The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has launched a new culinary package that’s simply, well, out of this world. For a limited time, guests can enjoy a unique fusion of astronomy and gastronomy during the “Taste the Stars” program, a five-course tasting menu and guided stargazing experience.
The menu was developed by Executive Chef Mario Alcocer and the culinary team at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica in collaboration with Costa Rican-born astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz,
Over the course of a 25-year career as a NASA astronaut, Chang Díaz flew a world-record of seven space missions. His experiences in space taught him some of the challenges of eating and existing in space, including weightlessness, extreme temperatures and darkness. These factors and others were considered in developing the innovative new menu.
“The feeling of being in space is something you never forget,” says Franklin Chang Díaz, Chairman and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company. “Together with the chefs at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica we created a unique dining experience – Taste the Stars – providing people a way to experience the wonder of being in space without ever leaving Earth. I can’t think of a better place on the planet to dine under the stars than in Costa Rica.”
The Taste the Stars menu is flavored by Meteorito wine, made by astronomer and winemaker Ian Hutcheon at the Chilean space observatory Centro Astrononomica Tagua Tagua. The wine is aged with a 4.5 billion year old meteorite that crashed in the Chilean desert 6,000 years ago. It is used to create a flavorful sauce for the beef served as the fourth course of Taste the Stars at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica.
After enjoying luminescent cocktails and creative food courses in a gorgeous outdoor setting, Taste the Stars guests are led in a stargazing experience by an expert guide. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is situated in a location ideal for stargazing and also owns several high-powered telescopes including a Meade LX200 GPS that is used for Taste the Stars.
Costa Rica has been noted by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top places in the world to stargaze. The country is one of the few places above the Equator where Magellanic Clouds, two galaxies first identified by explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 1520s, are visible.
The Taste the Stars experience must be booked at least 72 hours in advance via the Concierge at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. The package starts from $195 for adults.