General Itinerary: PFA to Barcelona with Ataula Chef Jose Chesa, Sept 2017

General Itinerary: PFA to Barcelona with Ataula Chef Jose Chesa, Sept 2017

Portland Food Adventures in BARCELONA

with Chef Jose Chesa

Sept 20-27, 2017


This is a general itinerary to give you a flavor for this wonderful trip with one of Portland’s most beloved chefs, Jose Chesa, updated to reflect new experiences as of July 18, 2017.  Jose and PFA are dedicated to providing the best experience possible. So as we progress, the restaurants and events are the ones Jose has chosen that he wants you to experience, but are subject to change. Subscribe to the PFA mailing list to make sure to be updated.

To get more information, or book your spaces, please call Chris Angelus at 503-395-5900 for serious inquiries, or email

$5495/pp Double Occupancy / $800 single supplement (see deposit and payment details below)

Sep 20 – Day 1

Arrive in Barcelona. We suggest arriving before 3pm so you don’t miss out on our welcome reception at the hotel at 6pm. If you would like to arrive the day before, please let us know. We can arrange extra days on either end of your PFA trip. A driver will pick you up at the airport and you’ll arrive at the H10 Urquinaona Plaza Hotel. We stayed there on our first PFA trip two years ago and our guests loved it.
Once you’re settled, we will convene outside on the patio for a welcome reception with Chef Jose and your host Chris Angelus.


Then we will walk to dinner through the streets of Barcelona.  We have a special treat in store for our first night–dinner at Tickets Bar.  This is one of Barcelona’s most popular restaurants, operated by Albert Adria, who of course worked with his brother Ferran Adria at El Bulli, for years noted as the best restaurant in the world.



 Sep 21 – Day 2

We’ll start the day with a walk to The Boqueria, where Chef Jose will talk about the fresh fish he loves so much, and of course the jamon. We’ll grab a bite at one of our favored bars there.

This will be an open afternoon to get to know Barcelona.   Some of our guests will be going to Enigma, Barcelona’s newest, hottest restaurant.  (Enigma option is SOLD OUT).  The rest of us will have a small intimate dinner at a great Barcelona restaurant.

Sep 22 – Day 3

Today is a day that Chef Jose cherishes more than any other; a venture an hour northeast of Barcelona through the countryside to a place where Jose worked long ago with one of his early mentors, Can Jubany. We’ll have what many called the best meal of their lives on our first trip to Barcelona. We will meet Chef Nandu Jubany and his family, and tour the farm that supplies the produce for many of the dishes you’ll savor. After a long meal, we will return and your evening is free to digest what just took place.

Sep 23 – Day 4

Today, we will start our morning for a delightful casual meal at The Boqueria. Chef Jose will choose his favorites from Bar Pinotxo for you, including some of the xuccos what were the inspiration for the sweet delights he serves at his own 180 in Portland. Then we will stay in the Boqeria and retreat to a private space overlooking La Rambla, where we will meat one of Barcelona’s favorite chefs, Oscar Manresa. He will escort us back down to the market and we will shop with him in preparation for a demonstration and lunch he will prepare for us. See something interesting that you’ve never had before? He may just buy some and prepare it for you. Then it’s off to a classic in Spain, a master class featuring Iberico jamon, with wine pairings.   For dinner, we’ll enjoy a very special experience of incredible food, this time paired with sake.

Sep 24 – Day 5

Today is Le Merce Festival, a holiday in Spain, and so many places are closed. Plan a leisurely stroll down on your way to the sea, where will have a fabulous lunch featuring numerous paellas.   The evening is open for you to relax.  We can make some suggestions, of course.


Sep 25– Day 6

You’ll have the afternoon open today to do as you wish.   We’ll meet for dinner at a fun, more casual restaurant, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be delicious–a find of Jose’s that he can’t want to share with you.

Sep 26 – Day 7

Did we save the best for last? We think every day is the best, but this one will stand out. Let’s meet at one of the famed bars in Barcelona, Quimet y Quimet, to enjoy some tapas and bubbles. It’s on every list of the best places to go in BCN. For dinner, again, one of the hardest to get into restaurants in Barcelona, one that’s come into its own since three former El Bulli chefs opened it two years ago, Disfrutar, already earning a Michelin star.  The food here is inventive, fun and the atmosphere is modern and clean.  A great way to finish up a week of incredible dining!

Sept 27 – Day 8
AM: Adios! We will transport you to the Barcelona Airport (BCN), or you may continue your adventure on your own!

Also, we have another PFA with Chef Rick Gencarelli beginning in Florence, Italy on 10/1. You are welcome to join us there!

* Itinerary subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, activities may change so that we can provide you with the best trip possible.

$5495/pp Double Occupancy / $800 single supplement (see deposit and payment details below)

50% due upon reservation. Then, balance of full cost of trip due by 8/01/17. All payments made after 12/31/16 are non-refundable. Payments may be made by check only.

Our trips include accommodations in a beautiful, 4-Star hotels, hotel taxes, buffet breakfast, all transfers to and from the airport, all dining experiences cited in itinerary, a welcome lunch in Portland to meet your fellow travelers ahead of time, and transportation to our excursions away from the city. They do NOT include airfare or trip insurance (can be purchased online, and we strongly urge you to do so.), tips, mini-bar, incidentals and personal expenses.

We can help you with excursions before, during and after as well.

Ready? Contact or call 503 395-5900 to get more info or to book your spot(s).

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