There are dozens of delicious reasons to visit St. Petersburg year round, but you’ll need to hit The Dali Museum between now and November 27 to experience Ferran Adrià: The Invention of Food. Considered by many to be the world’s greatest chef, Adrià’s revolutionary visual style is conveyed beautifully in this exhibition of images of his creations, and also includes Salvador Dali’s paintings of food and flatware he designed.
As an homage to Adrià, the museum will also host seven immersion dinners prepared by top local chefs. We were lucky enough to grab a moment with Adrià at the opening event at FarmTable Kitchen on September 24 and asked his advice for young chefs seeking a creative path. As his counsel was more logico than romantico–“make sure you are financially successful, and then you can be as creative as you want”–we’ll leave you with the logistics of getting to and from the exhibit and the dinners. Once you’re there, let your creative juices flow.
Why go: Because a world-class museum has devoted an exhibit to a world-class chef, and it’s only 90 minutes from Orlando.
What to do: Visit the exhibit (adult admission $24; open daily from 10am-5:30pm; Thursdays 10am-8pm) or experience one of the immersion dinners ($150/person; spots remain for the dinners on October 12, 19 & 15; reserve online). 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
Where to stay: Opened during Dali’s heyday in 1928, the Loews Don CeSar Hotel still serves up gracious rooms with painterly views of the Gulf. It’s also just 10 miles or a $12 Uber from the Museum. (Rates begin at $234 for Florida residents and include a $25/night credit.) 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706.