Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (October 10, 2018)– To connect guests with local Mexican tradition and culture, Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are now offering storytelling dinners. In addition to the dishes themselves having a story, wait staff will tell guests narratives about the region throughout the dining experience. In the Riviera Maya, special artisanal dinner plates made by indigenous peoples will showcase the dishes and at Casa Velas the dinner will be held in an art gallery.
At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, the Yucatecan Chaka and Frida, its gourmet Mexican restaurant, will immerse guests in the history of these cultures through food and drink. Chef Laura Avalos at Chaka has designed a special menu based on a Mayan tale of two warrior brothers, Kinich and Tizic, and the woman they fall in love with, Nicté-Há. At Frida, Chef Ricardo de la Vega will avail guests of stories about Frida’s wedding to Diego and her famed artwork, with dishes inspired by each. The dishes will be served on artisanal ceramic plates made by indigenous people of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Jalisco. Also sold in the hotel’s boutique, they’re made from authentic techniques that have been handed down over generations.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, guests will enjoy a special menu with food from the Nayarit region on its beachfront. Menu highlights include San Blas-style fish ceviche; Jalisco-style stewed beef birria; and creamy coconut tart with mango-jackfruit gelato. The dining area will be decorated with some of the traditional menu ingredients such as blue corn and different kind of chiles. A Huichol artisan will be creating traditional handicrafts during the dinner.
Guests dining at Grand Velas Los Cabos at Frida will experience a menu that is as colorful as her paintings. Pre-Hispanic foods honor Mexico’s culture and gastronomy, including quintoniles (Mexican greens), escamoles (ant caviar) and corn. According to ancient Mexicans, corn is considered to be the basis for the creation of humans and a fundamental element of the indigenous peoples, making it an important part of the menu. Drinks served during dinner will based on Frida’s Mexican spirits she served at her house in Coyoacan in Mexico City, including raicilla, tequila and mezcal.
Guests staying at Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta, can learn about the Huichol culture through dinners at the Colectika art gallery in downtown Puerto Vallarta. While sipping a Tejuino, a typical drink from the region, dinner begins with a painting activity. Following, throughout the three-course dinner, guests will learn more about the Huichol culture and community from experts on the Huichol people.
The storytelling dinners are included complimentary at the Grand Velas resorts. The cost for the Storytelling Dinner at Casa Velas is $450 plus service per person inclusive of transportation from the hotel to the gallery.
Other upcoming foodie events at the resorts this year include a Passion Fruit Festival, Guacamania and the Best of Mexico Culinary Traditions. With special Passion Fruit menus, cocktails, spa amenities and more, guests can indulge their passion in the famed fruit with the first festival in its honor, celebrating the seasonal debut in August, at Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta. In September, the collection of Velas resorts is celebrating the avocado and its Mexican heritage with Guacamania, a month-long fest capitalizing on the flavor and nutritional value of this famed fruit with new menu items, avocado-inspired cocktails, spa treatments, and more. Five of Mexico’s top chefs are coming together for The Best of Mexico´s Culinary Traditions Riviera Maya at Grand Velas Riviera Maya from October 10th to 14th. Focusing on traditional Mexican flavors, cooking techniques and ingredients, the culinary event features a seven-course dinner, paired with beer and mezcal.
About Velas Resorts:
Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos have earned 52 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso’s “Best Spa,” Forbes’ “Coolest All- Inclusives,” Forbes’ Four Star Award, and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame, among others. Properties include the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas in Los Cabos, with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort; AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, which enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains; and AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering a sophisticated all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. In Puerto Vallarta, Casa Velas is a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour in suite service, fitness centers, personal concierge service, wedding inspections for couples, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, operates Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. For reservations or more information, call 1-888-407-4869, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.velasresorts.com.