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Teleton 2005 - To Love is to Help (Dec. 2-3, 2005) 

Teleton is a national unity project, where we, Mexicans, have the opportunity to reinforce our values and work for the same cause: the rehabilitation of our handicapped children.

Teleton represents the opportunity to renew the trust in individuals and organizations, to think and reflect on our values and make them part of our daily life. Teleton not only raises funds but also promotes a culture of integrity and participation.



Teleton means love, integrity and respect for life and human dignity.

Teleton is a global phenomenon of communication that transforms into a social phenomenon of correspondence within Mexico. It is the sum of millions of souls that turn out to be a national reality.

Teleton in Mexico

In 1997, Mexico decides to organize a Teleton, an event of national unity in which every Mexican is committed to the handicapped children of our country. To achieve the fund raising not only do citizens participate but several institutions and organizations are involved:

Emilio Azcárraga Jean - Televisa
José Aguilera Medrano - Banamex
Adrián Aguirre Gómez - Maxcom
Francisco Aguirre Gómez – Grupo Radio Centro
Gabriel Alarcón Velázquez – founder
Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz - El Universal
Juan Diego Gutiérrez Cortina - Gutsa Construcciones
Alfredo Harp - Banamex
Francisco Ibarra López - Grupo ACIR
Martín Marmolejo González - Nacional Monte de Piedad
Eduardo Ricalde Medina - founder
Carlos Slim Domit - Grupo Carso
Javier Sordo Madaleno - Grupo Sordo Madaleno
Fernando Uribe Calderón - Sistema CRIT
Alejandro Vargas Guajardo - MVS Comunicaciones
Mauricio Vázquez Ramos - Organización Editorial Mexicana
Fernando Landeros Verdugo - Fundación México Unido

One of the biggest examples of solidarity and generosity during the last years are the children and people with economic restrictions, who represent the most significative percentage of donators.

After our eight Teleton events, we can be proud of having established six Teleton Children Rehabilitation Centers (CRIT: Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teleton) in operation and one is under construction. These centers are: CRIT Estado de México, CRIT Occidente, CRIT Oaxaca, CRIT Aguascalientes, CRIT Coahuila, CRIT Guadalajara, and CRIT Hidalgo.

Plus, 356 handicap-oriented institutions around the Mexican Republic have been helped by the Teleton Institutions Support Fund (FTAI: Fondo Teletón de Apoyo a Instituciones). Part of the funds raised during the Teleton are given to different institutions around the country, these donations have helped more than 138,000 handicapped individuals in Mexico.


ORITEL

The International Teleton Organization (ORITEL: La Organización Internacional de Teletones) is formed by a group of countries where the Teleton has had a great influence on the population and on the attention to handicapped persons.

ORITEL is one of the biggest organizations dedicated to voluntary help in the World, with an influence over a population close to 400 million people. This organization’s mission is: to promote unity and fraternity on a continental level through the promotion of human values and cultural values, particularly in favor of handicapped people.

ORITEL’s Latin-American members are: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay.

The organization’s main goals are: create an exchange of experiences between the participant countries, in order to enrich and share knowledge of rehabilitation, operation of rehabilitation centers, training, promotion of campaigns for the integration of handicapped people into society, prevention of accidents leading to disabilities, and the organization of the Teleton event.

Promoting National Unity towards a common cause
The Teleton gives an opportunity, to each and every Mexican, to join together in brotherhood, as has been done through the last years in several events. Love makes us participate in the struggle for improving the life conditions of thousands of Mexicans that live with some sort of disability.

Promoting an integration culture in favor of handicapped people

In order to achieve a total integration of handicapped people we must have cultural values, which will drive us to full respect of human dignity above all.

Building and Operating Rehabilitation Centers for handicapped minors

It is very important for the Teleton to give treatment to minors with neuro-muscular and bone handicaps, this is why the largest amount of resources is destined to construction, supplies and operation for the minor rehabilitation centers. Trying to fulfill the needs of the whole Mexican Republic.

Support institutions that treat handicapped people in the Mexican Republic through the Teleton Institutional Support Fund

The Teleton Institutional Support Fund is conformed by a percentage of the money raised in the Teleton event, through which the Foundation helps with donations to the handicap treating institutions throughout the country. “Mexico, as a whole, collaborate with Teleton, now the Teleton wants to collaborate with the whole country.”

http://www.teleton.com.mx/

Welcome to the first Annual American School Golf Tournament!

Saturday, 20 of march, 08:30 am shotgun start
Flamingos Club de Golf
Entry fee $130.00 usd (Dinner included)

The tournament will be a “scramble “ the scramble format allows all abilities of golfers to play together. For example, all four golfers on one team hit their individual drives. The best drive is then selected and all four golfers hit their second shots from there. This process continues on the green with all golfers putting from the location of the best approach shot until the one of the four balls is in the cup.

In addition to trophies for highest team, there will be individual prizes for closest to the pin, hole in one, etc.

All funds raised from this first tournament will be used to improve our athletic facilities, specifically, new basketball and volleyball courts.

Let us know your team member names or advise if you want to be assigned to an open team.

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Extra dinner tickets $30.00 usd
I you need extra dinner reservations please include this information.

There is only room for 32 teams (128 players), so sign up now.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: the pro shop at the flamingos Club de Golf and at the American School.

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PUERTO VALLARTA CHEFS SERVE IT UP AT THE 9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GOURMET FESTIVAL
Reviews Declare The Chefs Still Have It!

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - (January 16, 2004) The Puerto Vallarta Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrates the success of the 9th Annual International Gourmet Festival with a standing ovation for the fine chefs of Puerto Vallarta. The event, held November 13 – 23, 2003 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, welcomed over 30,000 travelers to this Mexican destination to take part in this world-renowned epicurean festival.

Each year, Puerto Vallarta hosts food enthusiasts to this culinary Mecca nestled along Mexico's west coast to feature the destination's posh restaurants and cocktail lounges, while sampling tastes from the world's most innovative chefs. The ten-day culinary marathon included cooking demonstrations and tastings from international and local chefs including Puerto Vallarta's TRIO Restaurant's head chefs, Bernard Guth and Ulf Henriksson who were joined by guest chef Frank Castronovo. Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant featured head chef Manuel Nicolas Hernández, who teamed up with guest chef Thorsten Probost to entertain diners and fine wine connoisseurs, while international guest chef Antón Mosimann and local chefs Thierry Blouet and Leopoldo Cortes of Café des Artistes presented imaginatively-infused classic dishes.

Valerie Miller, of Chicago based Food Industry News says, "This festival showcases Puerto Vallarta as the world class dining destination it definitely is." Miller was one of only a select number of festival attendees who were able to receive advance-placement for selected dinner and festival events.

"When guests to Puerto Vallarta's International Gourmet Festival arrive, they realize why tickets for these events are sold out between six and eight months prior to the Festival", said Juan Carlos Balderas, Gourmet Festival organizer.

Participating hotels also featured five-star dining menus prepared by award-winning chefs. These dishes faired as the most admired dinner presentations among festival attendees. La Estancia, located inside the CasaMagna Marriott presented guests with gourmet delights by guest chef Dennis Gavagan and local chef Fred Ruiz. Guests of the Quinta Real's El Candil Restaurant enjoyed inventive pairings by local chef Sergio Guzman and guest chefs Ramiro and Gonzalo Viera.

Among the more exclusive festival events was the "Tequila Mania" tequila tasting held at Casa de Tequila. Known as a town favorite, Casa de Tequila welcomed festival guests to the private affair with samplings of the world's most celebrated tequilas. Following the presentation, tequila enthusiasts enjoyed the opportunity to shop for their favorite tequila label in Casa de Tequila's shop offering an extensive collection, serving as one of the more tangible festival souvenirs.

The Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival is by far the most anticipated event among repeat travelers to the destination. Unparalleled in culture and true beauty, Puerto Vallarta is rapidly growing in popularity as one of the most desirable vacation and culinary destinations in Mexico.

 

About Puerto Vallarta
Located on the Western Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta's charm remains largely undiscovered, along with its cobblestone streets, stunning beaches, plentiful marine life, lush Sierra Madre Mountains, exceptional restaurants, fine Gourmet Festival, new golf courses and vibrant art culture.


PUERTO VALLARTA'S CHIC AND SAVVY SHOPPING SOLUTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND BEYOND

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO (October 29, 2003) – Puerto Vallarta and the Convention and Visitors Bureau proudly present the premiere shopping experience for all seasoned gift-buyers. Visitors to this warm Mexican escape can shop year-round for interesting reminders of the travel experiences in Puerto Vallarta. Travelers will enjoy fun fashions, rare jewelry, exotic shoes, and gorgeous home décor pieces at prices that will make any visitor "shop 'til they drop" in any of the unique boutiques or shops of Puerto Vallarta.

