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DACA Graduation and Casablanca Anniversary Party Apr 8, 2011

DACA Graduation and Casablanca Anniversary Party

A Celebration of Food and Accomplishments
I was just doing my routine cold calls for my city directory website when I called Casablanca. I was just told by the staff to stop by Friday 'coz they were celebrating. Celebrating what? I forgot to ask. I thought it'd be good to check it out. So I go there and was informed by owner/chef Günther Sanin together with his lovely wife, that Casablanca Deli and Fine Dining is celebrating its first anniversary, coinciding with the graduation of the first batch of students from the Dumaguete Academy of Culinary Arts (DACA). Cool! Local drinks were P10/pop and buffet dinner was P295 - uber cool!

Casablanca Deli and Fine Dining
Located along the scenic Boulevard, Casablanca prides itself in serving international and mediterranean cuisine. Its delicatessen brims with olives, cheese, sundried tomatoes, sausages and other European gourmet indulgence. Cold cuts are a specialty together with baked-on-premises bread. The wine and beer connoisseur need not search anywhere else - Casablanca has the finest selection in Dumaguete.

Dumaguete Academy of Culinary Arts (DACA)
DACA is Dumaguete's ambitious educational offering to those interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts. Headed by Günther Sanin and assisted by executive chefs Marcel Haessner and Heinz Hacker, they collectively bring together their extensive knowledge and real-world experience in producing international chefs with outstanding knowledge and skills.

The Party
It was a big deal. They had a balloon-galore motorcade fronted by a truck full-of-percussionists, a put-up stage with a live band, game show and yes, the lovely array of mouth-salivating food. The two cornerstones of the event, Chefs Marcel Haessner and Günther were like proud Dads.

I guess I can say I was a full scholar that night. I had a couple of beers, but everytime I pay for it, somebody else has paid for it. I didn't even know who to thank. Best of all, while lining up to pay for my buffet coupon, somebody slips me a coupon...on the house! Yeah, I got tipsy and blurping full with great food without even touching my loose change. It's not exactly as exciting as crashing a party for free food and drinks (ah...I miss those juvenile days), but hey, I'm not complaining! To all my benefactors that night, MWAH!

Ending Thoughts
It was a gastronomic evening in celebration of milestones - Casablanca's first anniversary, and the first batch of DACA graduates. There was an air of accomplishment from the graduates with confidence they're up to the task in blazing the culinary landscape with their freshly-honed kitchen and management skills.

--- TheLoneRider

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