made in madeira with neilly robinson and chef david viana
September 24 -
October 1, 2024
8 Days / 7 Nights
Limited to 14 Spots
(for double occupancy)
tropical paradise of the atlantic where an archipelago of volcanic flavors await
September 24 - October 1, 2024
(8 Days / 7 Nights)
Limited to 14 Spots
based on double occupancy*
based on single occupancy* **
*Airfare not included. **The number of single occupancy rooms is extremely limited and subject to availability at time of booking
Isle of Wine
Magical Markets of Plenty
Seafood With A View
meet the tastemakers
David Viana, Executive Chef
David Viana was born and raised in Little Lisboa: Newark, New Jersey’s Portuguese immigrant neighborhood. Growing up, he spent afternoons with his grandmother, Isaura, who introduced him to many of the dishes that grace Lita’s menu today.
He turned his early love of food into a storied career, rising through the ranks at Mesa Grill, Eleven Madison Park, Marea, and Villa Joya in Portugal. He joined the team at Heirloom Kitchen in 2026, where he received three-and-a-half stars from The Star-Ledger within weeks.
In 2018 he was nominated as Best Chef Mid Atlantic by The James Beard Foundation, shortly by competing on Top Chef’s 16th season.
In addition to leading the culinary helm at Lita, he is the Executive Chef at Heirloom Kitchen and Heirloom Kitchen at The St Laurent. When he’s not working he is spending time with his son, Cole, teaching him to make fejauda and taking him to Chuck E Cheese.
Neilly Robinson, Managing Director
Neilly is the Managing Director at Lita, Heirloom Kitchen, and Heirloom Kitchen at The St Laurent. A self taught entrepreneur, Neilly founded Heirloom Kitchen- the group’s first restaurant- in 2013 with her mom, Judy. Growing up, their family dinner table was always beautiful and bountiful. After a decade working in fashion in New York City she decided to return to her Jersey roots, creating a restaurant and cooking school. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Heirloom Kitchen has grown into one of the east coast’s most beloved restaurants, with Chef David Viana leading the kitchen.
In the summer of 2022, on the heels of a wildly successful popup in Philadelphia, Neilly and David launched Heirloom at The St. Laurent in Asbury Park, an upscale restaurant and bar in a restored historic hotel.
Neilly supervises every aspect of Heirloom Hospitality such as people and culture, marking and creative, and accounting ensuring that no detail is overlooked. When she isn’t working, she’s researching where she’s traveling to next.
Belmond Reid’s Palace
Perched above the postcard perfect harbor of Funchal, Reid’s Palace is a five-star jewel in the crown that is the island paradise of Madeira. A beacon of hospitality for more than 130 years, Reid’s Palace continues to welcome guests into its enchanting embrace of manicured gardens, panoramic Atlantic views, and fine cuisine with the utmost style.
- Elegant handpicked stay with gourmet spirit, five-star Belmond Reid’s Palace
- Full-time assistance of a Palatum Trip Leader
- All ground transportation from pick-up to drop-off
- Select touring with local guides & epicurean experts
- Daily breakfast
- Seasonally inspired lunches & dinners showcasing regional wines
- Exclusive dining at awarded gastronomic restaurants
- Hands-on cooking experiences highlighting heritage recipes
- Premium winery visits & tastings at storied producers
- Special visits with acclaimed food artisans & organic farmers
- Tastings of local delicacies unique to each region
- Signature cultural touring & all associated tickets/entrance fees
- Palatum Welcome Package in advance of departure
What's Not Included
- International or regional airfare
- A-la-carte food orders, alcoholic beverages or wines outside of pre-arranged menus during organized meals
- Any meals or beverages during free time
- Hotel incidentals including room service, laundry services and hotel bar tabs
- Hotel room upgrade requests and/or fees/supplements incurred from any room changes
- Personal expenditures and personal spending money
- Expenses for activities/excursions not included in the tour itinerary
- Transportation expenses incurred during free time, such as taxi or bus fares
- Travel insurance including health, accidents, lost baggage and trip cancellation
- Passport and Visa expenses
- All other items that are not mentioned or included in the tour itinerary
Reserve your spot today with a deposit and completion of our booking form.
your trip specifics
The group rendezvous point for the start of the tour is Madeira Airport International Cristiano Ronaldo. It is strongly recommended that you arrive in Madeira one or two days prior to the commencement of the tour, to allow for any delays or rerouting that may occur while in transit to Portugal. Please note that all participants must arrive by 12:00 PM to Madeira Airport International Cristiano Ronaldo on September 24, 2024 to take advantage of the group transfer to Belmond Reid’s Palace in Funchal. Participants who choose to arrive earlier or later than the outlined group transfer time can contact The Palatum about private transfer options, which can be arranged at an additional cost.
Suggested Airport: Madeira Airport International Cristiano Ronaldo
Pick-up Location: Madeira Airport International Cristiano Ronaldo
Pick-up Time: Approximately 12:00 PM
The end date of the tour is October 1, 2024 with group drop-offs at 12:00 PM at Madeira Airport International Cristiano Ronaldo. If you are planning to depart from Madeira Airport International Cristiano Ronaldo on October 1, 2024 we would strongly recommend that you book a departing flight that leaves no earlier than 2:00 PM, to allow for ample time following the scheduled drop-off.
