Weekly cooking classes at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba start with organic harvesting

Weekly cooking classes at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba start with organic harvesting
November 6, 2018 Bradley Cox

Memorable culinary encounters are always high on the experience menu at Green Globe certified Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba, so the beach resort’s new three-in-one ‘Organic Garden Treat’ is bound to excite food lovers.

As part of the initiative, guests will be able to pick a variety of fresh, seasonal produce from the resort’s organic garden, use them in a cooking class, and enjoy the end result as part of a meal.

Alongside tomatoes, eggplants, corn, radishes, marrows and watercress, the organic garden is also home to mint, rosemary, basil, green chilli pepper, okra, peppermint, sunflowers, oregano, lemongrass, sage and molokhia, a nutritious super-green vegetable from the Middle East.

Jordanian Chef Waleed Sara, who has been cooking up delicious fare at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba since it first opened, then guides guests in the garden’s pop-up kitchen.

The harvested ingredients are combined with other produce to create authentic Jordanian dishes such as kofta with tomato, monzaleh (eggplant with meat), okra stew, sawani (a traditional Jordanian casserole) and galayet bandora (pan of tomatoes) as well as chef favourite maqloubeh, a hot dish with meat, rice and vegetables.

Different dishes are cooked each week and other recipes include lemongrass soup, sunflower bread, sweet corn soup, fattoush salad and ratatouille. The cooked meal is served outdoors in the organic garden.

“Enjoying wonderful cuisine made from fresh, local produce is a holiday highlight many people look forward to. In this initiative, we have also included an immersive involvement so the meal becomes part of a much bigger culinary experience. It’s fun, positive and rewarding, and we’re really excited to offer this first-in-the-area activity to our guests,” said Dan Benzaquen, General Manager.

The ‘Organic Garden Treat’ is offered every Tuesday morning at 11.00 for a minimal price of JOD 15 per person, subject to at least four people participating. Different dishes will be featured each week.

The Green Globe-certified Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba features eight restaurants, swimming pools, a spa, dive centre and complimentary shuttles. Rooms and suites with balconies or terraces overlook the Red Sea, pools, and Aqaba’s mountains.

About Mövenpick
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts makes moments by doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way. Providing an upscale, relaxed and uncomplicated guest experience, Mövenpick recognises that small gestures make a big difference. Whether it is chocolate hour every afternoon, customised sleep technology to ensure a restful night or specially created fun and healthy kids’ menus, Mövenpick creates a human and warm environment for guests, business partners and employees. Committed to sustainable practices and caring for its local communities, Mövenpick is the most Green Globe certified hotel brand in the world. Founded in Switzerland in 1973, but with a heritage of food and beverage excellence stretching back to the 1940s, Mövenpick holds a growing portfolio of more than 80 hotels in 24 countries. Mövenpick is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travellers to feel welcome at more than 4,500 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.