Once a year at the beginning of May, Austria’s best chefs and the top vintners form the Burgenland meet in Sölden to provide an extraordinary culinary experience amid the majestic peaks of the Ötz Valley.
Wein am Berg © © Central Spa Hotel, Isidor Noesig
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Every spring, the Central SPA Hotel’s extraordinary three-day event, “Wein am Berg”, combines a perfect Alpine setting with excellent culinary experiences. Find yourself at 9800 feet above sea level, enjoying the breathtaking views whilst tasting a variety of Austrian wines. Discover how the altitude subtly changes a wine’s aromas and explore the variety of Burgenland’s wines.
During your stay, be sure to use the extensive spa facilities of the hotel so you are relaxed and ready for a day of fun on the slopes with celebrity ski guides who will show you the best runs of the region. An “Austrian Evening” with the top red wines from the Burgenland, a charity casino evening and a presentation of new vintage wines are also part of the program. End your stay with an evening full of culinary surprises created by celebrity chef Gottfried Prantl and international guest chefs at the mountain restaurant on the Giggijoch.
El Arrayán restaurant, known for its traditional Mexican cuisine, is offering a new series of Mexican cooking classes for the 2013-2014 season with Chef Alfonso Corona and owner Carmen Porras.
Scheduled to take place every Monday at 11 am, the cooking classes are a unique way to learn not only how to prepare rich and varied traditional dishes such as: Chile en Nogada, Mole Poblano, Cochinita Pibil, Tamales, and pre-Hispanic specialties like Pozole, but also a good way to learn about Mexican history, culture and costumes
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most popular gastronomical destinations with over 365 restaurants and a number of food-focused festivals. Including a Wine Festival in March, a Restaurant Week in May that will be celebrating its 10th anniversary, the VNGastronomica Festival in October and its International Gourmet Festival in November.
Fees for these classes range from $85-$90 USD, depending on the day’s menu, and includes take-home printed recipes and an embroidered apron.
On the first Monday of each month, El Arrayán also offers a special cooking class that begins at 9:30 am and includes a typical Mexican breakfast and visits to local markets, in addition to everything offered in their regular cooking classes. These classes cost $110 USD, including transportation from the restaurant to the markets and back again.
For more information and payment details, please contact Carmen Porras at email@example.com, or (322) 222-7195.
From 11 November, luxury Antigua retreat Nonsuch Bay Resort will be hosting its food and wine festival celebrating the best of local cuisine. Featuring Champagne and rum tasting, along with cookery demonstration, this is a fantastic introduction to Antigua’s gastronomy as the festival opens the door to Antigua and Barbuda’s tantalising cuisine where food-lovers can experience authentic island dishes, bursting with an array of delicious flavours and textures.
For an insight into the culture, the speciality on the island is fungi, a smooth cornmeal pudding and pepperpot stew, a mix of salted beef and pork with okras, aubergines, spinach, pumpkin and squash. Being an island, the array of fresh seafood available to sample will be second to none! Follow in the footsteps of the islanders by finishing your meal with Antigua’s beer Wadadli or the English Harbour 5 year old rum to make this a gourmet trip to remember. Guests staying at Nonsuch Bay Resort during the duration of the festival can enjoy free Weekly wine tastings with Caribbean Street Food Canapés and the assistance of Liam Steevenson, Master of Wine who will be on hand to speak to with guests about wine and their wine choice during selected lunches and dinners.
For further information about the Nonsuch Food and Wine Festival, visit:
For more information on Antigua and Barbuda, visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com
Oceania Cruises has unveiled its new 2014 curriculum for the Bon Appétit Culinary Center on board the mid-sized luxury cruise ships Marinaand Riviera. More than 20 different classes are offered, ranging from regional cuisines to secrets of homemade pasta, with each session expanding guests’ knowledge and appreciation of local flavours. The multi-million-dollar, ground-breaking culinary centres feature individual work stations with induction cook tops – a first at sea – and have been a favourite on board amenity since their debut.
“While many ships offer cooking demonstrations for guests to observe, what has set our culinary centres apart is the opportunity for guests to actually cook themselves, delivering a hands-on experience in a true state of the art classroom,” shares Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “The 2014 classes, developed by acclaimed chef Kathryn Kelly and Bon Appétit magazine, promise an interactive and rewarding experience for epicureans.”
