Chef Daniel Olivella
Barlata Austin Texas

DANIEL OLIVELLA is Owner and Chef of Barlata restaurant in Austin, TX. Widely known for opening the first Catalan restaurant in California, SF’s B44, chef Olivella has been acting as an unofficial ambassador of Catalan food in the US for the last three decades.

Summer 2021


9 days - 8 nights

Barlata Austin Texas

DANIEL OLIVELLA is Owner and Chef of Barlata restaurant in Austin, TX. Widely known for opening the first Catalan restaurant in California, SF’s B44, chef Olivella has been acting as an unofficial ambassador of Catalan food in the US for the last three decades.

Join chef Daniel Olivella's trip to his roots. A 9-day culinary journey around Catalonia with great restaurants and private visits to food producers, which also includes exclusive access to the world-renowned human towers festival in his hometown.

This is the second time that chef DANIEL OLIVELLA and Aborígens work together to design a memorable culinary trip around Catalonia.

While the highlight is the human castle performance during the town festival of Vilafranca del Penedès -chef Daniel’s hometown- at the end of our journey, we will start in Barcelona with a cultural and culinary introduction.

After spending some time in the capital, we will travel South to explore one of the world’s top wine regions, Priorat, enjoying a dramatic landscape as we taste its unique blend of grenache and carignan.

The next stop is a remote natural park, where a famous rice grows in the wetlands next to oyster and mussel farms -which we will visit by boat.

The last section of our trip takes place by the beach, from where we will visit Daniel’s region, famous for its cava sparkling wine, and will celebrate together the human towers festival.

"This is my annual trip back home in Catalonia, the country I left over three decades ago when I moved to United States. I come to see my family, meet the people I care about, taste the food of my childhood. And I want to share the experience with a reduced number of guests."

Meet chef Daniel's friends, who will be cooking for ur special meals at their restaurants

Feel thrilled with the castells festival with a privileged view on the human towers

Enjoy the seaside in summer and learn to cook a rice at the fields with chef Olivella

The famous red wines from Priorat DOQ, made of grenache and carignan, will be the perfet addition to the food journey


Local guidance

Daniel Olivella and Aborígens work together to design a totally different itinerary every year, including major cities and remote regions in Catalonia. But the chef's hometown festival is always the highlight of such an epic trip.



Farmers, artisans, fishermen, winemakers, cooks, etc. Chef Olivella's friends and unlimited connections on the ground are the perfect hosts. We will meet them at their places to learn about their lifes.


Daniel's cuisine

Get to know what's behind Barlata's menu, the dishes and products chef Daniel grew up with and exported to the US. True Catalan cuisine as explained on his own cookbook.

Priorat wine region


August 2021, TBA



Max 12 guests


  • Michelin farm-to-table menu
  • Exclusive wine tasting in DOQ Priorat
  • Mussels&Oyster farms by boat
  • Private balcony at the Human Castle Festival
  • Rice cooking lesson by chef Olivella


4* hotels

Beach resort

Private food&wine tastings

Michelin starred restaurants

Private transfers

Daniel Oivella


Daniel Olivella is a chef with 38 years of experience cooking Spanish food for the American palate. He opened his first restaurant, B44, a Catalan Bistro in San Francisco, in 1999 to critical acclaim. Considered an authority on Spanish cuisine, Olivella has acted as an ambassador for the Texas-based luxury grocer Central Market in their Passport to Spain program. His most recent restaurant endeavor, Barlata, is a tapas restaurant in Austin.



Aborígens – Local Food Insiders is a project curated by two Catalan journalists and also home of all those who are genuinely interested in food culture. We design and operate extreme food tours, bespoke trips, research and consulting services, and all kind of unexpected culinary adventures for food professionals and hardcore foodies visiting Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain. As Local Food Insiders we promote local food culture by designing and leading activities which respect and reflect the territory, bring people into the community and remain faithful to our food traditions.

paella Priorat vineyars beach in Catalonia Mussel farm

Any questions?

Let's try to answer them


Besides of our very special host, Daniel Olivella is a Catalan native, which means that he can (and will) provide a cultural and historical context on Catalan gastronomy. As a renowned chef with a long experience, he is willing to share some useful tricks on cooking.


Since we can’t empty Barcelona and the whole country just for you, we are afraid not. However, all visits to wineries and food producers will be private just for the group, and the chefs and producers themselves will be hosting us to present their food.


We have partnerhips with reliable and fully-licensed transport companies. All transfers included in the itinerary will be private, with a comfortable VIP-class minibus.

"Olivella unveils a vast and deep bounty of flavors in this heartfelt compendium."
Publishers Weekly
"To eat or not to eat is a matter of money. Eating well or badly is a matter of culture."
Manuel V.Montalbán, writer