Culinary Weekend

February 18th-21st, 2016

Culinary Weekend with Chef Sam Talbot

Chef Sam Talbot

Rancho Santana and its fawned-over, fresh, fine dining restaurant, La Finca y el Mar, are looking forward to welcoming Chef Sam Talbot for their next installment of A Culinary Weekend. The event series launched as an informal and intimate gathering of foodies from near and far to reap the tasty benefits while a Michelin star or James Beard caliber chef is introduced to the Southwest Pacific.

Just last September, Angie Mar of New York’s The Beatrice Inn took a stab at Nicaraguan fare with a bit of her own flare. Over three days, the Chopped Grill Masters Champion – known best for her mastery of meaty treats like her dry aged burger, a milk braised pork shoulder, and her signature oxtail – indulged guests with spitfire pig roast, shared some of her secrets and skills in a demonstration, and produced a five course formal affair for her grand finale.

For his three day fête, Talbot plans to take a very different approach which should be no surprise to those that have followed his career from Top Chef to Surf Lodge, from Imperial No. Nine to his current kitchen at Pig + Poet.

With a resume that includes Chef, Author, Philanthropist, Model, and Television Personality, his energy is impressive but also infectious. Though his schedule of events for the weekend is still coming together, all of Sam’s ideas [and he has a lot of them, including a private fishing trip, and beach party to follow] – involve interaction with his guests. Rancho Santana Food & Beverage Director, Brian Block says Talbot is adamant about curating each of his events in a way that will truly touch people, whether that means showing them a good time with incredible food and drink, or changing the way they look at food and nourishment.

Diagnosed at a young age with Type 1 Diabetes, Sam has a unique perspective on how to properly feed and nourish the body which has become the driving force in all of his projects and has put him at the forefront of the sustainable living movement. He and his foundation BEYOND TYPE 1, a non-profit organization focusing on inspiring the Diabetic community which has a growing presence in Central America, have also scheduled a visit with a local children’s organization to spread awareness about diabetes and to help educate young people on the connection between the way we eat and the way we live.

And despite this being his first visit to Nicaragua, Block has a hunch that Chef Talbot will feel right at home.

“What excites us most about this Culinary Weekend and collaborating with Sam is our shared passion, excitement and appreciation for food and life, and their undeniable impact on one another. He just wants to make some good friends, and great food, do some good, and have a lot of fun in the process. It’s a simple plan, and just our style.”

Learn more about the teams behind this collaboration here:
Chef Sam Talbot
Beyond Type 1
La Finca y el Mar

Schedule of Events & Sneak Peek of the Menus
(Pricing does not include tax and gratuity.)


Thursday, February 18
“Today’s Catch” Taco Beach Party
6pm – 9pm
The Beach & Surf Club at Playa Los Perros
$40 includes food, drink (alcohol included), and a visit and beer from the guys behind Campo Brew Co..
Chef Talbot is partnering with the team at la taqueria to deliver a taco beach party – one part Nica, one part Pretty Southern , his newest restaurant opening in Spring 2016 which takes a fresh and healthful approach to signature Southern fare. Together we’ll be cooking up a variety of tacos using the fresh fish Sam reels in himself, other locally sourced proteins including chicken and beef from our own farm, and veg straight from our garden to your taste buds.


Friday, February 19
A Savory Sunset & Tapas Showdown
5pm – 7pm
The Pool House at Playa Rosada
Our compliments! Come enjoy tapas, a specialty cocktail, beer, and a killer sunset on Playa Rosada.
One has turned foodie heads in New York, Montauk and Maine with his fresh and progressive approach to sustainable sustenance. The other is a Canadian culinary whiz kid turned Southwest Pacific palette pleaser. We’re always up for something new, so why not have them go toe to toe in a Tapas tasting and showdown? Join us at The Pool House at Playa Rosada to taste each of their creations, get their recipes and learn a few skills from Chefs Sam Talbot and Adam Bannerman.


Saturday, February 20
A Taste of The Good Life
Cocktail hour at 7pm, Dinner at 8pm
La Finca y el Mar
$65 includes a sunset cocktail hour and dinner.
For Saturday, Chef Talbot has decided to table the formal five-course format and instead create an evening Inspired by the laidback lifestyle and close-knit culture of the ranch. The night will begin with a sunset cocktail hour gathering in the Courtyard at The Clubhouse. Sam will pair wines with a selection of his favorite local discoveries in small bite portions before inviting everyone to the dining room of La Finca y el Mar to share a family-style meal featuring Talbot’s already buzzed about and scrumptiously wholesome fried chicken recipe from Pretty Southern.


Sunday, February 21
Easy Like Sunday Morning
10am – 2pm
La Finca y el Mar
$15 includes a special Sunday brunch inspired by Chef Talbot’s first experience here at the ranch, complimented with a mimosa.
Rancho Santana, Nicaragua
Rancho Santana offers a variety of distinctive coastal accommodations including a 17-room inn and a collection of Oceanside homes.  Though affectionately referred to as “the ranch,” it is perhaps best known for its five unique beaches making up over two miles of shoreline along the country’s serene Pacific coast.  The land stretches over 2,700 remarkable acres ranging from valleys to rolling hills, from tropical dry forests to awe-inspiring elevations.  Its rugged nature is certainly celebrated, but the ranch’s world class food and beverage, services and amenities make it perfectly suited for leisurely sunbathing and stargazing.  Guests seeking activity and adventure are enticed by its renowned surf breaks, riding stables, and hiking paths.  Like the sea turtles and spider monkeys, some guests feel particularly at home on “the ranch” – and for them, a limited number of private lots enter its Real Estate portfolio on an annual basis. Rancho Santana is privately owned and operated under Tola Development Corp.