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CÚRATE, THE TRIP

Across Madrid & Castile
IN A TRANSFORMATIVE CULINARY EXPERIENCE
by CÚRATE & FÉLIX MEANA

2017 November 02 - 11
10 spots left!

From America to Spain, learning
authentic Spanish food

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE LIMITED TO ONLY 16 LIFE EXPLORERS!


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CÚRATE THE TRIP, BASED ON A TRUE STORY

 

Finally a new CÚRATE, THE TRIP! This time we bring to you peerless access to explore central Spain through some of the world’s most acclaimed food and wine experiences all through the personal surveillance of Katie Button and Félix Meana to get to the very essence of the real Spain.

 

This new journey personally guided by Félix – one of the most influential people in the Spanish food scene – uncovers first-hand the real Central Spain through the authentic Spanish food, living some of the most fascinating experiences accessible to a very few. Get priceless insider access, connections, and a tantalizing insight into the culinary essence of the country.

 

CÚRATE not only brings Spanish cuisine to Asheville, NC in the United States, but invites you to accompany them across Spain to get the real feel of the authentic Spain in a new sui generis 10-day trip from November 2 to 11 2017. Learn more about CÚRATE here.

 

 

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ITINERARY

CÚRATE has joined forces once again with the specialist food and wine tour operator Paladar y Tomar to provide the most seamless journey that only two in-the-know insiders can assure.

It’s time to discover this signature 10-day program across Central Spain through enjoyable and comprehensive show-cooking and intimate visits, and only-well-connected experiences under the expert purview of Katie Button and Félix Meana and the most illustrious local cooks and professionals.

Félix leads a dream program that contains unimaginable visits all along with the valuable insight only locals can give, leaving you well versed in many foundations and techniques of Spanish gastronomic culture and the Mediterranean soul.



NOV 2

DAY 1

MADRID

After a welcome drink, in the afternoon, enjoy a unique century-old shops tour. These historic establishments have seen the birth and growth of more than three generations of Madrid’s citizens. Let’s explore some food- related ones. The welcome dinner will immerse you in the authentic Madrid way of life.

Meals included during the trip Dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Urso 5* Boutique

NOV 3

DAY 2

TOLEDO

Enjoy a getaway to Toledo. Also known as the City of Three Cultures for having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews, as you stroll around the streets of Toledo among its huge haul of churches and convents, mosques and synagogues, you will be delighted.

COCIDO MADRILEÑO

Nobody can leave Madrid without trying the traditional “cocido madrileño”, a comfort meal of delicate soup, vegetable and chickpeas, meats, sausages and chorizo that finds its origins in the period of the Hasburg (1561-1665) and is still nowadays the soul food for madrileños. Enjoy it at one of the temples for cocido. And tonight, roll up your sleeves if you want to participate at an amazing and intimate show cooking with led by an old friend from Katie and Félix, a very well renowned chef in Madrid and beyond.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Urso 5* Boutique

NOV 4

DAY 3

SEGOVIA

An intangible air of magic ensconces Segovia. Whether it can be attributed to warm hues of terra-cotta contrasting a backdrop of snow-capped Sierra de Guadarrama mountains or to the ancient architectural splendor of its Roman aqueduct towering over a dynamic, modern city, one thing is for sure: it’s undeniable. And the whole world knows about the gastronomic miracle in Segovia; Cochinillo Asado or Roast Suckling Pig that has become a legend. Do you want to know why?

HACIENDA ZORITA WINE HOTEL

Only 10 minutes from the historic city of Salamanca surrounded by countryside and vineyards. This ancient Dominican monastery, located on the river Tormes, is now a unique Wine – Hotel & Spa, with its’ history stretching back to 1366. It was at Zorita that Cristopher Columbus persuaded the “Reyes Católicos” to provide the support he needed to realize his dream, leading to the discovery of the New World. Enjoy a private wine tasting in an impressive atmosphere.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa 

NOV 5

DAY 4

ORGANIC FARM

A member of Zorita will lead a beautiful day in a land filled with evergreen oak trees, olive trees, vineyards, the local Churra sheep, the Verata Slow goats, water buffalas and the Iberian and Mangalica pigs. Taste the own-produced cheeses, olive oils and our unique balsamic vinegar aged for 10 years.

