Puerto Rico: Culinary Paradise
February 19-23, 2020
Of all the places in the world to visit, The New York Times ranks Puerto Rico as the #1 Place to Go in 2019! Tour de Forks agrees that Puerto Rico is one of the most delicious destinations in the world, so we are offering an opportunity to travel with an award-winning food and travel writer AND a Puerto Rican native to learn about what and where to eat on the “Island of Enchantment.” On our journey, 12 travelers will explore San Juan and its environs with Kathleen Squires and her husband, Ronnie Rodriguez, travel photographer and CEO of Chef’s Dinner Table. We will see why 4 local chefs have been nominated for James Beard Awards and why several more local culinary artists have been featured on Top Chef Masters, Next Iron Chef, and many others. We have arranged for our group to: dine at San Juan’s finest restaurants; sample local rum; tour and taste the bounty of the verdant countryside; visit a farmers market with a chef; and, over optional breakfast writing seminars, learn how to turn these incredible experiences into engaging food and travel stories with Kathleen. And if writing is not your thing, there’s always the pool and piña coladas!
Kathy and Ronnie
About Your Hosts
Kathleen Squires, well known for her extensive writings on Puerto Rico and its food, is a food and travel writer whose work has spanned book, blog, newsprint and glossy, appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Saveur, Travel & Leisure, and Conde Nast Traveler. In 2016, Kathleen was awarded first prize of Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s M. F. K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing. Kathleen is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary film James Beard: America’s First Foodie, which was nominated for an Emmy.
Hernan “Ronnie” Rodriguez is the principal of Chef’s Dinner Series, a NYC- based private dining club where members enjoy specially-designed menus prepared by leading chefs. Rodriguez is Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary James Beard: America’s First Foodie, which aired on PBS’s American Masters. A Puerto Rican native, Rodriguez has been active in fundraising and hands-on relief efforts in his homeland.
Chef Gabriel Hernandez
•4 nights luxury accommodations at Serafina Beach Hotel
•All meals as indicated
•All tours and tastings
•Transport as indicated
•Hands-on cooking class
•Guides Kathy Squires and Ronnie Rodriguez
Anything not mentioned above
Cost: $2,950 per person, based on double occupancy
Single supplement: On request