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Among the locals, cepelinai is a well-known name that took its origins from Germany. Cepelinai are based on the German Kartoffelknödel and were so named due to their resemblance to the zeppelin airship balloons designed by “Graf” Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the 1920’s. Cepelinai are traditional Lithuanian potato dumplings that are typically stuffed with meat, mushrooms or dried curd, and due to its preparation requires a certain level of cooking expertise and experience.

With it strong popularity among the locals, it was not a surprise that having first tasted cepelinai during the hotel’s pre-opening, the dish was soon placed among other must-try dishes on the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square’s menu by the Executive Chef Ciaran John Gantly. He added some modern twists to the recipe, however, creating an exclusive version of the typical dish. Traditionally cepelinai is filled with minced pork and served with sour cream and bacon. The hotel’s modern interpretation uses crayfish from the local river as an alternative to pork and is served with a very light saffron sauce. The dish is garnished with sautéed crayfish tails, oven-roasted cherry tomatoes and lime.

The signature dish was very well received by the locals and especially with Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square’s non-Lithuanian guests who want some local blends to suit their palate during their stay in Vilnius.

“Cepelinai reflects the sense of place as it is a derivative of a local traditional dish. Our goal is to offer the traveller a taste of a traditional Lithuanian dish with a modern twist”, said Executive Chef Ciaran John Gantly. “However, Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square also wanted to show our local clientele that the hotel would like to play an instrumental role in helping to modernise traditional Lithuanian cuisine. We hope that our ‘cepelinai’ will become a tradition in Vilnius and will remain so for many years, as our signature dish on the menu”, he added.

About Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square

Conveniently located in Vilnius Old Town, the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square offers 96 lavish rooms and luxurious suites. The majority of the rooms offer picturesque views of either Vilnius’s Old Town or the city’s iconic Cathedral Square. The hotel includes a modern conference centre of 600 sq. m with state-of-the-art amenities and can be divided into six separate conference rooms, ideally suited for round table meetings, board meetings, presentations and break-out sessions.The hotel features two restaurants, the Telegrafas and Le Salon Bar and Lounge as well as the Kempinski The Spa, an exceptional relaxation, exercise and wellness centre with six treatment rooms, a fitness area, heated indoor pool and separate Finnish and steam saunas.

About Kempinski Hotels:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 32 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Birutė Leimontaitė • Director Marketing & Sales • Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square • 01122 Vilnius • Lithuania T +37052201165 • F +37052201170 •

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