SALAMANCA BY NIGHT

Salamanca’s cathedrals and churches rise up suddenly on the other side of the Tormes River, The old city remains much as it was in the 18th century and nothing seems to alter the rhythm of this ancient ville. The city’s pride is the University of Salamanca founded in 1218, it is said to be the third oldest university in Europe after Oxford and Bologna.

The central Plaza Mayor is perhaps Spain’s most glorious square, and throughout the city you’ll see exceptional Plateresque carving thanks to the soft sandstone. Enjoying Salamanca at night is a lifetime experience.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa 

NOV 6

DAY 5

BODEGA EL CAPRICHO

Probably the best beef in the world. Proclaiming the culinary superiority of beef that isn’t raised agribusiness-style and shipped halfway around the world. But within that mind-set is a range of philosophies about what to feed the animals, when to slaughter them, how to age the meat, how to cook it. Selecting the animals can go beyond breed to — yes — personality. This is a chance to meet José Gordon, a breeder and chef in Spain devoted to offer the best meat.

ASTORGA

After lunch, transfer back to Astorga to relax or stroll around on your own across this charming town, you won’t miss the imposing Episcopal Palace of Astorga as it is one of only three works completed by Gaudí outside of Catalonia, along with Casa Botines in León and “El Capricho” in Comillas. Anyway, tonight you will feel Astorga in full and literally “eat the city” by delving into the stories of the best restaurateurs in town in a dynamic show-cooking dinner.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel casa de Tepa, 4* Boutique 

 

 

NOV 7

DAY 6

LAS MÉDULAS ROMAN GOLD MINES

Las Médulas is an historic mining site in the region of El Bierzo which used to be the most important gold mine and largest open pit gold mine in the entire Roman Empire. The survey and excavations of pre-Roman and Roman settlements throughout the area allowed for new historical interpretations that greatly enriched the study of Roman mining. A positive result of these systematic studies was the inclusion of Las Médulas as a World Heritage Site in 1997. The view from Mirador de Orellán is truly breathtaking and definitely a highlight.

RAÚL PÉREZ

Raúl Pérez Makes hundreds of wines from forgotten grapes and vineyards in his one-man quest to define terroir. He was chosen as the best winemaker in the world for 2015 by the trade publication Bettane+Desseauve at “Le Grand Tasting Shanghai”. In his vineyards in Bierzo wine region. These artisan wines are extremely limited and this is a unique opportunity to try them and understand why these wine are among the best in the world.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel casa de Tepa, 4* Boutique 

NOV 8

DAY 7

FARM CHEESE

Spain is doubtlessly a big cheese producer, and we couldn’t help taking you to one of the most prestigious artisan cheese-makers in the area, one of the most rewarding experiences. Learn all the secrets from a family artisan cheese maker and you will understand why they have been awarded with several World Cheese Awards.

We continue our way to Burgos, and you’ll leave the rustic side behind you to enjoy an unexpected Michelin restaurant lunch showcasing contemporary cuisine with clearly defined traditional roots.

WINE TASTING

Relax today at Hotel Landa, situated in a painstakingly restored mansion and Medieval tower, and before dinner enjoy the best Ribera del Duero wine tasting session ever, it’ll be fun and instructive. The delicious home made Castilian cuisine at the hotel deserves being enjoyed in calm, it’s freshly-made bread and pastries are superb.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Landa, 4* Boutique 

NOV 9

DAY 8

BURGOS

Burgos evokes medieval knights and princesses, such as El Cid, streets, avenues, statues, bakeries, basketball clubs.., everything has Cidian. The spiers of the Cathedral – declared World Heritage – stand out over the forest of Gothic church towers. The mansions and houses emblazoned like the one of the Cord, Castilfalé or the House of Miranda remind palace intrigues and times of plenty.

After a guided visit, trying the local traditional lechazo or suckling lamb, this is something of an institution.

TAPAS TOUR

Gastronomy in Burgos is an essential cultural landmark, and as we crave for meaningful experiences a tapas tour with locals will uncover the local rustic culinary scene, morcilla de Burgos (spiced-blood-and-rice sausage) and red beans stews are off-the-scale delicious.

 Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Landa, 4* Boutique 

NOV 10

DAY 9

RIBERA DEL DUERO

Ribera del Duero is one of the world’s most prestigious wine regions and well know for its big well-balanced reds. This is a once in a lifetime visit; accessing one of the finest wineries in the world is an experience attainable by a very few. Grapes apparently were cultivated and wines made in the Ribera del Duero by the Romans, but modern plantings date from the Middle Ages when French monks brought vine cuttings to the Cistercian monastery at Valbuena de Duero.

MADRID

Today’s farewell dinner will be an intimate session at a private cookhouse from a well renowned Spanish culinary personality and friend, you’ll feel at home!

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Urso, 5* Boutique 

NOV 11

DAY 10

END OF JOURNEY

Following breakfast, private transfer to Madrid airport at your appointed time or continue your journey if you decided to extend your trip.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast

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KATIE & FÉLIX



KATIE BUTTON
The Chef
Chef Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Now, she has returned to her roots as chef and owner of two unique restaurant concepts in Asheville, North Carolina: Cúrate Tapas Bar and Nightbell. Chef Button was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef award from 2012-2014 and was a finalist in 2014, and also received a nomination for Best Chef Southeast in 2015. Chef Button was one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2015.
FÉLIX MEANA
The native
Originally from Roses, a small town on the Costa Brava in Catalunya, Spain, Felix Meana jumped in to the deep end of the hospitality industry at 19. Felix spent 5 years at elBulli before moving to America as service director for The Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. While working with Andrés, he met his wife Chef Katie Button and in 2010, Meana and Button founded the Heirloom Hospitality Group with Button’s parents and opened the awarded Catalonian-style tapas bar, Cúrate.

8 REASONS TO JOIN FÉLIX AT THIS NEW TRANSFORMATIVE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

 

At CÚRATE, THE TRIP the excellence of the landscape’s cuisine along with its breathtaking natural surroundings, exceptional wine varieties, and tranquility of the hand-picked singular accommodations create a getaway unparalleled in value and authenticity.

 

BEST MEAT IN THE WORLD
BEST MEAT IN THE WORLD Probably the best beef meat in the world. The beefs José Gordón raises in his family farm are personally selected among the oldest Iberian Peninsula cattle breeds. Meet the master roaster in the temple of meat.
UNESCO WONDERS OF CASTILLA Y LEÓN
UNESCO WONDERS OF CASTILLA Y LEÓN Salamanca, the city which is called worldwide mother of sciences. Las Médulas Roman gold mines followed by Burgos Cathedral,
the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, and Toledo, the City of Three Cultures . Be impressed by the rich Castilian heritage.
RAÚL PÉREZ, BEST WORLD WINEMAKER
RAÚL PÉREZ, BEST WORLD WINEMAKER He is one of the most talented and prolific winemaker, Raúl Pérez. Obsessed with making pure and honest wines from old native grapes, the fragrant red variety Mencía leads the region's success known as being “the Pinot Noir of Spain”. Is Raúl Pérez the best winemaker in the world?
RIBERA DEL DUERO
RIBERA DEL DUERO Access one of the most prestigious Spanish wine estates in the geographical heart of Spain, Ribera del Duero.
SUCKLING PIG AND LAMB
SUCKLING PIG AND LAMB The suckling pig and lamb have always been considered a delight.

The magnificent Roman Aqueduct of Segovia divides into two the gastronomic traditions in the region. In the eastern part, the lamb is king; in the western area, including the cities of Segovia, Ávila and Salamanca, they master the art of roasting suckling pig.

MADRID, A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
MADRID, A FEAST FOR THE SENSES The New York Times has included the Spanish capital in its list of the 52 Places to Go in 2017 the reason being the gastronomy. The mixture of culture and world-class restaurants,are the cause of the culinary success of Madrid on the planet.
INNER ACCESS, THE REAL LUXURY
INNER ACCESS, THE REAL LUXURY Live the most trascendent, immersive authentic experiences with the best connected people. "Real" experiences cannot be replicated. We're taking exclusivity to a whole new level.
FARM-TO-TABLE
FARM-TO-TABLE Does where food comes from start to matter more than how it tastes? This journey is a 180º immersion in the Castilian raw material and human experiences.
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HAND-PICKED ACCOMMODATIONS

CÚRATE, THE TRIP benefits from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. This allows us to cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels with immense value that enhance every moment. Our stories start from the moment you arrive.

