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MADRID & CASTILE
IN A TRANSFORMATIVE CULINARY EXPERIENCE
by CÚRATE & FÉLIX MEANA

2019 EDITION: 01 - 10 November 2019
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CÚRATE Trips Madrid & Castile takes you to the heart of Spain where Castilian gastronomy reflects the contrasts found in the region’s cultural profile. A marriage of Jewish, Arabic and Christian culinary influences existed alongside one another for centuries, sharing technique and style over time until they formed a cuisine distinctly Castilian.

 

This new journey 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 in a new sui generis 10-day trip from November 1 to 10 2019. 

 

 

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CÚRATE in partnership 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 1, 2019

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 2, 2019

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.

IN AN OLD TAVERN

Since 1898 this tavern is daily feeding madrileños and some octogerian neighbors keep coming every day not only for the great homemade food but also for the warm service, you always feel that you’re entering the house of friends. You’ll leave in high spirits! And tonight, roll up your sleeves if you feel like to participate at an amazing and intimate show cooking 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 3, 2019

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 4, 2019

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 5, 2019

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 6, 2019

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.

VERÓNICA ORTEGA

Verónica Ortega, after studying oenology in her native Cádiz (Andalucia) spent several years of training and work in places like New Zealand, South Africa or France. It was precisely working in France where she learnt about the spectacular Bierzo terroir through major wine representatives in the region as Raúl Pérez and Ricardo Pérez Palacios, who became good friends and showed her all the potential of the region known as the Spanish Burgundy. Verónica is ready to share with us her internationally recognized personal project.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

NOV 7, 2019

DAY 7

MICHELIN STAR

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 8, 2019

DAY 8

BURGOS

Burgos evokes medieval knights and princesses, such as El Cid,  old stoned streets, green avenues, statues, 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.

FREE EVENING

This will be your only free evening, take your time to explore the burgales lifestyle or enjoy the hotel in your intimacy.

 Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch

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

NOV 9, 2019

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 10, 2019

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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PRICE & DATES

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DATES:

  • NOVEMBER 01 – 10, 2019 (9 nights / 10 days)

INCLUDED:

  • 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 8 lunches and 8 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: €6,550

*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.
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.

8 REASONS TO JOIN FÉLIX AT THIS NEW TRANSFORMATIVE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

 

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.

 

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.
EL BIERZO, THE SPANISH BURGUNDY
EL BIERZO, THE SPANISH BURGUNDY Get to know one of the most talented winemakers. 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”.
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.

Venture off the conventional with CÚRATE Trips in this spectacular 10-day unique and therapeutic escape.

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What they say about us?


I will remember the trip for the rest of my life as one of the best I have ever experienced!
- A traveler -
The olives at Gabriela's place were the best I've ever had in my life. I would kill for that recipe. Also the ones in Sergio's "gildas". Please let me know how or where could I relive that experience!
- A traveler -
This trip was life-altering for me. As my first visit to Spain, I fell in love with the country!


- A traveler -
Gary and I are still talking about what a great time we had on the trip to Spain and how much we enjoyed meeting you, Fernando and Felix. You did an amazing job and we so appreciated seeing Spain's beautiful cities, historical treasures and of course the wonderful food, wine and people!
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