South American Culinary Stars Bring Authentic Sizzle to Crystal Wine & Food Cruise

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24: Guests on Crystal Symphony’s February 7 cruise will be treated to distinctly South American flavors, both on and off the ship. Sailing from Buenos Aires to Miami, Brazilian and Argentinean culinary and wine experts will spice up Crystal Cruises’ South American and Caribbean Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery itinerary with tastings, demos, and specially crafted menus. Crystal’s expert chefs will lead hands-on instruction and guests can opt for hands-on cooking lessons at a local Brazilian restaurant.

Setting the perfect scene for Latin cuisine are:

• Neriton Vasconcelos – Owner and head chef of The Galley, one of the most exclusive restaurants in Sao Paulo,
• Matias Kyriazis & Estefania di Benedetto – Owners and chefs at Paraje Arevalo in Buenos Aires, whose cuisine Travel + Leisure called “decadent” and “artful;” and
• Eugenio Jardim – A Brazilian native and wine expert, now the wine director at San Francisco’s Jardiniere with a reputation for seeking out unique and exciting vintages.
C• elebrated “Modern Mixologist” Tony Abou-Ganim mixes it up with onboard cocktail making sessions and tips and techniques on creating local concoctions.

“South America has such rich culinary history and culture, and we are thrilled to showcase the region with the techniques and specialties of these culinary talents,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage.

In 2011, Crystal Cruises’ expands the culinary scene in its Crystal Dining Room with Perfect Choice Dining and flexible Open Dining by Reservation, enabling guests to dine when and where they choose, in addition to the line’s classic main and late seating options. Warm and attentive service adds friendly sophistication, while regionally inspired cuisine turns a simple meal into an unforgettable event. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit