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Spain Dinner

Madrid, September 19, 2014

Bailliage of Madrid: A treat for all the senses

For the location of this latest event in Spain, Bailli of Madrid Elena Escribano Garcia chose the emblematic Hotel Ritz Madrid by Belmond.

The hotel’s General Manager is none other than Bailli Provincial Christian Tavelli. Spanish by birth and Swiss hotel school educated he assumed the role in 2013 after a career in other prestigious establishments.

In 1910 César Ritz built this hotel bearing his name according to the wishes of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. One of the original grand luxury hotels in Europe, the iconic landmark established Madrid as one of the truly great European cities. Ever since, it has welcomed visiting aristocracy and dignitaries with inimitable style and luxury.

A baroque palace in the heart of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Hotel Ritz by Belmond continues to be a lively gathering place for Spanish high society. The hotel’s restaurants and bars are a constant buzz of activity. Its leafy outdoor terrace is especially popular in the summer. In fact, we took full advantage of the time in Spain when we can still enjoy the evenings outdoors by holding the cocktail reception in the exquisite gardens of the hotel.

The group then adjourned indoors to the Salon Alfonso XIII to enjoy delicious Spanish cuisine in the room’s unique setting with its 17th century tapestries and rugs handmade by the Real Fábrica de Tapices (the Royal Tapestry Factory).

Christian Tavelli and Executive Chef Jorge Gonzalez, Maître Rôtisseur, conceived an exceptional menu for us. We should not forget to mention Food & Beverage Manager Giovanni Virgilio and his team who provided a superb table service.

At the end of the evening members and their guests went their respective ways home joyous in the knowledge that it had been a wonderful event. The menu was a treat; as always the ladies (and the gentlemen too!) were elegantly attired.

It was a certainty that the occasion would be a marvellous experience – one which we will be indeed very happy to repeat in the future.

Amable Prieto Montero, Bailli Délégué