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CÚRATE TRIPS, BASED ON A TRUE STORY

 

CÚRATE Trips brings to you peerless access to explore Spain and Portugal through some of the world’s most acclaimed food and wine experiences curated by Katie Button and Felix Meana in partnership with the travel expert Paladar y Tomar to get to the very essence of the real Mediterranean culture.

 

CÚRATE Trips uncover first-hand the real destinations, 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 every country.

 

CÚRATE not only brings Spanish cuisine to Asheville, NC in the United States, but invites you to accompany them across the Iberian Peninsula to get the real feel of the authentic Mediterranean culture in a collection of sui generis 8 to 10-day trips. Learn more about CÚRATE here.

 

 

 

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THE EXPERTS



KATIE BUTTON
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
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.
VALESKA IDARRAGA
Valeska inherited a taste for gastronomic culture from her French father and a talent for cooking from her Basque grandmother, a good reputed chef in that times. After studying Economics and Journalism in her native Barcelona, she went to Switzerland to pursue hotel management studies and she worked at some of the most prestigious hotels. Valeska speaks five languages. A Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations for Paladar y Tomar.
FERNANDO PAREDES
Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine expert of Paladar y Tomar. The Barcelona native was well into a career in economics when he discovered his true callings—travel, food, and wine. He entered the tourism industry as General Manager of a bespoke travel group, earned a degree in Food Event Design from the European Design Institute, and became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert. Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world.
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WHERE WE GO

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Spain & Portugal

While in Asheville CÚRATE brings to you daily the Spanish flavors, these journeys represent the exaltation of the Iberian Peninsula, one of the regions with the most memorable food and cheerful lifestyle. At the core of these adventures are the tenets of authenticity, exclusivity and personal enrichment brought all together by a team of passionate experts.

We invite you to soak up the local culture through food and wine,  and learn how the heritage, handed down through the food on each plate, signified what every specific region, from North to South, from East to West, has become today.

Katie Button and Félix Meana, with the inestimable support of the local travel company Paladar y Tomar, take you to their secret gems in these spectacular 10-day distinctive journeys collection.

BARCELONA
BARCELONA One of the most desired cities of the Med, Barcelona adds to its perennial pleasures – a dazzling architecture, an admirable setting and a kaleidoscopic cultural scene – a rich and internationally admired cuisine. CÚRATE has deep connections with Barcelona and we want to share some with you.
MADRID
MADRID CÚRATE invites you to explore this bustling and beguiling capital whose gastronomic scene is the envy of many! Its singular bar and restaurant culture has made from Madrid one of the most engaging, eclectic and exciting places to eat in Europe. From first-rate tapas, experimental fine dining and serious seafood, to the most rooted dishes which can still be savored at century-old establishments. A hearty fried squid sandwich will awaken your taste buds!
SEVILLE
SEVILLE A city with heightened emotion – or duende – vibrant and seductive, Sevilla’s palm-filled gardens and rich Mudéjar-style palaces are full of secrets. And its foodie scene is inevitably associated with the word “tapa”; those small portions, mostly paired with a beer or a glass of wine whose intention is to be shared in conviviality. So lets’t practice the healthy habit of “tapear” at its best.
ROSES
ROSES Roses, at 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. Join us to uncover the best kept secrets!
BURGOS
BURGOS Burgos evokes medieval knights and princesses, and its Cathedral – declared World Heritage – stands out over the forest of Gothic church towers. Culinary speaking the local traditional “lechazo” or suckling lamb - this is something of an institution – coexists harmoniously with a new group of talented chefs and a dynamic dining scene we are ready to soak up.
EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA
EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA On the banks of the Guadalete river, El Puerto de Santa María is known as The City of 100 Palaces. This seaside town is an elegant place of faded grandeur now being revived. The fishing port with its strategic situation next to salt marshes and infinite beaches set a glourious past and today makes a fascinating point of departure to explore the astonishing region of Cadiz: home of some of the best world wines, natural passage of the best blue fin tuna and cradle of flamenco.
EL BIERZO
EL BIERZO You might have never heard of Bierzo, but word is getting around and if you get the opportunity to taste a good one, which is unusually captivativating, you can't help but remember it. Some call it “The Spanish Burgandy” and The Best World Winemaker has built up his success precisely here. Will you miss it?
SALAMANCA
SALAMANCA 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. Very close some of the best jamón ibérico is being cured under the appellation of “Guijuelo”.
BILBAO
BILBAO The big industrial city in northern Spain, has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last 15 years. So dramatic that Bilbao is challenging the supremacy of San Sebastián, the noble and prestigious seaside resort to the East. It’s no accident that Bilbao has perhaps the most active Slow Food chapter in the country, nor that its talented – and too often undervalued - chefs dip into their larder to honour their food legacy. There is much more than the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
SAN SEBASTIAN
SAN SEBASTIAN Known as “Donostia” in the local Basque language, San Sebastian is a coastal gem. Nestled between the mountains and the sea it is not by chance it’s nicknamed "La Concha" (the shell) -- the city half encircles a stunningly beautiful turquoise bay – that used to be a magnet for the wealthy and the aristocracy. Besides being considered the world’s capital for food, the city has a deep rooted history and singular culture to share.
RIOJA
RIOJA La Rioja turns out what most people have in mind when they think of Spanish wines. The region produces wine since ancient Roman times. It’s no accident that when phylloxera hit Bordeaux in the late 19th century, French winemakers chose Rioja as a location to make wines for the French market. Not only will you have a chance to access remarkable wineries but also you will try astonishing new style wines that express a sense of place.
ST.-JEAN-DE-LUZ
ST.-JEAN-DE-LUZ The other Basque Country. St.-Jean-de-Luz reflects the French Basque culture. A bustling fishing port, St.-Jean-de-Luz also became a popular tourist spot in the 19th century. Cozy and high-spirited the charming city is a manageable walking town with memorable beaches and a prodigious village market. Nothing to say about the local cheese affineur whose passion does not need translation.
LISBON
LISBON Lisbon is a city were rooted traditions and modernity live together. And you'll soon feel Lisboetas love their food; no self-respecting local would even consider hitting the town before first sitting down to dinner.
PORTO
PORTO Soothing and sublime, rich and relaxed, and best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, aptly describes both Porto's cuisine and its eponymous wine. Steeped in tradition and made with care, Porto's cuisine combines the old with the new, marries vintage preparations with modern touches and adjoins tastes of the past with nods to the present.
DOURO VALLEY
DOURO VALLEY The Douro Valley; the world’s first officially designated wine region, has drawn people for not only its port but also its postcard-pretty landscapes—steep terraced vineyards carved into mountains along the Douro River and whitewashed wine estates atop granite bluffs. The Douro Valley is member of the club of vineyard regions on the UNESCO world heritage list.
ALENTEJO
ALENTEJO Gastronomy is all about quality in the Alentejo. Rustic fare, prepared in a way that allows the ingredients to shine unencumbered, dominates the region. Slow-cooked black Ibérico pork shoulder, "bacalhau com espinafres" (salt cod with spinach), "sopa de beldroegas" (purslane soup with chorizo) and "ensopado de Borrego" (lamb stew with Tellicherry peppercorns) are a few dishes you can classify as must-try during your visit. Wine and olive oil make the rest.
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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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