Four Seasons Costa Rica’s Exotic Memorial Day Foodie Getaway

written by | Posted on May 29th, 2013

Celebrity chef Mannet Chauhan and Four Seasons Costa Rica's chef, Mario Alcocer.

Celebrity chef Mannet Chauhan and Four Seasons Costa Rica’s chef, Mario Alcocer. (Photo credit: Hernan F. Rodriguez.)

We had the pleasure of visiting the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo this past weekend, where the resort rocked a first-time culinary event: the Memorial Day Foodie Getaway.

Four Seasons invited celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan—judge on Food Networks’ Chopped and author of Flavors of My World—down to Costa Rica to mix her native Indian cuisine with Four Seasons’ own Mexican born executive chef Mario Alcocer’s divine culinary creations.

Guests were invited to a cooking demonstration, where the two worked side-by-side to show off their culinary prowess and fuse both cultural cuisines using local Costa Rican ingredients. The event was complimentary to guests of the resort.

The result? Chauhan created masala omelet tortilla Espanola and chimichurri seekh kebabs. Chef Alcocer delighted us with a lamb barbacoa and shrimp margarita campechana. Want to try some of these creations at home? Click on the recipes: Masala Omelet Tortilla Espanola; Chimichurri Seekh Kebabs; Shrimp Margarita Campechana; and Lamb Barbacoa.

The following night, dinner was served at one of the Four Seasons’ luxury estates, Casa del Mar, overlooking the Peninsula Papagayo. Both chefs worked together to prepare the evening’s feast, and the four courses had a contribution from each of the chefs. Some of our faves were Alcocer’s tostones with green chorizo guacamole and Chauhan’s rice dumplings with ropa vieja rogan josh. Resort guests paid $100 pp.

The event underscores the fact that Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo—beyond its eco-adventure offerings—is also a destination that’s a must for foodies. Beyond this special event, during our visit we had some extraordinary cuisine from a variety of the resort’s five restaurants.

“Whether guests want a one-of-a-kind luxury dining experience like we created this past weekend at our Casa del Mar estate home, a romantic beach dinner, Organic Garden Chef’s Table experience under the Costa Rican stars or just fantastic burgers and shakes with the family at our new CR Burger shack, we have a wide variety of culinary offerings,” says Pascal Forotti, general manager, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. “Not to mention our exotic wildlife, new luxury surf program and complimentary Camp Papagayo for kids this summer…this is paradise!”

We’ll have all the details on the onsite culinary experiences as well as the resort’s other vast offerings in our onsite review in the upcoming September Family Travel issue—believe us when we tell you, your multigenerational family clients are going to eat this resort up (pun intended).

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If you have clients who like to pair their vacation with food and wine events, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is hosting a Red Violin Opus Wine Dinner in November that will feature a performance by violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, dinner created by executive chef Roger Stettler and wines from Opus One. For specifics, visit fourseasons.com/maui.

For more on Four Seasons’ worldwide culinary events and recipes, visit taste.fourseasons.com.