Chef Jose Garces of Amada and more in Philadelphia
"Hacienda Zuleta is a restaurant that has always been on my bucket list, and I was finally able to check it off my list just recently. It's a working farm, restaurant and hotel that's just a two-hour drive north of Quito, Ecuador. In addition to breeding cattle, growing their own produce, making their own cheese, and hosting a sustainable trout farm and ranch for horseback riding, they also serve their guests three incredible meals a day made entirely of ingredients harvested from the land. Being from Ecuador, I felt an intense spiritual connection to the land - visualizing my ancestors living here and working the land. But seeing all of these working parts come together to create something so amazing, special and unique is truly the experience of a lifetime for anyone."