For over a decade Elinor has organized luxury cooking trips to standout destinations in Europe, such as Julia Child's former home in the South of France. Or to the much-acclaimed, Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890 near Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Or to Paris, for behind-the-scenes culinary and cultural adventures on the Left Bank.
What’s cooking' next? Coming up in May 2018, Griffith Gourmet will head back to the Don Alfonso, a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel — the sixth trip to this “must-visit” destination for food enthusiasts. A secret to the restaurant’s success, proclaims chef-owner Alfonso Iaccarino, is his family’s organic farm, La Peracciole. At the end of the Sorrentine Peninsula overlooking Capri, reached only via narrow, twisty roads built by the Romans high on the sun-kissed cliffs, this is the hotel’s fresh-off-the-vine pantry. Oranges and lemons, olive trees everywhere, artichokes, fava beans and plump San Marzano tomatoes… ready to be turned lovingly into elegant dishes. The family’s slogan is apt: “Quando il cibo è amore,” or when food is love!
And what an incredible week is planned: 2 gourmet meals -- a Degustazione and a Tradizione; breakfast, too, 3 cooking classes/lunches in the Don Alfonso’s state-of-the-art test kitchen and gloriously fun cultural activities. Such as a boat ride over to Capri.
One never knows who might be dining at the next table. Not long ago at the Don Alfonso, “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten was with her husband Jeffrey.
In the October 2018, Griffith Gourmet is excited to offer again its "PopUp in Paris" tour. Think eating... at Chef Alain Ducasse's Jules Vernes restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower, for instance, and a class at his cooking school. Chef Ducasse is often described as the “most Michelin starred chef in the world." Click for details on what was offered in 2017.
Stay tuned for plans for Griffith Gourmet to return to Julia Child's French country home, La Pitchoune, or “The Little Thing.” This is where Elinor has taken groups for years. Meanwhile, for an armchair tour of this culinary paradise, click on this link!
The incredible story of how Elinor ended up bringing foodies to cook in Julia's cozy kitchen... think Salmon en Papillote and Pavlovas with Red Berries... can be found in her book, The Virtues of Cooking.)
Griffith Gourmet will gladly organize custom trips to France, Italy, Morocco or elsewhere.
DESCRIBED AS "THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME," GRIFFITH GOURMET OFFERS A TASTE OF A COUNTRY'S BEST FOOD... IN ITALY, FRANCE AND ELSEWHERE.
May 6 - 12, 2018, Cooking + Culture in Italy
Luxuriate for a week at the Don Alfonso 1890, a charming Relais & Chateaux property overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius, with a fabulous Michelin-starred restaurant. And guess what? It was named Best Italian Restaurant 2017 by TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice Awards.
To read more about the upcoming 2018 culinary adventures near the Amalfi Coast, click here.
“Meals Worth the Price of a Plane Ticket" and "10 Restaurants Worthy of Leaving a Ship For"
—The Don Alfonso makes The New York Times
October 2018: PopUp in Paris: Cooking + Culture
Paris is glorious in the fall, the crowds gone and temperatures perfect for exploring the city. So if you’ve always wanted to explore Paris (or are itching to return) AND love to eat, this trip is for you! You'll stay in a Left Bank 4 star, artsy hotel.
To read more about the 2017 culinary adventures in Paris, click here.