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A hotel with its own cocoa plantation? Pretty cool. A hotel with its own cocoa plantation that organizes weekly tasting sessions of the inhouse chocolate? Even better.
A “chocolate laboratory” is the newest amenity at St Lucia’s Jade Mountain, in which you can learn how to make your own chocolate. Pretty good, and not too expensive at $45 per person for an hour-long session.
But better still are the new “chocolate sensory tastings”, held every Tuesday at 10am. You’ll get to taste all incarnations of chocolate and soon-to-be chocolate, from the cocoa bean to cocoa mass; and after you’ve put in all that hard work, they’ll reward you with Emerald Estate (the house label) chocolate bars and homemade truffles.
Oh, and the tastings are free.
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Fresh ingredients play a big part in the cocktails served at Viceroy Riviera Maya
With Halloween approaching and Thanksgiving and the winter holidays fast on its heels, we can't help but think about holiday festivities and merrymaking. You know, cocktails. Though we have shed a few tears in our beers as hotel rooftops continue closing up for the season, all is not lost as new cocktail action is showing up inside many a beautiful hotel. Forget the bars and lounges for a moment, we're talking about a slew of mixology classes that promise to teach you the tricks of the trade. Or at worst, to give you a few fresh libations to swap in this season for ye olde Christmas punch and egg nog.
Bet you never dreamed you want to visit a hotel to learn how to tend bar, but the stout new bevvie programs at Vicery Riviera Maya, Hotel Bel-Air and Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago might just change your mind:
Artisanal Cocktail Coaching at Viceroy Riviera Maya Mexico
This villa-laden boutique property has shown that it's taking its food and beverage program seriously with an amazing chef and her weekly chef's table paired with Mexican wines, and a beverage program highlighting remarkable tequilas and some of the freshest cocktails we've ever tasted. Guests who sign up for this class will learn from the hotel's Artisan Mixologist Master how to concoct drinks from an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Think frozen margaritas blended with cucumber and ginger, mojitos muddled with mint and brown sugar, sangria with strawberries and kiwi, and a la leche cream cocktail made with 1921 Crema De Tequil (sure to blow that egg nog out of the water). The cost for this class is $85 per person and includes 1 1/2 hours of training followed by—drum roll—1 1/2 hours actually working the hotel's Coral Bar.
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So, you thought back-to-school time didn’t apply to you? Well, these kind of classes are the ones you won’t be itching to ditch. Throughout September and October Kimpton Hotel chefs will be teaching guests an important skill—how to use the kitchen knife. The bonus: you’ll eat, drink, and learn at the same time.
“Cut” is part of the company's “Behind the Apron..Dishing with Kimpton Chefs” series. And in this segment, you’ll learn what every budding chef wants to know—the art of slicing and dicing. Plus that all-too important practical information everyone seems to want to know will be discussed as well: how to select and care for a good knife.
Those who consider themselves serious gourmands will enjoy a few inside tips and tricks and favorite tools through Q&A sessions, videos and more. They’ll even share a recipe or two for you try back home.
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Welcome to our newest new feature, Design Thursdays! Thursdays are now our day to focus on hotel design through photo tours, video walk-throughs and interviews with hotel designers. Got a cool hotel design story we should know about? Let us know.
Hey there aspiring interior designers! Eager to get into the world of interior design or decorating but watching reruns of "Top Design" and "Million Dollar Designers" isn't cutting it? Then consider heading to the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virgina for their new one-week interior decorating courses named after the hotel's legendary decorator, Dorothy Draper.
The Dorothy Draper School of Decorating will offer limited enrollment for the weeks of February 26, March 25, April 29 and June 10. The classes will be specially created by Carleton Varney, the curator of The Greenbrier who was also Dorothy Draper's protege and who is current president of Dorothy Draper and company. Here's a bit on the class syllabus:
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You know that old proverb that says, "Give a man a drink and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to mix drinks and you feed him for a lifetime?" Okay, we're taking some liberties there, but drinks, fish, it's all the same. If you want to feed yourself drinks for a lifetime, you can start by taking free mixology classes through the Hotel Adagio's Cocktail College program in Bar Adagio.
Not only does the Union Square hotel open the free monthly cocktail classes to guests, but the public can enroll, too. Cocktail College students get schooled by mixologists, brand ambassadors and Bar Adagio's own bartenders on how to shake up new and classic libations as well as how make bitters, infusions and edible garnishes.
Cooking classes at hotels? So yesterday! The latest spin on hotel restaurants educating guests is happening at North Carolina's Sanderling Resort and Spa: artisanal butchering workshops.
Oh, yes. Vegetarians look away now. The resort is offering guests to "meet their meat", under the guidance of German Master Butcher Frank Meusel and executive chef Joshua Hollinger. The classes will show guests how to break down cuts of a whole animal and prepare primal cuts.