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
The Reef Homes by the Sea
Oceana Boutique Residences
Anfitriónde México Vinos
Coldwell Banker Realty
For more information: BecasVallarta.com
Mild winters and warm summers are just some of the characteristics of the Mediterranean. Its history has contributed greatly to its collective cuisine. Several important ancient civilizations flourished in the region which was dominated for centuries by Phoenicia, Carthage, Greece, Rome and the Byzantine, Arab and Ottoman empires.
These historical connections and influences, as well as the impact of the Mediterranean Sea on the region’s climate mean have resulted in a melding like no where else on earth. Plus countries with strong culinary traditions, like Italy, Spain and France have also affected the cuisine.
You can sample some flavorful Mediterranean dishes at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta during August 2016. Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomera and owner Andreas Rupprechter have developed this special menu featuring wonderful dishes from the region.
The Mediterranean menu is served from noon to 11pm at Espresso Bar and 6 to 11pm in The Main Dining Room. Both restaurants have outdoor seating and interior seating with air-conditioning.
Flavors of the Mediterranean
*Gnocchi with a braised short rib, creamy polenta, bell pepper and red wine sauce
*Fried calamari with mixed greens, olives and tzatziki
*Horiatiki, A Greek Salad with tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, onions, olives
*Beef Carpaccio with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, mustard and honey dressing
*Gazpacho with goat cheese and bread croutons
*Veal Scaloppini with Angel hair pasta, Caprese and red wine sauce
*Panna cotta with passionfruit sorbet and berry compote
The regular a la carte menu will also be available.
Kaiser Maximilian features a touch of Europe in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The casually elegant restaurant offers a respite from the beach and is a great place to observe the area.
Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Café
Olas Altas 380-B, Downtown South;
Puerto Vallarta , Jalisco, México.
Tel. (322) 223-0760 – (322) 222-5058
Monday – Saturday 8 am – 11 pm
Gourmet dining in a European atmosphere along with casual elegance describes this world-class dining experience. Thousands of satisfied clients and many more meals and drinks served make Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant a very important part of the dining scene in Puerto Vallarta.
They are celebrating 21 years of serving delicious Austrian and European cuisine in one of the area’s premiere dining establishments.
Andreas Rupprechter, the restaurant’s founding chef and owner opened on Olas Altas in 1995. It remains the area’s only Austrian restaurant. “I would like to welcome all of our long time clients to the anniversary celebration,” says Andreas, “I hope this special menu encourages others to try our restaurant for the first time and hopefully become regulars.”
“I was part of the restaurant’s opening team, says Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomera, “I’m proud to be part of the restaurant’s 21st anniversary, too. It is always a pleasure to cook great food.”
Andreas and Juan have created a wonderful a la carte menu which runs from May 4 to June 2, 2016. This special menu is available starting at noon at Espresso Bar and is served there until 11pm. You can eat in The Main Dining room from 5 to 11pm.
Here’s the anniversary menu:
*Cold cucumber cream with mango, radish and red & black caviar
*Gnocchi, bacon, smoked tomato and clams
*Coffee-spiced beef, sauce Foyot, grilled vegetables & potato croquettes
*Veal Scaloppini with angel hair pasta, mozzarella, asparagus and red wine sauce
*Roasted duck breast, butternut squash purée and buckwheat risotto
*Chocolate cup with chocolate mousse & hazelnut cream along with passion fruit sorbet
Celebrate Kaiser Maximilian’s 21st Anniversary with innovative dishes that merge new and old world cuisine. The regular a la carte menu and the Restaurant Week menus will also be available.
There’s a touch of Europe in Puerto Vallarta where elegant dishes are expertly prepared with quality ingredients. Kaiser Maximilian is celebrating 21 years as one of the cities finest restaurants and you can join in the festivities.
It is the 12th year for Restaurant Week, which runs May 15 to 31, 2016 and it gives people a chance to sample some of the best food in Banderas Bay at exceptional prices. Kaiser Maximilian has participated every year and this year offers three courses for $349 pesos and there are choices for each course. They are also extending their end date, which will be June 3, 2016.The food brings a certain creative flare, and at its heart, Kaiser Maximilian is about familiar flavors crafted by their expert culinary team and served in a European bistro atmosphere.
