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The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma Celebrates Success and Announces 2015 Lineup


Gourmet Inclusive® Resorts and Jackson Family Wines Continue Partnership and Debut This Year’s Highly Anticipated Interactive Epicurean Experiences 

KarismaMIAMI – Karisma Hotels & Resorts, award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, is thrilled to announce the 2015 lineup of top chefs, and winemasters for the third annual Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma. After building upon past successes to sell out each of its events, the Culinary Series, which welcomed 4,000 participants in 2014, will once again excite gourmands and oenophiles alike with incredible epicurean events in paradise.

Established in 2013, The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma is a partnership between Jackson Family Wines and El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, by Karisma, premier adults-only properties in the Riviera Maya, Mexico delivering an unforgettable Gourmet Inclusive® Experience.  The program, which takes place the first week of each month, spotlights notable chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers and sommeliers.  Attendees are provided hands-on epicurean experiences, vertical tastings, education classes with sommeliers and winemakers, cooking courses, special pairings, elaborate meals and an exclusive Guest Chef and Winemaster’s Dinner.

The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma, featuring quality talent and unforgettable moments in paradise, has become a center stone of our highly celebrated Gourmet Inclusive® Experience,” said Jeroen Hanlo, vice president of food & beverage for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.  “We are thrilled to continue to elevate the program and deliver vacations unlike anywhere else in the world, providing guests with a unique opportunity to expand their epicurean expertise and enjoy exceptional food and wine in a luxurious and relaxed environment.”

The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma features notable chefs and winemakers from around the globe each month, each of whom work with the esteemed Karisma Hotels & Resorts team of Michelin star restaurant-trained chefs and sommeliers.

After welcoming Chef Casey Thompson, fan favorite from Season 3 of Bravo’s Top Chef, in January 2015, confirmed themes and participants for the remainder of the year include:

  • August 3-7: Xavier Pacheco, Chef & Owner of La Jaquita Baya in San Juan
  • September 7-11: Special Guest Chef
  • October 5-9: Domenica Catelli, Celebrity Chef and Chef & Owner of Catelli Restaurant
  • November 2-6: Dan Trudeau, Chef at Jackson Family Wines
  • December 7-11: Cristian Rebolledo, Executive Chef of Blue Haven and  Beach House Turks and Caicos,

Each weeklong Culinary Series is hosted at the award-winning El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale, A Spa Resort, by Karisma.  Featuring seven Gourmet Inclusive restaurants, including Fuentes – a culinary theater – where dishes are prepared in one of three open kitchens, the resort also boasts 15 bars and lounges serving premium alcoholic beverages, including bar specializing in martinis, bars with swings, beach bars, and nine swim-up bars.  El Dorado Royale is home to the region’s largest greenhouse, which measures 75,000 square feet and provides produce to all Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ Mexican properties as well as several high-profile neighboring resorts.  It is the only greenhouse in Riviera Maya to be certified by the Rainforest Alliance and Sustainable Agriculture Network, with a 93 percent overall score.

In addition to the weeklong celebration, guests of Karisma Hotels & Resorts are presented outstanding selections from the Jackson Family Wines portfolio, representing more than 30 labels of super-premium and luxury wines, at each of its properties year-round.

The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma is a part of the acclaimed Gourmet Inclusive® Experience at Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which is carefully catered to guests that prefer quality over quantity.  From the freshest and finest ingredients for an unrivaled culinary journey to ultimate relaxation with 24-hour room service and beach beds, Karisma Hotels & Resorts continuously raises the bar and sets the standard for the world’s finest travel.

Offered exclusively at Karisma Hotels & Resorts, guests are invited to discover The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma at an additional cost of $300 for the weeklong program at El Dorado Royale; a la carte rates for wines and ad hoc wine and culinary experiences at the entire collection of Karisma Hotels & Resorts start at $35.  Nightly rates at Karisma Hotels & Resorts begin at $241 per person, per night based on double occupancy, including the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience (all gourmet meals served a la carte, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, full service concierge, king size beach beds).  Hotel reservations can be booked through a GI Vacation Consultant, or by calling 1-866-527-4762, or by visiting www.karismahotels.com.

For more information about The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma, visit http://www.karismahotels.com/culinaryseries. 

About Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, comprises an impressive portfolio including El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, Azul Hotels & Villas by Karisma, Generations Resorts by Karisma, and Allure Hotels by Karisma. Properties have been honored with the industry’s top accolades including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 30 Hotels in Cancun,” TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice “Best Hotels for Romance,” AAA’s “Five Diamond Award,” and AAA’s “Four Diamond Award.” Karisma has received worldwide recognition for its creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations. For reservations and a full list of Karisma properties, please visit www.karismahotels.com.

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