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CÚRATE, THE TRIP

Across Catalonia & Andalucia
IN A TRANSFORMATIVE CULINARY EXPERIENCE
by CÚRATE & FÉLIX MEANA

2018 2nd EDITION: 03 - 12 OCTOBER 2018
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From America to Spain, learning the
authentic Spanish food



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CÚRATE, BASED ON A TRUE STORY

 

CÚRATE, THE TRIP takes you now to Spain through a tour of the life and work of Katie Button and her inseparable partner and husband Félix Meana, originally from Roses, the hometown of elBulli where both have been trained.

 

This is a unique journey guided personally by Félix to uncover first-hand the real Spain through the authentic Spanish food, living some of the most admired experiences from the North to the South.

 

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 sui generis 10-day trip from October 3 to 12 2018. Learn more about CÚRATE here.

 

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CÚRATE, THE ITINERARY

CÚRATE has joined forces with the specialist food and wine tour operator Paladar y Tomar to provide the most authentic experience. It’s time to discover this signature 10-day program from Barcelona to Seville through enjoyable and comprehensive show-cooking sessions and only-well-connected experiences under the expert purview of 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 the foundations and techniques of Spanish cuisine and the Mediterranean culture.

 

DATES: 2018, OCTOBER 03-12 (9 nights / 10 days)



DAY 1, October 03 | BARCELONA

Welcome to Spain! You will be privately transferred from the Barcelona airport to your hotel right in the heart of the city at the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Quarter) only a two-minute walk from La Pedrera by Gaudí. Relax and get ready for an afternoon private-guided tour of Modernism including a visit to Sagrada Familia. Welcome dinner at a renowned tavern to start sampling some of the best Catalan cuisine with an innovative twist.

DAY 2, October 04 | BARCELONA – ROSES

After breakfast today we’ll head to one of the Most Beautiful Bays in The World. On the way you’ll stop at elBulli (undergoing important renovations for a new concept opening in 2018) and finally end by a stunning cove to enjoy one of the greatest paellas at a fishing shelter and made by a fisherman himself! Free time in the afternoon to relax or enjoy the spa before dinnertime at Rafa’s restaurant, one of Ferran Adrià’s favorite places.

DAY 3, October 05 | ROSES – FIGUERES – PERALADA – ROSES

Following breakfast by the sea, morning transfer to Dali Museum in Figueres with a private guide, and then visit the stunning winery Castell de Perelada, making Dali’s preferred sparkling rosé and producing wine since Middle Ages. Enjoy a visit to the castle hosting a private museum, a magnificent library – one of the most important private libraries in Europe – and the winery. A wine tasting will be preceding an elegant lunch. After lunch, imagine taking a walk and at the same time discovering some of the best kept secrets of the famous Mediterranean cuisine! From ancient plants used by our ancestors to flowers used by the most awarded Michelin starred restaurants, today open your senses and let go!

DAY 4, October 06 | ROSES – CADAQUÉS – ROSES

Time to head to the charming Cadaqués and stroll around its meandering stoned narrow streets full of arts after an unmatched guided tour. Lunch at Compartir restaurant (owned and operated by three former chefs of elBulli and friends of Félix) will delight your taste buds. Before driving back to the hotel if you want to capture the magic of the Cap de Creus, we’ll take you to its lighthouse, offering stunning views in the heart of the Cap de Creus Natural Park, where the Greeks brought the cultivation of olive trees and vineyards. Evening, traditional and casual tapas style dinner in a typical local restaurant in Roses.

DAY 5, October 07 | ROSES – BARCELONA

Morning transfer to Barcelona and check-in. Free time for lunch to enjoy as you please. In the afternoon a great Gothic Quarter hidden secrets private tour to discover a more relaxed, full of history, art, anecdotes, and, of course, secret Barcelona. Without leaving the Gothic district, you’ll find yourself in a singular space where the first cooking class will take place in a comfortable and state-of-the-art private kitchen.

