SRI LANKAN EMBASSY AND WORLD BANK SPICE
UP THE BANK'S RESTAURANTS WITH A SRI LANKAN FOOD FESTIVAL
“Heritage Days” highlights
authentic Sri Lankan Cuisine and Culture
On Tuesday (23 February 2010), Restaurants Associates
(RA) at the World Bank and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington,
D.C. inaugurated the first day of “Celebrating Sri Lankan
Cuisine, a special country promotion, launched under the RA’s
“Heritage Days” luncheon series.
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya in conversation with Chef
Gerard Mendis of Hilton, Colombo and his colleague,
Chef Madhawa Weerabaddhana.
The inaugural luncheon, prepared by two leading
chefs specially flown from Sri Lanka, namely, Chef Gerard Mendis
of Hilton, Colombo and his colleague, Chef Madhawa Weerabaddhana,
featured a colorful spread of seafood, curries and vegetarian
dishes laced with authentic Sri Lankan spices.
The occasion was attended by as many as two hundred
guests, including a large number of senior executives representing
the World Bank, the IMF, the Office of the USTR and the US Departments
of State, Commerce and Defense.
Chef Gerard Mendis of Hilton, Colombo and his colleague,Chef
“Welcome to Sri Lanka,” Ambassador
Jaliya Wickramasuriya greeted the busy executive dining room.
“As I was arriving at this restaurant, I saw a Sri Lankan
Airlines hostess, I saw a Sri Lanka Tourism video playing and
I smelled the Sri Lankan food. I felt like I was in Sri Lanka.
I believe our food will tempt all our guests to visit Sri Lanka
on their next vacation.”
Apart from stunning, spicy entrees, the luncheon
also highlighted Sri Lanka as a premiere travel destination, following
the “New York Times” recent designation of Sri Lanka
as the number one place to visit in 2010.
Mr. Dillan Ariyawansa, Sri Lankan Airlines' Senior
Vice President in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean, also attended
the lunch to boost travel prospects.
The guests, who were highly pleased with the
feast, were deeply appreciative of the Restaurant Associates and
the Sri Lankan Embassy for the rare opportunity given.
With over 240 guests, the second day luncheon,
24th Feb., the bank’s executive dinning room saw the highest
number of diners at in the entire history of “Heritage Days”
series so far.
On 25th and 26th, Chefs Gerard and Madhawa will
offer their specialties in the bank’s larger cafeteria,
which serves over 3,500 meals a day and the World Bank’s
International Finance Corp.(IFC) dining room respectively.
On March 2, the chefs will stage a special Sri
Lankan dinner at the prestigious Time Warner Center in New York
City for another executive gathering that will include a large
number of representatives from the travel trade.