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

General Itinerary: PFA to Barcelona with Ataula/Chesa 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, as of November, 2016. 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. The hotel is centrally located, and so we will head down to La Rambla and make our way to Suculent, where we will dine in a hidden private dining room for our first dinner.


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.

Then in the afternoon, you may partake in an optional tour of Barcelona, which will take you through the Gothic Quarter, up to Montjuic and entrance to the Segrada Familia. Or choose to simply relax and wait for our dinner at Louis 1856, a recently opened restaurant in the famed Moritz brewery. This is a beautiful, unusual restaurant where you will enjoy some of the best smoked salmon you’ve ever had, along with a roast pig that will knock your socks off.

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. We’ll meet later at one of Chef Jose’s faves.


Sep 24 – Day 5
Today is Le Merce Festival, a holiday in Spain, and so many places are closed. Take the day to stroll and see the sights when there’s less bustle in Barcelona. Perhaps a visit to the wonderful Picasso Museum. We can make some suggestions. Then we will meet for dinner at Taperia Lolita for some fun, delicious tapas. Maybe we will all head to The National afterward for drinks.

Sep 25– Day 6
We will have a unique activity planned for you, right now, we’re working on that. For dinner, we’ll knock off another Michelin star, Disfrutar, where three former chefs from El Bulli prepare some of the most unusual and tasty dishes you will ever have.

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, we are looking at Tickets, depending on when we know how many of you will be with us. It’s one of the hardest reservations to get in the world, but if we know soon enough, we will book it. If not there, someplace extraordinary for our grand finale dinner. 

Sept 27 – Day 8
AM: Adios! We will transport you to the Barcelona Airport (BCN), or you may continue your adventure on your own! We may have something up our sleeves for three days afterward. We will let you know if this is a possibility. 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 7/01/17. All payments made after 12/31/16 are non-refundable. Payments other than initial $500 deposit (fees added) 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), 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). EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UNTIL 12/31! LIMITED AVAILABILITY for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.


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