<Some years I don’t go far from home, but this year is one with several trips, each one very different. First was Southeast Asia and now my bags are packed for an extraordinary week long Foodie Adventure in the Loire Valley of France.
Let me tell you about these wonderful Foodie Adventures. They are the brainchild of Chef Michael Salmon and Mary Jo Brink who own the well known Hartstone Inn in Camden, Maine. The inn, by the way, was recently named one of the top 10 culinary inns in the world so that gives you a hint how tasty a Foodie Adventure will be. Chef Michael introduced Foodie Adventures in Tuscany 4 years ago. France was added a year later, and in 2014 would be chefs can choose between those two and newly added Spain. These trips book quickly, so if your interest is piqued, you better sign up early.
Much of the week is spent visiting food related places whether they be wineries, cheese or chocolate makers or markets teeming with tantalizing fresh meats, seafood and vegetables. While we are out Chef Michael shops for the dinner that we will prepare that evening and gets the kitchen organized for the afternoon cooking session.
It’s hard to say what the best part of the Foodie Adventure is. Of course, you expect the food to be wonderful, but so are the places selected for us to stay. I thought nothing could beat the villa in Tuscany, but the chateau we are calling home for the next week is pretty special.
Speaking of leaving, it’s time to don my apron, one of the many special touches Mary Jo adds, and get to the kitchen to begin preparing dinner. On another day I’ll share with you a recipe or two, so do come back.
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