Here is the Restaurant Week Menu and it is served at Espresso Bar from noon until 11pm and in the Main Dining Room from 6 to 11pm.
*Tossed Garden Salad with fresh herbs and toasted pumpkin seeds
*Fennel Ravioli with prosciutto, mushrooms and tarragon sauce
*Onion Soup au Gratin with white wine and toast
*Chicken breast with rosemary on mashed potatoes, mustard-seed sauce and garlic roasted vegetables
*Zwiebelrostbraten, flat pounded beef loin covered with Austrian onion rings and sautéed potatoes
*Sautéed shrimp, grilled fish fillet and chicken with rice-stuffed bell pepper and chipotle sauce
*Strawberry Royal, yogurt ice cream with fresh strawberries and whipped cream
*Crème Brulée, vanilla cream under a caramelized sugar crust
*Austrian Apple Strudel with vanilla ice cream
The regular a la carte menu will also be available along with the 21st Anniversary a la carte menu, neither is included in Restaurant Week.
The restaurant will be closed for vacation and renovations from June 3 to July 12, 2016 and both Espresso Bar and The Main Dining Room will reopen on July 13, 2016.
Kaiser Maximilian features mouth watering Austrian and European cuisine developed from authentic family recipes. Restaurant Week gives you a chance to try many of the dishes offered at an excellent price.
It is a great month because the first day of spring occurs on the equinox on the 20th. During 2016 Easter takes place on the 27th. There’s even more exciting things happening in March and that include a special menu at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Owner Andreas Rupprechter and Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomer have developed several dishes sure to satisfy. Here’s a look at the special menu and the regular a la carte menu is also available. Enjoy these from noon to 11pm.
*Potato gnocchi with mushrooms, spinach and truffle sauce
Lobster bisque with shrimp
Fish fillet with potato gnocchis, tarragon sauce and spinach
Pear Helene made with vanilla ice cream, marinated pear, chocolate sauce and whipped cream
Reservations are recommended 223 0760 or 222 5058.
Do not forget to ask your waiter about wines that would be a great accompaniment to your meal selection. Kaiser Maximilian has an extensive wine list.
Take some time to savor the flavors at this European style bistro in Old Town Vallarta. The Espresso Bar is open from 8am to 11pm and The Main Dining Room is open from 6 to 11pm. There is outdoor and indoor seating available.
The tradition of Valentine’s Day is believed to have originated from the pagan customs of the third or fourth century BC when the Parentalia and Feralia Festivals of Purification were celebrated in ancient Rome between February 13 and February 18. This was also the time of a Fertility Festival which celebrated a young man’s rite of passage and involved animal sacrifices and fertility rituals.
With the appearance of Christianity, priests attempted to replace such ancient heathen practices. In the fifth century AD, the church resolved to abolish this pagan celebration by creating its own holiday around the same date and selecting a saint who was remembered for his devotion to love. Saint Valentine became the official Patron Saint of Love and the holiday continued to evolve.
You can celebrate this sweetheart of a holiday at Kaiser Maximilian with a tempting special a la carte menu or you can order off of the regular menu, either way it will be a wonderful evening. Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomer created extraordinary selections for this occasion.
The restaurant is normally closed on Sundays, but will open for dinner starting at 4pm at the Espresso Bar and it will remain open until 11pm. The Main Dining Room will open for dinner starting at 6pm and will stay open until 11pm.
Here is the special a la carte menu. The regular menu is also available.
*Smoked Mushroom Soup with Quinoa and Roasted Chilies
*Risotto with Shrimp and Chipotle Sauce
*Beef Tenderloin with Red Flannel Hash topped with a Pepper and Hollandaise Sauce
*Herb Crusted Salmon Fillet with Angel Hair Pasta tossed with an Asparagus and Port Wine Sauce
*Cottage Cheese Strudel with Berry Compote and Vanilla Ice Cream
Please make reservations for February 14, 2016, so you can secure the table, time and Espresso Bar or Main Dining Room selection, 223 0760 or 222 5058. The special a la carte Valentine’s Day menu will be featured until February 29, 2016.
Spend a romantic evening at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.