Year: 2016

EHL culinary arts program

Rubbing shoulders with excellence at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne as it prepares to launch a new Master Class in Culinary Arts in February 2017

Recently, I was priveleged to be invited together with a group of fellow bloggers to participate in a series of enjoyable and informative workshops at the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) recognized as the world’s foremost educational institution for hospitality and hotel management. Since 1893, the EHL has pioneered managerial training for careers in the hospitality industry and its current stable of three university-level study programs is set to expand to four with the addition in February 2017 of its new Master Class in Culinary Arts. The Master Class transforms passion for culinary arts and a business mindset into a successful career. The goal of this new six-month certificate program, designed for young professionals with a post-secondary education, is to provide the perfect balance of industry and technical knowledge, practical experience, managerial skills, and an EHL alumni network that will form the foundation for a successful career in the food and beverage industry.

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Géraldine Rohrer – a gifted young jeweller makes her formal debut at Galerie Annick Zufferey in Carouge

  Even before Géraldine Rohrer graduated this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Design Jewellery & Accessories from Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD) she’d already had pieces on show at Galerie Annick Zufferey in Carouge. “I wouldn’t be able to do that with every student,” Annick Zufferey tells me, “but I knew I could rely on Géraldine. She’s hardworking, intelligent and sensitive, and she has passion and patience so even though she’s working intensely, it’s almost not like work for her.” Since late September, Géraldine has been exposing some of her latest collection at the Galerie under the title “Des plumes dans la tête”. The exhibition continues until this Saturday, 15 October and is a wonderful opportunity to see the very unique pieces handcrafted by this talented, up-and-coming young jeweller. (If you cannot make it to the exhibition, a few pieces will still be on hand afterwards.) I asked Géraldine to tell me a little about herself, her training, and what she draws her inspiration from. Here’s what she had to say: “During my training as an …

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Meet Céline Dreveton: Artisan, Entrepreneur and Creative Force behind the UNIcréa arts & crafts fair

From 3-6 November, 100 talented artisans from across Europe will gather at the magical Château de la Sarraz above Lausanne for the 22nd ed. of the UNIcréa Salon for Art, Fashion & Decor. This ‘must do’ biannual event attracted more than 6,000 arts and crafts lovers to its Spring edition at the Château de Morges last May, many of whom were returning clientele eager to enjoy four-days of original creations, fashion shows, children’s workshops, and a uniquely welcoming and upbeat atmosphere that celebrates artisanal craftsmanship at its best.

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Chaplin’s World: celebrating the artist, family man, and citizen of the world

Ten years in the making, the newly opened Chaplin’s World in Corsier-sur-Vevey wins over visitors of all ages with an immersive look into its beloved subject’s life that cleverly mixes memories, imagination, humour and oodles of heart. In September 1952, Charles Chaplin left his home in Los Angeles and boarded a ship in New York with his wife Oona and their young children to attend the premiere of his latest film “Limelight” in London. The next day, the US attorney general revoked Chaplin’s re-entry permit largely based on the latter’s political views, which were thought to be pro-Communist. When Chaplin received the news he cut his ties with the United States and within four months had settled into the Manoir de Ban, an elegant mansion at Corsier-sur-Vevey with a 3.5 hectare estate and stunning views over Lake Geneva. “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin Here he spent the last 25 years of his life, living and realizing his creative projects in peace, accepted by the local population …

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“Imagine. Create. Shape. Arts & Crafts in Carouge” puts local artisans in the spotlight at the Musée de Carouge

You’ll have noticed by now that I’m a big fan of the artisans of Carouge, the lovely Sardinian enclave that’s so close geographically and yet so far in terms of architecture, shopping, and “vibe” from neighboring Geneva. Many of these celebrated differences find their source in Carouge’s heyday as Geneva’s economic rival. Border trade made it a commercial hub and the population exploded (from 500 to 4,700 in the twenty years from 1772-1792) sparking an influx of diverse artisans to service its daily needs.

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New Dutch Masters join Rembrandt at the Domaine de Penthes

To coincide with the stunning exhibition Rembrandt in Geneva at the Domaine de Penthes until 23 October,  Tête à Tête – Swiss Events has mounted a parallel exhibition entitled Dutch Art & Design, “Old Master, New Masters” which is featured at the Museum until Sunday, 25 September. The exhibition is of limited-edition works by photographer Hendrik Kerstens and designers Jurgen Bey, Joris Laarman and Marcel Wanders. It offers a contemporary vision of Dutch art  and design as created by these “New Masters”. In a dedicated room visitors can also watch biographical videos of the artists as well as “making of” videos of key works from the exhibition.

seasonal tomato salad

Tomato Salad with mozzarella, capers and almonds

To round out my short series on summer salads with seasonal fruit, I nominate this satisfyingly tasty little number that makes the most of late-August tomatoes in all their glorious, full-bodied ripeness. It comes from 101 Cookbooks, another of my favorite websites for innovative yet homey recipes (many that reinvent the way I think about using oft-used produce) that you immediately want to tuck into with a great big fork or spoon. The original recipe calls for heirloom tomatoes, but I made do with an abundant selection of non-heirlooms and I don’t think I missed out too much in the flavor department. The roasted tomatoes are luscious.