Mother’s Day in México

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Mother’s Day in Mexico is taken to the next level. It is an observance and not a public holiday but some public offices have been known to close early in the afternoon so employees can spend some of the day with their mothers and schools usually have special programs.

Mothers and mother figures are given flowers, cards, candy and other gifts that symbolize appreciation, respect and love. This is also an opportunity to take your favorite female figure out for a fabulous meal.

Austrian restaurant Kaiser Maximilian in Puerto Vallarta is offering a wonderful three course dinner for $466 pesos. Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomer has created some wonderful selections especially for the occasion.

This special menu is served from noon to 11pm at Espresso Bar and 6 to 11pm in The Main Dining Room. The regular a la carte menu is also available.

Mother’s Day Feast

Select one from each category:

Appetizers

Tuna carpaccio with mixed greens, cucumber, tomatoes

Ravioli with fennel filling, prosciutto, mushrooms and tarragon sauce

Roasted quail with mushroom risotto and parmesan

Main Courses

Coffee spiced beef tenderloin, sauce Foyot, grilled vegetables, potatoes au gratin

Red snapper fillet with shrimp sauce, celery and fennel

Veal Scaloppini with twice-baked potato and creamed spinach

Desserts

Chocolate pot de crème, caramel mousse and sea salt

Vanilla ice cream covered with a hot crepe and chocolate sauce with pecans

Sacher chocolate cake with mint ice cream

Treat mom and let her know what she means to you by letting her be your guest at Kaiser Maximilian.

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Becas Ball 2018

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It was an evening of glittering gowns, lively entertainment and a culinary feast. The 2018 Becas Ball was recently held at Club Regina in Puerto Vallarta. Over 200 attended the festive event that featured a historical  Austrian theme. This fund raising event benefits the non-profit, Becas Vallarta. A school scholarship fund.

The beach resort was transformed into Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace. In 1742 it was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I and it was designed by a Baroque architect who received his training in Rome. It was originally an imperial hunting lodge. It eventually grew into the palatial summer residence over the course of the eighteenth century.

For the Becas Ball the Regina’s grounds were elegantly decorated and jugglers and stilt walkers made their way through the venue during the cocktail hour. Bartenders were mixing specialty drinks including dark chocolate martinis and basil kiwi cocktails. The music of Johann Strauss, the famous Austrian composer, filled the air.

After about an hour guests filed into the dining area, where all the tables were decorated with elaborate fresh flower displays, candles and crystal. In keeping with the royal theme, the ladies were crowned as they entered. Large posters of Austrian royalty Kaiser Franz Josef and Queen Sissi were highlighted.

He was emperor of Austria from 1848 to 1916 and king of Hungary from 1867 to 1916. He divided his empire into a dual monarch in which Austria and Hungary coexisted as equal partners. Franz has been described as a gentleman of irresistible charm who loved his wife to a degree that bordered on infatuation. He had the third longest reign in the history of Europe. In keeping with the theme the owner of Puerto Vallarta’s only Austrian restaurant, Kaiser Maximilian, named in honor for Fran Joseph’s brother Maximilian emperor of Mexico, was consulted for the menu. The four course meal was spectacular.

First Course – Smoked Trout with Horseradish and Cucumber Salad

Second Course – Red Cabbage Cream Soup with Potato Dumpling

Third Course – Roasted Leg of Veal, Spätzle, Vegetables with Mushroom Sauce

Fourth Course – Linzer Tart with Yogurt Ice Cream

During dinner the show by Farra Group included live music and dancers. A special appearance by Franz and Sissi kicked off the special entertainment. The royal couple took the stage and watched performers from all over the world, by Prana Show. There was a contortionist, crystal ball handlers, a fire dancer and a hoop artist. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display and then it was live music and dancing for all.

Monies raised go to Becas Vallarta, Changing Lives Through Education. There are over 400 students in the program and they have been assisting children with limited economic resources for over 50 years. Scholarships start during the second year of junior high and run through senior high and then, hopefully through university.

