CÚRATE Trips, based on a true story
CÚRATE Trips brings to you incomparable access to explore Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Sicily through some of the world’s most acclaimed food and wine experiences curated by culinary travel experts Valeska Idarraga and Fernando Paredes from Paladar y Tomar in partnership with Katie Button and Felix Meana from CÚRATE Tapas Bar.
Every CÚRATE Trip uncovers a different facet of the Mediterranean culture.
CÚRATE Trips allow guests to experience fascinating and unique culinary destinations first-hand. Expect priceless insider access, life-long connections, and a tantalizing insight into the food that shapes the cultural essence of every locale on the itinerary. Your first trip is just the beginning!
CÚRATE TRIPS 2021
CÚRATE Trips 2023 & 2024
Four-time James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, Katie Button is the co-Founder and CEO of Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina, including the beloved Cúrate Bar de Tapas, Cúrate Spanish Wine Club and La Bodega by Cúrate. A Southern chef with a scientific mind, Button honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant with husband Felix Meana and her family. Among her many accolades, Katie Button was featured as one of Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs. Cúrate was named as one of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine and one of the “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire. Katie is a champion of independent restaurants, sustainable purchasing and positive restaurant culture. In 2022 Cúrate was awarded the James Beard Hospitality Award.
Félix is from Roses in Catalunya, Spain. At only 19, his hospitality career began, co-owning a bar with his brother. A sense of adventure led him to a ski resort in the Pyrenees, Pal & Arinsal, where he rose from bartender to Assistant Director of Restaurants. After 8 years, Félix returned home to, and worked at elBulli as the front of house service manager for five years under Ferran Adrià. He moved on to opportunities with other world-class restaurants. In Washington, DC, he worked with José Andrés/ThinkFoodGroup, where he met and fell in love with Katie Button. Félix aided in the development of many ThinkFoodGroup restaurants including The Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Miami and Puerto Rico. Félix and Katie moved to Asheville to create Cúrate with Katie’s family. Felix’s close relationships with importers and wineries throughout Spain, and hyper-focus on guest experience is integral to the Cúrate brand.
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. She is a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert, and WSET 3 certified with merit. Valeska is co-founder at Paladar y Tomar, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations at CÚRATE Trips.
Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine responsible 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, became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert and passed is WSET 3 certified with merit (Wine & Spirits Education Trust). Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world and now besides his many responsibilities he personally leads every tour at CÚRATE Trips.
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Spain & Portugal & Morocco & Sicily
While in Asheville CÚRATE is known for classic Spanish tapas, these journeys represent the exhilaration of the Mediterranean, a region with truly memorable food, and undeniably joyful 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.
Look forward to soaking up the local culture through food and wine, and learning how the heritage, handed down through the food on each plate, signifies what each locale has become today.
CÚRATE Trips takes you to secret gems handpicked by Valeska Idarraga and Fernando Paredes from Paladar y Tomar as part of this spectacular gourmet journey.
You were truly instrumental in making our trip fantastic. Truthfully, I wish I were still there.
Many thanks and looking forward to something we can plan together again in the future. Abrazos,
Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized.
Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible.
Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
We signed up and took a chance, and were rewarded greatly. The happy group is a testament to not only your planning and professionalism, but your kindness as well.
Hands down, best tour trip ever 🙂
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you!
The trip was amazing in all aspects. We were really impressed with everything. The hotel choices were wonderful, the locations were perfect, the guides were terrific and very knowledgeable. Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized. Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible. Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
I was so impressed with everything you arranged and your promptness and professionalism. Dillon had a wonderful time and was very complimentary.
Thank you for everything.
With gratitude, Star
Thank you so much for this helpful list! 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!
Gary and I wanted to thank you again for your continued care and concern as we spent three additional days in Madrid with the Millars. You and Fernando were so nice to make sure all went well and to see us off when we finally had to depart.
We are wishing you all the best and a wonderful holiday season ahead,
We had a winderful time particularly thanks to your superb arrangements. We will return! Arrivederci Marco
All the private excursions that she arranged were excellent. At some point during every tour our guide received a message from our agent checking in on how everything was going. We felt very well taken care of during our honeymoon and very thankful for all the assistance Valeska provided in making this dream vacation come true.