Food tourism seems to come in two extremes — ultra high-end food tours where you explore a Florentine market and then learn how to cook pasta in the kitchen of a famous cookbook author (for hundreds of dollars per hour) or trooping through a cheese-making plant (free, but not engaging).
Those of us who love to eat and travel have envied Tony Bourdain when he watches a master chef hand-pull noodles in Hong Kong or shares a simple but delicious apres-hunt meal with the legendary chef Paul Bocuse. (Maybe not so much when he eats “the last few inches of semi-cleaned poop chute” from a Kalahari wart-hog…)
But there has to be some way us “regular people” can have food adventures that are both interactive and affordable. At least, that’s my theory. And I hope to test it out on my trip. To that end, I’ve booked a hands-on chocolate-making workshop in Ghent, Belgium, a tour from Bologna to see prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese made, and a third visit to the Salon du Chocolate in Paris. And I’m hoping to find other ways I can travel and eat like Bourdain!