Guest Chef series at Costa Rica’s Arenas Del Mar features Philadelphia’s top talents

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Guest Chef series at Costa Rica”™s Arenas Del Mar features Philadelphia”™s top talents

May 29,  2013, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica ““  Costa Rican cuisine gets a shake-up this fall, as leading chefs from Philadelphia descend upon Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort for the hotel”™s second Guest Chef series.

Drawing on the abundance of exotic, fresh ingredients from Costa Rica”™s Pacific Coast, Philadelphia”™s gastronomic superstars will join Arenas Del Mar”™s skilled kitchen staff to create a vacation experience for foodies and aspiring chefs alike.

” We launched our Guest Chef program in 2012 knowing that the best way to build Costa Rica”™s culinary reputation was to introduce  top chefs from other parts of the world to our local ingredients and dishes,”  says Hans Pfister, CEO and principle of  the Cayuga Collection, a company that manages a number of luxury eco-resorts, hotels and lodges in Central America, including Arenas Del Mar.  ” It just  seems to  make sense that a country as bio-diverse  as Costa Rica can also grow and produce incredible ingredients, which results in its own noteworthy cuisine.”

The roster of culinary talents for the 2013 Guest Chef series includes:

  • Sept. 16 – 18: Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga (featured on Bravo”™s Top Chef), accompanied by Christina Rando and Al Sotack   of Franklin Mortgage Bar
  • Sept. 23 – 25: Josh Lawlor of The Farm and Fisherman
  • Oct. 14 – 16: Steve Howells of Blackfish
  • Oct. 21 – 23: Jason Cichonski of Ela
  • Nov. 11 – 13: Chip Roman of Blackfish
  • Nov. 18 – 20: Jen Carroll, previously of 10 Arts (featured on Bravo”™s Top Chef)

Wine and rum tastings and organic coffee pair with the chef-led culinary experiences, and guests are encouraged to take part in the cooking action. And, calorie-burning activities abound as Arenas Del Mar is  situated on the edge of Manuel Antonio National Park”™s natural  rainforest and undeveloped coastline.

Guest Chef packages include three gourmet dinners; two cooking classes; and coffee, rum and wine tasting sessions and can be added to the resort”™s Green Season promotion where guests who stay for three nights pay for two, with rates starting at $270 USD per night. And, optional additional activities, from hiking to spa experiences, can be arranged with the onsite concierge.

About Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

As Manuel Antonio”™s only eco-luxury beachfront property and Costa Rica”™s first hotel with a perfect rating of five-star luxury and five-leaf sustainability, Arenas Del Mar provides all guests with spacious, air-conditioned rooms, decks with private Jacuzzis and sweeping ocean views; two restaurants; a full-service spa that specializes in massages, facials and wraps; and a range of guided wilderness activities, ranging from early-morning bird watching tours and late-night rainforest treks to sunset catamaran voyages and adventurous white water rafting. And perfect for nature- and animal-lovers, the team Arenas Del Mar offers direct access and tours of Manuel Antonio National Park, located adjacent to the hotel. To learn more, visit

A leader in ecotourism, Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality manages luxury and boutique hotels in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

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