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CATALONIA & ANDALUCIA
IN A TRANSFORMATIVE CULINARY EXPERIENCE
by CÚRATE & FÉLIX MEANA

2019 EDITION: 15 - 24 MAY 2019
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From America to Spain & Portugal, learning
authentic Mediterranean culture



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CÚRATE Trips take 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 this journey to get the real feel of the authentic Spain in a sui generis 10-day trip from May 15 to 24 2019. 

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.

Join 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: 2019, MAY 15 -24 (9 nights / 10 days)



15 MAY 2019

DAY

BARCELONA

Welcome to Barcelona! Stay right at the heart of the city at the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Quarter) only a two-minute walk from La Pedrera by Gaudí.

After a welcome drink, discover the best of the Med capital and its seductive Modernist architecture, and explore the Sagrada Familia from Gaudí before sampling your first Catalan meal with a modern twist at one of our favorite taverns.

 

Meals included during the trip Dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarGallery Hotel 4* Boutique

16 MAY 2019

DAY 2

ROSES

Today we’ll head to Roses, one of the Most Beautiful Bays in The World. On the way we might have a chance to stop by elBulli Foundation (undergoing important renovations for a new concept opening soon) leaving behind a legacy as one of the world’s most influential restaurants in history. The visit will depend on the works status.

PAELLA

Finally end by a stunning cove to have one of the greatest paellas ever at a fishing shelter and cooked by a fisherman himself! How does dinner at Rafa’s restaurant sounds? That’s one of Ferran Adrià’s favorite places.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Terrasa & Spa 4*

17 MAY 2019

DAY 3

DALI MUSEUM

The Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres pays spectacular homage to a unique artist, you’ll be wowed with the spectacular collection.

Opened in 1974, the museum has over 1,500 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, sketches, photography, and much more. Lovers of arts will find the gallery “Dalí·Jewels” very interesting – which houses a gilded collection of gems, of which the old “Owen Cheatham” is the most impressive. This museum is one good  more excuse to escape to northern Catalonia.

CASTELL DE PERELADA

Visit Castell de Perelada, making Dali’s preferred sparkling rosé and producing wine since Middle Ages. Enjoy a sumptuous castle hosting a private museum, a magnificent library – one of the most important private libraries in Europe – and of course, the winery. A wine tasting will be preceding an elegant lunch at the Michelin starred restaurant. 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!

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Terrasa & Spa 4*

18 MAY 2019

DAY 4

SPAIN EASTERNMOST POINT

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.

CADAQUES

Time to head to the charming Cadaqués and stroll around its meandering stoned narrow streets full of arts after an unmatched guided tour to Dali’s house. Lunch at Compartir restaurant (owned and operated by three former chefs of elBulli awarded with two Michelin stars in Barcelona) will delight your soul.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Terrasa & Spa 4*

19 MAY 2019

DAY 5

GOTHIC DISTRIC

Back to Barcelona for an afternoon Gothic quarter hidden secrets private tour to discover a more relaxed, full of history, art, anecdotes, and, of course, secret Barcelona.

Most buildings in Barri Gotic date back to the 13th and 14th century. The prevalent gothic style gave the district its name.

Barcelona developed to the most important harbor in the western Mediterranean. The gothic cathedral of La Seu is the greatest example for the architecture of that era.
The actual Barri Gotic stretches from Placa Catalunya to Port Vell (the old port).

SHOW COOKING

Without leaving the Gothic district, you’ll find yourself in a singular space for a chic show cooking in a comfortable and state-of-the-art private kitchen. Feel free to participate or just observe how some of CÚRATE’s recipes are prepared.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarGallery Hotel 4* Boutique

20 MAY 2019

DAY 6

PUERTO SANTA MARIA

Early flight to head South 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 some memorable tapas in the real way and a seafood hearty lunch.