Each class appeals to a wide range of tastes and incorporates regional cultures and cuisines. Depending on the itinerary, classes can range from 45 minutes to three hours and cater to all levels of aptitude, from beginner to master-chef level. The culinary experience is also often brought ashore with market tours where guests shop for local ingredients with Chef Kelly. Culinary classes can be purchased in advance with on board bookings based on availability starting from £45 per person.
Highlights of the new 2014 classes as well as a sampling of voyages that they can be experienced on are listed below.
Note: These classes are available on virtually every 2014 voyage of Marina and Riviera
French Classics:At the centre of the gastronomic sphere, French cooking methods and techniques are the benchmark for culinary standards worldwide. In this class, gourmands master several fundamental French techniques and prepare elegant dishes that can be recreated at home.
Riviera, May 5, 2014 Historic Holy Lands 10 Days, Istanbul to Athens
Italian Family Table:This class celebrates the cuisines and specialty dishes of the many regions visited by Oceania Cruises. Students learn techniques and recipes that have been passed down for generations and shared around family tables in the fabulous Italian destinations visited, which include Portofino, Amalfi, Tuscany and Sicily.
Riviera, June 1, 2014 Venetian Revelations 10 Days, Barcelona to Venice
Viva España: Guests are transported to the tapas bars of Spain, learning how to host a tapas party, complete with sangria and delicious, authentic Spanish dishes. Exciting arrays of tapas are prepared with recipes by Oceania Cruises’ chefs discovered on journeys to San Sebastián, Barcelona and Andalucía.
Riviera, September 1, 2014 Flavors of Europe 7 Days, Rome to Barcelona
Modern Nordic:The fresh, inventive dishes of restaurants including Copenhagen’s Noma and Geranium have changed the way the world views Nordic cuisine. Inspired by Oceania Cruises’ Baltic travels, the line’s chefs have developed a class devoted to favourite recipes of the region.
Marina, June 7, 2014 North Sea Coasts 7 Days, London to Copenhagen
Magical Morocco: With a special emphasis on tagine recipes, this class teaches guests the basics of Moroccan cooking, one of the most popular cuisines today. Highlights are the spices and ingredients of the Moroccan pantry and how to utilize them for flavourful dishes.
Marina, September 24, 2014 Tapestry of Cultures 10 Days, Lisbon to Rome
Techniques to Know
Pasta from A to Z: Aspiring chefs make fresh pasta from scratch, including techniques for gnocchi and stuffing. Students master rolling the dough, cutting, proper cooking and serving with the freshest of sauces.
Riviera May 15, 2014 Gems of Antiquity 7 Days, Athens to Istanbul
Mastering Fish: One of the most popular classes, guests practice high-heat and moist-heat methods, as well as curing, to make delicious fish entrées at home.
Riviera, May 22, 2014 Portraits of the Past 10 Days, Istanbul to Barcelona
Oceania Cruises Onboard Favorites
Most Requested from Canyon Ranch: Working with the culinary team at Canyon Ranch, Oceania Cruises brings the most requested recipes from the world-renowned health resort and creator of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® on each ship. Guests learn healthy cooking techniques and quick, easy recipes with a focus on fresh ingredients and delicate flavour.
Riviera, May 22, 2014 Portraits of the Past 10 Days, Istanbul to Barcelona
Oceania Favourites, Red Ginger: A selection of the most requested recipes from the acclaimed Red Ginger on board Marina and Riviera highlights this class. Its Asian fare, with Thai and Vietnamese influences is a favourite. Guests learn how to use the ingredients that stock an Asian pantry as well as regional cooking techniques.
Riviera, November 18, 2013 Enchanted Passage 14 Days, Barcelona to Miami
For more information on Oceania Cruises or to order a brochure, visit www.oceaniacruises.com or call on 0845 505 1920
About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises® offers unrivalled cuisine, luxurious accommodations, exceptional personalised service and extraordinary value. Award-winning itineraries visit more than 330 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and the Americas aboard five mid-size ships: the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera.
About Prestige Cruise Holdings
Prestige Cruise Holdings (PCH) is the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. PCH manages select assets in Apollo Management’s cruise investment portfolio and is led by Chairman & CEO Frank J. Del Rio and President & COO Kunal S. Kamlani. PCH is the market leader in the upper-premium and luxury segments of the cruise industry with over 6,400 berths between the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.
