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Access Trips: Wine Country Culinary Tour – Sonoma, California

Join us on a culinary journey to Sonoma, in the heart of California’s Wine Country, with handcrafted wines and delectable meals sourced from small local farms. Nestled in a lush valley with trellised vineyards climbing the surrounding hills, and bound by a central plaza and a historic Spanish mission, Sonoma is arguably one of the most beautiful towns in California.

Step far off the tourist path for an intimate cooking and wine adventure with Sonoma’s finest local chefs and vintners, as you learn to cook with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Our Sonoma culinary tour includes cooking classes taught by expert chefs, dinners at the best restaurants in town, wine tasting at one of the oldest family wineries in California, and a hike with spectacular views of the valley. During your free time you’ll relax at Sonoma’s premier boutique inn and spa.

Thanks to an abundance of organic and fresh local produce, our chefs are able create scrumptious menus that change seasonally to reflect the best of what Sonoma has to offer. On our Sonoma culinary tour you’ll learn how to create delicious meals that showcase the best of California cuisine. Our chefs will not only show you how to prepare a meal that compliments the season, but will also give you tips on how to get creative with the recipe at home. Once the cooking classes are over, we’ll all sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labor, along with a delicious glass of local wine.

DAY 1: Arrive & Relax
Pick up from Bay Area airport and transfer to our luxurious hotel & spa in downtown Sonoma. Dinner at Harvest Moon Café.

DAY 2: Tour Sonoma & Taste Its Delicacies
Morning walking tour of historic Sonoma. Afternoon wine tour and cheese tastings. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY 3: Cooking Class & Hike
Morning cooking class and lunch. Afternoon hike followed by a visit to the local Farmer’s Market in season. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY4: Cooking Class & Farm Tour
Late morning cooking class and tour of organic gardens, olive groves, and vineyards. Afternoon hike and chocolate tasting. Farewell dinner. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY 5: Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight home.

Dates: April-October

Prices: From $2590

Skill level: Beg – Int

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Jody Eddy: Culinary Tour of Iceland

We are excited to announce our inaugural culinary adventure in Iceland, August 16th-23rd, 2013. Its extraordinary people, landscape and cuisine never cease to amaze and inspire and I am thrilled to invite you to explore the unique beauty of Iceland with me.

No other culinary tour of this nation offers the unique gastronomic adventures of Iceland Culinary Tours. Hosted by myself and Icelandic chef Kjartan Gislason, each day is designed to ignite your senses, fuel your dreams, and inspire your sense of adventure.

Between dips in geothermal pools, afternoons of Icelandic horseback riding, and sailing tours to remote northern islands, you will be introduced to many of the traditional food producers Jody is profiling in the cookbook she is co-writing with chef Gunnar Karl Gislason of Dill in Reykjavik.

These visits will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to learn about the fascinating culinary history of Iceland from the people who are sometimes single-handedly preserving their nation’s gastronomic traditions. Jaw-dropping vistas of thunderous waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, and smokey geysers will exalt our imaginations as unforgettable meals with some of Iceland’s most celebrated chefs sate our appetites.

We invite you to join us on this unforgettable Arctic culinary adventure!

TOTAL COST: $3900*

* This price is for a double room. We will be happy to match you with a roommate should you be a solo traveler. Should you prefer a single room, a supplemental fee of $350 applies.

The trip will include a total of 12 guests

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Delicious Israel: Regional Area Culinary Safari

Delicious Israel offers foodies and culture-seekers a unique and adventurous way to vacation and connect with Israel – through their passion. Our culinary and boutique specialty tours are limited to small groups so that together we can veer off the beaten path to eat, explore, learn and experience the authentic “insider” scene of Israeli lifestyle, history and culture.

Sample itinerary, Carmel area:

Just an hour away from Tel Aviv, the Carmel region combines a multi-cultural environment (Jewish, Arab and Druze populations co-existing) with a rich land ripe for producing high-quality foods.

We will visit a variety of local producers including:

  • Visit to goat farm, meeting with the owner, and tastings of homemade goat cheeses
  • Wine tasting with the winemaker or owner at a boutique winery
  • Learning and tasting at a spice shop that grows the herbs/spices locally – the “Toys-R-Us for foodies”
  • Druze hospitality in the home of a Druze woman that cooks incredible local ethnic foods from recipes passed down through the generations
  • Optional visits to: ancient olive oil press (organic olives and café), homemade jam producer, boutique organic beer brewery and/or organic wine makers, artisanal chocolate maker.

Time: 7-8 hours

Similar safaris can be arranged in the Jerusalem Hills, Galil, Golan Heights

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Calgary Food Tours

We want to take you out of your ordinary routine for the day so you’ll have a mini-break and a bit of an adventure. You’ll explore Calgary in a way you never have. We know the tastiest neighbourhoods. We are friends with chefs and food business owners and we’ll connect you with our favourites. Our Inglewood’s Edible Enticements and Urban Hike for the Uptown Appetite get you out of your car and exploring the hidden treasures of these neighbourhoods on foot.

