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NorthAmerica The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson offers interactive culinary experiences. Hotel Culinary Options in the U.S. Michelle Marie Arean There are definitely clients on your roster who binge-watch the Food Network or have pretended to be a contestant on "Top Chef" when cooking at home. Why not help them bring these fantasies to life? Culinary travel is on the rise, and according to chef Russell Michel of The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, "The rise of food shows and culinary competitions on TV have definitely influenced a growth in culinary travel. The culinary aspect of a trip is now just as important as the local activities and sights explored during a vacation." But that's not the only reason folks are into food-focused travel. It connects them to the local experience and gives them a bit of an indulgence, too. According to Michael Cole, director of sales for Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, "...culinary travel is a way to connect to the area. It's also an indulgence and many look for options in food and wine that they may not have access to on a regular basis." Whatever your clients' reasons are for dipping their taste buds into the scene, one thing's for sure, "in the past five to 10 years there has been a renewed interest in spirits and locally inspired food, which we see reflected in the cocktail and food experiences created for clients," as Philip Kendall, v.p. of resort operations for The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley, California, points out. The Carneros Inn, California Guests staying at The Carneros Inn can get their hands a little dirty, while satisfying their appetites, too. The property's Gather and Garnish program, resuming on June 1 and available at the onsite restaurant FARM, allows guests to forage ingredients from the quarter-acre farm located on site that's filled with tomatoes, cauliflower, pomegranate, broccoli, squash and more. There are also fruit trees in the area that are used to create the perfect cocktail. This $75 program is available Monday-Thursday at 4 p.m. Guests can also explore the culinary scene off-property and tour many of the wineries around Napa Valley. The hotel's concierge desk can assist your clients in booking wine tastings, dinner reservations, cooking classes, foodie tours, or even outdoor activities such as golf. For instance, the offsite Ramekins culinary school offers a hands-on cooking demonstration, and after class, guests enjoy wine and an appetizer they've cooked themselves, while waiting for their table to be set up for a unique dining experience. Culinary tours of Long Meadow Ranch or Chalk Hill are also available, as are olive oil tours and tastings at Round Pond Estate, an award-winning producer of four april 2016 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend April 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Hotels for Foodies
Tour Talk: Take to the Road With Enterprise
Cruise Lines Whip Up Culinary Treats
Viking Celebrates Agents
5 Adults-Only All-Inclusives Where Dinner Is an Art
Saint Lucia Loves Chocoholics
Accent on Food
Hotel Culinary Options in the U.S.
Culinary Travel: A Buffet of Options
Vegas Bites
Dining Through the Holy Land
Spotlight on Gastronomy
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Lovely Valencia
Thuringia: Germany’s Best-Kept Secret...Revealed
Devouring Asia

Recommend April 2016