Singapore Grand Prix -­‐ 3 Michelin Star Race Dinner in association with The Podium Lounge

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Vitisasia,  Asia’s  premier  wine  and  gastronomy  experience  provider,  in  association  with  Podium Lounge, the internationally acclaimed A-­‐list party that follows the Grand Prix circuit from Melbourne to Monaco and Abu Dhabi to Singapore, are launching the inaugural Grand Prix Race Dinner series.




Quique Dacosta - 3 Michelin Star Chef - of The Race Dinners at
The Podium Lounge Singapore 2014 on Fri 19 & Sat 20 September


For the first time ever in Singapore Quique Dacosta, of his eponymous 3 Michelin starred restaurant in Spain, will be designing and cooking 2 exceptional dinners on September 19th, 2014 and September 20th, 2014. Quique Dacosta is one of the leaders of avant-­‐garde cuisine in Europe. Dishes prepared by Quique Dacosta will be beautifully matched with:


  • On September 19th, 2014: wines from Castell d’Encus, one of the most original vineyards in Spain  and  considered  one  of  the  top  domains  in  Cataluña.  The  winery  produces  small quantities at high altitudes averaging 950m in the Spanish Pyrenees. Wines are fermented in stone and the winery uses 11th century wine-­‐making techniques.  Thanks to the passion and great skills of Raul Bobet, their wine maker and ex-­‐oenologist at Torres, Castell d’Encus wines are highly rated every year by wine experts, such as Robert Parker Jr., and are listed in many Michelin starred restaurants in Spain and around the world.

Castell d'Encus - Official Wine Partner of the 3 Michelin Star Race Dinner with
Quique Dacosta on Friday 19 September 2014

  • On September 20th, 2014: wines from the world famous Château Margaux, one of only four wines  to  achieve  Premier  Cru  status  in  the  Bordeaux  Classification  1855.    The  winery  is located  on  the  left  bank  of  the  Gironde  estuary  in  southwestern  France.  Under  the ownership  of  Corinne  Mentzelopoulos  and  astute  direction  of  Paul  Pontallier  whose  son, Thibault  Pontallier,  will  be  presenting  the  wines  at  the  dinner  as  the  Château  Margaux Ambassador for Asia, Château Margaux is the fruit of decades of experience in making one of the most sought-­‐after red wine in the world.


Thibault Pontallier, CEO of Chateaux Margaux Asia - who will be presenting Chateaux Margaux at the 3 Michelin Race Dinner with Quique Dacosta on Saturday 20 September 2014



The dinners will be held in the Ballroom of The Ritz-­‐Carlton, Millenia Singapore.  After dinner, guests will join the party at the exclusive Podium Lounge, now in it’s 6th successful year in Singapore.

The evening will include a welcome by Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt whose story was so vividly told in the acclaimed movie, Rush. Freddie will be saying a few words about his return to professional motor racing “The Hunt for Le Mans” and his father.


Freddie Hunt, son of Formula 1World Champion James Hunt


About Vitisasia 
Vitisasia  is  a  lifestyle  platform  set  up  by  Ludovic  Tendron  and  Kevin  Cheng  in  partnership  with Nabuchodonosor,  the  renowned  Parisian  event  agency. Vitisasia  works  across  Asia  Pacific  and specialises in  fine wine investment, exclusive wine and gastronomic events and hosts a series of elite business to business networking at wine paired dinners called Essence: www.vitisasia.com

About Podium Lounge 
Now in it's 6th year at The Ritz-­‐Carlton, Millenia Singapore, The Podium Lounge has brought together celebrities, Formula 1 Drivers, musicians, Ambassadors, Royalty, models and Asia’s wealthy jet-­‐set for an annual high-­‐octane event, creating the most sought-­‐after and glamorous nightlife experience over the Grand Prix Season Singapore 2014: www.podiumlounge.com/sg

Click HERE for more information on the 3 Michelin Race Dinners; or you can visit: www.vitisasia.com/f1

Venue:

The Ballroom -­‐ Level 1, The Ritz-­‐Carlton, Millenia Singapore 
Date: Friday 19th September (Castell d’Encus) and Saturday 20th September 2014 (Chateau Margaux) Timings:
6.30pm: Champagne Reception
7.15pm: Welcome by Freddie Hunt son of the late F1 Racing Legend James Hunt and the star of the F1 biopic Rush
7.30pm: Five course dinner by three Michelin star chef Quique Dacosta with wine pairing by Castell d’Encus (Friday) and Chateau Margaux (Saturday)
9.00pm: Introduction to the final course by Quique Dacosta

10.00pm till late: The Podium Lounge 2014

The Grand Prix Second Practice Session & Qualifications will be shown on a big screen at the venue in low volume.

Tickets:

Friday 19th September
Quique Dacosta and Castell d’Encus

Tickets: S$788 nett (Early Bird), S$838 nett (Standard Price)

Saturday 20th September
Quique Dacosta and Chateau Margaux
Tickets: S$938 nett (Early Bird), S$988 nett (Standard Price)

All tickets to the dinners include an entry to the exclusive Podium Lounge event which runs until 4am. The standard admission fee of $218 has been discounted for all dinner guests.

For ticket sales please go to: vitisasia.com/f1
Payments can be made by Paypal, cheque or bank transfer
For all ticket enquiries please contact: info@vitisasia.com or call +65 9786 6484

All prices are nett and inclusive of GST and service charge (if applicable). Terms & conditions apply and are available on www.vitisasia.com

About Quique Dacosta:

Quique Dacosta has been working as a professional chef since 1986. He started working in a pizzeria at  the age  of  14  and  quickly  adopted  a  love  for  French  cook  books  which  showcased  avant-­‐garde culinary lines. The idea that food goes beyond mere feeding began to take root.

In 1988 he joined what later became his own restaurant, El Poblet (today renamed Quique Dacosta Restaurant). In its early stages, El Poblet offered Castilian cuisine, which later developed into a more local, maritime Alicantenean-­‐Valencian gastronomy. Styles were mixed, and Quique Dacosta became the pioneer of the new Valencian cuisine from the late 80s-­‐early 90s.

Quique  Dacosta's  is  a  cuisine  updated  with  novel  techniques:  his  goal  is  to  lighten  the  culinary experience and to refine cooking times. The Mediterranean Sea and the Montgó Natural Park have both inspired  his  culinary  style,  with  their  inexhaustible  supply  of  seafood  and  of  the  abundant  resources grown  in  the  diverse  ecosystem.  This  is  simply  an  unlimited  source  of  fresh  and  natural ingredients.

Placed  among  the  best  ten  chefs  in  the  world  and  the  best  three  chefs  in  Spain,  Quique  Dacosta's cuisine is reported to be the second most important cuisine in the country, and the fifth in the world.  Food & Wine Magazine have placed Quique Dacosta Restaurant among the world’s top ten.

Quique  Dacosta  is  recognized  world-­‐wide  for  the  artistic  expression  of  his  cuisine  and  for  proudly holding the flag of his homeland and culture; he personifies excellence and distinction, innovation and tradition, while promoting the Valencian Community through culture and modernity.

In 2013, Quique Dacosta was awarded his third Michelin star. He is placed number 26 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013, the list produced by the prestigious magazine, The Restaurant. In addition, Quique Dacosta’s restaurant has been elected for two years in a row Best Restaurant in Europe by Opinionated About Dining and the famous critic Steve Plotnicki.

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