Seattle, February 4, 2010 â€“ Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldâ€™s most treasured destinations, unveils its new dining experience in Wind Surfâ€™s Degrees restaurant reflecting a Mediterranean culinary journey of simple cooking and seasonal preparations, showcasing authentic ingredients and classic techniques.
â€œWe look forward to presenting our guests with yet another degree of choice in dining and delivering a culinary adventure highlighting the regional and local cuisine reflective of destinations visited on our voyages,â€ said Diane Moore, President of Windstar Cruises.
Degrees now features an innovative and stylish Mediterranean menu created by David Shalleck who has worked for over two decades in the culinary industry as a chef and television producer alongside some of Americaâ€™s most celebrated chefs. Shalleck is the author of the culinary travel memoir â€œMediterranean Summerâ€ chronicling his experiences as a chef on a private sailing yacht in Franceâ€™s CÃ´te dâ€™ Azur and Italyâ€™s Costa Bella preparing menus comprised exclusively of local ingredients, reflecting the flavors of each port. Shalleckâ€™s book is the inspiration for Degreesâ€™ new dining concept.
â€œOur collaboration is a brilliant partnership of shared vision and core values,â€ said Shalleck. â€œThe results are an alluring menu program that brings guests closer to a destination and supports lasting taste memories.â€ Shalleck has spent time aboard Wind Surf alongside Windstarâ€™s executive chef and culinary team, perfecting the Mediterranean menu and overseeing the launch.
The spirited menus comprise 70 new recipes and use ingredients indigenous to local cuisines with flavors and styles of cooking inherent of Windstarâ€™s destinations. Guests enjoy an evening starting with amuse bouche, followed by a selection of first courses, then on to pastas and soups, followed by a variety of entrees and side dishes and ultimately finishing with an assortment of desserts to choose from. Highlights of the menu include: BaccalÃ Mantecatoâ€”a delicate creamy blend of salt cod and potatoes; CanapÃ© Pissaladierreâ€”a caramelized onion tartlet with NiÃ§oise black olives; Assiette Charcuterieâ€”Spanish pork loin lomo, French saucisson, Italian speck and celery root remoulade; Pulpo â€œa la Planchaâ€â€“-braised and griddled octopus with potatoes and spicy chorizo sausage; ProvenÃ§al Squash and Leek Soup; Griddled Tuna â€œMisticanza;â€ Fish in Crazy Water; Pan Roast Duck Breast with Apricots; Double-Cut Lamb Chops; Honey-Coated Calmyrna Figs and Whipped Mascarpone in a Pistachio Tuile; and Panna Cotta with Pineapples and Dark Rum Syrup.
While there is no additional charge for dining at Degrees which accommodates 90 guests, reservations are recommended. Degrees new dining concept is part of Windstarâ€™s previously announced next phase of its Degrees of Difference initiative, adding amenities and enhancements to its luxurious ships.
About David Shalleck
Chef David Shalleck is the founder of VOLOCHEFÂ® Culinary Solutions offering specialized services to the hospitality and media industries as well as private dining for special occasions and events. Shalleck has run the kitchens in noted restaurants and cooked for events in New York, San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Provence, and throughout many of Italyâ€™s famous regions. As a television culinary producer, he has worked alongside some of Americaâ€™s most celebrated chefs and hosts. Recent credits include the PBS series â€œMore Fast Food My Wayâ€ and â€œArtistâ€™s Tableâ€ with Jacques PÃ©pin, â€œMade in Spainâ€ with JosÃ© AndrÃ©s, â€œChefâ€™s Story at the French Culinary Institute,â€ and with Cat Cora on the Food Networkâ€™s â€œIron Chef America.â€
About Windstar Cruises
Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldâ€™s most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information including brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at www.windstarcruises.com.