Explore a Collection of "Taste of Place" Experiences with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

New culinary and beverage-focused itineraries take locals and guests on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the local food scene
October 26, 2016,
Toronto, Canada

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts launches Taste of Place, a new global initiative that features a curated collection of immersive culinary and beverage experiences, available only through Four Seasons, that invites guests and local gourmands to step “behind-the-scenes,” and take a look at diverse local culinary practices, traditions and experiences.

Participating properties worldwide have created comprehensive itineraries that will explore uncharted aspects of the local food culture, building on the personal relationships and intimate connections between Four Seasons and local food vendors, farmers, butchers, distillers and mixologists. The exclusive experiences range from private tours of regional breweries and vineyards to deep sea fishing excursions and farm-to-bar mixology classes. In addition, several curated itineraries will immerse guests in progressive dining experiences that unfold in unique settings with remarkable views of the natural landscape.

Those with an appetite for exploratory eating and drinking will find an endless array of choices across the different curated experiences, including the following:

  • High Altitude Dining – From Glacial Peak Aperitifs to a Panoramic Mountain View (Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler): Guests are whisked away via helicopter to the Pemberton Icecap, where they can explore a 12,000-year old labyrinth of chambers bathed in natural light. After gathering pure glacier ice to use in a cocktail mixology class, the Resort’s lead mixologist will create signature specialties for all participants to enjoy while taking in the beauty of Whistler’s mountain peaks. Following cocktail hour, guests get one last look at the stunning alpine scenery on a final helicopter ride before being escorted to Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. The evening ends with sweeping panoramic views and a memorable dinner boasting locally sourced ingredients and premium cuts, with each dish paired with custom cocktails.
  • Ojai Olive Oil Experience (Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village): Experience a one-of-a-kind educational tour and dining experience in collaboration with Ojai Olive Oil Company, a local boutique olive oil company that produces some of the best olive oil in California. Guests will visit the Ojai olive orchard while learning the history of olive oil production and how it started in the 1700s in California, followed by a four-course olive oil-centric dinner at the Ojai Olive Ranch, along with wine pairings from local Malibu Coast vineyards.
  • Premium Cocktail Tour with Mexico’s #1 Mixologist (Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, DF): Journey through the culturally rich streets of Mexico City with Mica Rousseau, the number one bartender in Mexico (winner of the 2016 World Class Mexico Competition). Mica guides guests through four of the best bars in the world to sip on contemporary cocktails and mixed drink products exclusive to Mexico City and Four Seasons, such as Mezcal Four Fifty. Experience the best of the local bar scene through the eyes of an expert, all in just one night.
  • A Taste of Island Life (Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea): After an exhilarating helicopter tour over rainforest peaks and the island's famous dormant volcano, Haleakala, guests touch down on Hana Ranch for an expertly guided behind-the scenes tour to forage for fresh herbs and vegetables. As lunch is prepared using the day’s bounty, guests embark on a waterfall hike, a horseback ride or an outrigger canoe excursion. Return for a proper feast, served in the ranch’s picturesque farmhouse, accompanied by a bottle of wine hand-selected by a Four Seasons sommelier to complement Maui’s freshest flavours.

Taste of Place joins an already extensive portfolio of Four Seasons culinary innovations, including the recently-launched Culinary Discoveries itinerary onboard the Four Seasons Private Jet. This new itinerary, developed in partnership with René Redzepi and the Noma team, is a once–in-a-lifetime cross-continental culinary journey through the finest kitchens, freshest markets and most exquisite dining experiences in the world.  

Taste of Place offerings will be available from October 2016 through October 2017 with varying start dates and pricing; visit FS Magazine for a list of participating properties and details on their itineraries and follow the #TasteofPlace hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.


Sarah Tuite
Director, Corporate Communications and Public Relations
1165 Leslie Street
Toronto, Ontario M3C 2K8