Hecho a Mano – This "interior design" shop is surprising. Visitors to this shop can find anything and everything needed to furnish the entire home and clothe the people living in it. From lighting fixtures for the table or wall, to decorative floral bundles, to rattan love seats and lounge chairs, to funky traditional clothing and jewelry, Hecho a Mano is the premiere place for Mexican artisan crafts products in Mexico. A signature piece so popular, it is pre-ordered and sold out every season is the glowing ornate matte-metal chandelier, handmade for the store by its own artist. Shoppers may order these lighting pieces with 18, 24, 36, or more custom-designed bulbs, featuring cut-out holes for light penetration, and curved arms that extend and cover the depths of even the largest room. Shoppers should order this piece early, as this popular piece is often back-ordered! Visit http://www.artesaniashechoamano.com or call (52) 01-322 223-1455 for more information.

Alfareria Tlaquepaque – A visit to this Mexican hideaway will send shoppers into a re-decorating frenzy. Buyers enjoy handcrafted artwork, richly textured furniture and painted clay moldings. Home design is made easy with the collection of over 3,000 fabrics for lounges, sofas, bedding and even window treatments. Alfareria Tlaquepaque features room settings from ultra-contemporary designs to supple baby-room décor. A holiday gift from this beautiful collection will have the lucky recipient on the next plane to Mexico for even more home fashions. This year, travelers can visit this one-stop shop and discover the "creative home decorator" in themselves. To view images or for further information visit www.at.com.mx.

Viva Collection - If shoes are the shopper's fancy, something from the Viva Collection can certainly start them off on the right foot. Choose from distinct sets of espadrilles, ballet flats, slippers and sandals. Produced in France and Spain, with specially selected fabrics such as silk, linen and suede, any of the Viva espadrilles will treat the feet to the finest in comfort and style.

The jewelry designs offered at Viva are unique and limited edition. Shoppers to Viva will find original pieces by Herve Van Der Straeten, designer for Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, and Yves Saint Laurent shows. Van Der Straeten enthusiasts favor his gold washed pieces and his remarkably long earrings - something to truly make a statement. Isaias Chiquito has been creating jewelry for Viva in Puerto Vallarta for the past seven years and is known for creating one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings in a variety of real stones and pearls. Ideal for woman of any age, these pieces can complete even the most elegant of ensembles. For information on prices and additional styles available at Viva visit www.vivacollection.com.

Galleria de Olas – Puerto Vallarta boasts numerous fine and local art galleries – Galleria de Olas being one of the more popular stops. At this gallery, visitors will enjoy a vast collection of Mata Ortiz style pottery and art. Featuring work from popular local and regional artists, this gallery offers truly inventive fine art that is exclusive to this store. Galleria de Olas maintains personal relationships with each artist highlighted in the gallery, so as to offer unique pieces and competitive prices. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for artist or artwork information.

The popular shopping areas inside the city include Plaza Marina, Plaza Neptuno, Plaza Caracol, Plaza Genovesa and the Villa Vallarta shopping mall. Any resident will know that the Plaza Malecón, downtown, is always an excellent place to find savvy shoppers. Pueblo Viejo, set in a small Mexican Village in the heart of downtown next to the river, offers exceptional shopping for traditional Mexican apparel, ceramics and souvenirs. The best part is there is always room to bargain. The Mercado Central "Flea Market", located downtown between the two bridges is also popular with visitors on the lookout for souvenirs.

Puerto Vallarta offers chic and trendy shopping for even the hardest people to buy for. Travelers can make any gift giving special with the spirit of Mexico. Give the gift of Mexico in every present.

About Puerto Vallarta: Puerto Vallarta was selected by CONDE NAST TRAVELER readers as the eighth best destination in the world in their annual "Reader's Choice Awards" in the November 2001 issue, as well as number one international destination because of the "remarkable amiability of the local folk." Puerto Vallarta was the only destination in Mexico that made the list. Located on the Western Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta's charm remains largely undiscovered, along with its cobblestone streets, stunning beaches, plentiful marine life, lush Sierra Madre Mountains, exceptional restaurants, fine Gourmet Festival, new golf courses and vibrant art culture.