Once a student is accepted into the program, they promise to fund his or her education until the goal is reached, even if the goal is to become a doctor. Tuition is paid along with school uniforms, proper shoes and school supplies such as the notebooks and pencils, pens, etc. that are required.

The student must maintain a grade point average of 8.5, be a good citizen in school and at home, live in Puerto Vallarta and help with events when asked. Becas Vallarta improves the students and their families with a better quality of life so they can become self-sufficient and contribute to the progress of the community.

Becas Ball 2018 Sponsors:

Fours Seasons Hotel & Resorts

Rocco Troyani Signature Events

The Reef Homes by the Sea

Agromod

Oceana Boutique Residences

Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant

Intercam Banco

Anfitriónde México Vinos

Coldwell Banker Realty

 

For more information: BecasVallarta.com

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Mardi Gras Special Dinner at Kaiser Maximilian

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The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or the fatted calf can be followed to France.

It went through some changes over the centuries until it hit a stride in the new world. New Orleans was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today. 

 Puerto Vallarta has been celebrating the festive holiday since 2009 and the celebration has grown every year. There is a parade that winds through centro and old town that is attended by several thousand.

Kaiser Maximilian restaurant is on the parade route and you can have a front row seat while enjoying a special three course meal with choices for each course. Join their party on Tuesday 13 February 2018 starting at 5pm and running to 11pm. The regular a la carte menu will not be available on this night.

Mardi Gras Menu

Appetizers (choose one)

Spinach Strudel

Caesar salad

Marinated Beets and Goat Cheese Salad

Duck Confit Salad

Tuna Carpaccio

Crab Cake

Roasted Quail with Risotto

Ravioli with Tarragon Sauce

Onion Soup

Bread Soup

Red Cabbage Cream Soup

 

Main Course (choose one)

Salmon Trout with Celery Purée

Red Snapper with Shrimp Sauce

Combo with Shrimp, Fish and Chicken with Rice and Chipotle Sauce

Coffee Spiced Beef Tenderloin

Zwiebelrostbraten – Beef Loin with Onions 

Spiced Duck Breast with Farro Risotto

Chicken Breast with Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Leg of Veal

Veal Scaloppini with Twice Baked Potato & Creamed Spinach

Pork Chop with Nut Chutney & Sautéed Endives

Wienerschnitzel – Breaded Pork Loin & Potatoes

Rahmschnitzel – Sautéed Pork Loin with Noodles & a Mushroom Cream Sauce

 

Dessert

Warm Pecan Chocolate Tart & Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Pot de Crème

Sour Cream Cheesecake with Pineapple & Strawberries

Austrian Apple Strudel with Vanilla Ice Cream

Crème Brulée

Sacher – Chocolate Cake with Mint Ice Cream

Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries

Linzer Tart with Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla Ice Cream Hot Crepe with Chocolate Sauce

Strawberry Royal Sundae

The price per person is $620 pesos, gratuity is not included. If you prefer to have the rack of lamb, diver scallops or braised short rips, as a main course, the price for the is $720 Pesos per person.

Reservations are a must. Please call 222 5058 or 223 0760. 

Be sure to join the Kaiser Maximilian team for a wonderful celebration.

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party at Kaiser Maximilian

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It is the last day of 2017 and many people want to celebrate in a big way. Traditions range from eating 12 grapes at midnight in Mexico and Spain to burning bonfires of Christmas trees on the street in the Netherlands to banging bread against the walls and doors of your house to chase out bad luck in Ireland. Start your own New Year’s Eve tradition in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Join the fun at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant and ring in 2018 with flair and a wonderful meal. Owner Andreas Rupprechter and Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomer have developed a multi-course meal sure to satisfy. There is a wide variety of flavors.

The dinner begins at 8pm and the price is $1750 pesos per person. Savor every course of this magnificent meal. Please remember the tip is not included

New Year’s Eve Menu

First Course

Tuna carpaccio, oranges, quince, pita bread

 Second Course

Ravioli, mushrooms, chile, almonds, carrot purée

 

Third Course

Red snapper fillet with prawn sauce, celery and fennel

Fourth Course

Beef tenderloin Rossini, duck liver, truffle sauce, mashed potatoes, baby carrots

Fifth Course

Warm pecan chocolate tart with mint ice cream, whipped cream 

 

To further enliven the evening there will be a DJ mixing some of the best dance music in town. A truly festive experience.

