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The VII Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic A Resounding Success


White sand beaches, the Pacific Ocean and an exuberant tropical flora served as the backdrop for the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic that took place from November 30ththrough December 3rd.
For four days, prestigious chefs, sommeliers, world-class golfers and special guests joined together in Punta Mita, one of the most beautiful spots in the Riviera Nayarit, to make this event an unforgettable experience that revolved around the best of local and international cuisine.

DINE, master developer for Punta Mita, together with The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), received over 400 guests, 20 chefs and sommeliers, who were in charge of wowing the guests with an ample offer of gourmet experiences. During two days there were also 160 golfers on Punta Mita’s Signature Bahía and Pacífico courses, designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Carl Emberson, Marketing and Operations Director, extended his thanks on behalf of Punta Mita to sponsors and attendees for participating in another successful edition of this event, synonymous with integration and community, and set against the spectacular scenery offered by the Riviera Nayarit.

“We are moved by the excellent response and we continue to work daily so the destination explores new horizons every year in order to surprise everyone, from the sybarite traveler to the guest who seeks a unique experience. We’re very grateful to our associates for making this edition a complete success and continuing to allow us to show the world how much we have to offer in this great destination that is the Riviera Nayarit.”

Meanwhile, Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), reiterated that golf and gastronomy are two key pillars of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, and this event serves to reaffirm their commitment to working diligently towards the objective of attracting more and better tourists to the destination.

“We are very pleased to be a part of this seventh edition of the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, a wonderful combination of luxury, exquisite cuisine and world-class golf courses, not to mention excellent service, all of which represents the essence of the Riviera Nayarit,” he added.

Golf and Gastronomy

The celebration began on Thursday, November 30th with the Punta Mita Golf Challenge presented by Golf Digest magazine at the Punta Mita Golf Club, where special guests and sports legends Lorena Ochoa, from Mexico, and Craig “The Walrus” Stadler delighted the attendees with a golf talk.
Afterwards, Aeroméxico and Delta Airlines—the official airlines for the event—hosted a cocktail to formally inaugurate the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita’s Playa Las Cuevas.

On Friday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd the more than 160 players competed for the American Express Golf Cup on the Pacífico and Bahía courses. While the golfers enjoyed the game, the non-golfers relished a gourmet lunch presented by Chubb Insurance at the Kupuri Beach Club.
On Friday night there were several dinners held with international chefs at the Resident’s Beach Club and several resorts including the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Villa Palmasola.

In closing, Travel & Leisure magazine offered a gala dinner on Saturday, December 2nd at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort with the participation of chefs Miguel Navarro and Erick Guerrero, from the sustainability-focused DOS restaurant; and Joaquín Cardoso, chef at the Restaurante Carlota in Mexico City. Executive Chef Manuel Peruyero and his culinary team, who presented the “Mexico Cuisine Collection,” were also there.

As a grand finale, the Riviera Nayarit offered a Farewell Brunch on Sunday, December 3rdprepared by resident Punta Mita chef, Pato Pérsico, and guest chefs Betty Vázquez and Marco Valdivia, chef at the Emiliano Cocina y Vino restaurant in Tepic, selected by the Guía de México Gastronómico as one of the top 120 restaurants in the country.

Sponsors of the event included American Express, Aeroméxico, Delta Airlines and Chubb Insurance as official partners, as well as brands TaylorMade, Las Marietas Punta Mita, Tequila Patrón, The Singleton, Johnnie Walker Green Label, Zacapa, Tanqueray, Casa Madero, Monte Xanic, Veuve Clicquot, and Punta Mita Expeditions, among others.

Event with a cause
The American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic continues to lend its support to theAyudar es Posible Foundation established by ex-professional golfer and event ambassador, Lorena Ochoa. The foundation helps children with limited resources via educational programs, sports, and presentations on health and self-esteem.

The charity raffle will continue open online through December 10th; interested parties can click below to bid on luxury products as well as stays at the St. Regis and Four Seasons hotels around the world.

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