CINE-CLUB VALLARTA AND THE CULTURAL DEPARTMENT OF PUERTO VALLARTA ANNOUNCE FILM LINE-UP FOR ‘HOMAGE TO JOHN HUSTON’

NOVEMBER 22-29, 2003

Jh Grande

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

(September 10, 2003) – Cine-Club

Vallarta and the Cultural Department of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, announce the film screening line-up for “An Homage to John Huston," November 22 - 29, 2003. Seven different Huston-directed films will be shown during the Homage, highlighted by the viewing of the televised American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony presented to John Huston 1982.

Saturday, November 22nd marks the kick-off of the Homage and each evening, different films will be introduced by special celebrity guests. Confirmed films include The Dead (1987), which was written by Academy Award nominee Tony Huston, the eldest of John Huston’s four children;, The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948); The Maltese Falcon (1941); The Night of the Iguana (1964); The African Queen (1951); Prizzi’s Honor (1985), which will be presented by Academy Award nominee Janet Roach) and Moby Dick (1956).

Films will be screened at the Cultural Center on the Rio Cuale island, Puerto Vallarta’s new hub of cultural education. Prior to each screening, brief, bi-lingual lectures will be given to provide viewers with the history behind each film, as well as background on Huston’s life, career and insight of the destination. All screenings are open to the public free of charge and will be sub-titled in Spanish when available.

Joining in the festivities and events during the Homage will be Huston family members and friends, including many local Puerto Vallarta residents who will share stories about the life and history of John Huston, as he spent much of his life, and the last 20 years of it, in this beautiful Mexican resort destination. http://www.puertovallartafilm.com/

About the Homage to John Huston/Cine-Club Vallarta

Spearheaded by Cine-Club Vallarta and the Cultural Department of Puerto Vallarta, with support from the Huston family, the ‘Homage to John Huston 2003’ was created to honor one of the most renowned directors in the history of cinema and pay tribute to the man who helped introduce Puerto Vallarta to the world when he chose to film the movie, The Night of the Iguana, at nearby Mismaloya. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the filming. The line-up of screenings and lectures offers film aficionados the opportunity to learn John Huston’s genuinely unique style of directing and rich legacy of filmmaking. The Homage precludes the Puerto Vallarta Film Festival, slated for fall 2004. This major festival promises to be a spectacular international event that will focus on several aspects of Mexican culture and will also inaugurate the John Huston "Maverick" Awards for Best Film and Best Director. For more information, visit www.puertovallartafilm.com or call the office headquarters at + 52 322 222-3593.


Puerto Vallarta, A Great Vacation Getaway 

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO (September 12, 2003) – Puerto Vallarta's Convention & Visitor's Bureau has announced its latest attractions and exciting events all happening in conjunction with Frontier Airlines' new non-stop service from Denver to Puerto Vallarta. The non-stop flights are scheduled to begin on November 1, 2003 – Just in time for fall attractions and events.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico's premier vacation destination, is now even easier to access from the United States -- specifically Denver, Colorado. With incredible golf opportunities, art marketplaces, adventure spots as well as great shopping, and culinary offerings, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect vacation destination for families, couples and singles. Fabulous events slated for Fall 2003 in Puerto Vallarta include the following:

  • Vallarta Adventures, the Puerto Vallarta tour and excursion company presents its most recent air adventure, The Talpa and Mascota Air Tour. This six-hour adventure tour of Mascota and Talpa offers adventurous travelers a unique opportunity to experience the genuine Mexican society.
  • In November 2003, Puerto Vallarta hosts the 9th annual Gourmet Festival, showcasing a spicy blend of culinary talents between the local Mexican chefs and over 20 guest chefs from internationally acclaimed restaurants and hotels throughout the world. This epicurean fete features gourmet cooking classes, sunset wine tasting at private villas and special gourmet menus available only to Gourmet Festival diners.
  • Also in November, Vallarta Golf hosts the second annual Golf Vallarta Cup, to be held on the magnificent, Nicklaus and Weiskopf courses designed by the players themselves.
  • Cine-Club Vallarta and the Cultural Department of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will host "An Homage to John Huston" to take place November 22–29, 2003. During the event, screenings of various films selected from Huston's extensive archives of classic self-directed motion pictures will be featured each night offered to the public free of charge.

