Frequently Asked Questions
about our Guest Chef Events
What other things are there for me to do at and around the resort?
You will have access to the full range of tours and activities that are offered at the resort and in Manuel Antonio. Learn more about our rain forest and ocean tours.
When participating in the Guest Chef Event, do I get a discounted room rate at the resort?
Yes, during the dates of the culinary events, we offer very attractive green season specials. Choose the promotionl that best fits your needs.
What days will the chef dinners be offered?
The guest chefs arrive at the resort on Sunday and will be serving five course tasting menus on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. The menu is priced at $70 plus taxes per head. Beverages and wines are billed separately.
What other culinary activities are there available besides the chef events?
During the guest chef events, we typically offer cooking classes, tours to a vanilla and spice farm, wine and rum tasting as well as our sustainability and tortilla making tours. More details will be available closer to the events.
Why do the chefs from Philadelphia come to Costa Rica?
The top restaurants in Costa Rica, and especially at Arenas Del Mar, serve very good food, primarily because wonderful fresh ingredients are so plentiful. But for a worldwide traveller, with a discerning palate, the food is not as great as it could be.
The owners and management of Arenas Del Mar intend to change that. The owners, when stateside, are food-lovers and frequent customers of Blackfish, Chip Roman's acclaimed and top-rated restaurant in Conshohocken, just outside Philadelphia. Last year in 2012, they asked for Chip's help. He came to Arenas Del Mar and piloted a Guest Chef week. (As did Carrie Bogar of Veya restaurant on the Caribbean island of Anguilla.) It was a huge success. Standing ovations from the guests. They even planned a reunion lunch at Blackfish a couple of months later, with one couple travelling from as far away as Texas to attend.
What happened next was fascinating. The guests asked for (or is "demanded" a more appropriate word?) a repeat during the fall of 2013. And, when word got out among the close-knit top Philadelphia chef community, they were jealous and wanted to come and cook too. Within a very short period of time, the idea of a Guest Chef Series was born. The six chefs coming in the fall of 2013 represent six of the top 15 restaurants in the Philadelphia area.
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