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Coconut Telefax September 30, 2019

New at Salt & Pepper: The Outside Pallet-Wood Bar!

Salt & Pepper is introducing its new addition: the outside bar. This fully equipped bar, built from pallet wood, is positioned next to the existing terrace, right across from Barceló Resort. From the outside bar you have a perfect view over the activities at Arawak Garden, as well as all the action on the hotel strip.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cold beer or a perfectly made cocktail. Just sip away and enjoy the action around you. Or, if you prefer some relaxation, there is a fantastic pallet-wood lounge area right behind the bar, great for gatherings with friends.

You can also order from the menu at the outside bar. How great is that? Have some drinks with your friends while enjoying some tapas at the bar—it’s truly a must-do!


Sunset Grille Presents a Night with Rodney Strong

The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino hosted the second in the series of Sunset Grille wine dinners showcasing the steakhouse’s elevated cuisine in collaboration with a top-tier local wine supplier. The four-course pairing dinner, guided by Divino’s top sommelier, packed extra star power. The menu for the evening was created by French-trained Executive Chef Matt Boland and French-born Executive Chef Katia Soujol.

On the menu, for the second in the series of Sunset Grille wine dinners:

Coconut and citrus tiradito with salmon rillettes, paired with Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc 2017, as the appetizer.

Lobster Thermidor, paired with Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2016, as the seafood course.

Lamb loin with mushroom gastrique and blue cheese pan bollo, paired with Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2015, as the main course, and warm chocolate and espresso cake paired with Rodney Strong Symmetry 2014, for dessert.

The welcome reception over Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine, Blanc de Blancs, unfolded at 6:30 at Mira Solo Bar, and was paired with a memorable sunset.

About Rodney Strong Vineyards: A family-owned winery based in Healdsburg, California, founded in 1959 by wine pioneer and former dancer Rodney Strong, the winery focuses solely on Sonoma County grape growing and wines. Rodney Strong Vineyards sources from throughout Sonoma County and has 14 estate vineyards.


Fantastic Food Show by Ling & Sons Super Center

The Ling & Sons Super Center Food Show 2019, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, was received with great enthusiasm by members of the local community and food industry. The show featured the latest gastronomic trends and unveiled a refreshed and modern Ling & Sons logo and look.

Attending the annual event were retail and wholesale clients, hoteliers, restaurateurs, event planners, catering chefs, food & beverage professionals, purchasing agents, and food lovers of all ages, who enjoyed a dazzling display of quality products from around the world with a special emphasis on vegan, organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, exotic, and gourmet selections.

Among displays were super-premium fruits and vegetables with many exotic and new varieties, house-baked specialty breads, ready-for-the-grill meats, tapas and international cheeses, fresh seafood and delicate sushi, exclusive Ling & Sons recipes (tuna, crab, and chicken curry salads), and a corner dedicated to Dutch cheeses and holiday foods and candy. An exclusive Spanish section featured the amazing Capa Negra products of Spain, including Pata Negra, the famous Iberian ham made from black Iberian pigs, paired beautifully with Gancia Baquero cheeses.

Romar Trading partnered with the food show and paired its lines of fine wine and beer with products on display.

The show also raffled six exclusive culinary trips to Miami with Ling & Sons buyers, rewarding some lucky show-goers for attending with an exciting experience.

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Bucuti & Tara Honor the United Nations Climate Week

Observing and honoring the United Nations Climate Week, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, longtime stewards and green leaders for associates, guests, and the local community, engaged in a host of hands-on activities at the Caribbean’s first and only certified carbon-neutral hotel.

Tuesday, September 24: Tour for EPI Students

Sustainability Manager Nathaly Stanley gave a tour and presentation to 22 EPI students from the tourism sector. Students learned about Bucuti & Tara’s mission and company culture of operating sustainably in order to maintain Aruba’s beauty, flora, and fauna for future generations. Students received a tour of the facility followed by a presentation detailing the program.

“The passion driving the program at Bucuti & Tara is impressive,” shared an EPI student.

“Many of the students were surprised to learn how extensive the Bucuti & Tara sustainability program is and how celebrated it is in the Caribbean and worldwide,” said Nathaly Stanley. “As an organization, we prioritize stewardship and education to broaden our impact through motivating others to action.”

Others were impressed by the passion exemplified by Stanley, who urged the group to do something, no matter how small, every day that could help reduce their own footprint.

Thursday, September 26: Movie Screening on the Beach

In addition to the traditional Wednesday and Saturday Movie Under the Stars at Bucuti & Tara, the resort added a special showing to drive awareness for Climate Week. The acclaimed Emmy-winning “Our Planet,” narrated by Sir David Attenborough, played at 8 pm.

Friday, September 27: Kibrahacha Aruba Climate Strike

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort staffers were given time off to participate in the climate strike planned at Club Kibrahacha as part of the Global Climate Strike planned alongside the UN Climate Week, attended by teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

Additionally, “Path to Carbon Neutrality” was presented by Nathaly Stanley, who conducted a 30-minute overview presentation in the Tara lounge on Friday about how the resort became the first and only carbon-neutral resort in the Caribbean.  She covered the more than seven years of investment, passion, and company culture of sustainability leading up to the effort that made this rare and important certification possible.


Special Offers from the Holiday Inn for Holiday-Themed Receptions

A congenial gathering brought community friends and partners of Holiday Inn Beach Resort together for a culinary Christmas preview organized by the resort’s food & beverage crew, with General Manager Kevin Anderson, Marketing & PR Director Eva Ruiz, Associate Director of Sales Luigi Wix, and Director of Food & Beverage Harmen Gieske welcoming guests to the nicely decorated Las Palmas ballroom.

The gathering featured tasting stations of a gourmet holiday buffet highlighting the resort’s capabilities in organizing holiday celebrations, big and small, as well as family parties and corporate events.

Danny Fernandes, catering & sales manager, with Rene Croes, sales assistant, were on hand to introduce guests to one of the best locations in the heart of Palm Beach, inviting groups and individuals to celebrate the holidays at the Holiday Inn, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall.

The comprehensive menu of possibilities includes Mrs. Claus’ Breakfast Buffet, Rudolph’s Christmas Lunch, Little Drummer Boy’s Cocktail Reception, Santa Claus’ & Bon Pasco Buffets, Snowman’s International Christmas Buffet, and the ultimate Supreme Christmas Buffet, with the various Grinch special bar packages.

The resort’s long-standing relationship with the community continues to prosper, as the food & beverage crew annually proves it can be trusted with any function and aims to create a memorable event for all clients.