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The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives to Host their 1st Culinary Week including an “8 Michelin Star” Dinner of a Lifetime

For the first time, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives will be hosting a Culinary Week that brings together four internationally acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs from the Netherlands who will join forces to create an “8-star” dining experience unlike any other. Taking place from June 1-9, 2019, Culinary Week includes special events at the Red Parrot Restaurant, Fusion Wine & Piano Bar and Windows on Aruba fine dining restaurants culminating in an exclusive dinner of a lifetime prepared by all four acclaimed guest chefs at Windows on Aruba on either Friday, June 7 or Saturday, June 8. “We are dedicated to developing our culinary offerings at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba so that the food, service and atmosphere continue to exceed what guests expect from an all-inclusive resort,” said Alex Nieuwmeyer, Managing Director of Divi Resorts Aruba. “Hosting this world-class event allows us to raise the bar and provide our guests as well as the local Aruba community with an evening of unique sophistication while simultaneously highlighting our top-quality cuisine and restaurant options.” The participating acclaimed guest chefs are: 

Francois Guerds (**) FG restaurant, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

(*) FG Food labs, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Erik van Loo (**) Parkheuvel, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Edwin Vinke (**) Kromme Watergang, Hoofdplaat, The Netherlands 

Jermain de Rozario (*) De Rozario, Helmond, The Netherlands 

 Chef Geurds is the son of Aruban-Dutch parents who has worked with such famous chefs as Thomas Keller and Eric Ripert. Known internationally for his innovative style of cooking, he opened the first culinary laboratory in the Netherlands where he experiments in the field of tastes and techniques.

At the young age of 34, Chef de Rozario is the owner of De Rozario, having previously worked in the restaurant De Lindehof. He combines and presents Indonesian and Asian flavors and is known for letting go of all the rules to develop his dishes with creativity and finesse.

Chef van Loo is responsible for the most famous restaurant in the Netherlands, Parkheuvel. Having grown up as a butcher’s son, he is now known for his sauces and classic French dishes with a modern touch and presentation.

A childhood dream come true, Chef Vinke and his wife started restaurant De Kromme Watergang more than 25 years ago. All his dishes are organic featuring a number of home-made products from his own gardens while fish and salty flavors predominate in his food.  This series of gourmet dinners will afford guests the opportunity to sample intricate flavor combinations in addition to enjoying their escape to Aruba.

Dishes for each dinner will be presented in 5-courses plus amuses with wine pairings selected by a top sommelier to complement each course. Sample menu items include an appetizer of Bommeriger Pig with crème fraiche, oxtail jelly and avila cress created by Chef van Loo, a second starter of codfish “en papillotte” by Chef Vinke, a “Black Beauty” entrée on coconuts barbequed celeriac with a vinaigrette of 42 herbs and spices and a dessert from Chef de Rozario of coconut with papaya, pandan and wild rice.  

Reservations for the Culinary Week package can be made now through May 31 for the travel dates of June 1 – 9, 2019 with the promotional code CulinaryWeek. The package provides a 22% savings on the all-inclusive room rate at Divi Aruba or Tamarijn Aruba for a minimum 3-night stay and includes: the choice of one dinner of a lifetime for two people on June 7 or 8; one dinner for two on the guest’s evening of choice at Fusion Wine & Piano Bar offering a unique grilled seafood and premium dry-aged beef tasting menu; a special tasting menu along with a 4-course meal at the Red Parrot restaurant all week long in addition to all other services and amenities of the properties. For guests staying at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba who do not purchase the Culinary Week package, the price for the dinner of a lifetime at Windows on Aruba on June 7 or 8 is USD $165 per person exclusive of their hotel stay.

For all other diners not staying at the Divi Aruba or Tamarijn Aruba, the price is USD $185 per person. Tickets for the dinner are available on www.eventbrite.com; search for events on Aruba in June. For more information about Culinary Week or to book the Culinary Week package, click here.  At Divi & Tamarijn Aruba, ingredients are responsibly sourced for all of therestaurants including Argentinian grass-fed beef proven to be higher in certain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats, herbs and spices grown in the resort’s gardens and locally sourced ingredients incorporated into sauces, dishes and desserts. Breakfast buffets serve fresh local fruits each morning. 

Located in Aruba, which is south of the hurricane belt, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive resorts are just thirty minutes from the airport and five minutes from Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad. The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive resorts are set on beautiful Druif Beach, with a shopping arcade and the Alhambra Casino nearby. Guests staying at either the AAA 3-Diamond Divi Aruba or the adjacent, oceanfront Tamarijn Aruba have use of all facilities and services of both properties. All stays at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba include all meals and snacks at a choice of ten dining options, unlimited beverages at eight bars, the use of four freshwater pools, use of the brand new fitness and watersports center, a wide range of activities including non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment.The chic pool decks at both properties have become a central gathering place for guests of both properties to relax. The resorts offer a variety of packages including those for honeymoon, vow renewal, family, golf and wedding. An onsite wedding coordinator assists with arrangements for beach weddings through Aruba Weddings For You.  

For reservations and more information about Divi & Tamarijn Aruba, contact your travel professional or call 1-800-554-2008, 207-594-7888, or visit the resorts’ websites at www.diviaruba.com or www.tamarijnaruba.com. The properties can also be found on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+YouTube and the resort Blog.

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