How to Cash in Marriott Points for Foodie Experiences Around the Globe

Nov 8, 2017

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Concierges are great go-to people when you’re traveling and looking for restaurant recommendations. When that concierge just so happens to be four-time James Beard award winner and host of Travel Channel series “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” you know you’re in good hands. For the second season of Renaissance Hotels’ unscripted food-focused digital series, “The Navigator’s Table,” the brand’s global navigator traversed the globe to spots from Dubai to Charleston’s Historic District to uncover each city’s culinary secrets with the help of a few familiar names (Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is one of them) — and Renaissance Hotels serving as home bases along the way.

Now Renaissance Hotels is giving travelers the chance to travel à la Andrew Zimmern with a week of pop-up dinner experiences that kicked off November 6 in cities inspired by the show. For each of the experiences — which are bookable with Marriott Rewards points and range from 15,000 to 45,000 points (overnight stay included) — a Navigator, Renaissance’s twist on a traditional concierge, will guide guests through the ultimate dinner party where each course is more whimsical than the next. From Paris and Amsterdam to Santiago, Chile, here are five foodie experiences worth dishing out Marriott Rewards points on.

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The Renaissance Paris Republique is hosting a fashion-inspired dinner that feels right at home in its chic locale. Image by Renaissance Hotels.

1. Renaissance Paris Republique in Paris, France

Paris-based Samuel Drira, the former creative director of Eastern European fashion house Nehera, is throwing a culinary version of a couture fashion show with a dinner happening November 8, served in the basement of the 121-room Renaissance Paris Republique. Located near the bobo (bourgeois bohemian) chic neighborhood of Le Marais, the Parisian Fashion dinner will take on an artistic flair inspired by the hotel’s fashionable address, as well as some of Drira’s own creations. Once dinner wraps up, it’s just a quick stroll over to Paris’ bar-lined Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood, which serves as the perfect place for an after dinner drink.

Cost: 45,000 Marriott Rewards points for two seats at dinner and an overnight stay on November 8

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Two of Amsterdam’s top food bloggers and photographers are hosting a quirky dinner party at Renaissance Amsterdam. Image by Renaissance Hotels.

2. Renaissance Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Insta-famous food blogger and chef Colette Dike (who makes those stunning avocado works of art on her Instagram, fooddeco) is teaming up with Humans of Amsterdam creator and photographer Debra Barraud for the seasonally inspired Eclectic Amsterdam event on November 8, which will feature imaginative dishes that are just as off-the-wall as the Dutch city’s citizens. Dinner is one way to get an intro to the city, but the 402-room hotel also happens to be conveniently located within some of Amsterdam’s top tourist sites, such as the Anne Frank House and Dam Square.

Cost: 30,000 Marriott Rewards points for two seats at dinner and an overnight stay on November 8

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Take your pick of protein from land or sea at Renaissance Santiago Hotel’s decision-heavy meal. Image by Renaissance Hotels.

3. Renaissance Santiago Hotel in Santiago, Chile

At the Renaissance Santiago Chile, The Navigator’s Table: Decisions, Decisions dinner on November 9 is just what its name suggests — an evening of hard-hitting decisions. The main struggle: Would you rather eat something from land or sea? Join your fellow diners in a game of “Would You Rather?” while selecting from an array of ingredients like dill pickles and daikon radishes sitting in front of your plate. Then you’re in for a surprise as the culinary team whips up a series of dishes inspired by your hand-selected ingredients.

Make the most of your points and miles by looking at our post, Travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert on Points and Miles.

Cost: 15,000 Marriott Rewards points for two seats at dinner and an overnight stay on November 9

Craft Insta-worthy plates at Renaissance Barcelona with an art-inspired feast. Image by Renaissance Hotels.

4. Renaissance Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

In the Catalan capital, food is equally as important as Barcelona’s iconic architecture. Luckily, Renaissance Barcelona’s The Navigator’s Table: Play With Your Food dinner on November 9 lets guests act as architects of their plate, drawing inspiration from artists like Picasso who once called the city home. This is one place where photographing your food is not only allowed, it’s actually encouraged. Zucker & Spice Travel Co.’s Sam Zucker (whose titles include private chef, culinary tour operator and social media influencer, to name a few) will teach you what it takes to design “Insta-worthy” dishes. Hint: Terms like composition and color palette come into play. If you need any artistic inspiration, just take a stroll on the nearby Las Ramblas, one of Barcelona’s most famous stretches that’s home to the vibrant La Boqueria market.

Looking for another place to cash in your points? Check out our review of a premium room at the Renaissance Barcelona Fira.

Cost: 30,000 Marriott Rewards points for two seats at dinner and an overnight stay on November 9

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Stay at the recently opened Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West where a local will guide you through a true Texan feast. Image by Renaissance Hotels.

5. Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West in Dallas, TX

Can’t jet off to an international locale this week? Take a quick jaunt to Dallas where you can eat farm fresh cuisine at The Navigator’s Table: Eat With the Locals dinner at Renaissance Dallas on November 9. The locavore-inspired meal plays on a “best of Dallas” theme recreating some of the city’s signature cuisine with ingredients sourced from nearby producers for the ultimate farm-to-table feast led by local fashion and travel blogger, KERRently by Courtney Kerr. While taking a stateside vacay at the newly opened 304-room hotel, make the most of your time in Texas with our handy post 10 Things No One Tells You About…Dallas. Our favorite fun fact? Some of the best cuisine has nothing to do with BBQ. Of course you can also just post up in the hotel for the weekend, lounging by the pool and exploring the surrounding Legacy West “urban village,” home to a slew of shops and eateries including Sprinkles cupcake bakery and artisanal food hall Legacy.

Cost: 15,000 Marriott Rewards points for two seats at dinner and an overnight stay on November 9

The Navigator’s Table experiences can be booked directly through Renaissance Hotels.

Featured image by Renaissance Hotels.

Quick tip: Foodie fans can earn plenty of points while dining out thanks to a handful of rewards cards. Curious about the best cards to use to reap restaurant rewards? See TPG’s post Credit Cards Are Wooing Restaurant-Goers Now More Than Ever and share some of your favorites with us in the comments, below.

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