Baha Mar collaborates with Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure for an epicurean and art lovers treat
Epicureans and art lovers are in for a treat as Baha Mar will afford them the opportunity to experience first-hand the exceptional talents of celebrity chefs, notable personalities, artists and musicians at the inaugural Bahamas Culinary & Arts Festival.
The festival, which takes place April 30 to Sunday May 3, will feature four days of thought-provoking cultural experiences led by world-renowned talent. Attendees will have access to intimate seminars, nightly fine dining experiences hosted by celebrity chefs, educational wine and spirit tastings, musical entertainment and a live auction benefitting local initiatives.
Superstar chefs, master sommeliers and respected artists including Grant Achatz, Dario Cecchini, John Cox, Josh Niland, Sabato Sagaria, Marcus Samuelsson and Katsuya Uechi are expected to rock the inaugural festival presented in collaboration with Meredith Corporation’s luxury lifestyle brands Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure.
Unforgettable culinary moments and inspirational art conversations at the spectacular resort will be the order of the day.
With a collection of more than 40 signature restaurants, bars and lounges throughout the property, Baha Mar has introduced elevated dining experiences featuring international chefs of the highest caliber who have brought innovative, contemporary cuisine to The Bahamas.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the most inspiring and influential talents from the culinary and arts spheres to Baha Mar and introduce them to our guests, while providing the opportunity for so many visitors to immerse themselves within the beautifully vibrant culture, arts and culinary history of The Bahamas,” said Karin Salinas, senior vice president, marketing, Baha Mar. “Our integrated resort destination is honored to partner with such inspirational and powerful media brands to launch the inaugural Bahamas Culinary & Arts Festival.”
Giulio Capua, senior vice president, Group Publisher of The Luxury Group at Meredith Corporation, said they were delighted to team up with Baha Mar to create an entirely new cultural experience.
“Bringing world-class talent together in a stunning setting, this event is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to visit the welcoming islands of The Bahamas,” said Capua.
Achatz is one of the most awarded and recognized chefs in the world. Known for his innovative, emotional, and modernist style of cuisine, he has been named best chef in the United States by the James Beard Foundation and has given talks and lectures on gastronomy and design at conferences and universities around the world. His dream restaurant, Alinea, on which he partnered with Nick Kokonas, has been named the best restaurant in the world by Elite Traveler magazine, three times been awarded the title of best restaurant in the United States by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Gourmet Magazine. The Michelin Guide awarded Alinea their highest rating, three stars.
Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, MARCUS Montreal, and Marcus B&P in Newark, New Jersey, and his most recent airstream, Streetbird on the Beach at Baha Mar. He was the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including best chef: New York City. He was also crowned champion of television shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and was the winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste.
Master sommelier Sabato’s passion for wine has guided him on his journey from cook to restaurateur. He has served as beverage director at The Greenbrier Hotel before moving on to wine director at the Michelin three-starred Inn at Little Washington. As food and beverage director at The Little Nell, Sabato became a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Most recently, he served as president of Bartaco, helping grow the concept to 22 restaurants. Prior to that, he was the first chief restaurant officer of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, where he oversaw the company’s New York-based restaurants including iconic restaurants such as Union Square, Gramercy Tavern, and The Modern.
Niland’s career included prominent kitchens in Australia, as well as The Fat Duck Development Kitchen in the United Kingdom. In 2016, Josh and his wife Julie opened the multi award-winning Saint Peter, an Australian fish eatery in Sydney, where he introduced “whole fish” cookery. A few doors up from Saint Peter is Josh’s Fish Butchery, which opened in 2018. The one-of-a-kind retail outlet is a temperature-controlled ice-free zone where line-caught, sustainable species of fish are dry handled and cut to order. He has pioneered dry aging fish and his approach to utilizing the whole fish has garnered international recognition.
With Bahamian art and culture as two of the fundamental pillars of the Baha Mar experience, the Current at Baha Mar, led by Bahamian artist John Cox, has become a hub for burgeoning and celebrated Bahamian artists to present their works on a global stage.
As part of Baha Mar’s mission to build a strong future for The Bahamas, auction proceeds will go to The Baha Mar Foundation – the resort destination’s charity arm dedicated to championing sustainable conservation efforts and celebrating the diverse cultural traditions and artistic expressions of The Bahamas, while strengthening the community through improvements in education and resources.
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