Guest Chef Biographies

Culinary Events and Guest Chefs in Manuel Antonio

The great success of last year’s guest chef events at Arenas del Mar with hundreds of satisfied guest and excellent feedback on the culinary skills of chefs such as Jason Cichonski (Ela, Philadelphia) and Jen Carroll (previously Le Bernardin in NYC and Bravo’s Top Chef program) led us to further expand the program in 2014.

The 2014 event dates, tasting menu pricing details and chef bios for the culinary events can be found below. Besides the dining experiences and a wide array of culinary activities such as visits to a vanilla and spice farm, expert cooking classes, organic wine and local rum tasting, there are many nature activities offered in and around our resort. If you plan to come during one of our culinary weeks, take a look at our green season values that could provide you up to three free nights per stay.

If you are interested in finding out more about this event, send us a note to reservations@arenasdelmar.com or contact the program director Jeremy Allen directly at allenallen@aol.com. We look forward to having you stay with us during one of our culinary event weeks this year.

Special Event Week for Beer and Cheese Lovers

Microbrews and Cheese: Chef Patrick Feury of Nectar in Berwyn and Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing in Downingtown. September 20th through 27th 2014

Microbrews and Cheese: Chef Patrick Feury of Nectar in Berwyn and Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing in Downington

This week is all about Costa Rican Microbrewed beers. Chef Patrick will be accompanied by Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing in Downingtown, PA. The cold locally produced microbrews will be served with a tasting menu throughout the week offering the full range of cheeses from Monte Azul, a leading Costa Rican cheesemaker.

Microbrews and Cheese: Chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia and Steve Wildy Of The Vetri Restaurant Group. November 1st through 8th 2014

Microbrews and Cheese: Chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia and Steve Wildy Of The Vetri Restaurant Group

This week is all about Costa Rican Microbrewed beers. Chef Jeremy will be accompanied Steve Wildy, Beverage Director of Vetri Group of Restaurants. The cold locally produced microbrews will be served with a tasting menu throughout the week offering the full range of cheeses from Monte Azul, a leading Costa Rican cheesemaker.

Special Gluten Free Week for the Celiac Community

Gluten-free weeks for the Celiac Community: Chefs Monica Glass of Clio in Boston and Nicole Petrongolo. September 13th through 20th 2014

Celiac Week: Chefs Monica Glass of Clio in Boston and Nicole Petrongolo

All restaurant outlets at Arenas del Mar will be serving gluten free food and beverages. A great opportunity for Celiacs to visit Costa Rica without having to worry about finding places to eat.

Gluten-free weeks for the Celiac Community: Chefs Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia and Steven Cook. November 8th through 15th 2014

Celiac Week: Chefs Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia and Steven Cook

All restaurant outlets at Arenas del Mar will be serving gluten free food and beverages. A great opportunity for Celiacs to visit Costa Rica without having to worry about finding places to eat. Chefs Michael and Steven will take gluten free cooking to new heights.

Special Guest Chef Events

Local Ingredients Of Costa Rica From The Pacific Ocean To The Organic Farm: Yianni Arhontoulis of Blackfish, PA. September 27th through October 4th 2014

Local Ingredients Of Costa Rica From The Pacific Ocean To The Organic Farm: Yianni Arhontoulis of Blackfish, PA

This event will evolve all around the great local ingredients that can be found in Costa Rica. From the freshest seafood to organic fruit and vegetables – all sustainably caught and locally harvested. Chef Yianni is a master in the preparation of fresh fish which he will demonstrate in his tasting menus offered on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night. The experience will be complemented by excursions to a local Spice Farm and possible fishing excursions.