Abraham Salum

As culinary director of Hotel Emma, John Brand is a true representative of that uniquely American class of chef—self-taught—having worked his way up to become a nationally recognized chef from a teenage dishwasher in Wisconsin.Twenty-five years later his vision is guiding Hotel Emma’s raison d'etre: a great hotel, the cultural and culinary center ofthe city—the place with the best restaurant, the best martini, and the place we meet to celebrate, make deals, and showoff what we love most about where we live. . Led by Chef Brand’s vision, Hotel Emma boasts an array of contemporary cuisine and dining options that are comforting and imaginative.


Culinary Specialists

Music Entertainment

Texas Flood has become the premier Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute act in the nation. With guitarist Tommy Katona leading the way, they bring the raw high energy of music and stage presence that Stevie Ray himself had. They have had the privilege of traveling all over the country with their tribute act. It is not only a show, but a recreated experience of one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. This is their loving tribute to the life and music of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Tommy’s big dream was that someday he could go to Texas to play the blues. Just a few years later his dream came true. His first visit to Texas was in 2006. He attended the Stevie Ray Vaughan fan club tour and the SRV Ride and concert in Dallas. He was able to play with local Texas greats such as Wes Jeans, Texas Slim, Jim Suhler, Cheryl Arena and Alan Haynes.

Air-Inclusive Rates from $1700/person

Join Us

Join 2 Getaway Travel and Chef's John Brand and Abraham Salum for a culinary adventure to touch your senses of smell and taste, a look at some of the artist of the Riviera Maya to touch your sense of sight and the musical art of the Texas Flood, from Texas to touch your hearing.  All this takes place September 17-23 at the Gourmet Inclusive El Dorado, Casitas Royale Resort & Spa and Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma.  

Chef Salum is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont; he expanded his skills in kitchens in France, Belgium, Mexico, and the United States. Realizing his dream by opening Salum in 2005, he has proven to be a legitimate fixture in the competitive Dallas restaurant market. Salum is also a sought-after catering resource for private parties in the Dallas area, and is a popular choice for celebrations and functions, including parties for the Dallas Opera. Chef Salum has made frequent appearances on the local morning show Good Morning Texas, and Salum is a featured “D Best” restaurant in the prestigious local D Magazine. Chef Salum was also invited to be a Celebrity chef for Super Bowl XLV at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dedicated to charity and community, Chef Salum is actively involved in events benefitting March of Dimes, The American Heart Association, AIDS Resources Center, and Lone Star Ride. Other contributions include the Crystal Charity Ball, Toast of Life and the DIFFA Style Council.

John Brand

Texas Flood


Meet & Greet BBQ Beach Party w/ Music @ The White Gazebo - 6:30 PM


Foccacia Grill Pool Party w/ Music @ The Spot - 12:30 PM


Family Style Dinner @ Santa Fe - 7:00 PM


Mayan Market @ Jungle Rock - 12:00 PM

Concert @ The Salon- 8:30 PM


​Gala Dinner @ Fuentes Culinary Theater - 7:30 PM