Guest Chef series at Costa Rica’s Arenas Del Mar features Philadelphia’s top talents

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Guest Chef series at Costa Rica’s Arenas Del Mar features Philadelphia’s top talents

May 29,  2013, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica ““  Costa Rican cuisine gets a shake-up this fall, as leading chefs from Philadelphia descend upon Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort for the hotel’s second Guest Chef series.

Drawing on the abundance of exotic, fresh ingredients from Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, Philadelphia’s gastronomic superstars will join Arenas Del Mar’s skilled kitchen staff to create a vacation experience for foodies and aspiring chefs alike.

” We launched our Guest Chef program in 2012 knowing that the best way to build Costa Rica’s culinary reputation was to introduce  top chefs from other parts of the world to our local ingredients and dishes,”  says Hans Pfister, CEO and principle of  the Cayuga Collection, a company that manages a number of luxury eco-resorts, hotels and lodges in Central America, including Arenas Del Mar.  ” It just  seems to  make sense that a country as bio-diverse  as Costa Rica can also grow and produce incredible ingredients, which results in its own noteworthy cuisine.”

The roster of culinary talents for the 2013 Guest Chef series includes:

  • Sept. 16 – 18: Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga (featured on Bravo’s Top Chef), accompanied by Christina Rando and Al Sotack   of Franklin Mortgage Bar
  • Sept. 23 – 25: Josh Lawlor of The Farm and Fisherman
  • Oct. 14 – 16: Steve Howells of Blackfish
  • Oct. 21 – 23: Jason Cichonski of Ela
  • Nov. 11 – 13: Chip Roman of Blackfish
  • Nov. 18 – 20: Jen Carroll, previously of 10 Arts (featured on Bravo’s Top Chef)

Wine and rum tastings and organic coffee pair with the chef-led culinary experiences, and guests are encouraged to take part in the cooking action. And, calorie-burning activities abound as Arenas Del Mar is  situated on the edge of Manuel Antonio National Park’s natural  rainforest and undeveloped coastline.

Guest Chef packages include three gourmet dinners; two cooking classes; and coffee, rum and wine tasting sessions and can be added to the resort’s Green Season promotion where guests who stay for three nights pay for two, with rates starting at $270 USD per night. And, optional additional activities, from hiking to spa experiences, can be arranged with the onsite concierge.

About Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

As Manuel Antonio’s only eco-luxury beachfront property and Costa Rica’s first hotel with a perfect rating of five-star luxury and five-leaf sustainability, Arenas Del Mar provides all guests with spacious, air-conditioned rooms, decks with private Jacuzzis and sweeping ocean views; two restaurants; a full-service spa that specializes in massages, facials and wraps; and a range of guided wilderness activities, ranging from early-morning bird watching tours and late-night rainforest treks to sunset catamaran voyages and adventurous white water rafting. And perfect for nature- and animal-lovers, the team Arenas Del Mar offers direct access and tours of Manuel Antonio National Park, located adjacent to the hotel. To learn more, visit

A leader in ecotourism, Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality manages luxury and boutique hotels in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

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