Luxury online holiday company www.holidaysplease.co.uk has received over 20 enquiries for its recently launched £180,000 holiday to visit all 3 Michelin star restaurants in the world. Totalling 108 restaurants in 12 countries the lucky holidaymaker will travel from the UK to Europe, the Far East and USA. The trip takes 6 months to complete and has 5 star opulence all the way.
Highlights include: The Fat Duck in the UK, Alain Ducasse in Monaco and Arzak’s ‘Pineapple Bubbles’ in the mountainous Basque country. The hotels as well are some of the best in the world and many are home to the Michelin 3 Star restaurants.
The level of interest in the holiday has been strong, as Charles Duncombe, director of Holidaysplease says “Although we are a UK company I have been surprised by the international interest in this unique holiday. We have had enquiries from Australia, China and Russia in the East to the USA and Canada in the West and we look forward to confirming some bookings soon.”
For people who are interested they should visit the Holidaysplease gourmet holiday section for details.
For further press information contact:-
0121 200 5730 – from UK
00 44 121 200 5730 – international
Bottomless Wine & Cooking Lessons Penthouse Escape Luxury Package at Sheraton New York Times Square HotelDecember 13, 2013 on 12:36 pm | In Dine Drink, East Coast, New York City | Comments Off
The Sheraton New York Times Square hotel has introduced a new Penthouse Escape luxury package featuring culinary and wine experiences in the hotel’s plush Penthouse Suite. With accommodations in an upscale duplex suite boasting panoramic Manhattan views and memorable foodie experiences, the package is ideal for couples interested in expanding their culinary horizons, celebratory events such as bachelorette parties and family weekends in New York City.
The new Penthouse Escape package includes:
• Three nights in the two bedroom, three bathroom bi-level Penthouse Suite with breathtaking views of Central Park and Times Square from every room
• Bottomless wine tasting with in-house wine expert David Ocampo, featuring wines rated 90+ by Wine Spectator
• Two-hour cooking session with Executive Chef Joe Fontanals in the suite’s full kitchen and dining room
• Access to the 44th floor Club Lounge with 24/7 complimentary beverages and snacks
• Complimentary access to the Sheraton Fitness center
• Complimentary wireless Internet access
• Package price is $15,000, with a maximum capacity of four guests
The 3,546 sq. ft. bi-level Penthouse Suite is elegantly appointed with sophisticated décor in a soothing gold-drenched color palette that provides a spacious and relaxing atmosphere on the 45th floor. Guests enjoy deluxe furnishings in the open sitting area with a bar and spectacular views of New York City, a dining room with seating for ten, a fully-equipped kitchen and a private office area. The master bedroom includes a king-size Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ bed and en-suite bathroom, complete with custom digital controls for the indulgent walk-in rainforest shower, an oversized sunken tub and a television mirror in the sink area. The second bedroom features double Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ beds and a lounge area with large windows overlooking the city.
Upon booking the Penthouse Escape package, guests have an initial consultation with a member of the hotel’s culinary team to discuss their food interests and any special requests. The cooking session takes place in the Penthouse Suite, utilizing the expansive kitchen and dining area. The three-course cooking lesson with Chef Joe Fontanals is a hands-on interactive and guests receive copies of recipes created during the experience.
The bottomless wine tasting includes wines from the acclaimed Sheraton Social Hour, which features several Wine Spectator 90+ rated wines from renowned wineries such as Chateau Ste. Michelle, Seghesio, Villa Antinori, Peter Lehmann, M. Chapoutier, Paul Cluver and Domaine Lafond. Guests receive tasting notes and worksheets for all wines sampled during the experience.
The package is available through May 31, 2014; subject to availability and blackout dates; and must be booked 14 days in advance. For more details, go to www.SheratonNewYork.com and click “Offers” or go to www.SheratonNewYork.com/PenthouseNYCPackage. For more details and to book the package, guests may call the hotel directly at 212-841-6400 or email 00NYC.Reservations@starwoodhotels.com.
About the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
Situated in the heart of Times Square, The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel offers a perfect combination of comfort, convenience and Manhattan style. With 1,781 newly renovated rooms, the hotel appeals to vacationers and business travelers alike, with amenities such as the welcoming Lobby Lounge and convenient Link Café, a full fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment, the casual Hudson Market restaurant and a new Club Lounge with panoramic views of Manhattan. The hotel recently underwent a $180 million top-to-bottom renovation, which included a complete redesign of the guest rooms, to incorporate a sophisticated look with a contemporary touch and elegant feel. With 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the Metropolitan Ballroom and the Executive Conference Center, the hotel is an ideal location for business meetings and functions from three to 3,700. For more information, go to www.SheratonNewYork.com.
