by Sara Jane Crane —
Known for its innovative, award-winning Suite Ship® design, featuring two decks of Panorama Suites with Open-Air Balconies, Avalon Waterways is also inserting creativity into every moment of the cruise experience by bringing fresh ideas to the table – quite literally – in 2017.
On the heels of announcing that it has teamed up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars – the Wrenkh brothers – to design Avalon FreshSM, Avalon Waterways is also announcing its NEW Director of Culinary Joerg Penneke.
“Penneke is bringing to the table nearly 30 years expertise that will continue to help us innovate Avalon’s dining experience,” said Pam Hoffee, chief product and operations officer for Avalon Waterways. “In addition to setting up kitchens and menus on seven new river ships in Asia for Haimark, Penneke was the Corporate Chef for Uniworld, the Executive Chef for SilverSeas’ Silver Cloud and the Chef Entremetier for Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony.
As the culinary director for Avalon Waterways, Penneke will help Avalon’s team of culinary artisans bring each destination to life for guests by creating every day’s menu using fresh, quality ingredients that are prepared to perfection ensuring Avalon’s dining experience, from start-to-finish, is the perfect complement to a day of discovery. Penneke will also oversee the new Avalon Fresh program with Chefs Leo and Karl Wrenkh to provide Avalon’s guests healthy, vegetarian food options that taste great.
The Brothers Wrenkh were raised in the first (and up until recently … only) high-quality vegetarian restaurant in Austria. With a family motto, “Eating is Life!” they take cooking very seriously. While Leo attended a classic culinary school, Karl’s cooking background has been more casual. Their styles merge using healthy, quality and locally grown ingredients to create foods with international flair.
“While we have always offered travelers a selection of nutritious, delicious recipes, Avalon Fresh takes this idea to a new level. Avalon Fresh is all about creating wholesome menu items where garden-fresh, local ingredients from small farms are married with a sprinkle of ingenuity. This exciting collection of new food is so mouthwatering, it’s hard to believe it’s healthy,” said Hoffee.
Also onboard Avalon’s Suite Ships, guests can take advantage of the Panorama Bistro-a casual atmosphere offering a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.