 



CÚRATE The Trip Castile, boutique accommodation in Madrid
Urso Hotel & Spa, 5* Boutique
Madrid
Set in an early 20th-century palace, URSO is between the bourgeois neighbourhood of ChamberÍ, the trendy Chueca district and the new up-and-coming Tribunal area. The main shopping area, the grand embassy buildings, the golden triangle of art galleries and the Royal Palace are within walking distance.
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Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa, CURATE The Trip
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa, 5*
Salamanca
Only 10 minutes from the historic city of Salamanca surrounded by countryside and vineyards. This ancient Dominican monastery, located on the river Tormes, is now a unique Wine - Hotel & Spa, with its’ history stretching back to 1366. It was at Zorita that Cristopher Columbus persuaded the “Reyes Católicos” to provide the support he needed to realize his dream, leading to the discovery of the New World.
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CÚRATE The Trip, boutique hotel in Astorga
Hotel Casa de Tepa, 4* Boutique
Astorga
This was the Count of Tepa’s usual residence until its last renovation. Casa de Tepa has gone through several stages of esplendor and decline throughout the history, being seriously damaged during the Independence War. When Napoleon came to Astorga to help the French troops in the city siege, he stayed here after the conquest.
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Hotel Landa, luxury hotel in Burgos for discerning travelers by CURATE
Hotel Landa, 5* Boutique
Burgos
Rough luxury and classic service define Hotel Landa. It offers a memorable stay in an over-the-top pseudo-medieval tower rebuilt stone by stone. Antiques, an indoor pool and a palatial restaurant await you when leaving any of the top comfort and charm rooms.
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Destinations

Madrid, Salamanca, Astorga and Burgos

The perfect quadrilateral in the historic heartland.

While in Asheville CÚRATE brings to you daily the Spanish flavors, this journey represents the exaltation of the largest Spain’s community, Castilla y León; such a richly endowed region boasts an extremely rich culture, and nowhere more so than in its cuisine. At the core of this adventure are the tenets of authenticity, exclusivity and personal enrichment brought all together by a team of passionate experts and the priceless company of Félix Meana.

Make your taste buds dance with the popular cocido madrileño – a hearty chickpea stew typical from Madrid -, a melt-in-you-mouth cordero lechal (suckling lamb) in Burgos or the finest egg yolks.  And make your soul fly tasting some of the most exceptional wines from Bierzo and Ribera del Duero.

Katie Button and Félix Meana take you to their secret gems in this spectacular 10-day unique and therapeutic escape.

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What they say about us?


We have traveled a great deal all over the world and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken!
- C. K. -
Sonya and I are still basking in the light of what was an utterly spectacular experience in Spain and we are missing our new friends – meals seem so lonely since we got back ☺ (and the food we usually eat doesn’t taste good anymore!).
- J. J. -
Thank you for the incredible trip!
What fun memories we made. It was a pleasure getting to know you all.

What a fabulous way
to be introduced to Spain . . . They are about to share the Trip of a Lifetime. Everything was wonderful!!!

- C. B. -
This was an absolutely spectacular trip but the personal attention by Katie and Felix, and by Valeska and Fernando really made it special. I felt like we were getting to experience Spain in a way you just couldn't (at any price) without people who loved the country guiding us by the hand.
- Anonymous -
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PRICE & DATES

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DATES:

  • NOVEMBER 02 – 11, 2017 (9 nights / 10 days)

 

INCLUDED:

  • 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Private deluxe transportation throughout
  • Private Madrid Airport transfers in and out

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight
  • Personal purchases and expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance with international coverage
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses

 

EXTENSIONS:

If you are interested in a pre or post extension trip:

 Contact us for extra arrangements.

PRICE:

Total journey: 6.375 € per person*

*Rates are per person, on double occupancy, in Euros


BOOKING DEPOSIT:

– At the time of reservation: 25% of journey cost per person

– 90 days before departure: Balance due


TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

– Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard)

 

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