"We welcome residents and connections through Colorado to enjoy our many attractions. Puerto Vallarta appreciates the opportunity to entertain, nourish, and add culture to every traveler's taste. With Frontier's new service, Puerto Vallarta is even more accessible" said Miguel Gonzalez, Administrative Director of the Puerto Vallarta Convention & Visitor's Bureau

No matter what type of traveler, Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone. Frontier airlines recognizes Puerto Vallarta as a major market contributing to both vacation traffic and overall tourism growth, and has since added new, convenient, and affordable non-stop flights from Denver, Colorado. With non-stop flights nationwide flights departing weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Frontier Airlines has the Mexican flavor in mind.

Introductory fares are $218 USD off-peak (Monday – Thursday) and Peak $298 USD (Friday – Sunday). To make a reservation, access www.frontierairlinescom, contact Frontier Airlines at 1-800-4321-FLY, or consult one of Frontier's professional travel agents. Introductory fare sale tickets must be purchased by Sept. 16, 2003 at midnight ET.

In April 2002, Entrepreneur ranked Frontier one of two "Best Low-Fare Airlines." Also in 2002, for the fourth consecutive year, Frontier's maintenance and engineering department received the Federal Aviation Administration's highest award, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence. Frontier provides capacity information and other corporate information on its Web site, which may be viewed at www.frontierairlines.com.

About Puerto Vallarta: Puerto Vallarta was selected by CONDE NAST TRAVELER readers as the eighth best destination in the world in their annual "Reader's Choice Awards" in the November 2001 issue, as well as number one international destination because of the "remarkable amiability of the local folk." Puerto Vallarta was the only destination in Mexico that made the list. Located on the Western Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta's charm remains largely undiscovered, along with its cobblestone streets, stunning beaches, plentiful marine life, lush Sierra Madre Mountains, exceptional restaurants, fine Gourmet Festival, new golf courses and vibrant art culture.


VALLARTA ADVENTURES ANNOUNCES NEW AIR ADVENTURE TOUR
The New Talpa and Mascota Tour Takes Visitors To New Heights 

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO (August 18, 2003)-Vallarta Adventures, the Puerto Vallarta tour and excursion company presents its most recent air adventure, The Talpa and Mascota Air Tour. This six-hour adventure tour of Mascota and Talpa offers adventurous travelers a unique opportunity to experience the genuine Mexican society.

The Talpa and Mascota Air Tour offers visitors insight into the everyday customs and traditions of life in an authentic Mexican town. This guided tour explores places few people have ever seen by educating each traveler of Talpa and Mascota's forgotten cultures, traditions and customs of the remote villages and historical towns.

The first destination on the agenda is the town of Mascota, a 16th century agricultural town nestled at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Participants will experience a scenic flight on one of Vallarta Adventure's private charter airplanes taking observers over the canyons, tropical forests, waterfalls and the fertile valleys of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Among the many stops included in the Mascota tour include the lush pine-and-oak forested colonial town of Jalisco, a traditional "Old Mexico" town established in 1592 by early Spanish colonists known for its majestic town church dedicated to the Virgin de los Dolores.

The production of Raicilla is one of the traditional local arts, and no visit to Mascota is complete without trying the town's favorite tequila. Noted by connoisseurs as a smooth and civilized drink, this liquor goes through an intricate production process performed entirely by hand, and is commonly served chilled in a wine glass. Knowledgeable guides will take visitors on a tour of an authentic Raicilla distillery where the best historic distilling techniques are combined with the advantages of modern technology to produce this local favorite.

As one of the most important religious centers in Mexico, Talpa de Allande is the final visit on the air tour. Famed for its beauty and religious significance, Talpa remains a pastoral village set in a valley that is surrounded by pine covered mountains. Talpa is famous throughout Mexico for its colorful village ambiance and the stately Gothic church that shelters the beloved virgin, "Rosario de Talpa," one of the renowned "Three Sister" virgins of Jalisco where throughout the year, thousands of faithful pilgrims from all over Mexico make the long journey to worship the sacred shrine with hopes that miracles may happen.


PUERTO VALLARTA'S FINEST JOINS THE BEST OF HIGHLAND PARK TO HOST GALA EVENT 

PUERTO VALLARTA, JALISCO, MEXICO (August 6, 2003) - Puerto Vallarta's illustrious culinary figure, Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes will team up with the cuisine team of Carlos Nieto and Ramiro Velasquez to host a magnificent benefit dinner in Highland Park, Illinois to benefit the "Fundacion Arturo y los Hijos de Dios A.C.". The Highland Park Country Club will host the benefit on October 3, 2003 offering a gourmet Mexican dinner with a French flair.

