Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New: Belize Culinary Tour 2013

                                         Belize Culinary Foodie Tour 2013
 This Month we are featuring our partners Chef Tony and Angela Marsico Culinary Tour
                                                              of Belize.



Introducing Tony and Angela Marsico, lifelong foodies who have
lived their lives in the fine dining industry for more than 35
years.
The Marsico’s have taken their passion for food and culture all
the way from Alaska where they owned and operated one of
Alaska’s premier Fine Dining restaurants for over 30 years to
Belize, where they now own a 5 room beachfront guesthouse
which is home to one of Belize’s finest restaurants, The Barra-
cuda Bar and Grill. Tony remains one of the most highly ac-
claimed Chef’s in Belize and Angela, one of the most talented
pastry chefs.
Join them for a weeklong Culinary adventure personally guided
by them and let them show you the diverse cultures that meld
together to help form a constantly evolving culinary frontier.
Enjoy evenings of gourmet meals prepared by Tony and Angela
and their wonderful staff in the open kitchen where you can ob-
serve and if you like or sit back and enjoy the Caribbean views
from your home for 7 nights, the 5 star Villa Verano.
Days are filled with all things gastronomical as we will tour this
small Central American Country exploring Ancient Mayan Cacao
farms and chocolate factories to modern day Hot Pepper sauce
producers. Food and culture intermingle with 3 distinct ethnic
cultures of Mayan, Garifuna and Creole and the cuisine that has
melded together this little gem of the Caribbean.


This tour is limited to 5 couples in order to allow an intimate
experience in touring, cooking and eating.
2013 tour dates September 1-7th.

The Rooms
Tony and Angela have partnered with a neighboring property
with 5 star accommodations with an open kitchen and roof top
outdoor kitchen in order to provide the ultimate in comfort and
facilitate evening cooking demonstrations and meals in the out-
standing kitchen. We will spend 7 luxurious nights in the spa-
cious Sea grape Suites at Villa Verano.

Www.villaveranobelize.com

With 5 separate suites all with private baths, a main dining room
overlooking the sea and generous open kitchen, this is the per-
fect spot for a gathering of Foodies. We’ll enjoy roof top BBQ’s
on the 3rd story as we take In stunning sunsets over the Mayan
Mountains and early breakfasts watching the sunrise over the
Caribbean Sea. There is a pool as well as a roof top hot tub for
guests to enjoy and the beach in Hopkins is the best in Belize for
swimming and sunning.


The Tours

DAY 1- We will fly you from the International Airport at Belize
City to Dangriga where we will pick you up for the short ride to
Villa Verano. We’ll have a reception with complimentary rum and
beer and appetizers, then let everyone get settled in to their
suites to meet in the dining and kitchen area for a tour briefing
and multi course dinner.

 Day 2– After a breakfast of local fry jacks, fresh fruit, local gra-
nola, yogurt and smoothies, we will head out to the Habanera
Pepper Sauce factory of the World renown Marie Sharps' Pepper
Sauce to tour the factory, sample her wares and be able to pur-
chase some of her great products and learn how she came to be
one of the world’s highly acclaimed pepper sauce producers.
Next we will head south Ms. Emma’s farm and Botanical gardens.
Ms. Emma will personally guide us through one of Belize’s most
varying tropical plantations home to a plethora of fruit bearing
trees all in one location. We’ll sample fruits, see beautiful and ex-
otic flowers and gardens and then settle in for a gourmet lunch
prepared by Emma and her talented staff. Back to Villa Verano
for some afternoon beach and pool time before we convene on
the roof top for Mojitos, beer and BBQ feast featuring Jerk deli-
cacies from the land and sea. Bring your suit and you can relax
in the roof top hot tub afterwards.

Day 3– After a breakfast of Seafood Omelet's, we will again
head south to an Organic Cacao farm and working Chocolate
Factory, Cyrilia’s Chocolates. We will see first hand the care that
goes into this ancient Mayan Art form and witness the melding of
Ancient practices and modern technology. We il enjoy a tradi-
tional Mayan style lunch before heading back to our home on the
beach. Convening in the dining room for fresh fish sampling.

Day 4– Early breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt Tuscan Style eggs,
then out to sea aboard the 44 foot Catamaran Utopia. We’ll sail
to the Islands where we can snorkel the northern hemisphere’s
largest and most living barrier reef while enjoying tapas tasters
the entire way and imbibing on local drinks, sangria and beer.
We will return around 4 pm and head back to the villa and
reconvene for an evening dinner featuring wild game and wine
sampling.

Day 5– Early breakfast of build your own breakfast burritos then
off to tour an exotic spice farm in the heart of Belize's agricul-
tural hot bed. We will tour the farm with the owners who came
from India to farm in this very similar climate. Spice sampling
and demonstration and lunch will be followed by a one hour stop
at the mystic Mayan ruins of Lim Ni Punit before we head back to
the beach. We’ll be dining on lobster with 3 different prepara-
tions in the evening as well as a chardonnay sampling.

Day 6– After local style late breakfast, we’ll head into the Jungle
at mayflower Bocawina National where you can choose to do
Belize’s longest Zip Line or just go on a guided hike to waterfalls
and tour the beautiful grounds, complete with unexcavated Ma-
yan ruins. We’ll have a lunch of Shrimp Tacos then head back to
the Villa where you will be free until dinner for another roof tip
BBQ featuring the local poultry and grilled vegetables.

Day 7– The final day we’ll have a leisurely American style break-
fast before we go head down to Placencia for a day of shopping
and exploring. Lunch will be on your own here and we’ll head
back to the Villa around 2pm for total decompression time and a
final feast of a 10 course Tapas and desert sampling.

Day 8– Transport back to Belize City for your flight home.

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