– by Wendy Morley –
The Dominican Republic is known for its rich Caribbean culture, including fine art, music and some of the best cigars worldwide. Oettinger Davidoff AG produces notable cigars from the region, and is a company that recognizes the cultural beauty of Dominican Republic. To give back to the community, the Davidoff Art Initiative was launched in 2012 to support local artists and expose their work globally. Artists in Residence such as Paolo Chiasera, Oscar Santillan and Jimmy Robert are recognized for their contemporary art and contribution to the creative community. By offering global education and promotion to local artists, Davidoff supports the Caribbean culture and welcomes international artists to the region.
In light of this cultural initiative, Davidoff held its first international Tour Gastronomique in La Romana, Dominican Republic. This tour brings together gourmet dishes from international chefs, with decadent cocktails, beautiful fine art, and of course, robust cigars. The company celebrated the launch of its first gourmet cigar, the Davidoff Chefs Edition. Like the international Tour Gastronomique, the Davidoff Chefs Edition cigar represents a unique collaboration with world-renowned chefs and master blenders.
“When I first met with my colleagues and the Davidoff team to discuss the blend of Davidoff’s first Chefs Edition, it was important to me that every connoisseur would have fun with the product. As a chef, my key aim is to deliver new delights and to make people happy, and that’s why I love my job and the Davidoff Chefs Edition project,” said Swiss chef, Peter Knogl, from the Cheval Blanc of Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel/Switzerland.
To celebrate Davidoff’s newest cigar and art initiative, the first event for Tour Gastronomique took place in February at the Art & Gourmet Cocktail event and the Davidoff White Gourmet Night at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas. The resort’s Executive Chef Anthony Masas collaborated with Michelin-starred Swiss Chef Peter Knogl to create culinary masterpieces. This partnership illustrates the beauty and inclusivity of a collective performance, both in blending and cooking.
During the Art & Gourmet Cocktail night, Dominican and Swiss patrons were able to tour art studios and installations, allowing them to experience a Carribbean-European sense of harmony. This cultural representation opens doors to young and experienced Dominican and Swiss artists by allowing them to explore fine art from one another’s communities. Davidoff’s residency program supports artists from the Caribbean and allows them to expand to wider residencies around the world.
“We are supporting young talent and mid-career artists who need to be able to focus on their art,” Hans Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO Oettinger Davidoff AG said in a video from the event. This melding of cultures and support for fine artists helps to develop rising talent in the international art world.