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A Merry Christmas mix of fruit and rum at Centara Grand at CentralWorld

A Merry Christmas mix of fruit and rum at Centara Grand at CentralWorld (Forimmediaterelease.net) A grand old European tradition came to Bangkok on September 17, when the chefs and management of the newly-opened Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center at CentralWorld got together to blend the liquor and dried fruits to go into the Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings that will be prepared in the hotel’s own bakery come December.

With Suthikiati Chirathivat, chairman of The Executive Board, Central Plaza Hotel (Public) Co., Ltd. (the owning company of Centara Hotels & Resorts) supervising, into the mixing bowl went 10 kg of black raisins, 7 kg of dried apricots, 7 kg of pitted dried prunes and 14 bottles of Dark Rum. Another 2 kg each of dried apricots, dried prunes and walnuts were used as garnish.

In addition to being a preparation for the festive season, the occasion was also used to celebrate the opening of Zing Bakery located on the ground floor, and the venue that many people will be heading to in December when the Christmas cakes and puddings go on sale.

Gerd Steeb, president of Centara Hotels & Resorts, who hails from Germany, said that in his home country and in other European countries, the marinating of dried fruits in liquor ready for the Christmas and New Year season is a much anticipated time of year.

Everyone enjoys this occasion, because this is the time the season changes and people suddenly realize that Christmas is coming, with all the festivities and the snow and frost, he said. It isn’t just the hotels and restaurants that marinate their fruit, it is a traditional family event, too with everyone gathered around the kitchen table in a very jolly mood.

Gathered around the table at Zing Bakery in Centara Grand at CentralWorld were the hotel’s general manager Michel Horn, who is French; executive chef Michel Breliere, who is also from France and pastry chef Ott Jurscha, from the pastry making capital of the world, Austria.

Centara Grand & BCC at CentralWorld is a fully-integrated and innovative hotel, convention venue, retail and leisure complex situated in the heart of Bangkok.

The five-star hotel features 505 luxurious rooms and suites, with nine executive floors including one complete floor for the World Executive Club, and there are nine restaurants and bars.

The hotel is currently in its soft-opening phase, with the entire hotel due to be open by October 2008.

Centara Hotels and Resorts operates 18 luxury hotels and resorts in major tourist destinations throughout Thailand and Asia including Bangkok, Hua Hin, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, Trat, Hat Yai, Mae Sot, Konkaen and The Maldives. The Centara Grand Silapura Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and the Centara Hotel & Convention Konkaen will open in 2009 and the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket in 2010. The Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is under construction and is due to open in 2009.

Introducing the 2 New Members of Centara Hotels & Resorts:

Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat - Located conveniently on the mainland coastline and overlooking picturesque Koh Chang, Trat. For full information, please visit: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/cct

Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center at CentralWorld - A fully-integrated and innovative hotel, convention venue, retail, and leisure complex ideally situated in the heart of Bangkok. For full information, please visit: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/cgcw

For Reservations:

Tel: +66 (0) 2 101 1234, Press 1
Fax: +66 (0) 2 101 1235
Email: href="mailto:reservations@chr.co.th">reservations@chr.co.th

Centara Hotels & Resorts
999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2 769 1234
Fax: +66 (0) 2 769 1235
Email: centara@chr.co.th

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