All About S.A.L.T.: Deconstructing Silversea’s Extraordinary Culinary Program

S.A.L.T. is an acronym for Sea and Land Taste, Silversea’s immersive culinary program. S.A.L.T. debuted in the Mediterranean in the summer of 2021 on Silver Moon, rolled out in spring 2022 on Silver Dawn and now is on Siilvler Nova and Silver Ray, Silversea’s newest vessels.

Greece was a logical place to launch a program all about the roots of deliciousness. Its endless bounty of the sea meets the ancient culture and traditions of the sunbaked coast. Greek food is all about rustic simplicity, forgoing stuffy formality for an easygoing, elemental robustness that’s not easily forgotten by anyone who’s had the pleasure of traveling to the country’s beautiful islands and ports.

S.A.L.T. is all about connecting guests to the places they’re going through the lens of food and the people, rituals and flavors behind its culinary traditions. The program is overseen by Adam Sachs, a three-time winner of the prestigious James Beard Journalism Award and formerly Editor-in-Chief of Saveur magazine. He is using his journalistic experience and knowledge of food to share the world’s most engaging culinary stories with Silversea guests. Here he shares his insights on the most popular questions he receives.

What is S.A.L.T.?

S.A.L.T., which stands for Sea and Land Taste, is an immersive culinary program. It’s all about connecting travelers to the places they’re visiting through the lens of food and drink culture. By bringing onboard regional chefs, producers, authors and others to share their passion and expertise through talks and hands-on demos and cooking lessons in our S.A.L.T. Labs, we can extend the learning experience and give our guests more context for understanding local food culture.

Silver Nova’s S.A.L.T. Kitchen

By connecting customized shore excursions with fascinating lectures and hands-on onboard cooking experience and local specialties, wines and cocktails, we’re really connecting the dots in a way that allows the guest to come away with a better, deeper understanding and appreciation for the taste, cultures and foodways of the places we’re visiting. 

How does Silversea’s S.A.L.T. approach differ as you sail to regions with varied histories and dining cultures? How does it explore the ports of call that are visited?

Learning more about Pisco in South America via S.A.L.T.

Wherever we go, we’re looking for amazing experiences, ingredients and traditions and, most of all, great stories that really help us unlock the history and tastes of the places we visit.

In the Caribbean and Latin America, for instance, that will mean looking at food in ways that go beyond the dishes we typically find in tourist-friendly restaurants and learning about the history of trade and culture that influences the food of the place.

When we return to the Mediterranean and Europe, the trick will be to always dig deep and find new angles and areas of investigation in a region that feels very familiar to many. Happily, there’s no end to the dishes, ingredients and tastes to explore.  

How is it distinctive? How does S.A.L.T. enrich your cruise experience?

Market visits will enhance the guests’ appreciation of food culture throughout Silversea’s destinations/Lucia Griggi for Silversea

What sets S.A.L.T. apart is the narrative approach we take to creating a holistic, immersive culinary experience. What that means is identifying the compelling food stories of a region and then seeking out the chefs, authors, experts, winemakers and producers who best represent that culture and cuisine.

With this approach through our different venues we can tell a cohesive and engaging story of the food and tastes of the region, from the excursions and onboard learnings to tastings and discussions. As well, the local drink specialties in S.A.L.T. Bar and regionally focused menus in S.A.L.T. Kitchen extend the program onboard.

What is S.A.L.T. Kitchen?

S.A.L.T. Kitchen on Silver Moon features menus that highlight the places you’re visiting

An industry first that debuted on Silver Moon, S.A.L.T. Kitchen is a modern, luxurious restaurant that changes menus constantly based on where we are in the world. Menus range from regional specialties that reflect the route as well as a daily changing roster of dishes that reflect the local tastes and dishes of each port on the journey.

Looking beyond just what’s on the plate, the experience of dining at S.A.L.T. Kitchen focuses on telling the stories behind those local dishes and ingredients.

If S.A.L.T. is about telling stories about food, history and traditions, whom will we learn from?

Chefs and food experts accompany guests during the onshore visits /Lucia Griggi for Silversea

Wherever we go, we are asking the questions: Who are the best producers and experts in this region? Who can best tell the stories behind the dishes and ingredients of the places we’re visiting? All of our guides for S.A.L.T. Experiences will be experts in not just the history of the place but also its food culture.

Besides chefs, both local and expats returning to the places that inspire them, we reach out to local historians, cookbook writers, farmers, winemakers and experts of all kinds.

Do you have to be a hardcore “foodie” to enjoy S.A.L.T.?

Local ingredients are at the heart of S.A.L.T. Lab, where guests can discover the culinary culture behind every destination/Lucia Griggi for Silversea

I’m not a fan of the word “foodie.” It’s too general a term to describe a world of different ways we can be engaged with food. Some people might love to bake but not have an interest in adventurous culinary travel. Others might love to tour restaurant kitchens and vineyards but have no interest in cooking.

The great thing about S.A.L.T. is that through different venues and experiences, we engage with and really reach a range of guests who have varying degrees of interest and enthusiasms.

You can stop by S.A.L.T. Kitchen and Bar for a quick taste of local cuisine or, if you’re really interested in the culture, you can explore traditions and techniques behind those tastes. You can design your own intensive culinary journey by signing up for S.A.L.T. Experiences and classes and lectures in S.A.L.T. Lab. There’s really something for every level of curiosity.

Tell us more about S.A.L.T. Lab

Passengers can experience and experiment with regional cuisine at S.A.L.T. Lab. This one is on Silver Moon.

S.A.L.T. Lab is meant to be a kind of hub for all forms of culinary discovery, from hands-on cooking instruction from visiting chefs and experts as well as our own S.A.L.T. hosts. It’s also the venue for intimate talks and discussions, a place for like-minded food-focused travelers to meet and talk about their next adventures, borrow a cookbook or just stop by for a taste of local ingredients.

S.A.L.T. Lab isn’t designed as a cooking school in the traditional sense. It’s really a welcoming space, a hangout for guests to explore the culinary offerings and history of the places they visit. 

How does S.A.L.T. Bar reflect the ports we’ll travel to? How is it different from the ship’s regular bars and lounges?

In Silversea’s S.A.L.T. Bar, bartenders teach sessions on local spirits in the areas in which you’re traveling.

S.A.L.T. Bar is an intimate, inviting space to explore and celebrate the tastes and terroir of a region through its specialized spirits, wines and local beers. Besides signature cocktails designed for each leg of the journey to reflect local flavors of the ports we visit, we’ll have drinks that are exclusive to S.A.L.T. Bar as well as guided wine tastings and mixology classes.

S.A.L.T. continues to evolve since its debut on Silver Moon in 2021. What’s new?

S.A.L.T. Chef’s Table on Silver Nova and Silver Ray is transformed from S.A.L.T. Lab

We recognized that S.A.L.T. Kitchen, S.A.L.T. Bar and S.A.L.T. Lab were all huge hits on Silversea’s Silver Moon and Silver Dawn. So when designing our newest pair of ships, Silver Nova and Silver Ray, we expanded all of its spaces. In addition, S.A.L.T. Lab, which is definitely the most beautiful space of its kind at sea and, I’d argue on land, transforms at night into S.A.L.T. Chef’s Table, where guests watch chefs prepare a multi-course dinner – and enjoy it.

Stay tuned as we’ll keep you posted on more new initiatives for S.A.L.T.