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Williams-Sonoma Cooking School – San Francisco and Chicago

The newly created Williams-Sonoma Cooking School in San Francisco offers a variety of classes focused on range of topics from the basics of learning to cook to mastering specific techniques or exploring a new cuisine. Classes for up to 12 people are customized to suit all experience levels, from beginner to advanced cook. In each class, small groups of students prepare and cook meals at state-of-the art mobile cooking stations in a fully outfitted professional kitchen with hands-on instruction from Williams-Sonoma resident professional chefs as well as local guest chefs.

The school also offers 5-day courses called “Learn To Cook in a Week” so students can master the essential cooking methods to become an accomplished cook, such as braising and poaching or steaming and baking. Additionally, customized private classes for up to 10 students are a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or holiday with friends and family. You choose the menu and at the end of the hands-on class the group enjoys a 3-course meal together.

Two, three, and four-hour classes are priced from $75 – $155, 5-day cooking courses are $500, Children’s Classes are $65 and Customized Classes are $1,500.

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A Taste of Spain: The Ultimate Foodie Tour of Spain

Experience what’s cooking in Spain! Join us for a culinary tour through Madrid, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Catalonia.

  • Savor the great food which Spain is famous for: from Tapas and Paella to Basque Gastronomic Societies and avant-garde cuisine
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culinary and cultural scene of Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona – with accommodation at 4* centrally located hotels
  • Visit the colourful Boqueria food market with our local expert chef, and join him in a hands-on Mediterranean cooking class
  • Enjoy a second – truly unique – cooking class, this time at a famous  members-only Gastronomic Society in San Sebastian
  • Taste and learn about extraordinary Rioja wines and Spanish Olive oils through private visits to traditional producers
  • Discover the fascinating world of Ibérico ham and Sherry wines on a special meal themed around these extraordinary products
  • Experience the diverse cultures, landscapes and foods of Spain by the hand of our local culinary guide

When:

  • September 30th to October 7th, 2012
  • May 12th to May 19th, 2013
  • September 29th to October 6th, 2013

Group size: 10 to 16 persons

What’s included:

  • Expert English-speaking local culinary guides throughout the itinerary
  • Deluxe private bus for all transfers and excursions
  • Domestic airfare Bilbao-Barcelona in Economy class
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in double room, at selected 4* hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome drink with tapas
  • 6 lunches as per the itinerary – 2 of them following private cooking classes –  all accompanied with fine Spanish wines
  • 3 dinners as per the itinerary, all accompanied with fine Spanish wines
  • Private culinary/cultural visits and activities as per the itinerary
  • Entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Gourmet Gift
  • All local taxes

Pricing:

  • 2.630 Euros per person
  • Single supplement: 425 Euros
  • International airfare not included

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Taste Carolina: Winston-Salem Walking Tours – North Carolina

Whether you`re a local resident or a visitor, let us guide you to six to eight restaurants and shops serving innovative food sourced locally from farm-to-table. You`ll have opportunities to talk with chefs and owners, and along the way, our professional guides will tell you about local history and cool new developments in town. Join us in sampling incredible cuisine while discovering what makes the Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina so special.

Thriving business, arts and music communities, amazing architecture, and fantastic restaurants define downtown Winston-Salem. But it`s the friendliness of the residents and a prevailing Southern character that creates a unique urban and independent vibe. On these guided tours, discover how chefs and owners are using locally-sourced ingredients to create masterful contemporary Southern dishes and treats.

Tours are available EVERY Saturday.
(Tours are also available weekdays by advance appointment for groups of eight or more).

Winston-Salem: Downtown to West End Walking Tour
The 1:30 – 4:45 tour explores downtown to the beautiful and historic West End.

Winston-Salem: Downtown to Arts District Walking Tour
The 1:30 – 4:45 tour explores downtown to the lively and eclectic Arts District.
$42.50, $44.98 with service fee
These tours are also available as from 3:30 – 7:00. The cost of this cocktail hour tapas crawl tour is $62.50, $65.02 with service fee.
Register in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/13086
Free public parking is available along the street or in nearby parking decks. Please see http://www.dwsp.org/files/downtown-parking-map.pdf for more information.
Meet in front of Foothills Brewery, 638 W. 4th Street, Winston-Salem at 1:15, please arrive on time as the tours start promptly at 1:30.
Wear comfortable shoes; this tour is about 3 miles of walking.
Runs rain or shine.
Dress appropriately for the weather

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Taste Carolina: Historic Hillsborough Walking Tour – North Carolina

Whether you`re a local resident or a visitor, let us guide you to six to eight restaurants and shops serving innovative food sourced locally from farm-to-table. You`ll have opportunities to talk with chefs and owners, and along the way, our professional guides will tell you about local history and cool new developments in town. Join us in sampling incredible cuisine while discovering what makes the Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina so special.

Historic Hillsborough boasts Southern charm, 18th and 19th century architecture, and a vibrant literary and artistic scene. It is also home to fantastic restaurants with a true farm-to-table vibe. Talk with chefs, owners, and farmers while exploring Hillsborough`s history and architecture. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food… handmade chocolates, locally roasted coffees, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast!

