Cooking Abroad

If you’ve ever dreamed of eating your way around the world, a cooking trip abroad can be a multilevel adventure, introducing you to new foods, as well as the customs and values of a foreign culture.

Here are just a few destinations and resources to consider (prices vary; contact the organization for detailed information):

Cooking With Friends in France — A culinary immersion program just outside of Nice that includes cooking classes with professional chefs, fine dining, visits to markets, butcher shops and a cheese ripening cave, and opportunities to cook in Julia Child’s kitchen in Provence. 800-236-9067;

Culinary Travel Adventures — This culinary travel organization offers cooking demonstrations and hands-on lessons from top chefs in luxurious destinations around the world, including Amalfi, Provence, Tuscany, the Orient, Vietnam, Spain, South America, Africa, Australia and Mexico. 847-209-5782;

Epiculinary — This culinary tour company offers more than 50 cooking vacations in Europe and North America, including “Cycling and Cooking in the Loire Valley” (France), “Cooking and Health in Umbria” (Italy) and “Secret Flavors of Dalmatia” (Croatia). 888-380-9010;

Fairburn Farm — This culinary retreat in Duncan, British Columbia, offers seasonal programs that include farmers’ market tours, one-day cooking classes, a weeklong “Culinary Boot Camp” and Italian-style lunches on a working farm. 250-746-4637;

The International Kitchen — This culinary company offers one- to nine-day cooking adventures in Italy, France and Spain. Getaways include the “Robert Ash Cookery School at Rue Du Lac” (France), “Pilates and Cooking Discovery” (Italy) and “Taste of Catalonia” (Spain). 800-945-8606;


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