Emerald Waterways Partners With Chef Michael Bonacini On Portugal Culinary Adventure

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Chef Michael Bonacini

For the third year running, Emerald Waterways is pleased to announce a partnership with acclaimed Canadian chef Michael Bonacini for an Emerald Waterways river cruise, this time on Portugal’s enchanting Douro River.

The eight-day sailing trip aboard the 112-passenger Emerald Radiance departs Porto on 8AUG, 2020 and sails through the Douro River Valley—an ideal backdrop to experience Portugal’s rich cultural and culinary offerings with Chef Bonacini as the special guest host. 

During the sailing, guests will be treated to exclusive culinary experiences with Chef Bonacini, including a Portuguese-inspired dinner onboard created especially for this cruise; a private cocktail reception; shopping for local specialties at a farmers’ market in Salamanca; a live cooking demonstration and more. Additionally, two lucky guests on this sailing will be entered to win the chance to cook alongside the Chef. 

“I’m thrilled to be joining Emerald Waterways and my fellow travellers on this once-in-a-lifetime foodie experience,” said Chef Bonacini. “Portugal has established itself a one of the world’s top culinary destinations, and it feels fitting that we will have the opportunity to enjoy the region’s fresh and flavourful seafood as we sail through the Douro River.”

Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is the co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, which operates 26 restaurants across Canada including Canoe, Jump, Maison Selby, Bar George and Braven. 

Born and raised in Tenby, South Wales, Chef Bonacini was classically trained under Chef Anton Mosimann at London’s Dorchester Hotel. After emigrating to Canada in 1985, he partnered with veteran restaurateur Peter Oliver to open Jump in 1993, followed by Canoe in 1995.  

To sweeten the deal, each guest who books their spot on this special departure by March 31, 2020 will receive free round-trip airfare to Porto or $1,000 off the price of the cruise. Additionally, guests who book by 11JAN will receive a complimentary drinks package valued at $250 per couple.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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