Art de Vignes celebration gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice

An exciting week of fine dining and wine tasting gets underway this weekend, when the talented wine growers of Art de Vignes take centre stage at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Red wine in a glass

Superb wines from Art de Vignes

From 20-26 May, this dedicated group of wine growers will be showcasing their wines at our 2 resorts in Mauritius.

Guests can enjoy the delicious cuisine created by Constance chefs, accompanied by fine wines from the French wine-producing regions of Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Find out more about the special events taking place this week. Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius.

 

 

Constance Belle Mare Plage at the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge in Tasmania, Australia

After the victory of our Constance Belle Mare Plage team at the top culinary contest on Mauritius, the 4 winners are heading to Tasmania to represent Mauritius at the international MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge, from 20-27 May.

Team going to MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge

The team heading to Tasmania

Last October 2011, out of a total of 9 teams, Constance Belle Mare Plage won the best table set up and was overall winner of the Black Box Competition local event which marks the International Chefs’ Day and organised by the Mauritius Chefs’ Association.

Constance Belle Mare Plage will be represented by:

  • Patrick Travady, winner of 5th edition of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, ex sous-chef and technician at the fine dining Blue Penny Café restaurant of Constance Belle Mare Plage. Patrick has participated in several culinary competitions and is very efficient and pro-active. Since 2010 he has been Assistant Chef at the Deer Hunter restaurant.
  • Aundoo Kainat exudes Mauritian hospitality and has mastered Mauritian culinary techniques with great humility. She also enjoys new challenges in cooking. Honest and passionate about what she does, Aundoo’s participation in this MLA Global Final is a golden opportunity towards her career goals.
  • Nitisha Ghunsam is responsible for desserts at the Blue Penny Café Fine dining restaurant. Devoted and loyal in her work, she also won the MLA Black Box Chef’s Challenge in 2009. Nitisha is very motivated to take part to such a competition.
  • Jean Jerry Kevin Hook took part in the culinary competition ‘Super Chef’ and in Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. He is hard working, helpful and very determined. Good at interacting with guests and creative, this is a great challenge for Jean to be involved with.

The idea behind the competition

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Fifteen years after its inception, MLA’s Black Box Culinary Challenge has influenced more than 3500 young chefs around the Asia Pacific region helping lift their awareness and appreciation of Australian beef, sheep meat and goat meat.

Supported by the local chefs’ association in each country, the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge has become the envied arena for showcasing quality products to a focused target market of current and future 5-star chefs and food service/trade buyers around the world.

Meat & Livestock Australia and other co-sponsors have successfully organised over 86 Black Box Competitions since 1996.

How does it work?

Each event targets 8 to 16 teams from five star hotels, restaurants, hotel/catering schools, clubs and airline catering. Teams are given a Black Box filled with mystery ingredients including prime Australian beef, sheep meat or goat meat as well as seafood, spices, fruit and vegetables, dairy products and stocks.

The teams are given one hour to devise a 4-course menu using all of the ingredients. The teams then take away their box of ingredients to a pre-arranged venue to prepare the meal. The 4 courses are judged by a panel of international chefs prior to being served to approximately 200 guests at a gala dinner event.

Points are awarded for taste, skill, creativity and artistic merit. Special awards are given for Best Main Course and Best Table Display. All teams receive a certificate of participation. Gold, Silver and Bronze level certificates are awarded based on the standards achieved by the team, and the top 3 winning teams receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and cash awards.

Competing Teams

  • Mauritius- Constance Belle Mare Plage
  • Vietnam – Equatorial Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
  • Egypte – Inter Continental City Stars Cairo
  • Philippines – Makati Shangri-La Manila
  • UAE – The Address Downtown Dubai
  • Singapore – Royal Plaza on Scotts
  • USA – Mitsitam Native Foods Café Baltimore
  • Indonesia – Bulgari Hotel Bali
  • Malaysia – Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
  • Thailand – Thailand Culinary Academy Bangkok
  • South Korea – Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul
  • Cambodia – Topaz Restaurant Phnom Penh
  • Hong Kong – Hong Kong Jockey Club Derby Restaurant
  • China- Inter Continental Beijing Beichen
  • Australia – The Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart

 

Hamilton Russell Vineyards wine promotion at Constance Hotels

At Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice tonight and tomorrow, 16 and 17 May, we are promoting the highly sought after wines from Hamilton Russell Vineyards, one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea.

L'Archipel restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

L'Archipel restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The Hamilton Russell Estate specialises in producing individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay – widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in theNew World.

The history of Hamilton Russell Vineyards

In 1975 founder, Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property located in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. He found the property after an exhaustive search for the most southerly site on which to make South Africa’s top cool climate wines from a selection of noble varieties.

His son Anthony Hamilton Russell, who took over in 1991 (finally buying the property in 1994), narrowed the range to Pinot noir and Chardonnay only, and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an Estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir.

Extensive soil research initiated in 1994 identified 52 hectares of stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil as optimal for the individual, origin expressive style they aim for and all plantings have now been limited to this soil type.