The October 3rd event will kick-off at 7:00 pm at the Highland Park Country Club with cocktails and entertainment including The Highland Park Strings and Music of the Mariachis. Dinner will offer a seamless blend of Mexican and French masterpieces by two of the most distinguished chefs in the United States and Mexico. Chef Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a well-known friend of the foundation, and Chef Carlos Nieto from Carlos' Restaurant in Highland Park, Chicago, will collaborate in an evening of creative culinary delights.

The Fundacion Arturo y los Hijos de Dios A.C. benefits underprivileged and impoverished families in distressed situations by providing resources and financial support raised by members and the foundation. Tickets for this dinner can be purchased for $100.00 per guest and can be arranged through Carol Wolfe at 847-432-6897. For more information on the "Fundacion Arturo y los Hijos de Dios A.C" or Café des Artistes contact Juan Carlos Balderas at 011 52 322 222 3228 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


PUERTO VALLARTA ANNOUNCES 9TH ANNUAL GOURMET FESTIVAL

November 13-23, 2003
Premier Culinary and Cultural Event Promises to Please the Palate

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (August 4, 2003)-Mexico's premier culinary event is back. The Puerto Vallarta Convention & Visitors' Bureau, in partnership with the organizers of the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival, is pleased to announce the 9th annual Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival, November 13-23, 2003. The event will once again entice all gastronomic fans as well as fine wine enthusiasts from around the world.

This festival serves to showcase a spicy blend of culinary talents between the local Mexican chefs and over 20 guest chefs from internationally acclaimed restaurants and hotels throughout the world. The epicurean fete features gourmet cooking classes, sunset wine tasting at private villas and special gourmet menus available only to Gourmet Festival diners.

Featuring an a la carte gourmet dinner every night, this 11-day event offers everything from a beach brunch bikini contest to a chef symposium. Guests will enjoy the Grand Corona Beer Fiesta reception to welcome them and offer fanfare, live music, dancing and tasting of the best brewery beers –all while mingling with the finest chefs the world has to offer.

Presenting tastes of more than 500 gourmet foods, cheeses, tequilas and liquors, the Gourmet Expo on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th is one that is sure to tempt the taste buds, and pamper the palate. At La Palapa Restaurant, guests of the Gourmet Festival will delight themselves in live music, a gourmet buffet, and champagne or margaritas at the beach brunch and bikini contest. At this event, VIP Cooking Classes are not just for elites. On November 17, 2003 during the luncheon to end all, world famous chefs will collaborate to offer a selection from the best wineries and restaurants in instructing guests on the flair and technique required to be a world-renowned cooking figure.

Following tradition, several chefs will be spotlighted in this year's various Chef Table and Winemaker Banquets to take place from November 15-19. At Thierry-Blouet Restaurant, the illustrious Master Chef Anton Mosimann of London will present a brilliant evening of culinary art as spectators enjoy not only the presentation, but the impeccable service and selections. Master Chef Florent Benjamin of Switzerland will also wine and dine guests at Coco Tropical Restaurant. At TRIO Restaurant, their very own Master Chef will conclude the banquet events with a copulation of inventive blends and traditional consistency.

November 20, 2003 will be the Cheeses of the World day, serving a multitude of the finest and most enticing cheeses. Hors d' oeuvres will be provided as well. The Chef Symposium will be conducted by Master Chef, Anton Misomann on Friday, November 21, 2003. The weekend will wrap up with Tequila Mania on Saturday, November 22, 2003, allotting just the right amount of spirits to fill the cocktails and quench even the most intense thirst. Sunday, November 23, 2003 marks the final day for new aficionados to mingle with their new favorite chefs at an informal and intimate farewell party. The gatheringwill celebrate new traditions and undoubtedly another successful Gourmet Festival 

For reservations, call Juan Carlos Balderas at 011 52 322 222 3228, send a fax to 011 52 322 222 3227 or an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information regarding the Gourmet Festival Press Trip, or to be added to the invitation list, please contact Nicole Biscuiti via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A HOMAGE TO JOHN HUSTON"

TO HONOR LEGACY OF FILM AND CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cine-Club Vallarta and the Cultural Department Of Puerto Vallarta
To Hold Event November 22-29, 2003

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico (July 18, 2003) -- Cine-Club Vallarta and the Cultural Department of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico announce "An Homage to John Huston" to take place November 22 – 29, 2003.

