New Executive Chef at Seasons Restaurant in Lucero Golf and Country Club cooks with time-honored techniques and an endless passion for food.

Lucero is pleased to announce that Claudia Schumann is the new Executive Chef at Seasons Restaurant.

Born and raised in the Black Forest town of Baden-Baden, Germany – an area known for its many Michelin-starred restaurants, Claudia learned to cook and bake from her mother and grandmother using time-honored techniques. They taught her the importance of using seasonal farm ingredients to bring out the authentic, delicious flavor of food. Her grandmother, who was French, showed Claudia how to make butter and then turn that butter into light, airy cakes and pastries.

From a very young age, Claudia became increasingly curious about other food cultures. She began experimenting with different produce, herbs and spices to create fabulous dishes for her friends from all over the world. “There wasn’t a function that went by where I wasn’t the host. I’d be cooking for days so I could share my love for food with friends and family.” Claudia owned her own hotel with two restaurants in Schwarzburg, Germany, which became the regular event place for the political elite.

Claudia’s passion for cooking has led to regular appearances at various Food and Wine Festivals like the Vin Expo in France, and wine pairing events at her sister’s Chateau in Saint Christoly, France.

In 2008, Claudia moved to Boquete, Panama with her husband, drawn by the natural beauty of the area, the warmth of the Panamanian people, and the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. She opened SCHUMANNS at Jardin Encantado, an event-oriented venue offering exceptional private dining experiences for her customers.

As Executive Chef at Seasons Restaurant, Claudia will treat diners to international fare that is always healthy, full of flavor and made with seasonal ingredients from Lucero’s own gardens. “The ability to plant and harvest fresh produce from onsite gardens, and use it to develop my own dishes is a dream come true!”

 

Claudia considers it a privilege to take on the role of Executive Chef at Seasons Restaurant, part of the Lucero Golf & Country Club. “Lucero is a very special place with its panoramic vistas and views. Each and every day will be a celebration with new, exciting creations,” she says.

Call 507-730-8101 to make a reservation.


Nueva Chef Ejecutiva en el Restaurante Seasons en Lucero Golf & Country Club cocina con técnicas de tiempo-tradicional y con una pasión sin fin por la comida.

Lucero se complace en anunciar a Claudia Schumann la nueva Chef Ejecutiva en el Restaurante Seasons.

Nacida y criada en el pueblo de Baden-Baden, Alemania en la Selva Negra – una región conocida por sus numerosos restaurantes clasificados con estrellas de Michelin, Claudia aprendió a cocinar y a hornear de su madre y abuela usando las técnicas de los tiempos tradicionales. Ellas le enseñaron la importancia de utilizar los ingredientes en temporada de la granja para así poder apreciar los sabores auténticos y deliciosos de la comida. Su abuela que era Francesa, le enseñó a Claudia como hacer la mantequilla y como transformar esa mantequilla en livianos y esponjosos pasteles.

 

Desde muy temprana edad, Claudia comenzó a interesarse en la comida de otras culturas. Ella comenzó a experimentar con diferentes productos agrícolas, hierbas y especias para crear fabulosos platos para sus amigos de todas partes del mundo. “No había evento alguno donde yo no fuera la anfitriona. Me pasaba los días cocinando para así poder compartir mi amor por la comida con mis amigos y familia.”

Ella fue propietaria de un hotel con dos restaurantes en Schwarzburg, Alemania, el cual en su momento se convirtió en el lugar cotidiano de la elite política para realizar sus eventos.

La pasión de Claudia por la cocina la ha conducido a participar en varios festivales de Comidas y Vinos como en el Vin Expo en Francia, y eventos de maridaje de vinos con otros platos en el Chateau de su hermana en Christoly, Francia.

En el año 2008 Claudia se mudó a Boquete, Panamá con su esposo, atraída por la bella naturaleza del área, la calidez de los panameños y la abundancia de las frutas frescas y vegetales. Ella abrió SCHUMANN’S en Jardín Encantado, un sitio orientado a realizar eventos de cenas privadas para sus clientes.

