Grand Velas Riviera Maya Commemorates French Revolution with Gastronomic Festival

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Visiting Chef Maitre Cuisinier de France Jacques Chretien Creates Innovative French Haute Cuisine through July 30th

From now through July 30th, a festival honoring the anniversary of the French Revolution is being held at AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The resort’s gourmet restaurant Piaf is showcasing the talents of Maitre Cuisinier de France Jacques Chretien, one of the five chefs in Mexico with the title, a distinction only bestowed on the most elite chefs in the world. Chef and Owner of French Riviera Restaurant in Los Cabos, Mexico, Chretien, who has also collaborated with such famed restaurants as La Tour d'Argent in Paris, Chez Bruneau in Brussels and Maxim’s in Mexico, is a proponent of the classic and elegant traditional French cuisine that leaves nothing to chance. Together with the Executive Chef of Piaf, Michel Mustiere, they are offering up a tasting menu and full menu with various creations of French haute cuisine in honor of the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The tasting menu includes such delights as Duck Foie Gras and Smoked Eel Terrine; Escargot Ravioli with Asparagus and Morel Risotto topped with Garlic Foam; Braised Ox Tail Parmentier with Truffle Oil Potato Purée and a Port Reduction, and Vanilla Mille-Feuille with Raspberry Coulis. The full menu offers Poached Lobster in Truffle Cream with Vegetable Macedonia; Wrapped Prawns, Creamy Cauliflower Rice and a Clam and Lime Tea Emulsion; and Grand Marnier Soufflé. The full menu and tasting menu without wine pairing is available to all resort guests at no additional charge as part of the all-inclusive rate. For outside guests, the tasting dinner is $1200 pesos (approx. $89 USD) per person, $1800 (approx. $133 USD) with wine pairing. Tax and service fee are additional. For more information, call Velas Resorts at 1-888-323-2776 or visit http://www.velasresorts.com.

About Piaf:
Piaf is a part of the international culinary tour offered at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Designed to emanate the passion of its namesake chanteuse, Piaf is the product of Executive Chef Mustiere’s culinary vision of French classicism. Piaf is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Reservations are required. Outdoor terrace and indoor, air-conditioned seating is available.

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
Recently featured in Forbes’ roundup of the 10 Coolest All-Inclusive Resorts, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-suites and spa resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience. This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances-- premium ocean-front Grand Class Suites with terrace plunge pools for families with children 12 and up, family-friendly ocean-view Ambassador Suites and Zen Grand Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world. The spa was named “Best Spa" in the world by Virtuoso and also earned a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award. The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures.

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