By Melanie Lieberman
October 09, 2014

It was a luxe, upscale estate in the Rhône Valley that started it all: a passion for exceptional service, cuisine, and hospitality that came to define Relais & Châteaux. Now, the association is celebrating 60 years of being at the top of the game with a year of over-the-top events, festivals, and gourmet feasts.

This month, North American properties (from the United States and Canada to tropical beachfront retreats in the Caribbean) are hosting a series of unforgettable dinners with exclusive menus designed specially for the anniversary year, with chefs from restaurants and hotels across the globe.

Find France’s Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, for example, in the kitchen at New York’s famed Per Se restaurant. Later this month, Chef Mariano Gallego of Mendoza will present his culinary feast from the kitchen at Canada’s Manoir Hovey.

Dust off your best suit jacket or little black dress, and purchase tickets for one of the anniversary dinners at

Melanie Lieberman is the Editorial Projects Assistant and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow her on twitter at @LittleWordBites.