UNFORGETTABLE CULINARY EXPERIENCES NEED TO BE SHARED
By Roberto Fernández, Pacuare Lodge owner
Pacuare Lodge is one of NatGeo’s Unique Lodges of the World located in Turrialba, in the Limón Province of Costa Rica. Besides being surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, the rushing river, the lush green rainforest, and the unique, intimate experience of lodging in a luxury treehouse, we can now add a world class cuisine to our repertoire. Travelers ourselves, we always look to enhance the experience with every fellow traveler. As we head out into the world to broaden our minds and witness other rare and exclusive destinations, we look to bring something back to Pacuare Lodge to share with our guests. We find that every great adventure – every treasure found – becomes greater when you can share it and pay it forward. The world is our oyster, but there is more than one pearl. After a recent trip to Greece, we are proud to bring back one of our favorite finds: world class chef Giorgios Belesis.
Taking in the places you visit, you have to take in all of it, engaging all senses with the sounds, the sights, the smells, the touch, and the tastes. Unmatched natural beauty surrounds us, from nature to the wildlife to the sounds of the rushing Pacuare River, so food becomes a way to engage all senses at once. Best of all, food is something to be shared.
LOCAL, FRESH, SEASONAL, AND SUSTAINABLE
Making unforgettable culinary experiences for our guests has always been a passion of ours. Some of the finest ingredients in the world are growing all around us; on the trees, on the bushes, and in the ground. We take full advantage of every local delicacy, harvesting many of the vegetables, tubers, and fruits at our organic farm. We even make our goat cheese and local Turrialba cheese on site. Our goal is to turn famous local dishes into gastronomical delights, keeping it local, fresh, seasonal, and sustainable. However, even with the best ingredients at our fingertips, we knew we could do more.
“Through the process of cooking, I’m always passionate about seeing the final creation. I love to create new things and textures. With the correct technique, the use of fresh and nice ingredients, plus a touch of imagination, you and your team can come up with something extraordinary that will satisfy your guests.”
Giorgios Belesis, Executive Chef, Kapari Natural Resort
In 2016, we took off on one of our adventures, visiting another NatGeo Unique Lodge in Santorini, Greece: Kapari Natural Resort. The resort boasted one of the best restaurants in Santorini, so naturally, we wanted to try it out. We were blown away by the food that we were eating; so much so that we never bothered to go anywhere else for our entire stay. When food is this good, you stay until you have tried everything. This was what we wanted to bring back home. This was what we needed to make Pacuare Lodge an even more memorable experience for our guests and world travelers.
Giddy and satiated from four days of incredible culinary experiences, we were invited to meet the Executive Chef, Giorgios Belesis, in his kitchen. We wasted no time and proposed a management cross training between our hotels. And here we are, eight months later hosting Giorgios as an invited chef to our kitchen in The Nest, our remote restaurant nestled in the canopy of a ceiba tree.
“I immediately noticed the wonderful flavors, fresh ingredients, and a very appealing way of preparing the dish. I was also very impressed by the efforts that Pacuare Lodge makes in hiring people from the local communities and the opportunity that this represents in terms of knowledge and new skills for the local cooks and the rest of the staff.”Giorgios Belesis
Giorgios quickly emerged himself in the local culture, working with our local staff and chefs to create elevated cuisine using all of our seasonal and local ingredients. He did not come to take over; he came to collaborate. To add his experience to ours, to help enhance and heighten the exquisite flavors and local dishes that we were already serving our guests. We hope that when Giorgios returns to his homeland, to his kitchen in Kapari Natural Resort, he will bring back with him a little bit of Costa Rica.
BOOK YOUR VACATION AT ONE OF COSTA RICA’S MOST EXCLUSIVE AND INTIMATE DESTINATIONS
Book your stay at the Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica and get an unforgettable dining experience. All of our food is fresh, local, seasonal, and sustainable. Experience gastronomical delights by local chefs, created in collaboration with one of our favorite chefs in the world, Giorgios Belesis.