Posted - 26 Aug, 2016


Rare at Residence by Uga Escapes proudly hosts inaugural event as the International Wine & Food Society makes its debut in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Colombo, Sri Lanka: 20th August, 2016

On Saturday 20th August 2016, the International Wine & Food Society (IWFS) officially launched its branch in Sri Lanka in the presence of an invitees-only guest list at Uga Escapes’ ‘Rare at Residence’ restaurant situated in the heart of Colombo. The IWFS is the oldest, independent gastronomic society in the world which was founded in October 1933 in London and has grown to 138 branches across the globe. An exceptional venue inspired by the traditional culinary flavours of Sri Lanka, Rare at Residence is a creative take on modern international cuisine with a focus on local ingredients. The event was graced by Chef Paulo de Souza who also teamed up with Holger Joost (Uga Escapes Group Executive Chef) to put together a menu specifically designed for the event in a celebration of gastronomy.

IWFS Colombo Medeting

Given that one of the unique features of the restaurant is its outstanding wine cellar, it comes as no surprise that Rare at Residence was chosen as the ideal location for the event. It boasts one of the largest wine cellars in Colombo which has over 150 labels from around the world. Fittingly guests were also treated to a food and wine pairing for a complete fine dining experience. Of course, this would not have been possible without the support of Chef Paulo de Souza who travelled around the island including Jaffna and Galle learning local culinary skills to incorporate into the evening’s menu. It can be safely said that the Head Chef at the Jumeriah hotel in Dubai did justice to the culinary traditions of the country.

The sole purpose of the society as said by the founding member himself Mr. André Simon is, “To bring together and serve all who believe that a right understanding of good food and wine is an essential part of personal contentment and health, and that an intelligent approach to the pleasures and problems of the table offers far greater rewards than the mere satisfaction of appetite.”

About rare at Residence

Food at rareUga Escapes is a fully owned subsidiary of the Finco Group. Incorporated in 1963, the group comprises of several companies recording success in diverse fields. The company owns boutique properties offering unique experiences across the island that include- the 20 luxury villa Ulagalla in Anuradhapura, Jungle Beach, Trincomalee, and Uga Bay, Pasikudah, Residence by Uga Escapes in the heart of Colombo and the latest addition Chena Huts in Yala.

‘Rare’ is the main restaurant at the Colombo property -Residence by Uga Escapes. Rare at Residence is an exceptional restaurant in Colombo located at 20 Park Street, in the very heart of Colombo’s business district. The restaurant serves Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner to in-house guests as well as outsiders and also has a bar which is open to all visitors additional to the restaurant.

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