Fundraising makes Lorena Ochoa and Craig “The Walrus” Stadler Feel Great.

“This year’s event was the best yet with a record number of participants, special guest Top Model Alexandra Ambrosio, the first American Express Platinum House in Mexico and most important we raised over $90,000 for our charities», says Carl Emberson of Punta Mita.

Punta Mita Resort, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the 8th annual American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf event from November 29 to December 2, 2018. As part of event tradition, an online auction raised $91,703.00 to benefit the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and the Punta Mita Hospital Foundation. The Lorena Ochoa Foundation raises funds for children and teenagers with social and economic disadvantages. In total, Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf has raised over USD $500,000 for a variety of charities in its eight impactful years.

Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf drew over 450 guests over four days of exceptional culinary experiences with more than 20 featured chefs, innovative mixology featuring tequila and mezcal, wine tasting programs, and epic golfing on two signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses. The event’s three main features – food, spirits and golf – were beautifully featured throughout the gated, iconic beach resort community just 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta.

The two-day Punta Mita Cup festivities kicked off on Thursday, November 29th with Mexico’s most famed golfer, Lorena Ochoa, considered the best Mexican golfer of all time, who faced off against Craig “The Walrus” Stadler, for the traditional Punta Mita Golf Challenge. Participants were then treated to an inaugural cocktail party at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort presented by Aeroméxico-Delta Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the event. The resort’s talented culinary team, together with guest chefs John Signorelli from The St. Regis Houston, Erik Guerrero from DOS Restaurant in Veracruz and Alex Branch from Hakasana Group in Los Cabos, welcomed guests with an array of culinary delights, along with mixologists creating signature cocktails from Grey Goose and Tequila Patrón.

On Friday the 30th, 200 golfers played Punta Mita’s two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, overlooking Banderas Bay, while non-golfers enjoyed culinary experiences from chefs Abraham Salum, Alfredo Villanueva, Leslie Durso in beautiful settings throughout Punta Mita. In addition, guests enjoyed the American Express Platinum House®, an exclusive space for wine tastings and cooking classes in American Express style. In the evening, guest chefs Antonio de Livier, Andrew Ormsby, Atzin Santos, Angel Vázquez, Betty Vázquez, Alexander Branch and Erik Guerrero delighted with exquisite menus in their own unique styles.

“Day Two” of the tournament continued with more food, drink and play on the Pacifico and Bahia courses. The golf tournament concluded with the Tequila Patrón Cup Prizegiving Luncheon on Saturday, December 1. This year winners included: Juan Rosales and David Rosales in the men’s division, Lisa Mahoney and Katie Hollern in the women’s category, and Ricardo Escamilla and Lucero Rosales in the mixed set. Each were awarded with exquisite pieces of art glass hand-made by Studio Orfeo Quagliata.

This year’s 8th edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf featured the destination’s most celebrated resident chefs: Pato Pérsico, Executive Chef Punta Mita Beach Clubs; Jorge González, Executive Chef, Esther Sánchez, Chef Aramara Restaurant, Sandra Herrera, Chef Bahía Restaurant, from the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita culinary team. Participating chefs from The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort include Manuel Peruyero, Executive Chef, Sous-Executive Chef Angelina Ramos, Tamsy Guillen, Pastry Chef, Miguel Soltero, Sous-Chef Carolina Restaurant, Julio Curiel, Chef Sea Breeze and Mita Mary Boat Bistro.

Additional guests included these renowned Mexican and North-American chefs:

  •     Alex Branch- Chef of Hakasana Group, Los Cabos 
  •     Alfredo Villanueva- Chef-Owner Restaurant Romero Y Azahar, Monterrey
  •     Ángel Vazquez- Chef-Owner Restaurante Intro, Puebla
  •     Antonio de Livier- Chef Restaurante Ánimo, Mexico City
  •     Leslie Durso-Vegan chef and healthy lifestyle educator
  •     Atzin Santos- Chef and Partner Restaurante Atalaya, Mexico City
  •     Yasuo Asai- Chef-Owner Asai Kaiseki Cuisine, Mexico City
  •     Betty Vázquez- Chef Garza Canela and Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador
  •     Erik Guerrero- Chef Restaurante DOS, Veracruz 
  •     Alondra Maldonado- author of Flavors of Nayarit 
  •     Abraham Salum- Chef Salum Restaurant, Dallas 
  •     Andrew Ormsby- owner of Ormsby Catering, Dallas 
  •     John Signorelli- Chef at The St. Regis, Houston 
  •     Pedro Abascal- PRIMO Restaurant, Playa del Carmen 
  •     Sergio Chávez- CACHALOTE, Seafood bistró, Common Pizza, INÉS Cocina de Barrio and La Veleta by DLGR.

Punta Mita thanks the sponsors of the 8th edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf: American Express, Tequila Patrón, Chubb Insurance, Grey Goose, Aeroméxico-Delta Airlines, Las Marietas, Monte Xanic, Bocanegra Beer, Golf Digest, Golf Channel Latam, Adidas, TaylorMade

About The Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic 
The American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic marries the sophisticated worlds of culinary excellence and championship golf in one of the most beautiful and attractive destinations in the world: Punta Mita. Hosted by The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic invites guests to experience an unparalleled four-day extravaganza featuring the best of local and international cuisine, phenomenal wine, festive gatherings and world-class golf within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit. This lavish event of culture and sport brings together esteemed chefs, famed sommeliers, wine experts, tequila masters and epicurean personalities from around the globe, who congregate to showcase their exceptional talents while guests compete in The Punta Mita Cup, a two-day golf tournament on the property’s prestigious Jack Nicklaus golf courses.