DAY 6, October 08 | BARCELONA – EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA

Early morning transfer from the hotel to Barcelona airport to take a flight to Seville. Upon arrival, be directly transferred to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a remote seaside town, immersed in wine aromas and marine fragrance, caressed by west winds and protected by the biggest natural park in Europe: Doñana Park. Enjoy a memorable tapas tour in the real way! Afternoon hotel check-in at El Puerto de Santa María. Free afternoon for relax and spa-time. Dinner at restaurant El Faro de El Puerto, a degustation menu by chef Fernando Córdoba will be served.

DAY 7, October 09 | EL PUERTO DE STA. MARIA – BARBATE – EL PUERTO DE STA. MARIA

Today is Tuna Experience day! Embark with us on a unique journey to discover all the secrets of the blue fin tuna and the ancient fishing tradition known as Almadraba, a fishing method on the Iberian Peninsula that dates back to a time of Phoenician rule over 3,000 years ago. As the almadraba season is off by October, this time you will have the privileged company of Mr. Medina, Biologist and Professor at the Sea Science Faculty in Cádiz. Then enjoy the most amazing tuna degustation menu ever at El Campero! Today, gala dinner at the impressive sherry winery Lustau in Jerez de la Frontera, after a full tasting of sherry wines at one of the most beautiful wine cathedrals.

DAY 8, October 10 | EL PUERTO DE STA. MARIA – SEVILLE

Following breakfast, private transfer to Seville. Check-in at the palace five stars hotel Palacio de Villapanés. An you’ll be immediately taken to the heart of Seville for a charming walking tour that will take you into the Cathedral and the Royal Palace (Reales Alcázares), a guided tour led by the best official site interpreter. Once the tour is over it’s time for some tapa and vino to act as a local! After lunch, Free time. Dinner tonight will be at one of the most traditional restaurants in Seville!

DAY 9, October 11 | SEVILLE – JABUGO – SEVILLE

Following breakfast, today you’ll head to Jabugo, in Sierra de Aracena Natural Park and Picos de Aroche, a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve. For the very first time, Cinco Jotas opens its doors so the public and you will see first-hand the secrets of one of Spain’s gastronomic icons. You will discover the artisanal process that has been applied for over 130 years and of course, sample the most prized ham and understand what they call the art of well-being. Traditional countryside lunch. Tonight, farewell dinner at one of the best Spanish fish restaurants, Tribeca, to leave Spain richer and more refreshed than when you arrived.

DAY 10, October 12 | SEVILLE, END OF JOURNEY AND DEPARTURE

Following breakfast, a private transfer to Seville airport at your appointed time or continue your journey if you decide to extend your trip.

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DATES:

  • OCTOBER 03 – 12, 2018 (9 nights / 10 days)

INCLUDED:

  • 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 7 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Domestic flight Barcelona – Seville
  • Private deluxe transportation throughout
  • Private individual airport transfers in & 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: 6.550 EUR

*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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CÚRATE: 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. In 2016 she debuted her first cookbook, "Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen". Learn more about the cookbook here:
www.curatecookbook.com
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 world renowned restaurant, elBulli, before moving to America as service director for ThinkFoodGroup, chef José Andrés’ restaurant group. While working with José Andrés, he met his wife Chef Katie Button and in 2010, Meana and Button founded Heirloom Hospitality Group with Button’s parents and opened the awarded Catalonian-style tapas bar, Cúrate, and a few years after that they opened their second restaurant, Nightbell. Félix has spent his whole life developing relationships in the food and wine world of Spain. These relationships allow him to offer unique personal travel experiences of Spain.
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8 REASONS TO EMBARK ON THIS ADVENTURE

 

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.