Tours are available on selected Saturdays.
(Tours are also available weekdays by advance appointment for groups of eight or more).
11:00-2:15
$42.50, $44.98 with service fee
Register in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/13086
Public parking is available along the street or in nearby lots.
Meet in front of Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Chruton St., Hillsborough at 10:45.
Wear comfortable shoes; this tour is about 2 miles of walking.
Runs rain or shine.
Dress appropriately for the weather

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Taste Carolina: Downtown Raleigh Walking Tour – North Carolina

Whether you`re a local resident or a visitor, let us guide you to six to eight restaurants and shops serving innovative food sourced locally from farm-to-table. You`ll have opportunities to talk with chefs and owners, and along the way, our professional guides will tell you about local history and cool new developments in town. Join us in sampling incredible cuisine while discovering what makes the Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina so special.

The capital of North Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country. Known for effortlessly blending modern architecture with historic buildings and monuments, Raleigh showcases fine dining and eclectic eateries. Whether you`re a resident or a visitor, you`ll enjoy the opportunity to talk with chefs and owners who are serving innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, house-made chocolate, authentic barbecue, beautiful and delicious cupcakes, local beer, and organic wine. There`s something for everyone in Raleigh.

Tours are Available for Registration on this Website EVERY Saturday.
Sunday and Friday tours start in July.
(Tours are also available weekdays by advance appointment for groups of eight or more).
1:30-4:45, 2:00-5:15, & 3:30-7:00
$42.50, $44.98 with service fee
$62.50, $65.68 with service fee
The 3:30 tour includes some alcohol pairings.
Register in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/13086 (Saturdays)
Park in a downtown lot near Fayetteville or Wilmington Sts. in the 100 or 200 S. blocks. The Alexander Square Deck and the Moore Square Deck are close by.
Meet in the lobby of 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh at 1:15, 1:45, or 3:15. This building houses the Raleigh City Museum and is called, The Briggs Building. It is located directly across the street from The Mint Restaurant.
Wear comfortable shoes; this tour is between 2 and 3 miles of walking.
Runs rain or shine.
Dress appropriately for the weather.

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ChocoMuseo: Caco Farm Tour – Granada, Nicaragua

The Cacao Farm Tour is an exceptional 6 to 7 hours tour among the primary rainforest, cacao and banana plantations, thermal waters and mangrove…

Minimum: 4 people
4 people : US$ 65 per person (horse-back ride) – US$ 60 (walk)
5 to 10 people : US$ 60 per person (horse-back ride) – US$ 55 (walk)
Prices includes all transportation, guide, and lunch. IVA of 15% added to all prices below.

The cacao farm tour can be booked:
At ChocoMuseo
By phone: (+505) 2552 4678
By e-mail: ChocoMuseo@gmail.com or
Enjoy@HotelSpaGranada.com

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Vancouver Food Tour: Salt Spring Island Food Tour

Explore BC’s most prized Gulf Island, renown for its spectacular natural scenery, organic wineries and farms, vibrant art culture, and outdoor adventures. On this leisurely tour, indulge in Salt Spring Island’s famed wines, cheeses, mussels, oysters, and much more.

Guests can either meet the guides on the Island, or meet Melody at the docks in Downtown, Vancouver. A float plane will take guests on a picturesque ride and arrive at Salt Spring within half an hour.

Upon gathering the group and dropping off our bags, we’re off to our first delectable destination! We first take a tour of the famed Salt Spring Island Cheese farm, followed by a trip to an artisan baker better known as “The Bread Lady”. Saturday guests are treated to an extra detour to the eclectic Farmer’s Market.

Next, we cruise to Salt Spring’s only organic winery for a tour and a guided wine tasting. Upon deciding your favourite wine, let’s take several carafes onto the patio that over looks the winery. Guests are invited dive into their chef-prepared picnic baskets, filled with organic and local fare.

After the picnic with wine-pairings, we head down to a unique organic farm that supplies the attached restaurant. The farmer shares his strategic techniques to yield an array of produce to feed the entire establishment. We then experience the farmed goods, along with renowned Salt Spring Island Mussels on the airy restaurant patio.

A Salt Spring Island tour is not complete until guests savour freshly shucked Salt Spring oysters while overlooking the waters, and that’s exactly what we’ll do. Our tour wraps up with some squeezing of lemon, grating of fresh horseradish, and a whole lot of slurping.

As we say our farewells, the guides will help guests arrange transportation or accommodations.


[ Pre-register now: spaces will fill up quickly]

Tour Includes:

  • All meals, food, and samplings
  • Fun and informative guided tour with transportation
  • Drinks: Wine tasting and pairing and 1 pint of Salt Spring Island craft beer
    • Gratuities to your guide are highly appreciated

Time: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Price: $199 CDN per person without flight or $259 CDN per person with flight

Meeting Spot: On Salt Spring Island or Downtown, Vancouver. Exact location provided upon confirmation

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