Opening of the Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in New York
The Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in New York was opened on Thursday, November 12, at 28 Liberty Street in the financial district in Lower Manhattan. The consulate, with jurisdiction over New York and New Jersey, is headed by Honorary Consul Mr. Erik Horvat, a real estate businessman of Slovenian ancestry.
The opening ceremony took place on the 60th floor of the office building at 28 Liberty Street, which Mr. Erik Horvat manages. Following the presentation of the American and Slovenian national anthems the guests were welcomed by Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar, who on the occasion opened an exhibition of theater posters by Slovenian graphic designer Jože Domjan. The exhibition titled Eye. Thought. Hand. was previously displayed at the embassy in Washington Following the ambassador's speech, remarks were also given by Mr. Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, and travel journalist Mr. Ted Sullivan, since the event focused on showcasing of Slovenian tourism, gastronomy and wines.
The tourist offer was presented by Matej Knific and Mattej Valenčič from the Imperial Travel/Luxury Slovenia travel agency. Slovenian wines were introduced to the guests by Mr. Emil Gaspari of the Tri– Wines Company, by Kristyna and Stetson Robbins on behalf of Blue Danube Wines, and Paul F. and Monte and Špela Zobec of the Laureate Imports. Guests could taste wines by producers: Batič, Vina Koper, Zanut Kocjančič, Santomas, Štoka, Bagueri, and Colliano, among others.
Sommelier Ms. Andreja Košir Gažovič was also present at the event, along with Ms. Polona Brumec of the Sanctum Wines Winery and Ms. Marta Rojnik of the Rojnik Hops Brewery. Also available was Laško beer. The food, inspired by Slovenian cuisine, was prepared by chef Maja Kumelj of the Tasty and Tempting Company. In addition to prosciutto, cheese and some less known dishes from various Slovenian regions, the guests could also indulge in Prekmurje layer cake, Bled cream cake and walnut, tarragon and raisin potica roll cakes. Throughout the evening, music was provided by Žan Tetičkovič jazz quartet with Žan Tetičkovič on drums, Jan Kus on saxophone, Martha Kato on piano and Daryl Jones on bass.
The event was attended by around 200 guests, among them representatives of the State of New York, businessmen, distributors, representatives of tourist agencies, trade missions, diplomatic corps, Slovenian artists in New York, representatives of cultural institutions and institutes in New York, journalists, academics, representatives of the Colorado National Guard, Slovenian community of New York and nearby states, and other local New York contacts the embassy collaborates with on regular basis.
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