DINING OUT   Aruba Gastronomic Association's

Dine Around Program
VIP Gourmet Selection Hostaria da Vittorio La Trattoria el Faro Blanco Le Dome Valentino's Ventanas del Mar Dine Around Selection Amazonia Laguna Benihana Le Petit Cafe I & II Brisas del Mar Old Cunucu House Buccaneer Pago Pago Captain's Table Paparazzi Cuba's Cookin Pavarotti Don Carlos Pirates' Nest Driftwood Sole Mare E Piscado Taj Mahal French Steakhouse Texas de Brazil Gasparito Turtle's Nest Iguana Joe's Twinkletones La Dolce Vita Villa Germania La Gondola Waterfront Crabhouse   ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Dining out in Aruba can be a money-maker for travel agents who book the Dine Around program offered by the Aruba Gastronomic Association (AGA).

Each year, the 8-year-old AGA rates the island's restaurants on a number of criteria in a published guide.

The Dine Around program, featuring meals at 35 AGA-rated eateries, pays 10% commission to agents and can be booked in three-, five- or seven-meal plans.

The package is based on an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee or tea, along with a service charge where applicable.

Per-person rates are $109 for three dinners, $177 for five dinners and $245 for seven dinners.

The VIP Gourmet Selection plan is priced at $60 per person, per dinner. A minimum of three dinners must be purchased. The dinners feature a multicourse meal from a set menu.

New this year is a breakfast and/or lunch and dinner combination plan, priced at $199 per person for five breakfasts or lunches and four dinners.

Complete details on this program, including participating breakfast and lunch restaurants, are available at www.arubadining.com.

For information, call (800) 477-2896 or (011) 297 862161 or visit the Web site. The AGA also can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

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