Windstar Launches New Whole-Food, Plant-Based Menu

Windstar Cruises has partnered with the National Health Association (NHA) to create a new vegan menu onboard all six of the line’s yachts, starting June 2023. The plant-based, gluten-free offerings are also prepared without added salt, oil and sugar.

Windstar has begun training its culinary team on the new menu, evolved out of hosting several plant-based groups, which have grown significantly in popularity since the start of the pandemic. Vegetarian options, as well as the line’s existing menu items will continue to be served as usual.

“The National Health Association points out that vegetarian and vegan diets are not always healthy, and for meals to be truly health-promoting, they also need to be minimally processed and prepared,” said Peter Tobler, Windstar’s director of hotel operations, who oversees F&B operations. “We’ve seen an increased demand for whole-food, plant-based dishes from our customers, and we’re really excited to work with the NHA to bring them something that’s nutritious and delicious. As a side benefit, plant-based foods also reduce our environmental footprint—a major goal of Windstar’s–allowing us to tread more lightly on this planet.”

Sample dishes from the new menu include:

  • Daily smoothies at breakfast
  • Roasted butternut squash velouté with baked pumpkin seeds
  • Baked cauliflower croquettes with salsa verde and sautéed spinach 
  • Penne rigate pasta, with crisp vegetables and Espelette pepper sauce
  • Veggie enchiladas with black bean and cilantro sauce
  • Chia seed truffles with dates and coconut sauce
  • Tahini brownies with fresh strawberries

Wanda Huberman, NHA’s executive director, worked closely with the Windstar culinary team to share expertise and discuss recipes that meet the organization’s standards for an exclusive whole-plant food diet and lifestyle.

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