If you’re a traveler who focuses on the culinary side of life, next time you head to a destination, why not book a local cooking class? You’ll get to experience true cuisine in its finest and most natural state!
Some of us travel for sports, others travel for nature. But a few of us travel for the food and only the food. Foodie travel is a worldwide trend that is here to stay, and those of us traveling aren’t only traveling to eat. We’re traveling to learn how to cook those authentic meals we had on those wonderful adventures; we’re traveling to work on organic coffee plantations and learn more about what’s in our cup; we’re traveling to butcher shops, fishmongers, beekeepers and more — to learn. So here’s a list of sites you should travel to this season, all ready to inspire you both in the kitchen and out.
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
This is a foodie’s dream vacation come true! Blackberry Farm has some of the best culinary explorations available in all the U.S., perfect if you’re either a novice or professional chef. If you’re into gardening, why not spend the day with the master gardener as he guides you through the heritage and craft of sowing. Love being in the kitchen? Trail an executive chef for a day and experience his routine. Learn about what needs to be done to get menus ready, food ordered and dinners served. And if you love to sip your calories, you can choose from a beer, wine or whiskey tasting, guided by one of their on-site experts.
The White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport, Maine
Head to gorgeous Maine and stay at The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, where you can enjoy private cooking classes with Grand Chef Cartwright or Executive Sous Chef Derek Bissonnette. Classes last approximately two hours and students will be preparing dishes for the evening menu. You can opt for just the class or stay for dinner to eat your creations!
The Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Florida
The Biltmore Hotel in Miami has its very own Culinary Academy, hosted by some amazing chefs from around the world. You’ll learn from chefs from Dominican Republic, France, the U.S. and Italy. Classes are catered to your abilities and they offer both adult and children’s programs. Other classes include three-day boot camps, private classes and team building options for companies.
The Harbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard
Join Executive Chef Nathan Gould on a foraging tour of the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Chef at the prestigious Harbor View Hotel, Gould sources his meats, produce and fish from local farms and nearby coastal waters. These foraging tours start being offered in the fall and what you forage depends on the season. This fall, he expects to stumble upon lots of sea beans, sassafras, rose hips and watercress. Depending on the group, the foraging tour can end with a class on how to prepare the new-found ingredients.