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Published on : Friday, March 4, 2016
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, an award-winning beachfront oasis tucked into the lush landscape of the Riviera Nayarit, is turning up the heat on its collection of culinary offerings with a new menu of classes and amenities designed to give guests an authentic taste of one of Mexico’s most gastronomically rich regions. Guests will learn authentic pre-Hispanic cooking techniques and traditions, blend tequila at the hand of an expert tequila master, catch and prepare the freshest local seafood caught in the Bahia de Banderas, and indulge in Mexican-inspired frozen desserts at a new beachfront surf shack.
“We are proud to offer our guests new ways to sip and savour the diverse flavours authentic to our coastal Mexican destination,” says John O’Sullivan, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. “With a robust menu of new culinary offerings designed to appeal to many different palates, guests can experience the epicurean wonders of this region, including the freshest local seafood, premium tequilas and ancient local ingredients.”
Iku Garden Hosts Indigenous Cooking Classes
A new series of historically-inspired cooking classes will& educate guests on the region’s culinary traditions with a focus on pre-Hispanic cooking techniques and ingredients native to the region. The interactive cooking experience will take guests outdoors to the Resort’s new Iku Garden, which features equipment and tools designed to mirror the kitchens of ancient times and includes volcanic stones, an underground oven and a molcajete (mortar). Guests will learn to prepare dishes using indigenous ingredients such as grasshoppers, ant eggs and agave worms along with regional ingredients including cactus, banana leaves, agave leaves, huitlacotche and epazote. Couples, families and groups will enjoy culinary creations such as grilled octopus marinated with grasshopper sea salt and fresh barbacoa (barbeque). Cooking classes for up to ten people are priced at USD 95 per person. Family style dinners are also available for 20 people maximum at USD 130 per person.
Tequila Tasting and Blending
The Resort will offer tequila aficionados a highly customised way to sip their favourite spirit with hands-on tequila tasting and blending experiences hosted by the Resort’s Cultural Concierge Enrique Alejos. After helping each participant identify the flavours and aromas of their liking through a guided tasting experience, Alejos will then walk guests through the blending process, allowing them to create a unique tequila blend from four different barrels of tequila. The customised blend will be placed in a handmade Damajuana bottle, sealed with wax and the bottle’s leather label is signed, numbered and registered in the logbook of Casa San Matias Tequila Factory. Custom tequila blends can also be prepared and private labeled for groups, meetings, weddings and special events. Tequila blending classes priced at USD 150 per person. (Maximum group size: 80)
Catch & Cook Adventures
A seasonally inspired “Catch & Cook” program will immerse guests in the region’s fishing heritage and offer a taste of the multitude of local seafood that can be sourced right off the shores of the Resort. Guests will begin with diving and fishing lessons, followed by a boat ride out to Bahia de Banderas – the third largest bay in the Americas known for its premiere diving conditions – to learn proper freediving and fishing techniques including spearfishing for the freshest seafood in season. Back at the Resort, a chef will guide them through the preparation of signature dishes utilising their catches of the day. The seasonal schedule will include mahi mahi, sea urchin, yellow fin, snapper and octopus. Classes will culminate in a three-course lunch, including a cocktail and dessert, priced at USD 225 per person. (Maximum group size: 6)
For a refreshing and sweet treat, the Resort has opened a beachfront Mexican Gelateria. Housed in a colourful surf shack, the gelateria serves custom gelato and popsicles hand crafted in Punta Mita in authentic Mexican inspired flavours exclusive to the Resort; flavours will rotate seasonally and include chocolate and chili, black bean, guanabana, tamarindo, corn, avocado and hibiscus.
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