The Gateway Hotel celebrates the inauguration of the Olympic Games with a formal cake cutting ceremony.

A cake shaped like an English hat, a spirited chief guest and an enthusiastic crowd formed part of the Gateway Hotel’s celebration to mark the inauguration of the Olympic Games. The cake featured Olympic rings and the names of top sportspersons. The hill-top hotel will screen the event for its guests.

Inaugurating the function, sprinter R. Pandeeswari expressed how her long-time desire to visit the hotel was fulfilled at last. “Life has come full circle for me,” she says. “I used to visit the adjacent hill for high-altitude training but never really got an opportunity to enter this hotel. But my dream has come true today,” she says.

“We always wanted to be in action,” says Devraj Singh, General Manager of the hotel. “When we wanted to organise an event like this, we wished to honour a sportsperson who has done the city proud. The one who immediately came to our mind was Pandeeswari and we are happy to have her here.”

Cashing in on the Olympics fever, the hotel has churned out innovative recipes for ‘active food’. Breaking the perception that healthy food does not taste good, the Gateway Hotel has introduced food that has a low glycaemic index and is high on antioxidants and rich in fibre.

Conceptualised by corporate chef Natarajan, the active food menu includes whole wheat walnut muffin, blueberry smoothie, and omelette without yolk and with broccoli and tofu. The hotel also offers the signature multigrain Gateway Dosa, a natural pro-biotic preparation enhanced with nine different grains and legumes. The gourmet dishes incorporate barley, oats, mixed grains and unpolished rice. Steamed or grilled fish high in omega 3 fatty acids, multigrain bread and lettuce salad add sheen to the menu, with high-fibre cereal and yoghurt bars, unique tomato soup with herbs, and super foods like beets, legumes, tomatoes and apples.