Resort Deals: Haute cuisine is the bonus at these popular resorts

(NC) - Club Med, kingpin of the all-inclusive, is highlighting food and wine as its raison d'ĂȘtre.
There are 80 Club Med villages worldwide-from the Caribbean islands and Mexico to Africa and French Polynesia-and at all of them, great dining ranks equally with their founding reputation for superior beaches, swimming pools, lessons in sailing, windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, tennis, golf, cycling, fitness classes, dance lessons, wall climbing, power walking, and even the chance to fly on a trapeze at the circus school.
From time to time as well, special events are scheduled.
On specified dates this fall, for example, if you choose the Mexico resorts of either Ixtapa Pacific or Cancun Yucatan, your daily activities will include cooking and tasting demonstrations, sommeliers and drink mixologists, plus signature four-course dinners prepared by renowned chefs from around the world. Here's the scoop:

Ixtapa Pacific

October 4 - 11, 2008

The Food & Wine Festival here will feature chefs from, among others: Oceanair, French Bakery (Miami); Dean & Duluca (Washington, D.C.); Commerce, Brasserie (New York City); Johnny V's (Ft. Lauderdale); Twin City Quarter (Winston Salem); One Sixty Blue, (Chicago); and a celebrity chef from network television's, Pressure Cook.

Cancun Yucatan

November 15 - 22, 2008

The Food & Wine Festival here will feature chefs from, among others: Pascal's, Azul, Mediterasia, Escopazzo, Ortanique (Miami); Los Daddos, Food Four Studio, Dessert Studio (New York City); Bimini Bay, Sonoma's Syrah (Bahamas); Moon Fish (Orlando); VOGA in the Flamingo (Las Vegas); and Quince (Chicago).

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