Miami chefs and South Florida Food 50 honorees Paula DaSilva (recently of 3030 Ocean) and Todd Erickson (Huahua’s, Haven) are leading upcoming weeklong culinary adventures at Arenas del Mar, a beachfront and rainforest resort along Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast.
The guest chefs will work with resort staff to prepare multicourse dinners for guests; host cooking classes; organize rum, coffee and wine classes; and visit local spice and vanilla farms.
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“Our guest chefs work with our local chefs to discover local recipes and ingredients, and also pass on their own tastes and techniques, so as you can imagine there is a lot of creativity going on in the kitchen,” says Hans Pfister, president and co-owner of Cayuga Collection, which manages Arenas Del Mar.
The eco- and culinary-tourism adventures are open to anyone, and the resort is hoping to draw in LGBT travelers with chefs DaSilva and Erickson.
DaSilva will be at Arenas del Mar from Sept. 6 through 10, and Erickson will be there Oct. 4 through 8. Room rates are $270-$310, and more information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.