Since reports of sailing restrictions and lockdowns in 2020, Viking Cruises has been one of the foremost cruise lines in offering invigorating virtual experiences for their loyal and prospective guests.
Viking.tv showcases experiential programming that passengers have access to onboard their respective cruises, on deck levels or their cabin TV. Its culturally-focused subject matter will highlight appearances by the Viking executives and crew and subjects relating to its at-sail and at port ventures, plus live video of happenings from around the world.
The food and wine episodes are especially intriguing for travelers who love to experience local cuisines. Below are some delightful examples.
French soufflés with Alexandra
In this episode of Foodie Fridays, we are joined in the kitchen by Alexandra Beucler, a valued member of the Viking family who resides and works in Los Angeles. Although she currently lives in California, Alexandra was born and raised in France. Alexandra draws on her extensive knowledge of French cuisine to share its history while showing us how to make a cheese soufflé and a chocolate soufflé. Bon appétit!
Making Swiss Rösti with Mario Butterling
Welcome to our series, Foodie Fridays, where each episode is hosted by a Viking team member. Featuring cuisine from around the world, here you will find personal food stories, anecdotes and cooking demonstrations presented by our hosts. Meet Mario Butterling, a proud member of the Viking family based in our Basel office, who invites us into his kitchen for our first cooking tutorial. Drawing inspiration from his adopted city, Mario demonstrates how to cook rösti, a crispy Swiss potato dish that shares similarities with potato pancakes and hash browns. Traditionally eaten for breakfast by farmers in the canton of Bern, rösti is now enjoyed throughout Switzerland. Following this instructive livestream, you can enjoy it too!
Make Black Forest Gâteau with Gisela Rückert
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Gisela Rückert, Senior Manager of Onboard Enrichment for Viking, as she prepares one of her favorite desserts: Black Forest Gâteau. Known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, this delectable cake is the Black Forest’s most famous dessert and traditionally contains kirsch, a clear spirit made from cherries. Gisela was born and raised in the Black Forest foothills of southern Germany, a place she still calls home, and is a valued member of the Viking family, working out of our Basel office. Watch as she puts her signature spin on this classic recipe and learn how you can enjoy a slice of this rich cake in your home.
Bartholomew Broadbent Speaks with Cyril Camus of Camus Cognac
In this episode of Wine Wednesdays, esteemed wine expert Bartholomew Broadbent welcomes Cyril Camus, president of the House of Camus, to discuss the history of his family’s iconic brand and its esteemed Cognac blends. Tune in to learn about the varieties of wine used to craft Camus Cognacs, get tips for cooking with this celebrated spirit and unearth the secrets of its famous cellars. Those interested in an even closer look can gain Privileged Access to the Camus cellars and work alongside a master blender during a Cognac blending workshop on our Châteaux, Rivers & Wine itinerary. Sip in this enlightening livestream conversation and watch as Cyril shares his expertise during a question and answer session.
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Scooter Tessari, MCC, owns The Cruise Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operates the website Tasteful Journeys devoted to enrichment vacations with a culinary accent and featuring cruises, tours, and custom designed vacation packages.