Guam Diner Bytes: The Point Lobby Bar
I was delighted to receive an invitation to attend the media launch of a brand new menu concept at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort’s The Point Lobby Bar. Called “PAIRED”, this is a world-wide Sheraton program that offers a variety of creative small plates (like tapas) and enhanced bar snacks that are paired with premium wines and specialty craft beers. We were welcomed and greeted by the Sheraton’s General Manager, Vincent “Ben” Cruz, along with members of his executive committee and management team. We were all intrigued and dazzled by the exciting food displays that showcased a pairing of an appetizer with a specific craft beer and wine. An example was the savory Chicken Kelaguen Won Ton, that had a suggested pairing with Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale or a 2011 Yering Station Village Chardonnay.
There will be about 8 - 12 signature small plates offered, each having novel and unexpected ingredient combinations that are unique to Guam. Another pairing example is Escargot in Potato Cup (Mozzarella Cheese, white sauce, and parsley) paired with Shock Top Belgian White Beer or 2010 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon. Sheraton’s Executive Chef Mar Fernandez shared how his team was able to create these unique and inspired dishes. They had worked with Joey Salas of Ambros to pair these appetizers with their craft beer selection. Complimentary elevated bar snacks will be offered to guests when they purchase any beverage. This exciting new Paired menu program is available at The Point seven days a week. It will allow guests to try out new ways to enjoy locally-inspired appetizers along with a preferred beverage.