James Beard award-winning and recognized chefs will host three separate culinary-themed sailings in 2016 as part of Windstar Cruises partnership with the James Beard Foundation. Acclaimed chefs will be Michel Nischan, Maria Hines as well as Matt and Kate Jennings. These James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection sailings will provide a wondrous time for the gourmand through cooking demonstrations, additional nightly dishes orchestrated by the headlining chef and one-on-one interaction.
Elevate your foodie experience on fabulous itineraries France, Morocco and Spain beautiful Windstar Cruises yachts. Designed to enhance the vacation experience for food and wine enthusiasts, they will feature a James Beard guest chef who will work along with the luxury line’s onboard culinary team. Savor the exquisite cuisines and spirits that France and Spain are famous for and the exotic flavors of Morocco as you enjoy a palate-pleasing vacation.
Enjoy complimentary regional wine tastings hosted by wine experts who will also share their knowledge of local vintners. Indulge in gastronomic nirvana at its best as the chef brings you closer to the culture of each destination with local market tours and more.
The 2016 James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection Cruises:
Southern Spain & Morocco (April 24)
Experience sublime luxury as one of the 310 pampered guests traveling on Wind Surf, which is the world’s largest sailing yacht. This journey will visit Tangier, Morocco in addition to Malaga, Almeria (Granada), Cartagena, Ibiza and Tarragona, Spain.
Chef Michel Nischan, Founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave and a three-time James Beard Foundation Award winner will be onboard. Savor a variety of regional cuisine such as Spanish tapas and Moroccan tanginess – slow-cooked stews, plus such popular wines as Tempranillo and Rioja — just some of the highlights. Chef Nischan is also a leader in the sustainable food movement, with a commitment to working closely with farmers and artisans of sustainable products, some of which will be on display.
Spain & France (June 10 and August 9)
Cherish time spent on the 212-guest, Star Legend cruising for eight days between Lisbon and Dublin on June 10. This exciting itinerary includes Porto, Ferrol, Gijon, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Saint Malo and Barcelona.
Along your culinary journey, Chef Maria Hines, Owner and Executive Chef of Seattle Tilth and James Beard Foundation Award winner for Best Chef Northwest, will be there to share her magic.
On the August 9 sailing doing the reverse itinerary, indulge in the cuisine of Chefs Matt and Kate Jennings, owners and Chefs of Townsman and four-time James Beard Foundation Award nominees.
Both exciting cruises will feature delicious seafood from Galicia, Portugal’s legendary sweet flavored port in Porto, cognac in La Rochelle and the world-famous wines of Bordeaux.
Delight in Windstar Cruises’ pampering service from the moment you step onboard. Feel as if you’re on a private yacht as you dine at your choice of enticing restaurants including AmphorA. Challenge Lady Luck at the Casino and have your favorite cocktails with friends at Compass Rose.
Experience exceptional regional fare in these spectacular countries, learn from culinary stars and enjoy the legendary luxury yachts of Windstar Cruises.