GUANACASTE NIGHTS Culinary Festival Returns to COSTA RICA


GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA -- Dedicated to creating a way of life that is healthy, sustainable, fulfilling, and fun, Las Catalinas is delighted to announce the return of Guanacaste Nights this February 21 and 22, transforming the typically serene Las Catalinas coast into an energized gastronomic extravaganza. The two-day event will feature seven supremely talented chefs, each taking a unique spin on Costa Rican cuisine to bring the colorful ingredients of Guanacaste to bright life.

This year’s culinary dream team includes visiting Chefs Ryan Hardy (from Charlie Bird in NYC, Santa Fe’s Coyote Cafe and more) and Mawa McQueen (of Mawa’s Kitchen and the Crepe Shack in Aspen) as well as Costa Rican based Chefs Jose Lopez, Gilberto Briceño, Monica Phillips, Jaak Toomsalu andDemian Geneau.

Festivities kick Friday the 21st at Casa Chameleon’s Sentido Norte restaurant with a live DJ, sunset cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres by the hotel’s stunningly picturesque pool. The event continues with a 7-course dinner, each dish prepared by a different chef, all accompanied by live music. Reservations are required and will start at $180 USD ($210 USD with wine pairing). From 4pm to 10pm.

The food fest continues Saturday, February 22 in front of the Santarena Hotel at Plaza Danta in the heart of Las Catalinas. Culinary enthusiasts from near and far will have another opportunity to taste Guanacaste-inspired dishes by each chef along with live music and entertainment. Each chef will serve bite-sized appetizers based on the tastes of their Guanacaste-inspired dishes. $65 USD per person. From 6pm to 9pm.

The Santarena is also offering packages for one or two nights ($325 and $850 respectively), based on double occupancy and attendance.

More About Las Catalinas, www.lascatalinascr.com Las Catalinas is a charming walkable seaside town gracefully set along a picturesque cove cradled by a stretch of pristine tropical forest in Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste. Comprised of multiple neighborhoods whose Old World character emanates from cobblestone streets and bubbling fountains, Las Catalinas was built with the intention of bringing people together and reconnecting them to themselves, each other and nature. The town’s timeless character is seamlessly combined with gateway city infrastructure and New World comforts that together, through the like-minded

nature of its people, create a better way and place to be.

More About the Santarena Hotel, www.santarenahotel.com

The Santarena is a bohemian pearl perched between two of Costa Rica’s loveliest Pacific beaches. Stylish accommodations, a 35-square-meter rooftop pool and inviting public spaces captivate visitors with an authentic, laid-back warmth. With crisp, linear design, all of the hotel’s 45 guest rooms offer an ideal place to rest and recharge between active sunny days and sophisticated evenings.

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