We are also proud of Calgary’s ethnic diversity and have developed three tours to showcase some of them. The International Intrigue is a deluxe tour with a private bus that explores Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian, German, Dutch, Swiss, Austrian, and North, Central, and South American influences in our city. The Celebration of Chinatown tour highlights the 100 plus years of Canadian Chinese in Calgary with interpretation of art and architecture, discovery of artifacts and of course Chinese food, tea and goodies. A Passage to India takes participants to “Little India” for a sumptuous buffet, shopping for staples and then a private hands-on class with Indian cooking legend, Mrs. Noorbanu Nimji of www.aspicytouch.com fame.

We are also pleased to be the organizers of City Palate Magazine’s Annual Foodie Tootles tours to farms near Calgary. As a long time Slow Food supporter, and former steering committee member, owner Karen Anderson has far reaching friendships with Alberta’s good, clean and fair food producers and farmers. Each year she carefully selects an itinerary for the tours that highlights the abundance of produce in Alberta and the dedicated farmers and food artisans behind those products. We usually visit 3 farms or businesses, taking time to tour the operation and getting to know the farmer or food artisan. Meals for the day are carefully planned to showcase Alberta’s bounty.

All Calgary Food Tours can include the following elements:
• tasting a variety of food and beverages – some of the tours can include a full lunch or dinner with wine and
some are more about covering a lot of territory and tasting along the way
• introductions to food producers, artisans, business owners and chefs
• cooking demos
• recipes and important information on ingredients
• participants always receive a gift and sometimes valuable discounts.

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Taste Carolina: Downtown Greensboro 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.

Theaters, parks, galleries and restaurants line the historic Elm street area in downtown Greensboro. On this guided tour of the revitalized downtown, modern culture and incredible food intertwine with over 200 years of history. You`ll talk with chefs and owners who are partnering with nearby small farms to offer fresh, innovative, and eclectic cuisine. From modern upscale restaurants to hole-in-the-wall artisanal food shops to decadent desserts, Greensboro is sure to surprise and delight!

Tours are Available for Registration on this Website EVERY Saturday.
(Tours are also available weekdays by advance appointment for groups of eight or more).
2:00-5:15
$42.50, $44.98 with service fee
Register in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/13086
Free public parking is available along the street or in the nearby Bellemeade parking deck. Please see http://www.downtowngreensboro.org/citylight/go/bellemeade-st-parking-deck for more information.
Meet in front of Undercurrent Restaurant, 327 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro, at 1:45.
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: Chapel Hill / Carrboro 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.

Go behind the scenes of Carrboro restaurants and its renowned farmers` market, where traditional and modern `farm-to-table` cuisine comes to life. From fine-dining restaurants to mom & pop sandwich shops, sample innovative and upscale southern dishes, house-made chocolates, local meats and cheeses, organic wine, local beer, made-from-scratch pie, and more. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat!

Tours are Available EVERY Saturday.
(Tours are also available weekdays by advance appointment for groups of four 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 in Carrboro is available. See http://walkcarrboro.com/map.html for details.
Meet in front of Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro, at 10:45.
Wear comfortable shoes; this tour is between 1.5 and 2 miles of walking.
Runs rain or shine.
Dress appropriately for the weather.

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Estancia Vik José Ignacio: South American Barbeque – Uruguay

Estancia Vik José Ignacio, inspired by the magnificent landscape of José Ignacio, its vast rolling hills, rugged countryside and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, has been designed to preserve the untouched beauty of its natural surroundings. A traditional Uruguayan barbeque has been built at the north side of the Estancia, mirroring the ancient tin galpons found wherever the gauchos roamed; this too having the traditional tin walls with a large central fireplace or “fogon.” Marcelo Legrand, a notable Uruguayan artist, who also designed one of the Estancia’s suites, has painted the walls and ceiling in his brilliantly chaotic style, bringing a contemporary flair to this traditional space.
Food enthusiasts now have the opportunity to live a day in the life of a gaucho at Estancia Vik. Guests can now experience and indulge in a traditional South American barbeque through this unique package.

  • Prepare the coals according to tradition with master Chef Marcelo
  • Go fishing in the local lagoon
  • Travel down to the beach to meet the fishermen who bring in the catch of the day
  • Pick fresh herbs in the organic garden
  • Learn how to cook the food according to the ancient traditions
  • $150 per person

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Taste Lebanon: 7-Day Culinary Journey

Food is a wonderful means for one to delve into the soul of a culture and learn more about its people, their customs & traditions. Sitting down and breaking bread with a total stranger is a beautifully unifying and enriching experience. It is our endeavor with this journey, to share this experience with you.

If you’ve always wanted to learn more about Lebanese food and experience first hand what it’s really like to enjoy and make an authentic, lavish, Mediterranean spread then this is the journey for you.

This seven-day culinary journey across Lebanon will leave you with a well-rounded taste of Lebanon through each of its region’s specialties. You will visit six different regions: Beirut, Batroun, Tripoli, the North, Mount Lebanon, and Ba’albeck, savoring each local specialty and learning the process and technique that goes into making that certain dish that each area is renown for.This will be a very personal tour and you will be invited into people’s homes across the country to learn the authentic techniques behind their specialties. This is an opportunity and an authentic experience you would not have traveling on your own.The tour cost includes hotel, breakfast everyday, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, refreshments during the tour, culinary activities, transport to and from the airport as well as all locations on the tour itinerary, visa, and our English speaking services. Our affiliated hotel of choice is the 5 star Regency Palace.

