As part of its annual Flavors of the World campaign, Omni Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Wines of Chile to bring Chilean food, drink and culture to the guest experience.
In addition to a Chilean dinner menu paired with wines from the region, Omni will also feature two signature cocktails made from Chile’s Capel pisco.
To ensure the offering is authentic, Omni sent its chefs to Chile this past June for a three-day training in Chilean cuisine and cooking techniques at the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio.
Then in September, 30 Omni food and beverage directors from properties across the U.S traveled to Chile. They spent a week tasting wines in multiple regions and engaging with winemakers for a comprehensive wine education and exploration of varietal pairings.
The hotel chain’s Destinación Chile! menu offers traditional Chilean fare including empanadas and choritos (spicy steamed mussels), as well as specialties such as Costillar con Pure Picante (pork ribs cooked slowly in beer and palm honey with potato puree, smoked Chilean chili pepper, $23); and Bacalao con Tomaticán (seared sea bass with braised tomato, yellow corn, cilantro salad, $35). The Chilean desserts ($7) include tres leches cake and arroz con leche.
Each participating hotel will feature eight to 11 Chilean wines in its bars and restaurants throughout the promotion. Wines represented on the menu include Apaltagua, Los Vascos, Montes and Vina Cono Sur. Prices range from $9 per 6-oz. glass (many selections are also available in a 9-oz. pour) to $38 a bottle.
Hotel guests can also book the ¡Destinación Chile! package, which includes deluxe room accommodations, a bottle of Chilean wine, the traditional Chilean spice merquen, and an empanada recipe card. Omni’s Wines of Chile promotion, which began in October, runs through Dec. 31.