Every Sunday, beginning at two o’clock in the afternoon, the chefs at Garza Blanca Preserve prepare a delicious Paella Festival for guests and members staying at the resort. The festival, which takes place by the main pool next to the beach, gives everyone the opportunity to witness the creativity and expertise of the chefs as they create their culinary masterpieces.
Traditionally, paella is a Spanish rice dish that combines the flavors of Spain’s two main cultures, the Roman and the Arab. The delicious mixture of rice, vegetables and meats came about during the times of the Moorish Kings who would allow their servants to dine off the scraps that were leftover from their royal feasts. As the servants prepared a dish to take home to their families, they would often mix the leftover ingredients, unaware that they were creating a meal that would become a legend and a delicacy throughout Spain and the rest of the world.
Nowadays, chefs all over the world prepare various forms of the original paella dish, adding a variety of fresh ingredients and their own special twists. At Garza Blanca, the chefs work their magic as they create three different types of paella for guests to try. The first, a medley of delicious meats, hand selected and mixed to perfection, another containing various fresh seafood and finally, a vegetarian option for those who prefer a lighter meal.
Although Garza Blanca’s restaurants still offer a full menu, the Paella Festival gives members and guests a chance to try something different without ever having to leave the pool area. This unique opportunity to indulge in one of Spain’s most iconic dishes is just one of the many ways in which Garza Blanca honors the culinary arts.