Sri Lanka Chapitre
Kalutara, February 18-19, 2017
Italian-themed weekend at picturesque location

Combining our Chapitre with an amazing weekend opportunity for members and guests was a great success at the newly-opened Anantara Kalutara Resort.

Located along the island’s southern coastline where the Kalu Ganga flows out to the Indian Ocean, this prestigious resort exudes serenity, spacious interiors blending comfortable luxury with modern amenities.

Festivities began with the Induction Ceremony conducted in the Piccha Room. As Inducting Officer our Bailli Délégué Nigel Austin welcomed all present and invited the procession of the Bailliage’s Officers. Once the formalities were concluded, on the open upper terrace with the sky dyed pomegranate pink from a perfect sunset, we enjoyed a glass of perfectly-chilled bubbly with delectable canapés.

At the appointed hour, the doors of “Acquolina”, the Anantara Kalutara Resort’s Italian restaurant, swung open to reveal the glamorous setting for our Italian-themed evening. An instant impact came from the eye-catching table centres of beautiful red roses which had been specially chosen because of the proximity of Valentine’s Day.

We were 70 for dinner. Anantara’s well-known Italian Chef Silvano Amolini and the Anantara Kalutara’s team created a special menu for our enjoyment.

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Duck liver pate
brioche, spiced apple chutney, Gewurztraminer jelly

Tasmanian wild salmon and roe with scallops
Campari orange

Arctic black cod with lobster
garlic squid ink cream, wild black rice

Forest desireMargaret River lamb
Taleggio fondue, aromatic black winter truffles

Slow-roasted crispy duck
bitter chocolate carrot reduction, pomegranate syrup

Pink macaroon, dark praline mousse
passion fruit heart, rose petals

Complementing the courses, Sommelier Jasper Koch’s wine selection was a great success.

An elegant, much appreciated event continued with our overnight stay. We woke welcomed by brunch with an amazing spread of indescribable variety. The splendid sounds of jazz entertained us before we journeyed home.

A memorable Chapitre and a perfect weekend!

Nigel Austin
Bailli Délégué