Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cafe Concordia Is On The Map.....

We hope that as high season rolls in you will all stop by and participate in many of the Activities we have planned.
We expect a busy season!

The store and cafe have reopened and business is really picking up!! As word spreads about our new pavilion area more locals and visitors have stopped in to see what we have to offer out here on the south side of St. John!!

Shane Casto, our new Chef-Cafe Manager, has prepared a long list of delicacies for the upcoming season. If the food is anything like what I've tasted since he fired up the grill on November 1st the Cafe is going to be a popular spot as word spreads across the island.

Shane (seen above) recently moved to island and was working at the Maho Bay Camps restaurant. The opportunity to try his hand at running the cafe here at Concordia was right up his alley. His fresh ideas combined with interest in organic food, bio-dynamic gardening, and vegan options have amazed diners night after night. The cafe features a refreshing salad bar offering organic "Josephine's Greens", locally grown in Coral Bay. Also offered are nightly vegetarian options, tropical smoothies, and scrumptious delicacies off the 6ft grill. The cafe, on our lower level, offers alfresco dining with a sunset view.

The store has expanded its selection for the season and guests have been giving welcome feedback on both the prices and our selection. Don't forget we offer a pre-provisioning service. Your goods will be waiting for you in your unit. Make sure to get your order in a week before arrival!

We can also make gift baskets for any occasion under the sun!!

Our Activities desk has been busy arranging outings for our guests such as sails around St. John, hikes, donkey rides, and day excursions to the British Virgin Islands. We can book any of these activities for you in advance, particularly if you will be visiting during the holiday season or school vacation weeks. It is a good idea to book these trips early due to heavy demand during the high season from December to April. If you are interested in and excursion contact our Activities Desk directly by emailing them at ecactivities@maho.org!!

The Concordia Staff was honored to host the reception for ReCaribe 2007, the 13th Annual Wider Caribbean Wast Management Conference on November 5th. Over 100 representatives from 15 countries munched on Shane and Caroline's hors d'ouvres while listening to keynote speakers from as far away as Canada. The response to our food and service was wonderful. The event served as a great learning experience for our Pavilion rental business amd he facility easily accomodated the large group.

The speakers included our very own Stanly Selengut, who spoke to the group on his own "Trash to Treasures" recycled art program at Maho Bay Camps.

The images above and below are views of the pavilion are a during Stanley's speech.The Maho Bay Camps Art Center uses recycled paper, textiles, glass, aluminum, and clay to create works of art that are sold in the Maho Art Gallery and in stores across St. John. We also feature a selection of the recycled products in our own general store.

The Art Center offers many classes for adults and children. During the high season nightly glass blowing demonstrations draw guests and visitors to the Maho Bay Camp Art Center.

To get more information on art classes and purchasing your own recycled ware email Melody Smith at melody@maho.org.

You can also purchase Maho Camps art and logo wear on our website www.maho.org.

We have begun promoting our pavilion space for the upcoming spring wedding season and we hope to host weddings and receptions here at Concordia. Our pavilion is the perfect spot for any type of function from yoga retreats, wedding receptions, group meetings, star gazing, and even meditation sessions. The constant breeze and dramatic view is a beautiful backdrop to any occasion.

For more information and to book the pavilion space email me at audrey@maho.org or weddings@maho.org!!

I look forward to hearing from you!!