In early November I traveled to Puerto Rico, for the weekend, to attend the Dorado Beach Culinary Getaway with Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve. The weekend's events were hosted by chefs Jose Andres, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and Jose Enrique. It is challenging to summarize such a wonderful weekend in one mere blogpost, so I have decided to share (many) images and to mention the highlights of my weekend at the Culinary Getaway.
One major highlight of the weekend was meeting and photographing chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. I am (obviously) a long time admirer of Anthony Bourdain's work: his shows, which I love, his books and pretty much anything and everything he does. In the same realm, Eric Ripert was also high on my list of people I'd love to meet, as his restaurant Le Bernadin has been ranked among the world's best restaurants and has held three Michelin stars for over 10 years. Schedules only allotted about seven minutes (a seven minutes for which I was extremely grateful!) for me to photograph each chef so I had to be in work mode and couldn't waste time being a fan girl. There were a few minutes to spare after my shoot with Anthony Bourdain so I jumped on the opportunity to ask him for some recommendations for my upcoming trip to Vietnam.
Spending the weekend at Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve was also a wonderful treat. The room was spacious with a beachfront balcony and a beautiful bathroom, which contained my dream bathtub and private outdoor shower (so refreshing in the morning!). The vast complex of the resort is a mix of lush tropical-rainforest-feel and luxury beach and (several) swimming pools. One could wander for hours around the resort exploring all of the little paths leading to beaches and exploring the many beautiful buildings and residences.
Bathing suit pictured above by Kore SwimMy favorite event from the Culinary Getaway was the Discussion with the Chefs Panel, held at Su Casa (which turned out to be one of my favorite spots on the property). The panel was initially scheduled to be held outdoors; however, a rainstorm had us relocate inside the Su Casa living room. This worked out for the better, as the event was held in an intimate setting, where the four chefs sat on the couch and took questions from the group gathered around them. It was quite incredible watching the four chefs interact with each other as friends, poking fun of one another, divulging each others silly secrets and talking about food and travel.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, to the lovely ladies at Blackbird PR, and to friends Erica and Krista for making the weekend so memorable.