Small Chef at Large Presents June 23rd-June 30th 2012 Costa Rica Culinary Tour
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The tour is led by Chef JenniferCornell a classically trainedchef and owner of The SmallChef at Large CateringCompany.Jennifer a graduate of New England Culinary Institute, has a passion for cooking with over a decade of experience at fine restaurants and resorts throughout the Caribbean . Having resided in Costa Rica, Chef Cornell brings personal knowledgeand expertise surrounding the Costa Rican culture and culinary arts.
Day 1: Transportation from SJO International Airport to Hotel for check- Upon your arrival at the airport youin, Group meet and greet with an orientation will be picked up by our driver for a during cocktails followed by dinner. quick twenty-minute ride to our hotel the Out of Bounds Boutique Hotel in San Jose. “Meet and greet” 5:30pm poolside. With cocktails in hand we will have a quick orientation facilitated by Chef Jennifer. We will review the itinerary, activities and help you book unique adventures and experiences during your free time in Costa Rica. Dinner at 7:00pm at the Taj Mahal Restaurant. Just a walk across the street and known in San Jose as the original Indian restaurant in Costa Rica. Taj Mahal is famous for it’s excellent Punjab region cuisine, beautiful peacock garden and magical outdoor tropical patio.
Wonderful light breakfast at the hotel begins at 8:15am.Day 2: Coffee Tour, Lake Arenal, culinary At 9:00 we will then board our luxury class and time to enjoy the hot 14 seat van and chauffeured to the springs/grounds of Arenal Paraiso Naranjo region for the Espiritu Santo coffee tour. A wonderful opportunity for us to taste and learn planting and harvesting practices of Costa Rican Coffee growers and its impact on the culinary arts. After the tour we then head to the Lake Arenal region.Culinary Class begins at 5:00 On the drive we will see thepm followed by our dinner. Lake Arenal regions which sit at theLook forward to Chef Jennifer base of the Arenal Volcano in theteaching us the best ways to northern highlands of Costa Rica andincorporate Costa Rican coffee has the country’s largest landlockedfor new experiences in dining. body of water. In this beautiful andPrepare and savor delicious tranquil setting we will see hills ofcoffee rubbed steak and we will pasture and forested land with aeven explore some coffee spectacular view of Arenal Volcano.desserts. Check in at Arenal Paraiso Hotel. Following dinner is your chance to individually explore the grounds and thermal waters located on the hotel property.
Day 3: Nueva Luna Organic Breakfast will begin at 8:15 at theFarm, Adventures, Culinary Class & Baldi Hot Hotel Arenal Pariaso, and then it’sSpring back on board the van for trip to the Nueva Luna Organic farm. The farm was established in 1994 with the planting and harvesting of organic spices and has quickly become a leader in the promotion of sustainable farming practices. A member of the Slow Food International Convivia, Luna Nueva offers us a chance to experience the Costa Rican rainforest while weCulinary Class begins at 5:00pm. learn about these sustainableChef Jennifers class will focus on incorporating farming practices and enjoy aall of those fresh ingredients we bring back from gourmet lunch prepared from theirNueva Luna. After Dinner a short trip over to the produce at the Nueva Luna. ThenBaldi Hot Springs your admission is included we head back to the beautiful Hotel Arenal Pariaso in order for you todon’t forget to bring along some spending money enjoy all the hotel has to offer. Youin the event you would like a cocktail or late night can participate in horsebacksnack riding, zip lining, world-class spa services at the resort or just leisurely stroll the grounds and take in the spectacular scenery.
Day 4: It is all about YOU DAY! Rise and shine for another nice breakfast at the Hotel Arenal Pariaso then it’s time to do your own thing. Check out the web site www.desafiocostarica.com. Everything is there for you to select from in the Arenal Region. A one-stop shop for adventure they offer a wide- range of activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, bird watching, canopy tours or just soaking up the beauty of this natural paradise. Your choice. But please don’t hesitate to ask if you need some help in selecting a great activity on your “All About You Day!
Day 5: Samara Beach-Kalimba Style,Fisherman’s Village at Carrillo, Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel ArenalSunset Cocktails at Puerto Carrillo Hotel, Pariaso.Culinary Class at Villas Kalimba Then we travel by van to the gorgeous pacific coastline of Costa Rica. We will be staying at the Villas Kalimba Hotel just steps from Samara Beach. The villas are surrounded by a tropical garden with a pool in a private setting. After checking in you will have the afternoon to swim, ride the waves or just soak up paradise. We are within an easy walk to a small grocery store and even a few local bars or restaurants for you to enjoy. We meet up again at 5:00PM for a jaunt to the Fisherman’s Village at Carrillo Beach to buy some great “just caught” seafood. A quick stop at the Culinary Class: As a group we will Puerto Carrillo Hotel to view the return back to the Villas Kalimba around famous pacific coast sunset while 7:30pm in order for Chef to share with us enjoying a special cocktail. how to properly prepare Ceviche and some Sushi for us to enjoy for our dinner.
Day 6: Latin Breakfast by Chef Jennifer Chef Cornell will prepare a typical Latin breakfast for us this morningBeach Day and Poolside Cocktail Party, beginning at 9am. She plans onDinner at Lagarta Restaurant featuring an array of fresh tropical fruits as well as delicious breads and pastries. After breakfast just take off to the beach and enjoy the sun and sand. Our poolside cocktail party will begin at 6:00pm Then we hop back on our luxury van for the short drive to Lagarta Restaurant. One of the most romantic spots on the coast, Lagarta is well know for having a spectacular view of the coastline, surrounding hillside and is part of a private biological reserve. Their Chefs menu consists of different styles of meat and local fish with an accompaniment local fruits and fresh vegetables. We will be taken back by van for you to enjoy an evening of leisure back at the Villas Kalimba.
DAY 7: Poolside Continental Breakfast, Tour ofSan Jose and Explore the Artisan Market Sunrise continental breakfast by the pool at the Villas Kalimba Depart the Villas at 8:00am and travel by luxury van for the return trip back to San Jose. Hotel Check In then off for a private tour beginning at 1:00pm to see the sights of the Historic San Jose.
We will have a chance to view the capitals monuments, some gorgeousresidential areas of the city and learn about the uniqueness of Costa Rica.No trip to Central America would be complete without a stop at the Pre-Columbian Gold museum. Famous for showcasing jade, stone, gold andpottery artifacts.After our guided tour we will then venture over to the Artisan Market.This is a great place for souvenirs, handcrafted goods such as colorfulhammocks, carved wood, jewelry and clothing. This is our chance to bringback some local treasures made by area craftsmen and vendors. Around themarket it’s well known as a place to grab some delicacies for a light snack tohold you over until dinner.Depart the Artisan Market at 6:00pm to freshen up at the hotel prior to ourdinner at a local Costa Rican Tippico for our last hurrah.
Day 8: Homeward Bound Breakfast at hotel at your leisure prior to check out