccio di vitello 30
Veal carpaccio
Tagliolini freschi 30/40
Fresh tagliolini
Risotto carnaroli 30/40
Carnaroli risotto
“Casseruola” di coniglio e legumi 47
Rabbit and vegetable “casserole”
Pranzo d’affari / Business Lunch Menu 78
Risotto al gorgonzola con funghi cantarelli
Chanterelle mushroom and gorgonzola cheese risotto
ou Cannelloni di ricotta e mozzarella, fonduta di pomodoro
Ricotta and mozzarella cannelloni tomato compote
Triglia allo zafferano e legumi croccanti
Seared red mullet fillet with crispy vegetables and saffron sauce
ou Guancia di vitello glassata con gnocchi di patate e cime di rapa
Glazed veal cheek, potato gnocchi and “cime di rapa”

Proposta del Pasticciere

Suggestion of our pastry Chef

Piccola pasticceria
Mignardises

Desserts

La Pomme, 23
juste pochée aux saveurs de gingembre, mascarpone et sorbet pomme verte
Apple, poached in ginger with mascarpone and green apple sorbet
Le Tiramisu IL Lago 23
The IL Lago Tiramisu
La fraise, fraisier glaçé, croquant de meringue et rhubarbe 23
Strawberry, Iced strawberry cake, crunchy meringue and rhubarb
Chocolat griottes,
comme une forêt noire contemporaine 23
Chocolat cherries, as a contemporary black forest
Chocolat exotique,
poêlée de mangues et ananas, sablé chocolat mousseux et crémeux banane, sorbet pina colada 23
Exotic chocolate, pan-fried mango and pineapple, sparkling chocolate sablé and banana,
pina colada sorbet
Cannelloni aux fruits exotiques,
crème glacés au caramel et gingembre 23
Exotic fruits cannelloni, ginger and caramel cream
Assortiment de glaces et sorbets 20
Assorted ice cream and sorbet

      

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DES BERGUES GENEVA Il Lago Restaurant

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DES BERGUES GENEVAdeberges-exterior

Founded in 1834, Geneva’s historical landmarks, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues is the first and only Four Seasons in Switzerland. Behind its neo-classical architecture, the Hotel offers 68 bedrooms and 35 suites, inspired Italian cuisine, a lively and unusual bar, prestigious lounges, a business centre and a fitness area. The Hotel’s thorough and selective recruitment policy is but one example of what makes the worldwide reputation of this prestigious Canadian group, which is a leader in luxury hotel management providing service which is precise, attentive, even intuitive.

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While we didn’t stay at the hotel (we hope to do that next time and review it), we did have dinner at its luxury restaurant: Il Lago and were duely impressed. The green and blue-tinted dining room, split in half by gilt French doors, is decorated with brocades, chandeliers, and sweeping hand-painted scenery is enchanting and the service is arguabley the best is Geneva. When Executive Chef Marco Garfagnini is on target (which is most of the time), the food is sublime.

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Chefs in the Kitchen

Marco Garfagnini – Chef

Only the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues succeeded in tempting Marco Garfagnini to leave his native Tuscany and his restaurant Ninan Eight years after opening it. “I needed a new challenge, he says.”

But not just anything. “I received a lot of offers, but had not accepted any of them when Mr Silva suggested I join in the launch of the Il Lago restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. This is indeed a major challenge.” In Carrara, Marco Garfagnini had a team of half a dozen people; at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, the kitchen staff number no less than 20 to 25.

This young chef of 36 already has an impressive culinary track record to his credit. After working up the ranks of his profession learning different skills in large Italian establishments, he went abroad to broaden his experience. He was deputy executive chef at the restaurant Il Carpaccio du Royal Monceau in Paris in the early 90s, and also worked at Harry’s Bar Exclusive Private Club in London. Later, as executive chef, he opened two restaurants of the Coco Pazzo chain in New York and Cleveland.

It was in 1998 that he returned to his native country, where together with his wife he opened a restaurant in the family home in Carrara. Honours then followed, and he gained his first Michelin star in December 1999. In 2002 he was among the five finalists selected for the title of Best chef of Italy, and in 2005 he won the Young Chefs trophy. At the same time he continued to hone his skills, working at the Four Seasons Georges V in Paris and with Martin Beratasegui in San Sebastian.

Marco Garfagnini’s cuisine is clearly of Italian – Mediterranean inspiration. He has a passion, both from cultural and personal preference, for pasta in all its forms. Not surprising, then, that it is under this heading that his most original creations can be found: tortelli with cheese, lemon and mint, and shrimp ravioli with crab
sauce. We dined during white truffle season and both Carnaroli risotto and Tagliolini freschi were ravishing and world class.

But above all Marco seeks to create the finest recipes. Some of the dishes have become “musts” like the Brittany Lobster Risotto and the wild sea bass. Risotto with lobster and basil, risotto with calamari and champagne, and tortelli with cheese, lemon, and mint are some of the northern Italian creations Carrara native has road-tested on diners then added to his menu. if seared scallops with wild mushrooms in a shellfish reduction or braised veal cheek with semolina gnocchi and asparagus are available, go for it.

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If I were to select one plate that would be the chef’s signature, it would be Glazed goat kid, with roasted potatoes, purée of celery and green apple, which were in season. Cooked some 36 hours, the meat was bursting with flavor, amazingly moist and meltingly tender. A black cod creation was also excellent, if somewhat Nobuesque. In fact, our one criticism chef Marco’s style is the introduction of Asian influences that distract from his food’s innate purity: Something I am sure he will have corrected by our next visit.

The wine list is a joy and full of great bottles, as well as some interesting surprises. All desserts are recommended, especially La fraise, fraisier glaçé, croquant de meringue et rhubarbe (Strawberry, Iced strawberry cake, crunchy meringue and rhubarb) and Chocolat griottes,comme une forêt noire contemporaine (Chocolat cherries, as a contemporary black forest).

Il Lago restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Geneva and rates A Major on The Walman Report.

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Dinner Menu

Antipasti
Starters

Tortellini in brodo di bue, serviti con vecchio parmigiano 35
Oxtail consomme, tortellini with aged parmesan cheese
“Casseruola” di coniglio e legumi d’autunno 47
Rabbit “casserole” and autumn vegetables
Composizione di verdure tiepide al tartufo nero 55
Warm vegetable salad with black truffle
Insalata di mare con pesto alla rucula e crema di fagioli bianchi 60
Seafood salad with rocket pesto and white bean purée
Scampi con umido di fagioli risina e aceto balsamico 60
Seared scampi, white beans and balsamic reduction
Capesante con topinambour e salsa alle castagne 60
Seared sea scallops with Jerusalem artichokes and its chestnut emulsion Astice bretone con paesana di legumi ed emulsione al tartufo 75
Brittany lobster served with vegetables and a truffle emulsion

Pasta
Pasta

Tortelli di formaggio al limone e menta 38/52
Cheese tortelli scented with lemon and mint
Agnolotti alla coda di bue e salvia 38/52
Oxtail agnolotti with sage sauce
Ravioli di scampi con salsa ai crostacei 40/55
Scampi ravioli with shellfish sauce
Risotto all’astice bretone 55/65
Brittany lobster risotto

Pesce
Fish

Baccalá glassato con fagiolini verdi all’olio d’oliva toscano 65
Glazed codfish, green beans with Toscane olive oil
Branzino alla plancia, carciofi alla Romana ed emulsione al limone 75
Wild sea bass, artichokes “alla Romana” and lemon emulsion

Carne

Meat
Capretto laccato, patate al forno, crema di sedano e mela verde 65
Glazed goat kid, with roasted potatoes, purée of celery and green apple Costoletta di daino con frutti d’autunno e salsa all’ Alchermes 70
Rack of venison with autumn fruits, sauce Archems
Costoletta di vitello alla Milanese con insalatina invernale in agrodolce 75
Milanese-style veal chop and its sweet and sour winter salad
Costata di manzo Black Angus alla plancha con legumi d’autunno 90 p.p.
Black Angus rib eye steak “alla plancha” with autumn vegetables (min. 2 personnes.)
Nos viandes sont originaires de France, Suisse, Autriche, Allemagne
Service et TVA compris

Le Specialita’ al Tartufo Bianco d’Alba

Prezzo del tartufo bianco al grammo 25
White truffle price per gram 25

Uova al piatto 20
Pan fried eggs
Carpaccio di vitello 30
Veal carpaccio
Tagliolini freschi 30/40
Fresh tagliolini
Risotto carnaroli 30/40
Carnaroli risotto
“Casseruola” di coniglio e legumi 47
Rabbit and vegetable “casserole”
Pranzo d’affari / Business Lunch Menu 78
Risotto al gorgonzola con funghi cantarelli
Chanterelle mushroom and gorgonzola cheese risotto
ou Cannelloni di ricotta e mozzarella, fonduta di pomodoro
Ricotta and mozzarella cannelloni tomato compote
Triglia allo zafferano e legumi croccanti
Seared red mullet fillet with crispy vegetables and saffron sauce
ou Guancia di vitello glassata con gnocchi di patate e cime di rapa
Glazed veal cheek, potato gnocchi and “cime di rapa”

Proposta del Pasticciere

Suggestion of our pastry Chef

Piccola pasticceria
Mignardises

Desserts

La Pomme, 23
juste pochée aux saveurs de gingembre, mascarpone et sorbet pomme verte
Apple, poached in ginger with mascarpone and green apple sorbet
Le Tiramisu IL Lago 23
The IL Lago Tiramisu
La fraise, fraisier glaçé, croquant de meringue et rhubarbe 23
Strawberry, Iced strawberry cake, crunchy meringue and rhubarb
Chocolat griottes,
comme une forêt noire contemporaine 23
Chocolat cherries, as a contemporary black forest
Chocolat exotique,
poêlée de mangues et ananas, sablé chocolat mousseux et crémeux banane, sorbet pina colada 23
Exotic chocolate, pan-fried mango and pineapple, sparkling chocolate sablé and banana,
pina colada sorbet
Cannelloni aux fruits exotiques,
crème glacés au caramel et gingembre 23
Exotic fruits cannelloni, ginger and caramel cream
Assortiment de glaces et sorbets 20
Assorted ice cream and sorbet