By JENNIFER PARKS, EDMONTON SUN
"They like the sophistication. While connoisseurs don't roll their own cigars like some cigarette smokers do, they are often fascinated by the process. "Our Nicaraguan manufacturers will send rollers to their key customers," he says.
"A lot of people like to see how cigars are rolled. It is quite
interesting to watch."
The shop also hosts cigar catered dinners and golf tournaments.
American cigar distributor CF Dominicana has noted 70% of those taking part in the growing trend of cigar catering in the U.S. are women. "Both men and women smoke cigars because they like the taste, but women appreciate the added fact that it's a craft," says company president Dennis Briganti, who is trying to expand into Canada. At catered parties he provides authentic cigar rollers from the Dominican Republic and a cadre of female servers, who float the room serving the cigars.
The scene is reminiscent of Prohibition speakeasies, Briganti says, and "the pleasant visual adds the perfect touch of class and beauty." The company has already worked events in Vancouver, most notably a 600-guest party hosted by the Suzuki Motor Corp.
"We flew a roller out for that event," says Briganti. Several
U.S. celebrities hire cigar caterers for their A-list events. New York
Mets catcher Mike Piazza recently had cigar rollers at his wedding.
"It's not about nursing an addiction. It's more about enjoying
the taste and refining your palate."