 

These are 8 reasons to join Félix in this trip across the Spanish cuisine:

 

JAMÓN IBÉRICO
JAMÓN IBÉRICO The treasure of Spanish cuisine, Jamón Ibérico de Bellota - with its sweet, nutty, not-too-salty attributes - is wholly Spanish with its wafer thin slices melting in the mouths of foodies everywhere. Global consumption fluctuates around 40 million kilos per year – about one kilo of Ibérico per Spaniard.
BLUE FIN TUNA
BLUE FIN TUNA Utilizing ancient 3,000 year-old Almadraba techniques in the most venerable fishing method known to man, Spaniards have long been able to catch these prized silver-backed “bulls of the sea.” Considered the best worldwide in terms of quality and taste because of the high fat content and healthy size.
PAELLA & TAPAS
PAELLA & TAPAS The most famous Spanish dish and the most renowned eating style "tapas" are both present at this authentic Spanish adventure.
SEAFOOD PARADISE
SEAFOOD PARADISE Spain possesses the largest organic biodiversity in Europe, with the highest designated organic agricultural acreage and as home to a third of all endemic European flora and fauna species. Try unique local produce.
COOKING SESSIONS
COOKING SESSIONS Attend two authentic hands-on cooking classes in Barcelona and Seville at some unique kitchens. Learn how to make some of Katie Button's recipes.
MEDITERRANEAN DIET
MEDITERRANEAN DIET The Mediterranean diet, awarded with UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage designation, is more than just a healthful gastronomic recommendation: it is a way of life. In few other places is this as perfectly exemplified as in Spain, where our relaxed, traditional preparation of foods with olive oils, vegetables, fresh seasonal products and, of course, a healthy dose of wine per day comprise a delectable and wholesome diet riddled with health benefits.
WINES
WINES Spain boasts an industry booming with unprecedented quality, thrill, and value. Robust reds, crisp whites, refreshing rosés, luxe sherries, and sparkling cavas can all be found within the 69 designated Spanish wine appellations, with climates bridging the soggy green vineyards of the north to the sun-baked vines of the south.
CULTURE HERITAGE
CULTURE HERITAGE Did you know Spain is the third country in the world with most UNESCO Heritage Sites only behind China and Italy? Beyond food and wine, CÚRATE Trip explores the rich and impressive cultural wealth of the country.
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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. They cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels that enhance every moment.

 

Gallery Hotel Barcelona, 4* Sup. boutique

La Terraza & Spa Hotel, 4* Roses, 20 meters from the sea

Los Jándalos Vistahermosa & Spa, 4*

Palacio de Villapanés, 5* Seville

 

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Destinations

Barcelona, Roses, El Puerto de Sta. Maria and Seville

Katie’s and Félix’s lives are marked by the flavors, scents, sceneries and memories of Spain. When traveling to Spain, you have to visit Barcelona. It is undoubtedly one of the cosmopolitan European references. And Roses, a mere two hours north of Barcelona, has been at the heart of the world culinary rebellion with Ferràn Adrià being arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time. Not to mention the fact that Félix is originally from Roses and Katie did one of her most crucial internships at elBulli.

Now, at CÚRATE their kitchen is inspired by the Mediterranean and stocked with the greatest delicacies from Andalusia such as the prized Spanish tuna, jamón ibérico and sherry wines. Don’t miss the opportunity to know first hand their origins when we visit El Puerto de Santa María, Huelva, and Seville.

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What they say about us?


As a Spanish chef in America, I am so jealous of this book. Nobody embraces Spain in the heart of America with more poetry, passion, and perfection than Katie. She and her husband Félix are family to me, and I feel great joy seeing how she has grown as a person and as a chef.
- José Andrés, chef -
Cúrate is a prototype of how genuine tapas—the kind from Spain—might flourish throughout America. It’s that accessible, and it’s so appealing that the restaurant is packed day and night.
- Alan Richman, GQ -
With this book, Katie brings the true essence of Spanish cuisine to the American kitchen. Katie and Felix are the perfect example of how dedication, passion, talent, and a shared dream can lead to the greatest success.
- Albert Adrià, chef -
Katie Button is one the most inspiring young cooks who received the title of Best New Chef during my tenure as Editor in Chief at Food & Wine. I’m incredibly excited to now be able to replicate her fantastic Spanish-by-way-of-the-South food from this amazing new book.
- Dana Cowin, Chefs Club International -
You haven’t lived ’til you’ve eaten at Cúrate.
- The Huffington Post -

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