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Windstar Cruises Partners with James Beard Foundation

Tuesday May 7, 2019

The cruise buffet is getting a makeover, thanks to small ship line Windstar Cruises, which is partnering with the James Beard Foundation for a series of culinary cruises in 2020.

All sailings are led by James Beard Foundation-recognized guest chefs, sommeliers and beverage experts with a passion for their destination. The six diverse cruise offerings will explore locavore cuisine on a country-immersive Croatia cruise; get a flavor for the rugged north of Alaska; discover the hidden gems of France, Spain, and Portugal's Atlantic coast; experience exotic cuisines of Indonesia and the Philippines; delight in the hidden harbors of the Caribbean; and introduce cruisers to the trend-setting foodie scene and wine regions of the U.S. West Coast.

The six newly announced cruises are scheduled to sail from January through November 2020, and range in length from 7 to 14 days.

Together, Windstar and the James Beard Foundation will curate genuine local culinary encounters while drawing attention to the work of the Beard Foundation network, which celebrates food and advocates for food sustainability.

"Our exclusive partnership with the James Beard Foundation has allowed us to enrich our culinary experiences giving our guests unparalleled access to the most cutting edge and accomplished culinarians in the industry," said Windstar President John Delaney. "Every evening, on every single sailing, our cruise guests enjoy destination-inspired JBF dishes created especially for Windstar by the James Beard guest chefs who have sailed with us. We have proudly hosted nearly three-dozen chefs, sommeliers, and beverage experts and counting. What is unique is that each one has a special connection to the places they are sailing, whether through food or family heritage, this creates powerful and inspiring personal experiences that our guests will never forget,"

James Beard Foundation President Clare Reichenbach commented, "We are so pleased to have Windstar's support of our mantra 'good food for good', which commits the James Beard Foundation to give culinary professionals the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone. The JBF Culinary Cruise Collection shines a light on these chefs and wine experts and highlights the important role that food plays in the culture and economies of each of the ports where Windstar sails, the world round."

Windstar also supports JBF's Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. A number of the guest chefs who have sailed with Windstar are alumni of the prestigious camp, a part of the James Beard Foundation's Impact Programs which are committed to establishing a more sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and thought leadership.

January 25, 2020 - James Beard Foundation: The Spanish Main: Rise of the New World
Colón to San Juan, 7 days aboard Star Pride

May 5, 2020 - James Beard Foundation: West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza
San Diego to Vancouver, 10 days aboard Star Breeze

June 8, 2020 - James Beard Foundation: Alaskan Splendors
Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage), 11 days aboard Star Breeze

September 19, 2020 - James Beard Foundation: Autumn on the Atlantic Coast
London to Lisbon, 10 days aboard Star Legend

October 16, 2020 - James Beard Foundation: Quintessential Croatia
Venice to Venice, 8 days aboard Wind Surf

November 2, 2020 - James Beard Foundation: Windstar Crew Hometowns: Philippines & Indonesia
Hong Kong to Bali, 14 days cruise aboard Star Breeze


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