New space-influenced menu featuring luminescent cocktails, surf and turf with meteorite jus and the Milky Way dessert designed with Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz
COSTA RICA, 2014-03-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut and visiting outer space? Or just love learning about space travel, the planets and stars? Now with the launch of the new heavenly Taste the Stars culinary and stargazing experience at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, guests can enjoy a unique fusion of astronomy and gastronomy featuring a five-course tasting menu and guided stargazing experience.
The Taste the Stars menu was developed by Executive Chef Mario Alcocer and his culinary team at Four SeasonsResort Costa Rica in collaboration with Costa Rican-born astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz. Over the course of a 25-year career as a NASA astronaut, Chang Díaz flew a world record of seven space missions. His experiences in space taught him some of the challenges of eating and existing in space, including weightlessness, extreme temperatures and darkness. These factors and others were considered in developing the innovative new menu.
“The feeling of being in space is something you never forget,” says Franklin Chang Díaz, Chairman and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company and former NASA astronaut. “Together with the chefs at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica we created a unique dining experience – Taste the Stars – providing people a way to experience the wonder of being in space without ever leaving Earth. I can’t think of a better place on the planet to dine under the stars than in Costa Rica.”
Among the special ingredients used within the Taste the Stars menu is Meteorito wine, made by astronomer and winemaker Ian Hutcheon at the Chilean space observatory Centro Astrononomica Tagua Tagua. The wine ages with a 4.5 billion year old meteorite that crashed in the Chilean desert 6,000 years ago. It is used to create a flavourful and lively sauce for the beef served as the fourth course of Taste the Stars at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica.
After enjoying luminescent cocktails and creative food courses in a gorgeous outdoor setting, Taste the Starsguests are led in a stargazing experience by an expert guide. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is situated in a location ideal for stargazing and also owns several high-powered telescopes including a Meade LX200 GPS that is used for Taste the Stars.
Costa Rica has been noted by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top places in the world to stargaze. The country is one of the few places above the Equator where Magellanic Clouds, two galaxies first identified by explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 1520s, are visible.
The Taste the Stars experience must be booked at least 72 hours in advance via the Concierge at Four SeasonsResort Costa Rica. The cost is USD 195.00 for adults and USD 100.00 for children.
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