Como Chef Ejecutiva en el Restaurante Seasons, Claudia obsequiará a los comensales con un menú internacional siempre saludable, repleto de sabor, y elaborado con ingredientes de la época provenientes del huerto de Lucero.

 

 

“La habilidad de sembrar y cosechar productos frescos del propio huerto de Lucero y de utilizarlos para elaborar mis propios platos es un sueño convertido en realidad.”

Claudia considera un privilegio el haber tomado la posición de Chef Ejecutiva en el Restaurante Seasons, en Lucero Golf & Country Club. “Lucero es un lugar muy especial con sus vistas panorámicas y paisajes. Cada día será una celebración con nuevas y excitantes creaciones, “dice ella.

Llamar al 507 730 8101 para reservar.

Lucero hosts golf tournament to raise funds to help kids stay in sports

Saturday, May 20, Lucero Golf & Country Club is pleased to host the XIII Lexus Cup Golf Tournament in support of Club Activo 20-30 David, a professional organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children participate in sports.

Perched 3,600 feet above sea level in Panama’s Boquete Highlands, Lucero Golf and Country Club features a world-class, par-72, 18-hole championship golf course. Every hole offers its own stunning view of the surrounding mountains, the ocean and the city of David.

Golfers of all levels are invited to participate in this fun event on Saturday, May 20, which will be played using Mexican Best Ball rules. Prizes will be awarded.

The $120.00 donation per person includes:

  • Welcome kit
  • Green fees (taxes included)
  • Golf cart
  • BBQ lunch provided by Seasons Restaurant
  • Happy hour

Join us for a great day of golf, and support Club Activo 20-30 David in their important work of making sports accessible to less-fortunate children.

To register, call 721-0030. For information on Lucero Golf & Country Club, visit www.lucerocountryclub.com.


Lucero auspicia torneos de golf para recaudar fondos para mantener a los niños desamparado activos en deportes.

El sábado Mayo 20, Lucero Golf & Country Club se enorgullece en auspiciar el XIII Torneo de Golf Copa Lexus para apoyar al Club Activo 20-20 de David, una organización de jóvenes profesionales dedicada a ayudar a niños desamparados a participar en deportes.

Ubicado a 3,600 pies de altura sobre el nivel del mar en las Tierras Altas de Boquete, Panamá, Lucero Golf & Country Club,  está caracterizado por ser una cancha de campeonatos de clase mundial par-72 de 18 hoyos. Cada hoyo ofrece vistas maravillosas de las montanas circundantes, del océano y de la ciudad de David.

Golfistas de todos los niveles están invitados a participar en este evento lleno de diversiones este sábado, Mayo 20, el cual será jugado utilizando las reglas de las Mejor Pelota Mexicana (Mexican Best Ball rules). Se otorgarán premios.

La donación de $120.00 por persona incluye:

  • Kit de bienvenida
  • Green fees (impuestos incluídos)
  • Carrito de golf
  • Almuerzo BBQ provisto por el Restaurante Seasons.
  • Hora Feliz

Únete a nosotros  para un gran día de golf, y apoya al Club Activo 20-30 de David en su importante labor de ayudar a hacer accesible los deportes a niños desamparados.

Para registrarse, llamar al 721 -0030. Para información acerca de Lucero Golf & Country Club, visite www.lucerocountryclub.com.

Lucero Tennis Pro Trains Rosaline Chavez For The World Stage

Rosaline Chavez, a tennis player from Panama, has a dream.

She wants to become a professional tennis player ranked in the ITF (International Tennis Federation) by the end of this year.

As a Panamanian athlete, Rosaline would be the second female athlete in Panama trying to reach a high worldwide rank. Her predecessor is Darlene Khan who reached the 465 ranking 26 years ago.