Tour activities depending on season and availability:
Fish your own- boat trip (optional)
Harvest your own- short discussion on local farming
Demonstration on Arabic bread and the extra-thin mountain bread on Saj
Demonstration on sujuk & basterma (Armenian sausage & cured meat)
Demonstration on Kebbeh making (national dish)
Demonstration on baklawa/and or halawet el jebn (Lebanese desserts)
Kitchen Workshop on Lebanese mezza
Visits to Souks- ancient and new
Visit to a seven-story Middle Eastern sweets castle
Visit to a dairy farm
Visit to a butcher & bakery (watch process of sfiha, miniature minced lamb pies, from to start to finish)
Visit to olive groves & olive oil pressing
Visit to a vineyard with wine tasting
Visit to a Arak distillery (Lebanon’s national drink, similar to ouzo and pastis)
Visit to wild za’atar fields
Mouneh demonstrations; kishk, burghul, awarma, etc.

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Cooking at Camont: Master the art of Gascon cooking

Come to Camont for a long weekend or a week’s course and explore the classic French cooking techniques behind recipes that define Gascon cooking. Each day’s seasonal menu is born at the local markets and farms where we meet producers and learn to choose vegetables at their freshest, cheese at its ripest, and the perfect cut of meat for the dishes we create.

The dishes you’ll cook form the backbone of French regional cooking in the Southwest and as we explore the classic French techniques – sauteing, braising, roasting, baking and grilling – through the famous dishes of the region.

More cuisine familial than haute cuisine, Gascony celebrates local food from its farms and artisan producers in one of France’s most diverse agriculture regions. This abundant harvest gives birth to regional specialties like garbure, poule-au-pot, lapin aux pruneaux, confit de canard, foie gras en torchon, and gigot d’agneau aux haricots.

Course details:

We start in the morning for the first of our intensive day-long classes. Working only with local farm fresh ingredients and classic French techniques, we create exemplary seasonal menus that reflect terroir in the cooking of Southwest France. We cook for 6 hours per day – breaking for a long French lunch  from the best seasonal Gascon produce! And of course, cooking isn’t only about recipes and ingredients. On market days, we’ll take you to our favorite farmers’ market to meet some of our favorite artisan food producers.

Example day:

9:30- 12:30  Meet at Camont for a morning of classic French techniques creating starters and main courses.

12:30-2:00   Our French lunch on the terrace breaks the day as we celebrate the arts of the table.

2:00-5:00:   The sweet afternoon is devoted to creating Kate’s fool-proof buttery pastry and other desserts famous in Gascony which we indulge in the traditional afternoon gouter with coffee, tea or an aperitif!

Spring / summer dates in 2012

Three-day courses: 27 – 29 April / 18 – 20 May / 15 – 17 June

Five-day courses: 28 May – 1 June / 2 – 6 July / 30 July – 3 August

Autumn / winter dates in 2012

Three-day courses: 5 – 7 October / 2 – 4 November

Five-day courses: 3 – 7 September / 22 – 26 October

Price

2500€ per person (5 days) / 1750€ per person (3 days)

This price includes daily classes from 9:30 am- 5:00 pm, excursions, all lunches with wine, and supplies. (Please note: dinners and board aren’t included, so please see here for our pick of local places to stay. Of course, we’ll happily bring you to and from Camont for classes!)

Info and reservations:

To book, email katehill@email.com with the subject line Cookery course 3 or Cookery course 5.

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ChocoMuseo Guatemala: Chocolate-Making Class

THEORY

  • A presentation of cacao, how it grows and is harvested
  • Presentation of the chocolate making process “from beans to bar”

PRACTICE

  • Roasting of the cacao beans
  • Cacao Husk removal
  • Grinding of the cacao nibs with a mortar and pestle similar to the metate and mano used by the Mayas
  • Refining and conching of the cacao paste in a melangeur

COOKING

  • Preparation of 3 chocolate drinks : Cacao tea, Mayan hot chocolate, European hot chocolate
  • Preparation of your own chocolates, with a selection of ingredients: almonds, nuts, coffee beans…

ENJOYING

  • Tasting of cacao tea
  • Tasting of a two hot chocolates
  • You can leave with your own handmade chocolate bar and bring it back to your friends and family, 30 min after the end of the workshop

HOW DO I ENROLL?

Workshops can be done any day, at 11am, 1.30pm or 4pm.
Just book at least a day in advance (but we always try to be even more flexible):

  • Book at ChocoMuseo’s reception or
  • e-mail us: Guatemala@ChocoMuseo.com or
  • call us: (+502) 7832 4520

A minimum of 3 people per workshop is requested.

WHAT IS THE PRICE?

The 2 hours “from beans to bar” workshop costs Q 150 per adult and Q 120 per kid from 4 to 12 years old.

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