It’s Restaurant Week here in NYC, (um $38 for a 3 -course menu? YES, PLEASE) so why not celebrate by taking a look at the amazing culinary delights from our partners across the globe! Wait, did anyone else’s mouth just water?
We are starting off the week by sharing all the Edible Events that may be perfect to add to your google and outlook calendars, with a focus on special events around making food, enjoying food and sharing food! Tomorrow is all about the Hidden Gems. We’re not talking those chain restaurants or overly touristy spots. We’re talking those special places with that ‘je ne sais quoi’ charm in and around the neighborhoods that would delight travelers’ palates. And for dessert… we’ll end Foodie Week with some of the most amazing recipes from experts in the kitchen for the Global Cookbook! (You’ll want to steal ALL of these recipes)
You can’t miss the Al fresco Dining Experience offered at the Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges! Be immersed in the wildlife and the nature all while getting a taste of head chef Archie Maclean’s delicious creations.
Daily game drives with professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals, and the late afternoon bush stops in particular are a wonderful opportunity to spot a great variety of wildlife while sipping a sundowner. To accompany a cold drink or crisp glass of wine, our kitchen teams prepare a delicious snack-time spread. Items on the menu can include crisp fried tortilla with sundried tomato and peppadew dip and creamy guacamole, a selection of local and international cheeses, fruit and preserves, smoked crocodile and springbok carpaccio, homemade breads, watercress salad and smoked salmon trout from the Franschhoek Valley. Who though a safari in the bush could also mean the most delicious meals ever?!
Castiglion del Bosco is host to the Sagra del Carciofo – Artichoke Festival which happens every April.
In the Crete Senesi area, many food-related events are organized the last week of each April to celebrate spring and the seasonal vegetable: artichokes. Eat in the small square in Chiusure, a tiny village in the heart of the countryside, and enjoy organized treks in the nearby area, take part in gardening workshops for children or visit the local markets where you can find local food and wine and artisanal products. Foodies, plan your trip to Tuscany then! And make sure to visit the vineyards on your way there.
Ponta dos Ganchos is hosting the “Culinary Secrets” (shhhh) a series that brings together Brazilian and International Chefs for a week dedicated to gastronomy, and is held periodically all year long. Next month, from the 27th to the 31st of August, Chef Luis Salvajoli will be teaching you all about hotel’s culinary secrets.
Chef Giancarlo Morelli from the Italian restaurant Pomiroeu will also be joining Chef Salvajoli next March as a guest at Ponta dos Ganchos. After graduating from the hotel school in San Pellegrino Terme, he set out on his own personal and professional adventure, travelling to the US and to France to gain experience and to take his palate and his work to leading, star-rated restaurants. Yay for these awesome chefs!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post about those hidden culinary gems in and around the neighborhoods of our partners’ destinations!
– The JG Black Book Team