Rosaline’s love for the game of tennis began at a young age. She was trained by her father until she was 18. Under his guidance, Rosaline began competing at 11. In her junior years, Rosaline won several championships and marked many achievements: she was the number one female tennis player in Panama, won the first place at “Copa del Café” in the doubles category at the age of 13, won Jitic (Junior International Tennis Championships) and CONTECA (Central American Tennis Confederation) titles, and she was a three-time member of the Panama Fed Cup team.

By the end of her junior years, Rosaline received two offers for full college scholarships: one from a university in Texas, and other from a school in Puerto Rico. She declined both because she wanted to study something related to the health field in her own country. Rosaline is now she is a certified nutritionist. While she was studying, she took a break from tennis to focus on her education. But the game never left her and Rosaline knew that she would someday return to the court.

“Someday” has arrived.

Now that Rosaline has finished her studies, it’s time to focus on her dream of becoming a high-ranked Panamanian tennis player.

In order to achieve her goal, Rosaline has turned to Andrew Sznajder, the tennis pro at Lucero Golf & Country Club. Andrew achieved a career high singles ranking of World No. 46, was a finalist of the Rio De Janeiro ATP Tour event, competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics, and was a record six-time winner of the Canadian National Singles Championship and three-time Tennis Canada singles player of the year. Andrew continues to play competitively having captured the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006 ITF sanctioned Wilson/Mayfair Senior Circuit Over-35s.

Training 18 hours a week with Andrew, Rosaline’s focus is on improving the physical, technical and tactical areas of her game, and her strength and endurance. She is making an impression on her coach who says, “Rosaline has grit and determination to be the best. She gives her all and always wants to hit one more ball in order to do it right and to have the desired outcome. Her character and youth provides a strong foundation to grow and learn at a rapid rate. She has solid strokes, a forehand weapon and a serve like a rocket. “

To show how dedicated she is, Rosaline traveled to Panama City for the Tennis Federation of Panama regrouping of the Women’s Fed Cup tennis team tryouts. She has been officially nominated as a designated player for Panama for 2017.


El tenista profesional de Lucero ha sido reclutado para ayudar a la esperanza de Panamá a conquistar el mundo.

Rosaline Chávez, una jugadora de tenis de Panamá, tiene un sueño.

Ella quiere clasificar como jugadora profesional de tenis en el ITF (Federación Internacional de Tenis) para fines de este año.

Como atleta Panameña, Rosaline sería la segunda atleta femenina en Panamá tratando de alcanzar una clasificación mundial. Su predecesora es Darlene Khan la cual alcanzó la clasificación 465 hace 26 años.

El amor de Rosaline por el juego de tenis comenzó a una edad muy temprana. Ella recibió entrenamiento de su padre hasta los 18 años de edad. Bajo su tutela, Rosaline comenzó a competir a los 11 años de edad. Durante sus primeros años Rosaline ganó varios campeonatos y alcanzó logros notables: fue la tenista número uno de Panamá, ganó el primer lugar en la “Copa del Café” en la categoría doble a la edad de 13 años, ganó títulos en Jitic (Campeonato Internacional de Tenis Júnior) y CONTECA (Confederación de Tenis de Centro América), y fue miembro tres veces del equipo de la Copa Federación.

Al finalizar sus años de secundaria, Rosaline recibió dos ofertas para becas completas; una de la Universidad de Texas, y la otra de una universidad en Puerto Rico. Ella rechazó ambas becas pues su interés era estudiar en su país natal algo relacionado con la salud. Rosaline es ahora una nutricionista certificada. Durante sus estudios universitarios, ella tomó un descanso del tenis para enfocarse en su educación. Sin embargo, ella nunca se olvidó del juego de tenis y sabía que algún día volvería a la cancha. Ese día ha llegado. Ahora que Rosaline ha terminado sus estudios, es el tiempo adecuado para enfocarse en su sueño de convertirse en una tenista Panameña con un alto rango.

