The Winner's Circle ~ July 2012
Windjammer Dining Room 2012 Four Diamond Winner
MONCTON, NB—Raymond Roberge, General Manager of the Delta Beauséjour proudly received the CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award for The Windjammer Restaurant for the 20th consecutive year. The Windjammer is among only five restaurants in Atlantic Canada to receive the coveted Four Diamond designation for 2012.
“Four Diamond hotels and restaurants are committed to providing every guest with a high level of personalized service in comfortable, luxurious surroundings,” says Steve McCall, president of CAA Atlantic.
This award recognizes the Windjammer Dining Room for consistently delivering premier experiences, complete with superior personal service and first-class amenities in elegant surroundings. Only establishments that meet the extensive quality criteria required to attain this status may display the Four Diamond Award on their walls.
Says Roberge, “Our Windjammer team under maître d’ Frédéric Mazerolle and executive chef Stefan Mueller, provide a culinary experience that is renowned throughout the Atlantic region.”
Diners at The Windjammer will enjoy an exquisite menu designed by chef Mueller, complemented by a superior wine list, all delivered with the elegance and expertise of the restaurant team. The Windjammer will feature its “One Hundred Mile Menu” again this summer, showcasing local produce from the land and sea, all within 100 miles of Moncton and highlighted by herbs, garnishes and fresh honey from the rooftop garden of the Delta Beauséjour.
The largest convention hotel in the province with 310 contemporary urban guest rooms and 24,000 sq ft of convention space, the Delta Beauséjour is proud to be a Charter Member of the Unesco designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve, supporting sustainable eco-tourism.
Chocolate for a cause
Kory Dipucchio and Francis Villamejor.
TORONTO—A Toronto sweets maker and a local hotel have teamed up for an effort that comes straight from the heart.
When executive chef of the Sheraton Parkway Hotel Glen Gardner learned his executive sous chef Francis Villamejor was undergoing cancer-related illnesses leading to long-term disability, he decided to lend a helping hand.
Gardner called up his long time friend and former colleague from the Regal Constellation hotel, chef Mike Shapiro, who now runs Sweet Angel Chocolates in Etobicoke.
The two chefs are combining forces to raise money for Villamejor through the sale of molten lava chocolate cakes, which are produced at Shapiro’s store and at the Sheraton Parkway by staff volunteers.
“What I particularly like is the way this project has brought people at the hotel together,” said Gardner. “We have catering people who are coming to help bake, engineers who are getting their wives to sell cakes, housekeeping doing promotion, and, of course, the cooks donating their time to bake lava cakes.”
Mike Shapiro and Glen
Although the original goal was to raise $15,000 (10,000 pieces at $2.50, of which $1.50 will go to Villamejor and his family), the team had already sold 8,000 lava cakes at time of press and was receiving additional donations.
They will be fundraising until the end of August. “The sky’s the limit,” said Shapiro.
More information can be found at http://www.facebook.com/ChefFrancisVillamejorFamilyBenefit.