“To be in Tulum means to eat at Zamas,stay at Zamas,drink at Zamas,” writes NYTimes Travel of this gorgeous seaside hotel in the Mexican Caribbean,which lies just south of Playa del Carmen and Cancun in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Each year,the Taste of Tulum culinary series offers guests and attendees the opportunity to experience world-class,locally-inspired cuisine and cocktails that are prepared by visiting chefs and mixologists who shop in local farmers’ markets and then prepare a dinner menu for guests that is served in Que Fresco,which is the hotel’s fabulous open-air beachfront dining space.
“Paying homage to the founders’ native city,the 2015 [Taste of Tulum] series will bring renowned chefs and bar professionals from San Francisco to showcase international culinary talent and highlight the locally influenced cuisine of the Mayan town of Tulum,” writes Zamas on a press release.
First opened in 1993 by Susan Bohlken and Daniel Vallejo McGettian,the Zamas Hotel is located very close to a number of ancient Mayan ruins,as well as lush tropical jungle and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. In addition,this ecologically-minded boutique hotel offers a much different experience than the typical resort and is worlds away from the massive all-inclusives that remain quite popular elsewhere along the coast. With just 18 beachside cabanas and bungalows nestled in the native jungle and nearby coconut groves,the Zamas Hotel is dedicated to sustainability and supporting local food,art and drink.
“San Francisco has always been at the forefront of the culinary scene,” stated Bohlken in a Travel Weekly interview. “This year’s first event,in March,featured San Francisco chef Anthony Strong of Delfina Restaurant Group,who prepared a menu that blended Italian dishes with Yucatan specialties.”
The 2015 Taste of Tulum will include a number of culinary events throughout the remainder of the year,with the next session scheduled for Thursday,April 23 through Tuesday,April 28,when Chef David “Baz” Bazirgan of Dirty Habit,which is located inside the Palomar in San Francisco will prepare dishes that highlight fresh local ingredients and flavors.
Next,bar manager Brian MacGregor of the exclusive Wingtip social club will be on hand from Monday,June 1 through Friday,June 5 to prepare a special blend of Mayan and Mexican twists on popular cocktail classics,followed by bar manager Kevin Diedrich of BDK Restaurant & Bar,who will be at the Zamas Hotel to mix creative cocktails inspired by dishes he’s eaten around the world from Saturday,October 17 through Wednesday,October 21.
According to the website,the dates for Sept. have yet to be decided,but the visiting chef will be Arcelia Gallardo of Dandelion Chocolate,who is returning for a second time to ply guests with a delectable array of Mayan-inspired confections. Chef Evan and Chef Sarah Rich of Rich Table will be in town from Tuesday,November 10 through Friday,November 13,serving up this husband and wife team’s famed variety of cuisines using fresh seasonal ingredients. Finally,owner Kris Esqueda and chef Sara Hauman of Huxley,a dynamic,25-seat neighborhood haunt,will be at the Zamas Hotel from Tuesday,December 8 through Friday,December 11,using local seasonal items to create their unique brand of new American casual cuisine.