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Pearl promotion promises a “one-of-a-kind” affair

Friday October 10, 2014 Written by Published in Economy
Guests at tonight’s one-of-a-kind ‘Marina Long Table Dinner’ will be treated to a signature, four-course meal, designed by chefs Sam Timoko and Phillip Nordt. 14091617 Guests at tonight’s one-of-a-kind ‘Marina Long Table Dinner’ will be treated to a signature, four-course meal, designed by chefs Sam Timoko and Phillip Nordt. 14091617

The Cook Islands black pearl industry will be the focus of tonight’s exotic ‘Marina Long Table Dinner’ – an event designed to put our local product on the international stage.

Described as a “one-of-a-kind” affair, the dinner will see 200 guests seated on a 65-metre long table set up at Avatiu Marina.
“It’s very exciting to be bringing something different and special onto the Rarotonga social and dining scene” said organiser Alexis Wolfgramm.
The night kicks off at 6pm, and guests will be treated to a welcome cocktail, followed by a gourmet four-course dinner matched with an award winning winery’s finest selection, in a unique location.
Chef Phillip Nordt – part of the two man duo behind the night’s menu that also includes local chef Sam Timoko – says the menu will include local flavours and ingredients such as korori (pearl meat), yellowfin, and accompanying locally sourced produce.
A dessert featuring topical fruit, coconut, and white chocolate will close out the dining portion of the night.
Along with a live band, live show, and dancing afterwards, patrons will be taking home a pearl souvenir of the event.
Behind tonight’s dinner is Pearl Festival Cook Islands - an incorporated society composed of industry officials and supporters who want to promote local pearls on a global scale.
“This is the first event that we are trialling and it’s shaping up to be a winner,” said Wolfgramm.
The committee will be trialling at least another three events over the next twelve months, to judge their suitability for an annual festival.
“We would like to achieve a similar success to the Shinju Matsuri (Festival of the Pearl) held annually in Broome, Western Australia” said Wolfgramm, “Literally thousands of people go to Broome for the festival, and it has been running for over  30 years”.
The event is “virtually booked” with only a couple of seats remaining at $150 per person.
Those interested are urged to act quickly and contact Alexis at 54547 or 29055.

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