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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), Chip Roman (Blackfish, Conshohocken, PA) 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.

Antioxidants: Chef Shola Olunloyo of Studio Kitchen

August 23rd through 30th 2014

Antioxidants: Chef Shola Olunloyo of Studio Kitchen

The focus of this event is on antioxidants. Cacao, coffee, red wine and local spices and berries. A visit to the Vanilla and Spice farm is a must. Chef Shola will prepare three spectacular tasting menus on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at a cost of $70 per person plus taxes.


Celiac Week: 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. Chefs Monica and Nicole will take gluten free cooking to new heights.


Microbrews and Cheese: Chef Patrick Feury of Nectar in Berwyn.

September 20th through 27th 2014

Microbrews and Cheese: Chef Patrick Feury of Nectar in Berwyn

This week is all about Costa Rican Microbrewed beers. Chef Patrick will be accompanied by Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing in Downington, PA. The cold microbrews and locally produced goat cheese will be served with a tasting menu on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at a cost of $70 per person plus taxes.


Raw Brown Organic Sugar: Chef Chip Roman of Blackfish, PA

September 27th through October 4th 2014

Raw Brown Organic Sugar: Chef Chip Roman of Blackfish, PA

This event will evolve all around raw sugar. Chef Chip will bring out the best of this locally produced ingredient in his tasting menus offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday ($70 per person plus tax). Rum tasting and brown sugar cocktails will complement the dinners. A half day trip will take you to some sugar cane fields and a mill to see the extraction of the sugar cane juice by an oxen operated mill.


Microbrews and Cheese: Chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia

November 1st through 8th 2014

Microbrews and Cheese: Chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia

This week is all about Costa Rican Microbrewed beers. Chef Patrick will be accompanied Steve Wildy, Beverage Director of Vetri Group of Restaurants. The cold microbrews and locally produced goat cheese will be served with a tasting menu on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at a cost of $70 per person plus taxes.


Celiac Week: 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 Monica and Nicole will take gluten free cooking to new heights.


Bird watching & Fine Dining: Chef to be confirmed.

November 15th through 22nd 2014

A world class culinary chef and specialists from the Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology team up to bring together gourmet tasting menus for avid bird watchers.


Classical Music & Fine Dining in the Rainforest: Chef Christopher Sanchez of Black Eyed Susans on Long Beach Island, NJ.

December 15th through 19th 2014

Classical Music & Fine Dining in the Rainforest: Chef Christopher Sanchez of Black Eyed Susans on Long Beach Island, NJ

Local Costa Rica Talent from the Youth Symphonic Orchestra team up with Chef Christopher for a Holiday Feast for the senses. Mid December is the best time of the year to visit Costa Rica and even more so during this feast for the senses.

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