(1 p.m. EST) -- Windstar and the James Beard Foundation have been expanding their relationship since the line hosted a couple of theme cruises in 2016. Today, the cruise line announced the partnership will continue at least through early 2021 and revealed the 2018 line-up of culinary-themed sailings hosted by James Beard-recognized chefs.
Six themed sailings each year will each feature a James Beard Foundation-selected chef, as well as a beverage expert, onboard. They will lead market tours and culinary shore excursions ashore and food, wine and spirit tastings and demos onboard. Unique dining options might include meals utilizing local ingredients and wine-pairing dinners.
Here is the 2018 lineup:
- June 27, 2018 (Spanish Symphony cruise on Wind Surf): Chef Anthony Sasso of La Sirena in New York City and wine expert Ashley Santoro of The Standard, also in New York
- August 17, 2018 (Norwegian Splendors cruise on Star Breeze): Chef Evan Hanczor of Egg in Brooklyn, NY, and a beverage expert yet to be named
- November 26, 2018 (Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands cruise on Wind Spirit): Pastry chef Emily Luchetti of San Francisco restaurants Park Tavern and Marlowe and wine expert Shelly Lindgren of A16 and SPQR in San Francisco
- December 15, 2018 (Windward Islands cruise on Star Pride): Chef Jose Mendin of Pubbelly Boys and FCHG restaurant groups in Miami and Puerto Rico and a beverage expert yet to be named
Additional themed departures waiting for guest chefs to be finalized include the June 20 (Cote d'Azur) and August 7 (Adriatic Sea) departures of Wind Surf.
Passengers on all Windstar sailings will benefit from the relationship with enhanced dining menus and food-themed activities. AmphorA, Windstar's main dining room, will feature a starter, main dish and dessert created by a James Beard chef on each of its dinner menus, with no additional upcharge. (Menus are on a 14-day rotation so passengers on back-to-back or longer cruises can sample a variety of items.) Dishes will be themed to the destinations Windstar visits, such as pan-seared scallops with Thai green curry sauce and Asian mango slaw, a dish created by Chef Jennifer Jasinski, whose restaurants include Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall, and Stoic & Genuine in Denver.
In addition, passengers can attend culinary demonstrations led by Windstar's chefs, showcasing recipes and beverages by James Beard Award-winning chefs.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor