Windstar Cruises is partnering with grilling authority Steven Raichlen (credited with reinventing modern barbecue cuisine) to introduce a new casual outdoor restaurant on Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride during their refurbishments.
The new venue, The Star Grill by Steven Raichlen, will sit on the upper deck of Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride just steps away from the popular Star Bar, which offers ocean views. The restaurant will occupy newly created space thanks to the ships’ refurbishments.
Windstar’s US $250-million Star Plus initiative will stretch, re-engine and substantially modernise all three ships over the next year.
The Star Grill by Steven Raichlen will focus on grilled, smoked and rotisserie fare, including seafood, meats and vegetable dishes paired with craft side dishes and sauces in a casual alfresco environment, according to Windstar.
The new eatery will open for lunch and dinner, featuring menu items such as Danish smoked shrimp, lemongrass pork skewers and Hill Country brisket. On sea days, passengers can enjoy a mid-morning Fruhschoppen with artisanal grilled sausage and pretzel rolls.
“We’re delighted to be working hand-in-hand with someone of Steven’s culinary caliber,” John Delaney, President, Windstar Cruises, said in a statement. “Our new partnership is a wonderful alliance that will provide our guests with an inviting new place to dine that is entirely suited to Windstar’s casually elegant style of cruising.”
Raichlen is the author of 31 books that have won multiple James Beard Awards and IACP Julia Child Awards and is credited with reinventing modern barbecue cuisine. He was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2015.
The Star Grill by Steven Raichlen will feature on-deck seating for 95 people with two carving stations.
Meals can be paired with a selection of local and regional beers, along with tasting flights. Windstar will also roll out a special cocktail menu for the new dining venue, designed to reflect the casual nature of the cuisine and the outdoor dining space.
Passengers can expect cocktails like Strawberry Pimm’s, Pineapple & Coconut Slushy, Raspberry & Melon Slushy, and Strawberry + Basil Smash — all served from the Star Bar.
Raichlen will also host one culinary-themed voyage each year with Windstar Cruises; he will lead lectures and grilling demonstrations while socializing with cruisers onboard the ship.
“I’ve spent my life traveling the world’s barbecue trail to bring my readers and viewers the ultimate in global grilling,” said Raichlen. “What better way to share my discoveries than on a Windstar cruise ship bound for new adventures?”
Windstar Cruises is also partnering with Michelin-Starred chef Anthony Sasso to add Cuadro44 — a Spanish coastal eatery — to its trio of Star-class ships during their refurbishments.