Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba Join Wine & Food Festival Cancun-Riviera Maya To Present “A Taste Of New York In Mayakoba” Over Memorial Day Weekend

April 26, 2019

New York City Chefs Bryce Shuman and P.J. Calapa To Co-Create Inspired Menus with Hosts Rosewood Mayakoba’s Director of Culinary Operations Chef Juan Pablo Loza and Banyan Tree Mayakoba Executive Chef Alfonso de la Dehesa.

Riviera Maya, Mexico (April 2019) – This Memorial Day weekend, Wine & Food Festival is partnering with Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba for its inaugural event “A Taste of New York in Mayakoba”, highlighting the culinary expertise of Manhattan-based chefs Bryce Shuman and P.J. Calapa.  Alongside Banyan Tree’s Executive Chef Alfonso de la Dehesa and Rosewood Mayakoba’s Director of Culinary Operations Chef Juan Pablo Loza, North meets South to provide two distinct gastronomic experiences at each resort for a memorable, food-inspired weekend. 

On Friday, May 24 at Banyan Tree’s Oriente restaurant, Chef Shuman will cook alongside Chef Dehesa for a night of culinary delights surrounded by the resort’s serene lagoon and natural setting.  Chef Shuman began his career with Wolfgang Puck before becoming chef de cuisine at the three Michelin Star restaurant Eleven Madison Park under the helm of Chef Daniel Humm.  He branched off to begin his own venture with the opening of Betony, which was awarded one Michelin Star and a three-star review by The New York Times, and also earned Chef Shuman the title of Best New Chef in 2015 by FOOD & WINE. 

Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a AAA Five Diamond luxury resort that blends Asian hospitality with the idyllic passion of Mexico, featuring 123 private villasfull size pools and secluded gardens, the only all-pool villa resort in the Riviera Maya.  The resort offers the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, two outdoor pools, six gourmet restaurants including Banyan Tree’s signature Thai restaurant Saffron, and one of a kind destination dining experiences. 

On Saturday, May 25, Rosewood Mayakoba will welcome Chef P.J. Calapa, owner of the Southern Italian inspired Scampi in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, for a memorable culinary evening at Casa del Lago, featuring Italian inspired fare combined with Mexican flavors.  Honing his skills at some of the top New York restaurants including Bouley in TriBeca, Eleven Madison Park and Nobu 57, Calapa joined Chef Michael White’s Altamarea Group to help launch Ai Fiori, which earned him a 2013 StarChefs Rising Stars Award, a three-star review from The New York Times and a Michelin Star.

Rosewood Mayakoba is an ultra-luxury resort carefully designed to enhance the beauty of the native landscape and the surrounding natural setting of lagoons, jungles and one of the most expansive beaches in the area.  The resort touts a variety of luxury amenities, and is known for its culinary excellence, notion of wellbeing, cultural activities and its breathtaking suite accommodations.

Each dinner will provide an exclusive setting for up to 90 guests, composed of a five-course Mediterranean style menu by Chefs Calapa and Loza , each paired with wines and spirits.  The dinners will be preceded by a cocktail hour at each resort, where bartenders will prepare signature drinks and appetizers to delight guests.  

Mexico’s Wine & Food Festivals celebrated its tenth edition in 2018 with many of the world’s legendary chefs such as Ferran Adria, Massimo Bottura, Daniel Boulud, Jose Andres and more.  In addition, the organization launched its Exquisite Culinary Series featuring “Chefs Who Dare”, leaving the security of their chef de cuisine positions at the top restaurants in the world to add their onw creative talents to the international world of cuisine. 

For tickets, visit www.wineandfoodfeest.com after April 20 to reserve seats at A Taste of New York in Mayakoba. 

About Rosewood Mayakoba
Rosewood Mayakoba sits in the heart of a 1600-acre resort enclave in the Riviera Maya. Built along winding lagoons and a mile-long arc of pristine beach, this oasis of indulgence offers 129 suites and seven private villas with plunge pools, garden showers, individual docks and the finest in-room design and details. Resort amenities include a signature Greg Norman championship PGA golf course, dining at five world-class restaurants including Casa del Lago Punta Bonita, abd the recently renovated adults-only beach hideaway-Aqui Me Quedo, Rosewood Explorers® program for children, and Sense® spa, which is designed around a cenote, one of the sacred water wells of the ancient Mayans, and sits on a private island. The Resort is built to abide by the highest of eco-standards, offering indulgence with awareness, and has recently been awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certification. 

About Banyan Tree Mayakoba
As the first Banyan Tree resort in the Americas, the AAA 5-diamond award-winning Banyan Tree Mayakoba sets the benchmark for a luxury holiday in the Riviera Maya. Located in the heart of a 1600-acre resort enclave, built along lagoons and the Caribbean Sea, the property is just 40 minutes south of Cancun and 10 minutes north of the lively Playa del Carmen. The Sanctuary for the Senses offers 123 elegantly designed private pool villas, several distinct dining options and an award-winning spa. Committed to creating a positive impact for the environment, the resort is EarthCheck Gold Certified, PROFEPA Tourism Environmental Quality Certified and a Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Standard-Setter Award winner.

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