Friday, September 17, 2010

9/17 - Marc Stroobandt, Vincent Brunetti,

Marc Stroobandt   Master Beer Sommelier / Belgian Beer Ambassador
Marc Stroobandt is a Master Beer Sommelier and Belgian Beer Ambassador with The F&B Partnership in the United Kingdom. Recently, Stroobandt began working with Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe to promote Belgian beers, brewing history and pouring rituals as well as educate consumers on the art of beer and food pairings.   Stroobandt first became intrigued with the wide variety of specialty beers during his first year in law school in Belgium in 1982. He worked very closely with Belgian brewers and gained an unparalleled understanding of the Belgian beer landscape while working in some of the best Belgian beer bars. A stint in catering school helped Stroobandt develop a passion and expertise for pairing food with beer.  In 1998, Stroobandt was awarded an honorary knighthood by one of Europe 's oldest trade guilds, the La Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs (the Knighthood of the Brewers' Mashstaff). He is also Commander in the Order of De Roze Olifant.   Currently director and master beer sommelier for the F&B Partnership, Stroobandt lives in London, England. Together with his business partner, Fiona Smith, Stroobandt works in the United Kingdom and the United States as a consultant. Their goal: to enhance the appreciation of beer through product education, tasting sessions, master courses and beer dinners.

Vincent Brunetti - Food & Beverage Director  Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa
Experience the ancient spirit of aloha from our luxury Hyatt Waikiki hotel. The past and the future are united in fresh and surprising ways in this world-famous neighborhood (known in Hawaiian as “spouting waters”) that was once the playground for Hawaiian royalty. Hyatt Regency Waikiki offers the ultimate combination of personalized service, oversized, luxurious guestrooms, inspired culinary creations and a perfect location close to all that embodies our island. Sink your toes in legendary sand, or stroll Diamond Head (Leahi), Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium from our spectacular Hawaii Waikiki hotel. Relax, refresh and recharge with a visit to Na Ho’ola Spa, our Hawaii hotel spa, or awaken your adventurous side with surfing lessons on Waikiki Beach.

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