Para poder alcanzar su meta, Rosaline se ha dirigido a Andres Sznajder, el tenista profesional de “Lucero Golf & Country Club.” Andrew alcanzó la Clasificación Mundial No. 46 durante su carrera en juegos sencillos, fue finalista en el evento de Rio de Janerio ATP, compitió en las Olimpiadas de Verano de 1992 y rompió un record al ser seis veces ganador en el “Canadian National Singles Championship” y tres veces nominado como el jugador del año en el “Tennis Canada.”

Andrew continua jugando competitivamente habiendo capturado la autorización del ITF “Wilson/Mayfair Senior Circuit de los años 2002, 2003, 3004, y 2006 para mayores de 35 años de edad.

Entrenando 18 horas con Andrew, el enfoque de Rosaline está en mejorar las áreas físicas, técnicas y tácticas de su juego, además de su fortaleza y resistencia. Ella está teniendo un gran impresión en su entrenador el cual comenta: “ Rosaline tiene coraje y determinación para ser la mejor. Ella da todo de sí en el juego y siempre quiere darle una vez más a la pelota hasta lograr su cometido. Su carácter y juventud brindan una base sólida para crecer y aprender con rapidez. Ella tiene golpes sólidos, un arma en su golpe frontal y un servicio como un cohete.”

Para mostrar su dedicación, Rosaline viajó a la ciudad de Panamá para la reagrupación de las pruebas del equipo de tenis de la Copa Federación para mujeres. Ella ha sido nominada oficialmente como la jugadora designada para representar a Panamá en el 2017.

A Memorable Stay at Lucero

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A RECENT VISITOR’S THOUGHTS ON HER VISIT TO LUCERO

My husband and I decided to do something different for Christmas this year. Instead of our usual jaunt to Florida or the Caribbean, we opted for a golf holiday in Panama.

We flew into David, and drove to Boquete.  Going up Calle Raideep, to our destination – Lucero Golf and Country Club, I couldn’t help but wonder how someone came up with the idea of putting a golf course in this secluded, mountainous region.

As our days at Lucero unfolded, so did the answer to my question.  We arrived with few turns in the road to a gated community with breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains with stunning, spanning golf course.

We settled into our three-bedroom rented villa with a quick unpack and a refreshing swim. After we booked our golf games for the week we headed back to the main town of Boquete, a mere 15 minutes drive. Boquete is such a charming town with quaint bakeries, cheese spots, wine stores, cafes, restaurants etc.  We filled our grocery needs amply, including fresh vegetables from the farmers’ stalls and fresh fish caught just that morning from a vendor near the local grocery store, Romeros.  We were settled in our villa in a few hours armed to enjoy our week ahead.

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Waking up each morning to bird sounds and glorious unhindered views of the golf course from our bedroom was a rare treat. The course with the side lies, uphill lies and elevated greens, is challenging. One that brings you back over again. When the golf score wasn’t  great, it didn’t matter.  The fresh mountain air with stunning views everywhere – especially like the ones on number 3 and 14, made up for it.

We loved having fresh foods; the taste is incomparable.  Our new find was the lemon lettuce…which became our choice of salad filler.  Other than the local market stalls, there is a weekly farmers’ market on Tuesdays where we found wonderful preserves and honey. We ran into many Lucero residents in town – it was like a weekly church bazaar where all the locals get together.

The villa’s fully equipped kitchen with a gas barbecue made making our farm-to-table meals a pure delight.  At our evening meals we were often graced with stunning sunsets followed by heavenly starry nights.

Of course, when we didn’t feel like cooking we ended up at the Seasons restaurant, part of the Lucero Clubhouse.  The pizza oven along with a full menu of  fresh fusion delights and the incredible selection of wines and fresh gelato made Seasons our favorite hangout especially when we didn’t want to go into town.  The chef became aware of our tastes  and surprised us with culinary delights to suit our palette. On Christmas Eve, he obliged us with a turkey meal that we could take to the villa to enjoy with our children who were joining us for Yuletide celebrations.

The clubhouse with an infinity swimming pool, a lounge area and bar was an oasis after a round of golf.  The beautiful red (clay) tennis courts with purple floral vine fences just steps below the clubhouse were almost always busy with lessons or games. We even got to watch parts of a local championship round robin match on the first few days of our week.

