STOWE, VTâ€”December 10, 2004â€”Food and wine aficionados will experience a rare encounter with culinary fame on their Boundless Journeys tour of Spainâ€™s Rioja region this year. Noted chef, Francis Paniego of Hotel Echaurren (where guests will be staying) will oversee the cooking class scheduled as part of the Boundless Journeys itinerary.
As the adventure travel industry expands to include adventures of the cultural kind, many travelers seem eager not only to see something new, but also to do something new, actively experiencing authentic elements of the host culture. Company founder Matt Holmes explains the inclusion of this type of experience on Boundless Journeysâ€™ active adventure trips as follows: â€œThe core of Boundless Journeys philosophy has always been to choose the worldâ€™s most intriguing destinations, and then develop our trips to best showcase each destinationâ€™s highlights. So it was really a natural fit to include culinary classes and wine tastings on our trips to the worldâ€™s great gastronomic centers.â€
And La Rioja, of course, has long fit the bill. Chef Paniego was named to this yearâ€™s Food and Wine list of â€œEuropeâ€™s Rising Star Chefsâ€ (July 2004), but for many foodies this is no surprise. Hotel Echaurren has been a culinary destination for some time, winning Spainâ€™s National Gastronomy prize in 1987. Echaurren is unique in that it has two restaurants, run by the mother and son team of Paniego and Marisa SÃ¡nchez, Paniegoâ€™s mother who has been at Echaurren for many years. While SÃ¡nchezâ€™s side of the kitchen offers traditional Riojan recipes, handed down through generations, Paniego is garnering a reputation with his creative, modern, often playful interpretations of culinary classics. Despite his new vision of traditional dishes, Paniegoâ€™s techniques satisfy the high standards of European traditionalists for whom fine food and wine are part of a daily norm. Traveling diners as well have come to expect superlative food from Paniego, and now Boundless Journeys guests will have an exclusive opportunity to learn from this burgeoning master.
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