Chef’s Tables: On Cruise Ships, Dining is Theater and Chefs are the Stars

Chef’s Tables: On Cruise Ships, Dining is Theater and Chefs are the Stars

As long buffet lines give way to more individualized dining experiences in smaller, specialty restaurants on ships, a growing number of cruise lines are adding chef’s tables as one more appetizing option. The term “chef’s table” suggests exclusivity — the ingredients, menu, setting, and intimacy of small group dining — as well as the expectation of doting attention from the chef and servers.

New to the Napa Valley? Five reasons to fall in love

New to the Napa Valley? Five reasons to fall in love

With its Mediterranean climate, Napa Valley in California is a congenial home to some 400 wineries. But the fertile vineyards and memorable wines of this region often overshadow its reputation as a mecca for sustainable foods and farm-to-table cuisine. The nation’s first agricultural preserve was established here in 1968, and farmers, ranchers and other local…