Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Club Med Launches All-Inclusive Food and Wine Weeks in Four Resorts

Stephanie Izard & Wolfgang Birk among Chefs Set to Entice Vacationing Foodies

Club Med’s Guests will experience all-star cooking demonstrations, sommelier and mixology presentations, and a nightly, unique four-course dinner during the all-inclusive food and wine weeks scheduled this fall and spring. With no change in the traditional package price, the second annual food and wine weeks highlight Club Med’s exceptional culinary offerings.

“Foodies should take note that Club Med’s all-inclusive pricing encompasses the food and wine events,” remarks Sabina Sicuso, V.P. Marketing for Club Med. “This is truly a unique opportunity for epicureans who want to indulge in Michelin quality dining on a daily basis—without a daily bill.”

Club Med’s first of four food and wine weeks is scheduled October 4-11, 2008 at the Ixtapa Pacific resort in Mexico. Two-time James Beard Award winner, Wolfgang Birk and guest judge for Top Chef, Maria Frumkin are among the 15 star chefs making Ixtapa sizzle that week.

November 15-22, 2008 the food and wine weeks head east to Club Med Cancun Yucatan. There, Five Star Diamond Award winner, Cindy Hutson and James McDevitt, a Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chef, will collaborate with a stellar group of top chefs and sommeliers to create new culinary experiences for Club Med guests.

Club Med’s food and wine week February 28-March 7 in Columbus Isle, Bahamas holds a special surprise. Top Chef Winner, Stephanie Izard, will unveil her signature Club Med recipe at a cooking demonstration, lead a private cooking lesson for a lucky sweepstakes winner, and prepare a four-course dinner. Michelle Bernstein of the Food Network and guest judge for Iron Chef will also be among the talented chefs at Columbus Isle that week.

The food and wine weeks will draw to a powerful close May 2-9 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. George Duran of the Food Network and Eric Villegas of A Fork in the Road join 13 other leading chefs for a spring blowout.

Find the full lists of guest chefs after the jump.

For reservations call 1-800-Club Med, visit www.clubmed.us or contact a travel professional.

OCTOBER 4-11 Ixtapa Pacific, Ixtapa, Mexico
Sean Bernal Oceanaire in Miami
Russel Cunningham Agraria in Washington D.C.
Stefano La Cava Barton G in Miami
Frank Jeannetti Jeannetti Catering in Miami
Ralph Pagano Pressure Cook on the Mojo Channel
Tim Grandinetti Twin City Quarter in Winston/Salem
Kurtis Jantz Trump International Miami Beach
Fabian Di Paolo Trump International Miami Beach
Wolfgang Birk Gaylord National Resort in Washington D.C.
Matthew Zubrod DishAspen in Aspen
Harold Moore Commerce in NYC
Maria Frumkin French Bakery in Miami
Julian Alonzo Brasserie 8 1/2 in NYC
Johnny Vinczenz Johnny V's Las Olas
Martial Noguier one sixtyblue in Chicago

NOVEMBER 15-22 Cancun Yucatan, Cancun, Mexico
Pascal Oudin Pascal's on Ponce in Miami
Mark Hannon Quince in Chicago
James McDevitt Food Four Studio in NYC
Clay Conley Azul in Miami
Oliver Oertl Bimini Bay in Bahamas
Sue Torres Los Dados in NYC
Michael Jacobs Mediterasia in Miami
Giancarla Bodoni Escopazzo in South Beach
Arthur Artiles Brosia in Miami
Dan Drayer Moon Fish in Orlando
Will Goldfarb Dessert Studio in NYC
Philippe Ruiz Biltmore in Miami
Cindy Hutson Ortanique in Miami
Christophe Doumerque VOGA in the Flamingo in Las Vegas
Olivier Carlos VOGA in the Flamingo in Las Vegas

FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 7 Columbus Isle, San Salvador, Bahamas
Sue Torres Suenos in NYC
Ian Schnoebelen Iris in New Orleans
Jean Claude Perennoud in NYC
Ray Lampe (Dr. BBQ) Southern Hospitality in NYC
Michelle Bernstein Michy's in Miami
Lee Anne Wong FCI in NYC
Jeff Baruch London Lennies in NYC
Ted Reader (King of the Q's) Ted Reader from Toronto
Greg Sharpe President Nation's Capitol chef assoc
Stephanie Izard Top Chef Season 4 Winner
John Suley Joley South Beach in South Beach
Dewey Losasso North 110 in South Beach
Tim Elliott Mie n Yu in Washington
Michael Altman Town Kitchen in Miami
Sean Bernal Oceanaire Seafood Room in Miami
E Michael Reidt LA Farms
John Lee Marseilles & Nice in NYC

MAY 2-9 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Tim Foley Bit of Swiss in Michigan
George Duran Food Network
Brian Malarkey Oceanaire Seafood Room in San Diego & Top Chef
Thomas John Au Bon Pain, Corporate Chef
Fred Mero Four Seasons in NYC
Pichet Ong P*ong in NYC
Anita Lo Bar Q in NYC
Kurtis Jantz Trump International Miami Beach
Fabian Di Paolo Trump International Miami Beach
Alex Urena Pamplona in NYC
Mark Beaupre J W Marriott in Orlando
Dean Max 3030 Ocean in Ft. Lauderdale
Eric Villegas A Fork in the Road on PBS
Eric Hara Burke & Donnatella in NYC
Bernard Guillas La Jolla Beach Club in San Diego