Caliwine-ication Season 4

Inspired in name by the award-winning Showtime series, Californication, our very own Los Angeles native, Executive Chef Joseph Antonishek, returns with another one of his in demand culinary series, Caliwine-ication – Season 4 on December 29th at 6pm. After selling out the previous 3 seasons, this much awaited follow up promises to do the same.

This seasons highlight will include wine pairings from the vineyards of legendary Napa Valley, California vintner, Robert Mondavi, who created his namesake winery 56 years ago and established himself early on by labeling wines varietally rather than generically, which became the standard for New World wines.

As with prior seasons, it all begins with the California Canapé Hour from 6 – 7pm gathering in the Temple Bar & Lounge overlooking the Indian Ocean and timed perfectly to view the setting sun as you kick the evening off with an aperitif before heading down to di Mare where the blissful Balearic vibes of long time Karma high season resident DJ and Ibiza icon, Jon Sa Trinxa, provide the perfect soundtrack to complete the ambience.

With a menu inspired by seasonal local and sustainable ingredients served in farm to table style that are the hallmarks of California cuisine, the five-courses Chef Joseph has curated bear his Cali spin on local ingredients. Innovative and delicious combinations such as Monterey Bay inspired chowder served with abalone krupuk for his second course, Javanese quail with a Cal-Mex inspired chorizo cornbread stuffing pre-main, and lamb pastrami main with smuggled horseradish root, charred eggplant plum relish, sesame seeds, and sage jus, all promise a memorable dining experience. 

And for the Final Flavor, no one can deny the connection between the city of Los Angeles and Japanese cuisine that is the inspiration for the rich Nama chocolate dessert served with passion fruit and coconut sorbet influenced by Chef Joseph’s recent trip to Tokyo. Pair this with our signature mezcal negroni cocktail made with mezcal (tying into California’s Mexican influences), cocoa nib infused brem (Balinese rice wine), and Campari, all served with traditional mezcal accompaniments, sal de chapulin (chili salt) and an orange slice. California…. no doubt about it.

Background On Karma Group

Karma Group is an award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand offering extraordinary experiences in the world’s most beautiful locations. The company is headed by Chairman and Founder, John Spence, a former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Australia and member of the judging panel for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. Among his numerous other accolades, John was honoured with the Edward P. Bass Honorary Fellowship at YALE University in 2013 & 2019 in the School of Architecture, marking the first time YALE has extended this to the same person more than once.

Karma Group comprises Karma Estates, Karma Resorts, Karma Retreats, Karma Royal, Karma Beach, Karma Spa, Karma Club and Karma Boutique. The Group has developed multiple resorts and currently owns and operates 45 resorts in 12 countries, including Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Indonesia, Spain, Thailand, UK, and Vietnam. Four of these resorts were acquired in the past twelve months with Karma Group demonstrating an ability to acclimatise quickly and successfully to a drastically shifting landscape, with the company choosing to focus on domestic travel markets. These new additions to the company’s ever-growing portfolio include Karma Karnak - a Nile cruise experience taking in the highlights of Ancient Egypt , Karma Munnar, a romantic escape in the highlands of Kerala, India - often described as “God’s own country”; Karma Salford Hall an historic Tudor property formerly owned by King Henry VIII in England’s rural Cotswolds and Karma Lake of Menteith, set on the stunning shores of Scotland’s only lake. Karma Group is also developing further acquisitions in Australia, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Japan.

In 2021 a series of new offerings were introduced, including a private member’s club with a difference, Karma Club, and the establishment of a brand new bespoke service for existing Karma Group members in Karma Concierge.

Karma Group is additionally involved in the world of fine wines and spirits. Since 2016, John Spence has been collaborating with leading winemakers across the world to produce bottles that have formed the Karma Wines offering, from Tuscany to Bordeaux to Crete, including a recently released Rosé from France’s Carcassonne, home to Karma Chateau de Samary. A signature handcrafted small batch gin was also recently added to the Karma cellar, a spirit crafted from botanicals sourced from the destinations where the group’s resorts, hotels, and retreats are located. And our most recent addition to the Karma spirits repertoire is Coachbuilt Whisky, developed by Formula One legend Jensen Button. Karma Group is the official resort partner for this premium blended Scotch single malt whisky which is being rolled out initially across our resorts in the UK and Europe.

Outside the hospitality realm, Karma Group remains a company devoted to supporting its surrounding community. Karma Group continues to run and support a number of philanthropic initiatives worldwide under the Karma Cares banner. Karma Refuge provides shelter and support for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, including accommodation at Karma Residence Normande in France. In 2021, Karma Group also spearheaded vaccination efforts in Bali, not only for staff but for their families and surrounding communities. Karma Group also worked with HRH the Prince of Wales Trust and the British Asian Trust to alleviate the Covid19 crisis in India, providing much need oxygen equipment to those most in need, as well as supporting Operation Recuperation, a UK initiative focusing on supporting front-line healthcare providers recover from the fight against Covid-19. Ongoing projects include the sponsorship and support of Bangalore non-profit Christel House India, the Bali Life Foundation for disadvantaged children, and Vietnam’s Children’s Hope In Action (CHIA), alongside involvement in ongoing scholarships and fundraisers annually.

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