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Cosmopolitan Lions Club conjures up 350,000 baht

Sheraton rejoins the wine club

Cosmopolitan Lions Club conjures up 350,000 baht

Peter Smith (3rd right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Howard Posener
 (4th right) as Glenn Croston (4th left), Lions and friends look on.

Dr Iain Corness
The Jomtien branch of the Cosmopolitan Lions Club pulled off a coup by securing the services of one of the world’s most celebrated magicians, Howard Posener, for their charity evening at the Amari Orchid Resort.
Howard kept the packed dining room completely enthralled as he performed tricks and illusions that had everyone baffled. “How did he do that?” was the response one heard over all the tables, as Howard would magically produce another card from the deck in front of incredulous eyes.
The nominated charity of the Jomtien branch of the Cosmopolitan Lions Club was Croston House, a school for disadvantaged children in the north of Thailand, and between this charity dinner and other fund-raising events, their Lions Club was able to donate 350,000 baht to the trustees of the school, with the cheque being handed over to Glenn Croston, from Croston House, at a small ceremony in the Amari.

That’s my card alright…

How long is a piece of rope? Magician Howard Posener can certainly
 provide an amazing, and amusing answer to that question.

The house band performs soothing tunes.

Michael Diamente (right) is about to be surprised.

Magician Howard Posener (left) baffles Peter Smith with an amazing trick.

Peter Malhotra (right) switches the card to a different pocket
to try and trick Howard, but it doesn’t make any difference.

(L to R) Peter Smith, Glenn Croston and Howard Posener at the funds handing over ceremony. The Jomtien branch of the Cosmopolitan Lions Club was able to donate 350,000 baht to the trustees of Croston House.

Lovely Lion ladies enjoy raising funds for charity.

How DOES he do it?

I’ve seen it and I still don’t know how he does it.

Reading aloud from the Classifieds section of the Pattaya Mail, “…a special thanks
to Peter for choosing the 5 of clubs.” Amazing.

(L to R) Judith Edmunds, Dr. Iain Corness, Howard Posener,
Peter Malhotra and Les Edmunds enjoy a laugh after the show.

Sheraton rejoins the wine club

Dr Iain Corness
The Sheraton Pattaya Resort hosted another wine dinner, after a hiatus of around 18 months, but showed that they had not forgotten how to put on an almost exemplary dinner.
Called the Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s Night, the wines were supplied by Ambrose Wines (now using the motto “Drinks R Us”) and were a good selection of the vineyard’s more popular (and affordable) Mapu and Mouton Cadet labels, with two from Chile and three from France.

GM Michael Delargy and wife Caryn.
New GM of the Sheraton is Michael Delargy who welcomed everyone, accompanied by his vivacious wife Caryn. The Sheraton’s F&B Service Manager Adthapong (‘Om’) Visutyothapibal was also very much in evidence, ensuring that everyone was enjoying themselves.
The reception was held in the Latitude Lounge on the beach level and the two Chilean wines were served. And at the correct temperatures. The red, a Cabernet Sauvignon, was not to my taste, but as always, wine appreciation is a very personal aspect, and others, including the GM loved it. For myself, the white, the Mapu Sauvignon Blanc, was a delightfully clean drop, which I enjoyed, and was to also call for during the dinner (see later). From the Latitude Lounge we repaired upstairs to the Papaya restaurant, one of the more elegant venues in Pattaya, peopled with gorgeous waitresses in long maroon dresses. A three piece combo provided the background music and we settled in with great expectations.

A young violinist entertains the gathering with soothing music.
The Sheraton’s chef, Joel Vivien, had put together an interesting menu for the evening, which began with an ‘amuse bouche’ of a double oyster shot. What a wonderful start (and I could have stayed at that point all night)!
The first course was a mélange of Parma ham and feta, with marinated prawns, grilled asparagus and gorgonzola and seared yellow fin tuna Nicoise. To not be overpowered by the gorgonzola, this required a robust wine, and the Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Blanc 2007 was certainly up for the challenge. This we thought was an excellent pairing.

Mouton Cadet.
The following course was to be taken with the Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Rose 2007, which when taken on its own was still a rather sweet wine; however, when contrasted with the miso soup with foie gras, it was again a perfect match.
A lime and vodka sherbet (sorbet) was provided to cleanse the palate before the main course, and it was explosive! The chap behind the vodka bottle was not sparing in any way!
The main course was a choice of veal chop or snowfish, to be taken with the Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Rouge 2006. We had decided on the fish and were not disappointed, a beautiful dish. However, the red wine, whilst enjoyable on its own, did not go so well with the snowfish in my opinion, though it did with the veal, and we reverted to the Mapu Sauvignon Blanc from the reception. A great combination, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
We finished the night with a fruit puff zabaglione and a New Zealand ice wine, and some coffee. It had been a very good evening thanks to the Sheraton’s undoubted ability to cater for such an event, and thanks to Ambrose Wines, represented by their MD Lt. Somphon Charumilinda, senior manager Jirawat Lohsiriphat and Pattaya branch manager Pichit Intraramand.
The Sheraton’s Wine Dinner is another event venue that Pattaya can be proud of.

First class first course.

Elegant service staff.

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