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Anthony, winemaker Hannes Storm and viticulturist Johan Montgomery are completely dedicated to expressing the personality of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir in their wines.

Tiny yields and intense worldwide demand keep the elegant, highly individual, Estate grown Pinot noir and Chardonnay in very short supply.

 

Special promotional dinner at L’Archipel

Wednesday 16 May – L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice

Urchin with Granny Smith apple

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Unilateral jobfish filet cooked on the skin, clams chowder with shells from our lagoon

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Beef flank, caramelised onion compote with Jamaican pepper, sweet potato dauphine, mirror sauce

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Cinnamon ango with manjari choclate,coconut sherbet with lime

The Wines

  • Asbourne Sandstone (white) 2007
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot noir 2010
  • Asbourne (red) 2007

 

Special promotional dinner at La Spiaggia

Thursday 17 May, La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Tuna tartar, wasabi-salmon gravlax-vegetables ‘Croqque sel’ tartlet

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Ballotine of duck foie gras and smoked eel, ‘Surf’ beetroot and dandelion salad, ’Turf’ green asparagus with Harenka caviar

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Roasted cod fish with salted butter crusted with fruits nuts and lemon pulp, glazed carrot with vanilla, passion fruit sabayon

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Pigeon breast, grilled potato, roasted abatis with Colonnata lard, raspberries and raw cherries, “Lapsang Souchong” tea juice

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‘Kumabo’ chocolate tartlet, blackcurrant and violet juice

The Wines

  • Southern Right Sauvignon blanc 2011
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 & Ashbourne 2007
  • Southern Right Pinotage 2009

Golf team at Constance selected to play for Mauritius

Two members of our first-class golf team at Constance Belle Mare Plage will be representing Mauritius in the Zone VI Golf Competition at Lilongwe Golf Club, Malawi from 24-28 April 2012.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course

Sarran Ramsarran, Golf Supervisor at the Legend Course and Rakesh Channoo, Golf Operations Assistant at the Links Course, have been selected to play in the Mauritian Golf Team as amateurs. Sarran and Rakesh both won several competitions to reach this stage. They will be accompanied by 2 other Mauritians to play in the Mauritian Team.

Thirteen countries are taking part in this golf tournament: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Botswana, Madagascar, Reunion Island and Malawi.

Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius

The talented wine growers of Art de Vignes will be celebrating a week of gastronomy at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage from 20-26 May 2012.

Blue Penny Cafe

Fine dining at Blue Penny Cafe, Belle Mare Plage

Art de Vignes is a club of passionate, dedicated wine growers from French wine-producing regions: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Organised in collaboration with Jerome Faure, our Head Sommelier, the event is now in its third year. Throughout the week we celebrate fine dining and exceptional wines from the six French winemakers, who also attend the dinner.

Guests at our 2 hotels in Mauritius can enjoy this wonderful opportunity to taste rare wines from the Art de Vignes club, and to meet and discuss their passion for wine with the winegrowers. Add to this the famous culinary delights of our talented Constance chefs and you can see why this is an unmissable foodie event.

Highlights of the week

Sunday 20 May

  • Alphonse Mellot – Sancerre Domain La Moussiere
    Special lobster dinner at Indigo Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Monday 21 May
  • Olivier Decelle – Maury Mas Amiel/St Emilion GC Jean Faure
    Mauritian cuisine at Deer Hunter Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Tuesday 22 May
  • Thierry Germain – Saumur – Domaine des Roches Neuves
    When Val de Loire meets the Sega – at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Wednesday 23 May
  • Jean-Marc Boillot – Pommard/Puligny-Montrachet
    Recipes from Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage
Thursday 24 May
  • Marc Perrin – Chateauneuf du Pape – Beaucastel
    4 hands menu at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Friday 25 May
  • Christine Vernay – Condrieu – Cote Rotie – Georges Vernay
    Summer scents and spices of Syrah and Viognier at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage

Find out more on our Constance Hotels Experience website.

Marc Farry offers golf lessons to guests in Mauritius, 12-21 April

Marc Farry, professional golfer and golf ambassador of Constance Hotels Experience, is giving personal coaching to guests of Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice from 12-21 April 2012.

Links golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Links golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Marc Farry, a full member of the European Tour since 1989, has won 16 tournaments on the French domestic tour including the 2000 French PGA Championship. He joined the European Senior Tour in 2009.

In 2010, he captured a special second Senior Tour title when he won the inaugural Cannes Mougins Masters, an event that he co-organised. His maiden victory came four months earlier in similarly rainy conditions when he triumphed in the Handa Irish Senior Open presented by Fáilte Ireland.

Mark, a regular visitor in Mauritius, was named Ambassador of Mauritian Golf  during MCB Tour Championship 2011 by Robert Desvaux, Chairman of MTPA (Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority).

For more information about the courses with Marc, please visit the Links or Legend Club Houses at Constance Belle Mare Plage.