Reservations are highly recommended 223 0760 or 222 5058.

Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to enjoy the fine European style dining at Kaiser Maximilian more often.

Christmas Eve Dinner, Sunday 24th at Kaiser Maximilian

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It is a special time of year to be shared with family and friends. Celebrate Christmas Eve and enjoy a sumptuous feast with your loved ones at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. The European bistro atmosphere, attentive staff will only add to the festive experience.

 

Owner Andreas Rupprechter and Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomera have created wonderful selections for this occasion. It is a four course meal with choices for each course. The price is $720 pesos per person, which does not include the tip.

This is the Christmas Eve Dinner Menu for Sunday, December 24, 2017 and it is served from 5 to 11pm at Espresso Bar and in the Main Dining Room from 6 to 11pm. The restaurant will only be open for this dinner and the a la carte menu will not be available.

 

First Course (select one)

* Tuna carpaccio, oranges, quince, pita bread

* Diver scallops, dashi, celery, ginger, parsley

* Spinach Strudel with mixed greens and tomatoes

  • Cesar salad with crispy potato croutons
  • Duck confit salad, sherry vinaigrette, caramelized squash, pears & greens

Second Course (select one)

  • Ravioli, mushrooms, chile, almonds & celery
  • Lobster bisque with shrimp
  • Crab cake  with avocado purée with tequila lime glaze
  • Gnocchi, pumpkin, nut butter foam & walnuts
  • Quail, plum, mashed potatoes, roasted onions & tantori massala

Third Course (select one)

* Turkey medallion stuffed with nuts, dried fruits, sweet potato purée, cranberry sauce

* Roasted leg of veal on glazed vegetables, Spätzle and cream sauce with mushrooms

* Coffee spiced beef tenderloin, sauce Foyot, vegetables, potato gratin

* Rack of lamb, cous cous, fermented pepper, carrot purée

  • Red snapper fillet with lobster sauce, celery and fennel
  • Salmon trout fillet with Speck raisin nage, herbs and celery purée
  • Sautéed shrimp, rice stuffed sweet pepper, smoked chipotle sauce

Fourth Course (select one)

* Warm pecan chocolate bourbon tart, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream

* Sour Cream Cheesecake, coconut crust, rum-poached pineapple, strawberries

* Chocolate pot de crème, caramel mousse, sea salt

* Appel Strudel with vanilla ice cream

  • Yoghurt with berries and short bread
  • Sachertorte with whipped cream
  • Lemon tart, ricotta, confit, walnuts

This is the set menu for this meal. Spaces will quickly fill up, make sure to make your reservation today for a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at Kaiser Maximilian, 223 0769 or 222 5058.

Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnacht, Joyeaux Noél!

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Special Austrian menu at Kaiser Maximilian until Dec. 16th.

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The 23rd Festival Gourmet may be over but you can still enjoy the special Austrian menu at Kaiser Maximilian until December 16, 2017. Some of these items may even become part of the regular menu.

The restaurant featured Executive Chef Stefan Glantschnig and his Sous Chef Daniel Thür from the Waldhof Resort in Scheffau am Walden Kaiser, Austria. Stefan won Junge Wilde 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. This contest showcases chefs under 30 years of age and had over 2400 participants. The award translates to Young and Wild and he says he is taking local cuisine to the next level.

“I think the festival was a great opportunity that brought many different chefs together,” said Stefan, “We celebrated food at its best.” Stefan throughly enjoyed his first trip to Mexico and hopes to visit again.

 

Here is his Austrian inspired menu, which is a la carte.