CADIZ’s CUISINE GODFATHER

By dinnertime, a degustation menu by chef Fernando Córdoba, considered “the father” of the local modern-twist in the cuisine of Cadiz province, will be served.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarLos Jándalos Vistahermosa 4*

21 MAY 2019

DAY 7

BLUE FIN TUNA EXPERIENCE

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. An expert lecture is foreseen with Mr. Medina, Biologist and Professor at the Sea Science Faculty in Cádiz. Then watch first hand a whole tuna butchering process and finally enjoy the most amazing tuna degustation menu ever!

SHERRY WINES

By the evening, gala dinner at the impressive sherry bodega Lustau in Jerez de la Frontera, after a full tasting of sherry wines at one of the most beautiful wine cathedrals.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarLos Jándalos Vistahermosa 4*

22 MAY 2019

DAY 8

SEVILLE HAS DUENDE

Founded by Rome, conquered by Muslims and later incorporated into the Christian kingdom of Spain, Seville is still reinventing itself.

An unmissable landmark, the Royal Palace “Alcázar”, considered the oldest Palace in Europe still in use by a royal family since the 13th century. Once inside stroll across the three different palaces, like the one of the King Peter the 1st “the Cruel”. The Gothic Palace built by King Alfonso the 10th “the Wise”. We will walk across the royal gardens (5 hectares) and will get lost at the labyrinth garden around Charles the 5th Pavilion. Of course you will hear the legends and gossips hidden behind the walls of this magnificent Palace. Both monuments are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Seville’s magnificent Cathedral is the third largest in the word. The Giralda Tower at 98 m altitude, is the symbol of Seville. Admire the burial of Christopher Columbus, as well as the main altar of the Christendom.

After a farm-to-table lunch, free evening to enjoy the captivating city on your own.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Palacio de Villapanés 5*

23 MAY 2019

DAY 9

JAMON IBERICO

The world’s finest ham awaits you in Jabugo, in the heart of Sierra de Aracena Natural Park and Picos de Aroche, a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve. In total exclusivity, Cinco Jotas welcomes you and you will see first-hand the secrets of one of Spain’s gastronomic icons. You will be side by side with the black pigs, 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. An spectacular country lunch based on Iberian pork will be served.

FAREWELL DINNER

Tonight, farewell dinner at one of the best Spanish fish restaurants, Tribeca, to leave Spain richer and more refreshed than when you arrived.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Palacio de Villapanés 5*

24 MAY 2019

DAY 10

SEVILLE, END OF JOURNEY

After breakfast, transfer to Seville airport or train station for return flights home or trip extensions.

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PRICE & DATES

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DATES:

  • MAY 15- 24, 2019 (9 nights / 10 days)

INCLUDED:

  • 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 7 lunches and 8 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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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. 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
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.
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.

8 REASONS TO EMBARK ON THIS ADVENTURE

 

At CÚRATE Trips 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.

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 Trips benefit 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.

 



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Gallery Hotel Barcelona, 4* Sup
BARCELONA
Probably the hotel with the best location in Barcelona! Rooms fully renovated are bright, quite and cozy offer comfort, tranquility and a great variety of little extras. A few steps from Paseo de Gracia avenue, its location and staff are exquisite.
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La Terrassa Hotel & Spa, 4*
ROSES
Bold, daring and adventurous. That was grandfather Honorat (“Norat”) Gotanegra i Marcó, who in 1935, having travelled half the world to learn the profession of hotelier, returned to Roses full of experiences ready to open his own business: a hotel over the beach, where his guests could contemplate the gentle to and fro of the Mediterranean waters.
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Los Jándalos Vistahermosa, 4*
EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA
Set in the private and exclusive residencial complex Vistahermosa, with more than 3000 meters of subtropical gardens, the 18 exclusive Premium Rooms over 40 square meters offer the perfect atmosphere to unwind.
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Palacio de Villapanés, 5*
SEVILLE
Stay in a 18th century palace! Rooms are exquisite and enjoy the best attention in the enclave of your dreams. Discover the pleasure of finding accommodation while reliving centuries of history in the heart of 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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