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Matthew Kenney to Open New Restaurant Concept in Costa Rica in January 2020


Los Angeles, CA (12/5/19): Celebrity Chef and Wellness Entrepreneur, Matthew Kenney, is

adding a notable location to his list of plant-based dining concepts. Later this month, Matthew

Kenney Cuisine, in partnership with Youri Benoiston, Lamia Funti, and Marcus Andrews, will

open Casa Planta, a farm-to-table restaurant creating unique takes on local cuisine, located in

the new IGLOO Beach Lodge hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The restaurant will be

situated within walking distance to the area’s national park and just steps from the pristine


The partnership will launch at the tail end of an expansive year for Matthew Kenney Cuisine

(Kenney’s restaurant group). Adding to the recent opening of the incredibly successful Plant City

in Providence, RI, MKC is set to open Hungry Angelina, a casual dining option in California and

New York this year, as well as an Italian concept in San Francisco, and a raw-vegan restaurant

on the top floor of the ALO Yoga flagship store in NYC–just to name a few.

Casa Planta will add to MKC’s international profile, which currently includes restaurants in

Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, and Australia, and will be the first of several projects to launch in

Costa Rica in the coming months. With Casa Planta, Kenney will combine his extensive

experience in hospitality and plant-based cuisine with his passion for the rich variety and unique

flavors of Costa Rica using locally-sourced ingredients.

Sustainability is at the core of Casa Planta’s mission. Kenney intends to practice sustainable

ideals, put a high value on overall wellness, and a focus on energy conservation, locally grown

foods, and a connection to nature. The priority is to create a delicious, health-conscious way of

life through a plant-based practice.

Costa Rica is taking the lead on environmental and sustainable practices and is set to become

the first Carbon neutral free country by 2021.

“Opening my first restaurant in Costa Rica with my friend Youri brings me home. I grew up in

Maine, where I was surrounded by wildlife and developed a deep love of and connection to

nature. Costa Rica is abundant with fresh aromatic fruits and vegetables year-round, and aligns

perfectly with my roots and values.”

The mission is to create a delicious, health-conscious way of life through a plant-based practice.

Costa Rica is taking the lead on environmental and sustainable practices and is set to become

the first Carbon neutral free country by 2021. The goal is to produce a better quality of life for

everyone who steps foot in the space and create an all-encompassing effort to create a whole

and “pure life”.

IGLOO Beach Lodge, also set to open in November, is a provider of luxury, eco-tourism

accommodations and out of the ordinary travel experiences. The property exists to meet the

ever-increasing demand for out of the ordinary travel experiences and the growing desire for

sustainable tourism in one of the world’s most breathtaking locations.



Matthew Kenney graduated from the French Culinary Institute and, after working in upscale

New York City kitchens, opened a number of his own highly regarded restaurants in New York

and along the East Coast. He has earned several awards, including being named one of

America’s Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine and was twice nominated as a Rising

Star Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. Kenney has appeared on numerous food

and talk shows and regularly lectures on the subject of food and health, including a highly

watched TEDx talk in 2011. Matthew Kenney Cuisine has expanded with a presence across

several major U.S. and International cities, as Kenney continues his mission of crafting the

future of food.


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