Apr. 23rd, 2014

The American Express IV Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic Raises $50K for Charity

Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic
Photos Courtesy of Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic

A number of organizations and resorts came together on April 3-6 to hold the American Express IV Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic in the luxurious Mexican region of Riviera Nayarit. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, The St. Regis Punta Mita, and both the Punta Mita and Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureaus hosted the four-day event.

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The affair also included a two-day golf tournament at two signature Jack Nicklaus courses and a selection of gastronomical treats from internationally renowned chefs. During the weekend, guests were treated to activities such as cocktail receptions, golf challenges, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and fine dining meals with esteemed chefs. The yearly event seems to be garnering more attention each year and is likely fueled by the combination of Riviera Nayarit’s remarkable food and some of the best wines and tequilas in the world.


“It was a true pleasure to be able to cook for the Punta Mita Golf & Gourmet Classic. I loved being surrounded by the breathtaking setting which complimented my cuisine. The ability to cook with the most amazing Pacific seafood was inspirational. Every guest present seemed to be having a good time and enjoying every glass of Champagne, wine, tequila and every bite of food. I am looking forward to cooking at V PMGG next year," said Floyd Cardoz, participating chef, winner of Top Chef Masters and Executive Chef/ Partner of the North End Grill in New York City.

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Also held in collaboration with the affair is The Lorena Ochoa Foundation fundraiser which raises money to support underprivileged children in reaching a balanced life through educational programs, sports, healthy living, and self-esteem seminars. More than 420 guests and spectators showed up for The Punta Mita Cup which raised more than $50,000 for the acclaimed Mexican former professional golfer Lorena Ochoa’s foundation.

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Finishing up the events was The Closing Dinner of the American Express IV Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic hosted by Caras Sports and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Tequila Patron signature cocktails and wine by connoisseur Deby Beard were both on hand during the evening. Guests mingled with celebrity chefs, wine and beer makers along with participating in interactive stations from chefs Richard Sandoval, Betty Vazquez, Claudia Fossa, Akmal Anuar, Pedro Ortega, José Salas, Ramón Bramasco, Héctor Leyva and Edgar Ortega. 

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Though the dates have yet to be disclosed for 2015, those wanting to attend can e-mail PuntaMita.Butler@StRegis.com to make sure to keep up-to-date on news of the classic.