Aruba was featured during the Taste of the Nations event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Â Tickets for the event went fromÂ $100.00-$250.00, and sold out fast. Major sponsors were American Express, Sysco Corporation, the Food Network, and San Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Carnival Cruise Lines, the Aruba Tourism Authority, Southern Wine and Spirit and the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
Twelve hundred people attended the event featuring 40 restaurant and wine companies. The Aruba logo was shown on the wall throughout the event, as Chef Ron van der Put, working for Salt and Pepper cafÃ© Aruba Â served Â Pan Bollo, a traditional Aruban desert, topped with a Â creamy Palmera rum sauce, served in a martini glass with a spoon.
Compra N.V. donated funds to purchase the ingredients to make this popular treat for the event, and the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association paid for the chefâ€™s trip.
Chef Ron seemed to be very popular attraction as people kept coming back for more of his dessert all the time.
The island of Aruba got Â excellent exposure throughout the media reporting on the event onÂ NBC, FOX, ABC TV during the show, so did the exquisite Aruba cuisine and the Dine Around program, which was promoted by means of flyers, says Angelina Buckley Regional Director SE, USA.
The recipe of Pan Bollo was printed as a color poster and mounted at the Aruba booth, also well stocked with Island Temptations magazines, the nautical edition Summer 09.
Taste of the Nations picture: from left to right Pilar Garcia, with Marriott hotels, Chef Ron van der Put with Salt and Pepper Aruba, Angelina Buckley Aruba Tourism, Rachel Mecca with Westin Aruba Resort.