Suggested Airport: Madeira Airport International Cristiano Ronaldo
Drop-off Locations: Madeira Airport International Cristiano Ronaldo
Drop-off Times: Approximately 12:00 PM
Your trip balance is due no later than June 15, 2024 (approximately 90 days prior to the tour start date).
Payments may be made by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or by check made payable to The Palatum.
more to know
This tour may at times be physically active and interactive, so you must be in good health to participate. If you have any physical, mental, visual, or other medical impairment that may hinder your ability to successfully complete this Palatum small group tour, you must submit a letter from your physician stating that you are able to safely participate in the tour at least 90 days prior to departure. The Palatum reserves the right to decline any Participant whose condition, in The Palatum’s opinion, may negatively affect the health or safety of that Participant, other Participants, our staff/agents, or third parties.
The Palatum has crafted this exclusive epicurean tour to highlight seasonal vinicultural and gastronomic experiences of the highest caliber. As this tour has been specially designed to take you off the beaten path and introduce you to authentic local food and wine experiences, it may require that necessary adjustments be made to the tour schedule either prior to departure or during the tour. Rest assured, we will make every effort to provide you with the touring experience outlined in the itinerary. Please be advised that we cannot provide refunds for any touring days, activities, excursions, tastings, etc., that you have chosen not to participate in, or any costs associated with opting out of a planned activity or excursion (i.e. taxi or bus fare).
If you cancel by or before December 1, 2024: You will receive a 100% refund of your paid deposit minus a $500 processing fee.
If you cancel between Decembre 2, 2024 and March 31, 2024: You will receive a 50% refund of your paid deposit.
If you cancel between April 1, 2024 and June 15, 2024: You will receive a 25% refund of your paid deposit.
If you cancel after June 15, 2024, 2024 all monies paid will be non-refundable.
Trip cancellation must be made by calling The Palatum at 1-888-466-4381, and must be followed up by written confirmation via email or mail.
the palatum way
Palatum tours feature the full-time assistance of a Palatum Trip Leader, as well as select touring with local guides and experts in gastronomy and oenology.
Every Palatum tour is designed to celebrate the culinary traditions, seasonal produce, and local food products that make the regions being visited, such diverse gastronomic destinations. During the tour you will enjoy a wide variety of gourmet foods, as well as both typical and creative dishes, intended to delve deep into the authentic food landscapes we will be exploring. This means that you can look forward to sampling regional delicacies that highlight a cornucopia of ingredients, from the familiar to the unfamiliar. As culinary experiences and organized meals are planned well in advance, it is important that you advise The Palatum of any food allergies and/or dietary restrictions you may have, so that we can do our very best to meet your needs.
You can look forward to receiving an online link to your digital Palatum Portfolio approximately two weeks prior to departure. Your digital Palatum Portfolio will include the final, detailed tour itinerary, providing a more granular portrait of your travel experience, including daily touring schedules with times and all pertinent details, as well as other supplemental travel information, such as weather resources, emergency contact information, and other useful travel tips.
An amuse-bouche for the feast that awaits, your Palatum Welcome Package will include some gourmet surprises to get you dreaming about your upcoming trip, which will be mailed out to arrive prior to your departure on the tour. Once shipped, you will be notified via email and provided with the tracking number for your package.
Optional travel insurance is available to provide peace of mind during your travels in the event of accident, sickness or unexpected cancellation. In evaluating travel insurance options you may want to review all forms of insurance coverage for your upcoming trip, such as your credit card or medical and homeowner’s insurance company benefits, in addition to other third party insurance providers. Trip insurance can also be purchased through The Palatum’s preferred provider Travel Guard®. If you are interested in obtaining a quote or purchasing a policy, you can email The Palatum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s travel landscape offers many resources available for booking airfare. As such, we encourage you to explore your options, such as booking your airfare through a trusted ticketing agent, an online airline resource, or using your frequent flier miles or credit card rewards points. As you research your preferred flights, you will want to review your pre-tour and post-tour travel plans, and select airline routes that make sense logistically with regard to the start and end dates of the tour.
All Palatum tours require a valid passport, with a minimum 6 months validity. As visa and entry requirements can vary from country to country, and change with little or no notice, it is your responsibility to contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, and to carry the proper travel documents.
Each tour participant is allowed a total of one medium sized suitcase (25” to 27” inches) and one standard carry-on. Please note that this luggage allowance will be strictly enforced, as the size of the tour vehicle will only accommodate the set number of tour participants and the outlined luggage allowance per participant. Any deviation from the outlined luggage allowance will result in unnecessarily cramped tour bus conditions.
Arriving before the start of tour, or perhaps staying after? Just let us know and we can provide you with pricing for a pre- or post-tour extension, such as private transfers and additional nights at hotels included on the tour.