LAS VEGAS – Olympic Gold Medalists Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones will ring in 2014 with a festive New Year’s Eve bash in the upstairs nightclub at SHe by Morton’s, located just steps away from the main entrance of ARIA at The Shops at Crystals.
The party starts at 8 p.m. with an open bar until 10 p.m., and includes a New Year’s Eve countdown with Lochte and Jones. DJ Twisted will keep the party going late into the night at the luxurious 9,000-square-foot venue.
Guests will dance the night away on the expansive dance floor, surrounded by lush VIP booths. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the waterfalls of ARIA and will provide views of some of the Strip’s stunning fireworks displays.
Tickets are $100 per person, and include an open bar from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets purchased for entry after 10 p.m. are $50 per person. Private VIP tables are also available for purchase.
For table inquiries and to pre-purchase tickets, guests may call 702-353-1451. Guests must be 21 or older and present valid photo ID.
On The Go Tours has announced a new collection of private tours to Japan, showcasing the skyscrapers and neon lights of its cities, as well as teahouses and temples in ancient towns.
The new group holidays will enable you to discover the highlights of Japan at your own pace, from the capital city of Tokyo and the bright lights of Osaka, to the cherry blossoms of Kyoto and historic Hiroshima.
Just Japan – an eight-day private tour visiting Japan’s capital city. You will learn how to prepare Japanese cuisine in a local home, explore the mountainous landscapes of Hakone National Park, discover Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto and feed the deer at Nara Park.
Geishas & Gyozas – also eight days long, giving groups the chance to see Tokyo, and catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji in Hakone National Park. Further highlights comprise ancient arts, temples and shrines in Kyoto, a visit to holy Mount Koya, and exploring Osaka after dark.
Land of the Rising Sun – two weeks of visiting Japan’s tourist attractions, including Tokyo, mountainous Hakone, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Groups can also opt to cycle through rural countryside in Hida, and spend a night on Miyajima Island.
Group travel organisers can also tailor-make holidays with On The Go Tours’ group specialists.
Paris, – To prolong the magic of gifts under the Christmas tree, François Perret, the head pastry chef at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, has given the traditional Buche de Noel, Christmas log, a mischievous twist creating a stunning dessert as a final present for each guest at La Bauhinia.
Presented on a chocolate board carved to look like real wood, five beautiful little bright red cubes are guaranteed to arouse gourmet curiosity. They are encircled by a belt with a golden buckle made of Carupano 70% chocolate, offering a jovial reminder of Father Christmas.
The gift’s delightful appearance is a prelude to its delicious flavors and textures. The strands of sugar invite guests to take their own exclusive present. Each little cube consists of a threefold flavor experience: a light biscuit is coated with caramel sauce, covered in crushed hazelnuts and then wrapped in a classic chocolate mousse.
“I wanted to do everything I could to help create an enjoyable occasion. The shared aspect and the individual gifts should all add to the festive atmosphere. The biscuit is flourless and it is a traditional chocolate mousse, that is, made from a sabayon base, with beaten egg whites, whipped cream and chocolate,” said Chef Perret.
The Buche de Noel is available at La Bauhinia at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris from now until December 25, 2013. It is priced at €70 (approx US$97), good for five people, or €14 (approx. US$19) per cube.
• REX 1516 – Philadelphia’s home for quality, Southern-inspired cuisine. Executive Chef Justin Swain showcases all elements of Southern cuisine on their unique menu, which features many classic comfort brunch, dinner and dessert items with elevated twists. The restaurant exudes modernity with the charm of a faded Southern mansion.
• JET Wine Bar – Owner Jill Weber specializes in sourcing non-traditional wines while also keeping them at reasonable prices. She features a Global Tasting Series once a month as well as nightly specials. She loves unique and abstract pairings like rose and jerky, or champagne and homemade potato chips.
• Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop- Formerly Chink’s steaks, established in 1949. Joe’s was the only cheesesteak joint mentioned in Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover and is Philly’s favorite destination for cheesesteaks and milkshakes (just ask Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig Laban). They hand slice their rib-eye and cook every sandwich to order.
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