Windstar Cruises Named Official Cruise Line of James Beard Foundation

The culinary partnership expands upon last year's three limited-edition, food-and-wine-focused sailings By: Valerie Chen
Windstar will offer special James Beard cruises starting in May. // © 2017 iStock
Windstar will offer special James Beard cruises starting in May. // © 2017 iStock

The Details

James Beard Foundation

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises has been named the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation (JBF), a nonprofit organization that advocates for chefs, as well as for sustainability in America’s food culture. The exclusive partnership will include the James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection, launching in May, in addition to food demonstrations and menu inclusion of JBF recipes onboard all sailings, starting this summer.

Why It Matters:
The announcement follows the success of Windstar’s three limited-edition, culinary-focused sailings hosted by JBF chefs in 2016. These inaugural sailings were so well-received by agents and clients alike that the partnership has been expanded to include a sailing each month through the end of 2017. The desire for quality in onboard culinary experiences is stronger than ever, and this lauded partnership is a step in the right direction.

Fast Facts:
- Windstar will act as a sponsor for multiple James Beard Foundation events, including the 2017 James Beard Awards in Chicago; the JBF Celebrity Chef Tour; Chefs and Champagne; and the JBF’s Taste American events.

- Renowned chef Hugh Acheson, current “Top Chef” judge and winner of multiple JBF awards, will lead the James Beard Foundation Epicurean Explorations of France, Spain, and Portugal sailing on Aug. 15, 2017. Sommelier Steven Grubbs will also be onboard.

What They Are Saying:
“Our partnership as the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation solidifies our goal to support culinary excellence and innovation, and be the world's best small ship cruise line in everything that we do,” said John Delaney, president of Windstar. “We're thrilled to offer our guests exclusive access to the Foundation's diverse roster of award-winning chefs and cross-cultural culinary leaders who will help chart a course for extraordinary new menu offerings and dining experiences featured daily across our fleet wherever we sail in the world.”

“The James Beard Foundation welcomes unique opportunities to celebrate the chefs, writers and restaurateurs who advance both American and international culinary arts,” said Susan Ungaro, president of JBF. “This Windstar partnership’s emphasis on innovation, superior service, intimate ambiance and the unique style of small ship cruising offers distinctive epicurean experiences while enjoying the cultures of France, Spain and Portugal.”

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