News from Around Banderas Bay | December 2005
|Vallarta Gourmet Festival - A Real Crowd-Pleaser|
Puerto Vallarta - Famous for the wide variety of sensational cuisines found in its many restaurants, Puerto Vallarta is a culinary smorgasbord. Especially during the month of November, when chefs and visitors from around the world come to enjoy the extraordinary culinary delights served during the annual International Festival Gourmet Vallarta.
Featuring 10 days of fine dining and culinary events, the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival gives visitors the unique opportunity to savor the flavors of Mexico - and the world - at many of the fine dining restaurants found around Banderas Bay.
Since 1995, the International Festival Gourmet Vallarta has been attracting around 35,000 attendees each year. If you are one of the unfortunate few who missed this year's celebration of great food and wine, check out BanderasNews video journalist Laura Gelezunas' exclusive "Man on the Street" interviews.
Laura's video coverage of the Eleventh Annual International Festival Gourmet Vallarta gave BanderasNews the perfect opportunity to unveil our newest feature - online videos.
Join BanderasNews video journalist, Laura Gelezunas, as she pulls up a chair at the Chef’s Table hosted by Los Xitomates Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.
Or. check out A Taste Of Puerto Vallarta for an overview of all of the exciting events featured during the Eleventh Annual International Festival Gourmet Vallarta.
Keep watching the pages of BanderasNews.com so you won't miss our exclusive video coverage of other exciting news and events in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.
Read all the event stories and view the photo galleries of the Festival Gourmet International 2005, from the Jungle themed kick off at the Mayan Palace to the Tropical Odyssey Closing Gala at the Sheraton. Just follow the links below.
Tropical Odyssey - An Exotic End to Festival 2005
For an evening to be truly memorable, it takes a combination of ambiance, music, wine, food, and often, company. The Tropical Odyssey Gala that was the closing event of the Eleventh Annual International Festival Gourmet Vallarta had all of these elements.more »»»
The ABC's of Gourmet
What many consider to be the "heart and soul" of the Festival Gourmet takes place in the days between the opening and closing parties, and during the daylight hours before the coveted Chef's Tables. The cooking classes offered by the Festival Gourmet are a great way to learn new skills and rub shoulders with like-minded gourmands.more »»»
The Chef's Table Masterpiece of Cocina de Autor
Imagine this... you've invited two of the world's finest chefs into your home, as well as a sommelier, a maitre d' and staff, and a jazz duo. The linens are crisp, the glasses gleam in the candlelight, and soothing water cascades down the rock wall in your outside atrium as you watch Chefs Blouet and Tapia create a masterpiece.more »»»
To Know Wine is to Understand Life
It has been said that "to know wine is to understand life," and thanks to the wine tasting events taking place at the Sheraton Buganvilias during this year's Festival Gourmet Expo Forum, you don't have to be a wine connoisseur to explore the wonderful world of wine.more »»»
Bianco - The Best of Both Worlds
Just a month after their gala opening, Bianco's Chef's Table event, as part of the Festival Gourmet, was a huge success. Guest Chef Bernard Guillas from La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, and the Bianco staff created a one-of-a-kind 6 course meal in their unique fusion style, bringing together European cuisine and traditional Mexican ingredients.more »»»
Festival Gourmet Brunch Highlights
One of the most anticipated events of the Gourmet Festival is the Brunch at the Sheraton Buganvilias in Puerto Vallarta. Chef Francis Drillien of the Sheraton Cabo San Lucas, guest chef for this event, celebrated the sea with a minimalist brunch for 400 guests on Sunday. more »»»
The Flavours of Contemporary Chile
In the leafy aerie that is the top terrace of Chef Thierry Blouet's Cocina de Autor, his guest chef Oscar Tapia gave us a little gift yesterday, an amuse-bouche, which not only pleased but teased in anticipation for the chef's table dinner they will offer this Tuesday.more »»»
Hot Opener for the Gourmet Festival International
Fire. It is fitting that this most primitive and basic of cooking methods was the theme of the opening festivities of the Festival Gourmet International at the magnificent Mayan Palace in Nuevo Vallarta.more »»»