Fairmont Hotels Ups the Gourmet Ante


Fairmont Pittsburgh, courtesy Fairmont.com

Fairmont hotels around the world are raising the bar on culinary experiences. From after-dinner treats to microbrews, Fairmont restaurants are getting creative with new ways to provide impressive service.

Making use of the onsite honey harvest, Fairmont Washington, D.C. is adding complimentary homemade honey-roasted granola bites and milk chocolate and honey ganache truffles to guests' room service orders, and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will offer Caneles - a classic French beeswax coated dessert baked in a traditional fluted copper mold. For a taste of homestyle cooking, Fairmont Dubai will bring matriarch Audrey De Souza to the kitchen, cooking up prawn curry, vindaloo, sanna (dried rice cake), pomfret fried fish, and more from May 15 - June 15. This event, called 'A Taste of Home' is available every evening for AED 150 (Approx. $40) per person, and Mama De Souza will be available to offer tips for preparing traditional Goan cuisine. For a taste of spring's anticipated Copper River Salmon, guests should head to The Fairmont Olympic in Seattle, or to Fairmont Singapore for Chef Moon's Octopus Kari Kari Tempura - slow cooked in sparkling water and fried crisp - for a contemporary Japanese culinary experience. Amped-up fruit salad is also on the Fairmont menu in Pittsburgh, Vancouver, and the South Africa Zimbali Resort, with offerings that include Arugula and Spinach Salad with Grilled Nectarine.

If it's drinks your after, Fairmont hotels will not dissapoint, offering up wine tastings and special microbrews. Daniel Freedman, sommelier and beverage director at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, will stock wine cellars with Chenin blanc, Spanish Cava, and more, based on his predictions of the hottest wines for the upcoming season. Montreal's Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth will offer wine tastings hosted by wine expert and president of the Canadian Association of professional sommeliers, Jessica Harnois. Select Fairmont hotels will also be putting onsite honey hives to use for the creation of microbrews such as the "Olympic Honey Ale" and the "Fairmont Empress Honey Wheat Ale."

Fairmont guests can also enjoy an interactive experience, as part of the Lifestyle Cuisine Plus program. On May 20th, The Fairmont Empress will offer a celiac pastry apprentice class, which is gluten-free friendly, for CAD $120 per person. At The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, guests can enjoy tableside service featuring Tito's vodka, raw horseradish, fresh vegetables, and more as part of the Southwest Bloody Mary Experience. They will also take away a recipe card with the resort's secret spice mix for $15, available daily from 6:30 to 11:30 am at LV Bistro. The kids can also take part in the culinary experience at Fairmont hotels around the country with the "Little Chefs" program.

For more information or reservations, visit www.fairmont.com.

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