Join my friend and neighbor Elinor Griffith of Griffith Gourmet on one of two upcoming European culinary adventures. This is the eighth year that Elinor has been organizing these unique trips.
An Insider’s Taste of Paris, April 27 – May 3, 2014
Among the fun planned is cooking (and eating) in the 17th-century home of the author of The Ethnic Paris Cookbook. Also, dining at Alain Ducasse’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Jules Verne, atop the Eiffel Tower. And then for Ducasse-inspired recipes, on another day you’ll have a hands-on lesson at his fabulous cooking school, for example, learning how to make macaroons at La Cuisine Paris. This trip includes dinner reservations at the oldest restaurant in Paris, La Petite Chaise. (The food is classic and delicious!) As for accommodations, your home away from home will be a boutique hotel on the Left Bank, steps from the Seine where you can pop into the Rodin Museum, or stop to see Monet’s Waterlilies at the Musee de l’Orangerie. Plenty of time for shopping too.
Viva Italia — the Don Alfonso 1890, May 4 – May 10, 2014
Master chef Alfonso Iaccarino, his wife Livia, and their sons chef Ernesto and Mario will welcome you warmly to their Relais & Chateaux property. Only eight suites in all with food so delectable the restaurant attracts people like Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten for its coveted Michelin-starred meals. The Don Alfonso also has a separate demo kitchen for cooking lessons, three glorious days in all. Elinor’s planned wonderful excursions, from chartering a boat to go to the nearby island of Capri to having a driver escort the group for a day of poking around the Amalfi Coast. And then back to your charming Italian “home” and time to chat with Livia and the others. Oops, a visit to the family’s organic farm along the sea is another unforgettable highlight.
For more information on these culinary adventures, visit Griffith Gourmet.