Argentine Flavors Enchant Gastronomy Lovers on Zicasso’s Custom Food and Wine Tour
Everyone loves to savor the local foods while traveling. Now you can immerse completely into the South American vibe with a custom gastronomy tour in Argentina. Discover Argentina’s gastronomic renaissance on an exclusive 11-day culinary and wine tour through Buenos Aires, Bariloche and Mendoza.
Buenos Aires Tango
Upon arriving in Buenos Aires, the first culinary adventure begins with a food tour: A local chef will take guests to explore a traditional bakery, butcher shop and bustling outdoor market. Here they will learn about different types of Argentine pastries (facturas) and various cuts of Argentina’s renowned meats. Later, guests will join their local guide in her rustic kitchen, learning to prepare crispy beef and corn empanadas while discussing the influence of indigenous food preparation on contemporary Argentine cuisine. The afternoon ends with an exceptional four course meal and wine tasting. In the evening guests will enjoy a traditional dinner followed by a sultry tango show.
On the third day, guests will travel south to Bariloche, where they will experience a traditional Argentine barbecue, known as an asado, with a local family. While in Patagonia, food lovers will also have the opportunity to try an age-old Patagonian curanto, originating in Chile, which involves cooking meats, fruits and vegetables on hot stones above an outdoor pit. On the last day here, guests will embark from the port of Puerto Tunquelen to sail Lake Nahuel Huapi and explore deep glacial fjords, numerous waterfalls, and the dense Valdivian rainforest.
On the sixth day, travelers will head to Mendoza, a wine lover’s paradise, where they will spend the next two days visiting local wineries and touring three iconic bodegas to taste and learn all about the origins of local wine making and innovations. The next day will be spent touring landmarks in Mendoza, such as the city museum, and the ruins of San Francisco before an afternoon visit to a local vineyard.
Here guests will attend a cooking class with chef Cristina Brino where they will learn to prepare local delicacies using local ingredients from a finca, or estate home, such as clay oven empanadas mendocinas and caramelized fruit desserts.
Guests will return to Buenos Aires for the final two days where they will embark on an historical tour of this dynamic city of contrasts, where European and Latin American elements converge. To top off this unique culinary experience, guests will enjoy a final dinner at a “closed-door restaurant,” one of the world’s hottest growing gastronomic trends in which innovative chefs create exclusive menus, often featuring farm-to-table produce, and serve them in intimate venues to private audiences. At Casa Coupage, one of the best such restaurants, guests will dine on modern Argentine haute cuisine paired with carefully selected wines in an intimate setting that delights all senses.
For those who particularly want to explore Argentina's high-end gastronomy, guests can have the option to spend a day with a gastronomic chef. The experience can include the chef showing guests some favorite markets and buying food to prepare their own private dinner. Then, the chef can either cook for the guests at a special "chef's table" or guests can cook with the chef.
Food tour of local food markets and shops that ends with four-course meal and wine tasting
A dinner and tango show in Buenos Aires;
An asado barbecue in Bariloche, where travelers can mingle with local families;
Wine tastings at iconic bodegas in Mendoza;
Cooking class with local chef Cristina Brino in Mendoza;
Dinner at Casa Coupage, a trendy “closed-door” restaurant sourcing local ingredients;
Optional day with a gastronomic chef: Shopping at markets plus special private dinner
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