Vorspeisen – Appetizers

  • Paprika, goat cheese, cumin & turnip
  • Carpaccio vom Thunfisch – Tuna carpaccio, oranges, quince with pita bread
  • Jakobsmuschel – Diver scallops, dashi, celery, ginger and parsley
  • Entenleber – Fois gras, brioche, melon, pumpkin and orange

 

Zwischengerichte – Second Appetizers

 

  • Goldfisch – Mahi Mahi, radish, camomile, cardamom vinaigrette and olives
  • Gnocchi, pumpkin, nut butter foam and walnuts
  • Ravioli with mushrooms, chile, almonds and celery

Hauptgänge – Main Courses

  • Wachtel – Quail served with plum, mashed potatoes, roasted onions and tantori massala
  • Rotbarsch – Red Snapper served with faba beans, clear fish soup, purslane and lemon
  • Lamm – Lamb, cous cous, peking duck lack, fermented pepper and celery purée
  • Rosini – Beef fillet, duck liver, truffel, mashed potatoes and baby carrots
  • Kalbsbries – Veal sweetbreads, beets, pumpkin and curry sauce

Nachtisch – Desserts

  • Zitronen Tarte – Lemon tart with ricotta, confit and walnuts
  • Joghurt withberries and short bread

The regular a la carte menu will also be available. The special menu is served from noon until 11pm at Kaiser Maximilian Espresso Bar, Olas Altas 380-C and from 6 to 11pm in The Main Dining Room, Olas Altas 380-B. Sample some of Austria’s most innovating and best-tasting inventions at Kaiser Maximilian.

 

Kaiser Maximilian, Festival Gourmet 2017

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Stefan Glantschnig  Guest Chef 

Fresh from his win as one of the best young chefs in Western Europe, Stefan Glantschnig will be preparing innovative cuisine at the 23rd Annual Festival Gourmet. He will be featured at Restaurant Kaiser Maximilian, Olas Altas 380-B in Old Town Puerto Vallarta. The event runs November 10 through 19, 2017. There are almost 30 restaurants and hotels participating, featuring chefs from all over the world.

Stefan won Junge Wilde 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. This contest showcases chefs under 30 years of age and had over 2400 participants. The award translates to Young and Wild and he says he is taking local cuisine to the next level.  This contest is intense and is sponsored by the magazine and website RollingPin. Not only do chefs have to create innovative dishes with a four-course meal, they must produce a recipe book, marketing ideas, only source products within 40 kilometers of their restaurant, limited spending and photos.

“This was a great way to get my name out there,” says Stefan, “What a wonderful chance to network with many great people in the restaurant industry.”

Stefan says he is really looking forward to his first trip to Mexico, especially since Puerto Vallarta looks like a beautiful place. “I am curious about the people and what types of foods are available. I cannot wait to sample the famous tacos and tequila,” says Stefan.

Andreas Rupprechter, owner of Kaiser Maximilian, got in touch with Stefan while he was on vacation in Austria visiting his family. His sister saw an article in the local newspaper about Stefan and from there the spot was secured for Stefan’s trip to Mexico.

“I think the festival is a great opportunity to bring many different chefs together,” says Stefan, “We will be celebrating food at its best.” Stefan will be accompanied by his Sous Chef Daniel Thür.

Stefan is currently the executive chef at the Waldhof Resort in Scheffau am Walden Kaiser, Austria. A magical resort in the Alps. It has been in existence since 1920 and is situated at the base of the mountains. Originally a holiday home that transformed from a small feeding stable, it is now a great hotel. It has been a family business since the beginning. Every year since the 1950s the family has been delighted to host travelers. There’s incredible skiing during the winter and glorious hiking during the summer, plus incredible meals in their restaurant.

Tyrol, which refers to a region in Austria, cuisine is Stefan’s specialty. Pure spring waters, natural green Alpine pastures and a commitment to nature and organic farming are the ingredients that make Tyrolean cuisine so unique. He will delight clients with his wide variety of cooking styles.

Don’t forget to make your reservations for Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 8pm, because it is the night of the chef’s table, Culinary Art by Stefan and Daniel, a six-course dinner with wine pairings at the restaurant and the cost is $1650 pesos per person. This event is usually sold out, so make your reservations today, 223 0760.

 

If you cannot attend Festival Gourmet, Kaiser Maximilian will be featuring Stefan’s special menu through December 16, 2017. A tasty addition to the regular a la carte menu.