Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Dec. 20, 2010) — Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, located in Puerto Plata on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, announces the appointment of John Black as Executive Chef. A Colorado native with more than 23 years international culinary experience, Black has served as executive chef for five star hotel companies in Australia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and Morocco and the Caribbean.
“As an all-inclusive resort with 18 restaurants, three of them gourmet quality, several snack facilities, ice cream parlor, 39 bars, ongoing in-villa catering with private chef, weekly welcome banquets, and specialty night themed dinners; this position is critical to our overall success and guest satisfaction,” said Hans Larcher, Managing Director, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club.
Black is in charge of designing the dining experience and food quality at all Lifestyle Holiday Vacation Resort restaurants and in recruiting culinary and food service talent for the resort.
“I look forward to going above and beyond the expectations of our members and guests at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club by giving them the best of the best, when it comes to the culinary experience,” said Black. “I am committed to bringing my international flair directly to the table to ensure the highest quality and satisfaction in all our restaurants..
The Blue Lagoon
Specialty: Caribbean Food
Located directly at the Lifestyle Hacienda Resorts? private beach and facing beautiful Cofresi beach.
During daytime, starting at noon, the "Blue Lagoon" opens for light lunches and snacks. Fresh salads, satisfying burgers, sandwiches and even a delicious chicken or the "catch of the day" from the grill are available until 6:00pm.
In the evening, the "Blue Lagoon" is the perfect place for a truly Caribbean flair. A varied menu, based on seafood, offers fresh fish and seafood prepared with a touch of "Cajun" flavor and fruits of the Caribbean. We highly recommend shrimps "Al Fuego style" (spicy) and sea-brass rolls infused with passion fruit. You can also ask for our fish and seafood barbeque and other Creole specialties.
Casablanca - Buffet Style Restaurant
Specialty: International &Theme Buffets
Our International buffet style breakfast offers 18 different warm choices plus fruits and fresh seasonal juices, cereals and breads. Try or request different combinations of fruit juices and milk shakes prepared at the Juice Bar. The Chef will be happy to personally prepare your favorite style egg breakfast with your choice of ingredients.
The noon buffet offers a large selection of salads, meats, vegetables and international dishes to choose from. At the pasta corner you can order your favorite pasta with your favorite sauce cooked a la minute. Our chefs can also prepare delicious quarter pound hamburgers, fish, chicken or meats cooked to your taste. There's also a sandwich bar and wonderful array of delectable desserts.
We have 14 different international buffets where you can enjoy a gastronomical journey through France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and not forgetting the exotic food of the Dominican Republic. Each dish is prepared with the finest imported ingredients. Friday nights, Casablanca prepares its Gala Buffet which offers the most delicious selection of dishes, in a distinguished ambiance where you can enjoy and taste our creative cuisine.
Specialty: Asian Fusion Cuisine
You don't need to go to the enigmatic Far East to savor its gastronomical delights. In our restaurant "Indochine" we offer Chinese, Japanese and Indian specialties. Here we present a delicious selection of flavors and ingredients with fresh shellfish combinations, the famous Sushi, spicy Curries and our Chinese pasta-and-rice station where you can personally choose your preferred ingredients for your dish preparation.
Rainforest Vitalis Garden Club Buffet Restaurant
Specialty: International, Theme Buffet & Health Food
The International breakfast buffet caters 12 unique hot and cold specialties, including fresh fruits, and only the most delicious seasonal juices prepared just for you, along with any style of eggs with your favorite ingredients. All prepared for you in minutes.
From 12:00pm onward we offer an excellent lunch buffet which includes a wide variety of salads, meats, and international dishes. Our Chefs will cook for you delicious 1/4 pound hamburger, chicken, fish, meats or your favorite pasta, all within minutes. If you are in a light mood you may feel tempted by our special salad bar, offering a wide variety of exotic local vegetables. Enjoy our ample variety of desserts to tantalize your taste buds.
For dinner we offer 14 different internationally based choices, where you can make a gastronomic travel through France, Spain, Italy, and Mexico, not forgetting the exotic food of the Dominican Republic. We prepare each dish with only the finest imported and national ingredients.
El Zorro - Mexican
Specialty: Tex - Mex Food
The outstanding fusion of these two cultures has created the Tex Mex cuisine. Here you can find the famous "Fajita", specially made with strips of beef, pork, chicken or seafood, combined with bell peppers, onions and tomatoes, all cooked on charcoal grill and infused with the tantalizing flavor of "Mesquite" (an aromatic desert tree). We also offer a wide variety of delicious "Burritos", specially made with your choice of meat or seafood seasoned with only the best array of Mexican spices and sauces, all served on wheat-tacos.
We also recommend the grilled to perfection BBQ Baby Back Ribs with a touch of guava flavor.
Bellini - Pizza & Pasta
Specialty: Italian Cuisine
For those who love the taste of Italian food, we offer a wide variety of mouth watering pizzas and pastas made from the traditional recipes of Italy. What's more! Italian pizzas are specially prepared just for you right before your eyes, with Pomodoro sauce, and Mozzarella cheese, all combined with the meats and vegetables of your choice. Our homemade pasta is freshly pressed and cut daily, served with traditional Italian sauces and famous cold meats imported from Italy. So we can prepare for you only the best Bellisimas recipes.
The VIP GOURMET - Member's Exclusive
Specialty: New World Cuisine
This elegant dining establishment is for V.I.P's with a taste for the sublime and features fresh seafood, steaks and more. From the beauty of its surroundings to the epitome of service, this is an experience not to be missed.
Dress Code: Smart casual attire required. No shorts, flip flops, or bathing suits please.
Lifestyle's members can enjoy this sophisticated white glove a-la-carte restaurant,