John Huston, one of the most renowned directors in the history of cinema, helped introduce Puerto Vallarta to the world more than 40 years ago. The week-long event will pay tribute to the man who filmed the movie The Night of the Iguana in 1963, making a name for Puerto Vallarta that the world had not yet seen. Huston was a lifelong aficionado of Mexico, where some of his most notable work was filmed. Huston's accolades include shaping the talents of Mexico's own cinema legends like cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa and director-actor Emilio Fernandez.

During the event, screenings of various films selected from Huston's extensive archives of classic self-directed motion pictures will be feature each night. In addition, each evening will offer a brief lecture, in both English and Spanish, to provide background on Huston's life, his career and his personal recollections of Mexico and Puerto Vallarta. All screenings and lectures are open to the public and offered free of charge.

Opening night, Saturday, November 22, 2003 will kick-off with a welcoming presentation by distinguished guests and followed by the screening of John Huston's directorial debut, The Maltese Falcon (1941). The events will continue each night with a different viewing of a Huston-directed film. On Saturday, November 29, 2003 the celebration will conclude with the screening of the televised 1982 American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award ceremony for John Huston. All presentations will be held on the Rio Cuale island's new cultural center, just steps from the John Huston statue.

The combination of lectures and film screenings is an excellent opportunity for travelers to Puerto Vallarta to discover John Huston's unique approach to filmmaking and his genuine style of directing. The extent of Huston's affection for Mexico and Puerto Vallarta was poignantly made clear when Huston chose to live the last 20 years of his life in the region.

John Huston fills the center of a rich legacy of filmmaking. The Huston family is the only one in which there are three generations of Academy Award winners: his father Walter Huston, John himself and daughter Anjelica Huston have each received Oscars for their superior work in the art of film. Joining in the festivities and the events during the Homage will be Huston family members and friends, including many Puerto Vallarta residents, who will share stories about the life and times of this truly remarkable man, the legendary John Huston.
For more information on the "Homage to John Huston," please visit

www.puertovallartafilm.com

The Mexican Federal Government on October 14th officially announced through the Ministry of the Navy the "Regata Copa Mexico Olympic Edition", to be held in Riviera Nayarit from March 2nd till 18th next year, 2012. This competition is expected to have over 2,500 sailors from 26 countries, which will participate in seven different categories.

Regata Copa Mexico Olympic Edition will return to Riviera Nayarit

"High-endurance sporting events help us reach a key tourism niche market that attracts visitors to Riviera Nayarit. In 2010, the event brought in a high number of visiting competitors from 20 countries, and helped promote our destination along with local economic benefits. In 2012, we're expecting that these effects will be even greater," stated Fernando Gonz·lez Ortega, Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) President.

The "Regata Copa Mexico Olympic Edition" will help promote the natural beauty and infrastructure of the Mexican Pacific coast, it will help boost tourism to our country, and will benefit the local economy and sponsor sailing as a sport. The Federal Tourism Secretariat, the Government of Nayarit, the Mexican Sailing Federation, and the CVB of Riviera Nayarit will also support the event itself.

The Regata Copa Mexico will include the following categories: Mexorc (Oce·nicas), J24, Windsurf, Kitesurf, Laser, 420, and Optimist, this last category will attract young competitors between 6 and 14 years old.

Regata Copa Mexico Olympic Edition will return to Riviera Nayarit

The Regata Copa Mexico Olympic Edition competition will be part of the "Nautical Extravaganza", which will take place next during March 2012 in Riviera Nayarit, as will, at least, three other major nautical events scheduled to take place here: The Vallarta Race, a competition between San Diego and Punta Mita to be held from March 1 to 10, 2012; the International Bahia de Banderas Regatta, which will be hosted by the Yacht Club of Nuevo Vallarta from March 20 to 24, and the Punta Sayulita Longboard & SUP Classic, which will assemble the best international surfers between March 9 and 11 next year too.

"By promoting the touristic development of our State, we've found a historic opportunity to begin developing a new tourist destination for the people of Nayarit, therefore, the marketing efforts by the Riviera Nayarit CVB follow the State Governor, Roberto Sandoval's goals, which is to work for the local people," concluded Gonz·lez Ortega.

2012 Copa Mexico Olympic Edition Calendar of Events

  • J24: March 2-9
  • Windsurf: March 7-10
  • Kitesurf: March 10-18
  • Mexorc: March 11-17
  • 420: March 12-14
  • Laser: March 16-18
  • Optimist: March 16-18

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