PRESS APPRECIATION EVENT AT THE RITZ CARLTON. 100% invited press members showed up at the Ritz Carlton Aruba to Sip, Savor and Celebrate, at a special holiday get-together designed to thank photographers and reporters for their support in 2015. Hosted by PR & Communications Manager Myandra Croes, and attended by Director of Sales & Marketing, Mayra Macaraig, General Manager Steven Redkoles Jr., corporate Area Director of PR Catherine Leitner, and Casino General Manager Louella Brezovar, over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the event took place under the stars, by the glow of the red coal fire pit, to the music of vocalist Sangeeta and guitar man Martin Buitenweg! Thank you Ritz Carlton Aruba for your gracious hospitality and always-delicious food. We learned that BLT steakhouse continues to enjoy great popularity among guests and locals and that the hotel will be sold-out for the upcoming holidays. A festive New Year’s Eve celebration in planned on the beach with tremendous fireworks, a spectacle staged in conjunction with the neighbors, the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino. We also heard that sales executive Richard Kasofsky got promoted and left to the Guyana Marriott Hotel, in Georgetown, which is a bit of a frontier town, but now that he is there perhaps we should visit, Guyana is after all the only country in South America where English is the official language and it is gorgeous!
THE NEW WINE ROOM IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Opened at first at Orange Plaza, it just moved into the back of the Antraco building, after a loud Kareoke Bar became its neighbor. Press members were invited on Wednesday for a tasting and pairing with the Wine Room proprietor, Monrick Croes. The atmosphere in the Wine Room remained rustic and cozy, with a raised community table loaded with gleaming stemware and candles, big enough to accommodate a dozen wine and food pairing aficionados. Mondrick who combines epicurean pursuits with instruction, aims at entertaining his clients and teaching them a thing or two about wine culture, which sounds like a fun combo. We swirled and sipped, and visited the upstairs Purple Room. We also congratulated Mom and Pop, on raising a successful son. Monrick is a professional wine and food consultant, who often collaborates with local restaurants. He is also an importer of wine, and carries an extensive and exclusive wine collection in the wine room.