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TEXT: SIMON WILLMORE | PHOTOS: L’AUBERGE SAINT-PIERRE
Italian flair comes to Belgium Salvatore Ingenito has been lending his unorthodox creative flair to traditional Italian-French cuisine for more than 40 years. The self-taught chef, originally from Naples, was the owner of an establishment in Zaventem on the outskirts of Brussels, when in 2016 an opportunity came knocking. That opportunity was to take over the magnificent L’Auberge Saint-Pierre in WezembeekOppem, a 20-minute drive from the Belgian capital, with his daughters Brenda and Doriana. Now, surrounded by his family, Salvatore likes to take his diners on a journey through France and Italy with his cuisine – and his establishment. “Upon entering our establishment, you will see a beautiful veranda, with a view of the terrace and the garden. There are four rooms, perfectly arranged to organise any special occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or business meeting,” explains Brenda Ingenito.
Menus are regularly tailor-made for each event and feature seasonal, local, produce such as freshly caught lobster from the on-site pond. The à la carte menu features innovative choices such as beef maki with sesame and Tataki vinaigrette, foie gras and Bavarian melon; Ballotine fillet of sole, stuffed with spinach flavoured with sambuca and coffee powder; or fondant of Charolais beef with fried foie gras and a port reduction. And of course, reminds Brenda, proud Italian chef Salvatore could not leave diners without a choice of pasta, such as spaghetti with lobster and oyster mushrooms. On Tuesday to Friday afternoons, L’Auberge Saint-Pierre offers a threecourse lunch for €23, or, on Saturdays, a five-course lunch for €28.
A centre that always goes the extra mile TEXT: AMY BROOKE | PHOTOS: THE INTERNATIONAL AUDITORIUM
Conference centres with top-notch business facilities are ten a penny, but not all offer the personal touch that make visitors return year after year. This is where The International Auditorium excels: its passionate staff consistently go the extra mile to ensure clients have the best possible experience, whatever the scale of their event. “We offer a friendly and flexible service,” says The International Auditorium’s Jan De Koninck. “We don’t want people to worry about something they may have forgotten to order. We always do our best to work with them to offer last-minute solutions, whatever the problem.” Set up in 2000 and holding more than 600 meetings a year, this is something the centre has become extremely good at, putting clients at ease quickly. Ideally located in the heart of the city and with six rooms of varying sizes, as well as an air-conditioned 200-seater theatre-style 20 | Issue 51 | March 2018
auditorium, The International Auditorium is perfectly equipped to handle all types of events, from international symposia to small-scale company meetings. Each room is fitted with the latest technology, such as ceiling-mounted HD projectors and free high-speed Wi-Fi as standard, while ample natural daylight makes for an enjoyable working experience. International events are well catered for, as both the auditorium and the largest room have stateof-the-art interpreting booths. The quality business service is rounded off with a wide catering offering from in-house caterer, Esstragon, who can provide everything from
welcome drinks to sit-down lunches. The lightfilled 300-capacity lobby is the perfect space for hosting buffets and cocktail receptions. All the above ensure a successful event, but what does success mean to the centre itself? For De Koninck, it is when people want to come back. And come back they certainly do. “The majority of our customers – including NGOs and private companies – return year after year for their executive committee meetings.” Web: www.theinternationalauditorium.be/ en/index.php
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