By week’s end, we were sad and in want of going back soon to this secluded haven. The tranquil days and nights, the fresh air, the challenging golf course and the fresh, easily available and very affordable food was a perfect vacation for us busy city dwellers. Next time we will aim to bring our tennis gear and try Lucero’s tree houses, which are spectacular and oh so well appointed.

A bientot Lucero.

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A LIFETIME OF LESSONS

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Lucero’s Head Tennis PRO Andrew Sznajder talks ABOUT HIS AMAZING JOURNEY with Tennis

Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “out of adversity comes opportunity.” While we’re not sure Franklin ever played much tennis, his adage very much holds true for Canadian tennis legend Andrew Sznajder’s relationship with the game. We sat down with Andrew to talk about his new role at Lucero and his life-long love for the game.

Like most seven-year old boys, I had a lot of energy and a very hard time sitting still.  To keep me occupied and out from under foot, the manager of the Howard Park Tennis Club cut down the handle of a Dunlop Fort adult tennis racquet, handed me a ball and pointed to a wall. “Go and hit over there,” he told me sternly.  Neither of us could have guessed that from that humble wall, something unprecedented in Canadian tennis was beginning.

As my love for the game grew and I began playing in tournaments but I did not fare well.  Every tournament I played I lost 6-0 or only won one game in each set.  And while I was frustrated and didn’t understand what was happening, I never gave up.  “No” and “It is impossible” were not part of my vocabulary. My failures pushed me to work harder and hit the ball even harder.

At the age of 14, I was chosen by Tennis Ontario to participate in five tournaments taking place in Europe.  These next few tournaments made me understand how to actually play this wonderful game, but through our rigorous training schedule led me to offer our coach a deal:  If I won the tournament, I would only have to train for two hours the following week. He laughed and said he would accept only I won both the Under 14 tournament AND the Under 16.  I was nervous about what I’d got myself into but I was so determined not train the next week that I played every match to win. And that is exactly what I did. That week was pivotal in teaching me value of hard work, focus and doing the best I could for every shot.

From that moment on, I won every Canadian National Championship as a junior.  But that didn’t mean I didn’t have lessons still to learn. During my last years as a junior, I had the chance be a hitting partner with Ivan Lendl when he came to visit Toronto.  Wow, was I excited!  After the first a few days of cooperative drills and hard paced rallies, I was beginning to be a bit more… confident.  On the third day Ivan came up to the net and said, “Andrew, we now play a set. I will show you where the lines are.”  And boy he showed me EVERY line on the tennis court. I did not win a single point, but I did get a lesson in what and how I needed to work in order to become a better tennis player.

During my professional career I had the privilege of training with Jimmy Connors, and believe his approach helped me reaching a career-high of No. 46 on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour. Jimmy is a player who trains as if it were a real match.  During our two week training session, we would drill and workout in the mornings and play matches during the afternoon. But there was a catch. Every game lost in the set would cost the loser $100.  After the two weeks, I owed Jimmy $2,800. As I got ready settle up, Jimmy asked me what I had learned. Looking down at the money in my hand I replied that I had learned to approach every practice session with the same intensity and focus as a match. Jimmy smiled and told me to keep the money.

The beautiful thing about tennis is that you are always learning and always improving, no matter what your level or how many years you’ve played.  I am so excited to share that love and learning with you on Lucero’s 3 beautiful Classic Clay courts. Come join me!

