Innovative dining for jaded palates

There are some delicious and innovative options cropping up for savvy diners, who aren’t only looking for a great meal, but also an experience and a connection with a destination:

Chef’s garden tours – The Otahuna Lodge in New Zealand grows virtually all its fruits and vegetables from heritage and indigenous seed lines from the late 1800’s. Guests can join the resort’s chef in a pick-it-yourself garden tour, where they can forage for mushrooms, dig up beets and pluck fresh rosemary for group cooking demonstrations and individual cooking classes.

Interactive dining – Chef’s table with a twist. Want to really impress that special someone with your culinary skills and a romantic meal? Then arrange a ‘Men in White’ evening at Las Ventanas. Dressed in your chef’s whites, you too can cook a gourmet meal for two under the guidance of Executive Chef Fabrice Guisset, in an outdoor kitchen surrounded by the resort’s aromatic herb garden. Your guest for the evening is escorted to the garden by a butler and served champagne as you complete the dinner, and then you dine together under a palapa in candlelight.

Offbeat venues – (If you are afraid of heights, stop reading now) Upping the ante is a “restaurant” (of sorts), called Dinner in the Sky which hosts VIP tables and gourmet meals for savvy diners, who are suspended by a crane at a height of 165 feet in the air, with breathtaking views of Paris, Brussels or Dubai. Musical entertainment can be dangled nearby.

By: Chelsea Orth, KWE group


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