Gourmet Guide

Described as "the trip of a lifetime," Griffith Gourmet offers a taste of a country's best foods... in France, Italy and elsewhere. Like at Julia Child's French country home.

For nearly a decade Elinor has organized cooking trips to Julia Child's former house in the South of France. That's where Julia wrote much of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two. (The incredible story of how Elinor ended up in Julia's cozy kitchen is found in her new book, The Virtues of Cooking.) Chef Kathie Alex always welcomes each group warmly with Kir Royals and soon, following her expert instruction, everyone is preparing and savoring the most divine meals. Roast Duck with Lemon and Honey, Saffron-Seared Scallops, Salmon en Papillote avec Sauces aux Herbes. Yummy desserts like Pavlovas with Wild Strawberries. 

La Pitchoune, or the "Little Thing," Julia's vacation hideaway

La Pitchoune, or the "Little Thing," Julia's vacation hideaway

Stay tuned for upcoming plans to return to La Pitchoune, Julia's name for her country home. Meanwhile, to take an armchair tour and see mouth-watering cooking photos, click on this link!

 Elinor is leading groups to another favorite culinary and cultural destination, in Italy. In May 2016, for the fourth time, she has organized a standout week at the Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890:  2 gourmet meals -- a Degustazione and a Tradizione; breakfast, too -- in its Michelin-starred restaurant, 3 cooking classes in its state-of-the-art test kitchen (using green no-heat induction cooking) and daily cultural activities along the Amalfi Coast. There's a visit and meal, for instance, at a buffalo "spa" where hundreds of bovines are coddled with water misters and automated back-scratchers so their rich milk can be turned into the most sublime mozzarella, yogurt and ice cream imaginable. Nearby in Paestum is another "must-stop" at one of the best-preserved Greek ruins in Italy. Other trip highlights? Journeying down old Roman roads to the family's organic farm, on cliffs overlooking the island of Capri, the road ever thinner, vegetation sparse. Surprise! A luscious garden then awaits: tomatoes, artichokes, fava beans and other favorite Italian staples. Groves of lemon and olive trees. Chickens scratching around....

One never knows who might be dining at the much-acclaimed restaurant. On a recent trip “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten was dining at the next table with her husband Jeffrey. 

Gourmet culinary trips also to Paris, Istanbul and Morocco.

In a word, what's it like to cook in Julia Child's kitchen? "AWESOME" is the unanimous reply!

In a word, what's it like to cook in Julia Child's kitchen? "AWESOME" is the unanimous reply!

Join Elinor in 2017

May 7 - 13, Cooking in Italy

A Foodie's Delight: Spend a week at the Don Alfonso 1890, a charming Relais & Chateaux property overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius and near the Amalfi Coast, with a Michelin-starred restaurant. Boat over to Capri, too. To read more about the culinary adventures, 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