Enjoy American Culinary Diversity on an American River Cruise
Amazing Views And Cuisine Await on Your Next American River Cruise
Memories are the main take-aways from any cruising vacation. Unforgettable cuisine is the lure that brings you back again and again! If you have not been river cruising lately, then you may not know that the culinary diversity on an American River cruise celebrates cuisines from the nation’s rich mix of cultures. Kudos to the American Queen Steamboat Company for bringing together a team of Master Chef’s that has made gastronomy the greatest influencer for American river cruising. Drawing inspiration for their movable feasts, they say, often comes from the most unexpected destinations.
Cajun and Creole cuisine that tantalize the senses pay homage to the south on the best North American River Cruises. The Mississippi region is popular for its fascinating mix of French, Canadian and British cultures out of which evolved what is often referred to as a “rustic cuisine.” Expect to be enticed by the aromatic blend of spices melting into specialty sausages, shrimp and meats. Chef’s source fresh ingredients from port calls like New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville and Cincinnati among others. Many southern favorites like Étouffée, Coco-Cola glazed ham, smothered barbecue or smoked fish are also infused with the richness of the region’s history.
On the Columbia and Snake River cruises you can enjoy another aspect of American culinary diversity with a distinct West Coast flare. With flavors borrowed from Asian, Mexican and good old American cooking, the West Coast cuisine features a lighter approach. Fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and sustainable seafood and meats are exquisitely paired with a bountiful selection of artisan cheeses, craft beers and regional wines from local vintners. And just in case you are wondering, lobster, steak and standard American fare are always available along with any regional cuisine.
Southern Charm Abounds
Whether your American River Cruise is southern or western bound, the American Queen Steamboat Company ensures that the backdrop showcases the epicurean affair. All meals are served on the American Queen in the opulent J.M. White Dining room where the essence of the old south has been strikingly captured. The grandeur of high ceilings, eight foot palms, chandeliers and crisp linen dressed tables with ornate flatware segue into a more casual dining area framed by a wine cellar with a step up to the Mark Twain Gallery on the deck above.
Decadent Dining Experiences
The cruise line’s American Duchess promise an even more elevated dining experience with two different but equally opulent venues serving decadent fare. The grand dining room is furnished with the extravagance of rich Italian fabrics, custom designed accents and sweeping river views. Here you can enjoy all your meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. But if you prefer a more intimate ambiance; the River Club & Terrace features resort-style terraced seating, an open-view kitchen and a double-sided bar. Here, hand-blown Murano glass sets the tone for sipping cocktails and exquisite dining rendezvous.
Have Your Cake (and Eat it Too!)
In addition to providing regional fare, chefs on American River Cruises offer selective dining options. And, with adequate notice; they can cater to various dietary restrictions such as low sodium meals, savory vegetarian options and gluten free breads, pastas, soups, sauces, muffins, ice cream and desserts using nutritious alternative ingredients. Also, the calorie conscious guest aboard the American Duchess can expect to enjoy delicious low-calorie selections on every menu that symbolized by a heart icon. To ensure your dining experience is enjoyable and safe, our chef’s will discuss meal options for guest with these and other food allergies.
The goal of the American Queen Steamboat Company is to ensure that every river cruising dining experience will be an affair to remember. Call CruiseExperts.com today and one of our experienced travel agents can help you find the perfect cruise that will satisfy your adventurous spirit and your taste buds!
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