As Blogger-at-Large for Oceania Cruises, I’ve had the privilege of dining in each of the exquisite restaurants onboard the ships, and I can say we are not overstating our case when claiming to serve the finest cuisine at sea. Renowned as the cruise line for foodies, Oceania Cruises even features the only custom-built, hands-on cooking schools at sea: the Bon Appétit Culinary Centers onboard Marina and Riviera.
As if a typical voyage weren’t already an epicurean’s dream come true, Oceania Cruises also offers food and wine themed sailings hosted by some of the culinary world’s greatest luminaries. Guests are especially excited about the upcoming Bon Appétit Wine & Food Festival onboard Riviera that will sail from Athens on October 14.
Renowned culinary stars and wine experts from the Myriad Restaurant Group, including founder and celebrated restaurateur Drew Nieporent, will be onboard to dazzle guests with their expertise in food and wine. Over the last 26 years, Myriad has opened and operated over 35 restaurants in cities around the world, including Seattle, Louisville, Providence, Boca Raton, London, Moscow and New York.
Nieporent is perhaps most famous for partnering with celebrity restaurateurs such as Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Frances Ford Coppola to open some of the most recognized restaurants in the world, including Tribeca Grill, Nobu New York City, Rubicon and Corton. Recently, Nieporent was featured with chef-partner Paul Liebrandt on the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary, A Matter of Taste.
Joining Nieporent is Myriad Wine Director David Gordon, who will give a series of wine lectures and tastings for guests. As a young manager at Gotham Bar and Grill, Gordon was seduced by a bottle of Penfolds Grange and never looked back. He has created stellar wine lists for top restaurants in New York and across the country, including the list at Tribeca Grill, which has won Wine Spectator’s Grand Award every year since 2002. He frequently participates in the New York Times wine panel and produces and distributes his own wine under the Jeanne Marie and Bacchus labels.
Rounding out the events, Myriad Corporate Chef Ted Rozzi will lead a series of culinary demonstrations in the Riviera Lounge. Rozzi currently oversees the 400-seat Acela Club at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Rozzi has
spent time at New York hotspots The Waverly Inn and Crown and has worked with world-class chefs like Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud, Terrance Brennan at Picholine and Juan Mari Arzak of the famous Arzak in San Sebastián, Spain.
When asked about his upcoming voyage onboard Riviera, Nieporent responded that he was very much looking forward to it. “Oceania Cruises’ reputation for fine cuisine has intrigued me for quite some time, and my team and I are excited to be part of this special sailing. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and work with Oceania Cruises’ guests, as well as sample the food we’ve heard so much about.”
Guests onboard Riviera for this exciting sailing are certainly in for a treat. Please share your stories of the cruise with us here on the blog, and we’d love to see your photographs on our Facebook page.