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Not-to-be Missed Events

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UPcoming events at Seasons Restaurant AT THE LUCERO GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

October 01:     Salsa Night with Salsa Lessons & DJ Kutto
Cover Price $35.
Includes Mojitos 2×1, Appetizers + shuttle bus to Plaza San Francisco

October 06:     Ladies Night
2×1 Sangria

 October 10:     Canadian Thanksgiving
Cover Price $55
Includes full course menu + 2 drinks

Menu:
Green Salad with Goat Cheese
Turkey
Stuffing
Sweet Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Seasonal Vegetables
Apple Cobbler or Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Gelato

October 15:     One night in India with Guest Chef
Cover Price $55
Includes Indian full course meal with guest Chef from Panama, Sanjay Sehgal + 2 drinks

October 29:     Halloween Night with DJ Zulu
Cover Price $30
Includes Appetizers, Jelly Shots, shuttle bus from David and Boquete
Prizes for the best costumes

November 17:     Ladies Night
2×1 Amaretto Sour

November 19:     Noche Panameña
Cover Price $35
Includes decoration, Panamanian Group, Music and Dance, Panamanian full course meal +2 drinks

 November 26:     60’s Night with DJ Kutto
Cover Price $35
Includes 2×1 Screwdrivers, Appetizers + shuttle bus from Boquete

 November 24:     American Thanksgiving
Cover Price $55
Full course meal + 2 drinks

December 01:     Ladies Night
2×1 Sangria

 December 08:     Mother’s Day
Free glass of Sangria with each meal

December 15:     Ladies Night
2×1 Tequila Sunrise

December 10:     One night in Cuba;   Cover Price: $35
Includes salsa band, Cuban full course meal + 2 drinks

December 24:     Christmas Eve Dinner
Cover Price $55
Includes full course meal + 2 drinks

 Menu:
Jumbo Shrimp Romelade
Mescaline Green Salad with Goat Cheese
Turkey
Pernil
Stuffing
Apple Cranberry Sauce
Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables
Strawberry Mango Thai Basic Gelatos

December 31:     New Year’s Eve Dinner
Cover Price: $75
Includes full course meal + 2 drinks

Menu:
Lobster Salad
Mini Crab Cakes
Rib-Eye Steak
Tuna Loin
Scallops Potatoes Gratin
Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables
Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla Gelato
Champagne toast

Read more about Seasons Restaurant at the Lucero Golf and Country Club.

 

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Prepare to have your taste buds tickled

LUCERO opens Seasons Restaurant

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Nestled in the heart of the emerald green highlands of Boquete, Panama, a surprising culinary jewel has emerged. Seasons Restaurant, the signature feature of the newly opened clubhouse of Lucero Golf & Country Club brings fine dining to a new level.

Seasons Restaurant is a globally inspired, farm-to-table dining experience with an ever-changing menu highlighting items that are fresh and in season. Much of the produce and herbs used in Seasons dishes are grown and harvested on site.

With an impressive wine cellar, Seasons is the perfect spot to sip an après-game cocktail or have dinner with friends. An elegant private dining room is available to host dinner events for groups or out-of-town guests.

It’s hard to imagine a more fitting backdrop than the poolside dining deck of the Lucero Clubhouse. The stunning view of the infinity pool and lush gardens, and beyond that  are the perfect complement to the delicate balance of flavors offered at Seasons.


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Lucero abre el Restaurante Seasons

Enclavado en el corazón de las tierras altas color verde esmeralda de Boquete, Panamá, una sorprendente joya culinaria ha surgido. El Restaurante Seasons, la característica distintiva del recién abierto Casa Club del “Lucero Golf & Country Club,” el cual eleva la buena cocina a un nuevo nivel.

El restaurante Seasons es una inspiracion global, una experiencia donde las comidas son preparadas de la granja a la mesa con un menú cambiante haciendo hincapié en productos frescos y en temporada. Muchos de los vegetales y condimentos que se utilizan en las comidas ofrecidas en Seasons son cultivados y cosechados allí mismo.

Con una impresionante cava de vinos, Seasons es el sitio perfecto para disfrutar de un cóctel después del juego o para cenar con amigos. Un elegante salón privado está disponible para celebrar eventos para grupos o para compartir con amigos de fuera de la ciudad.

Es difícil imaginar un lugar más adecuado que el comedor terraza junto a la piscina de la Casa Club de Lucero. La vista maravillosa de la piscina infinita y los jardines exuberantes, y más allá de eso está el complemento perfecto al delicado balance de sabores que ofrece Seasons.

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