The Foodie Community So ‘Inside’, You’d Think It’s The World’s Best Kept Secret
I can admit now. It is true. I have never been good when it comes to keeping secrets. Not even as a child.
(Sorry, Jake. Yes, it was me who told our grade school teacher you let the hamster out of the cage.)
Although my inability to keep a secret may have caused a few problems over the years, it is one of the reasons why I felt the need to share with other people many of the culinary secrets I have discovered while travelling. When you choose to accompany my family and me on one of our culinary adventures from Epicure Travel Group, you are being let into a tight-knit world-wide group of experienced chefs, producers, and food-lovers. It is like getting an all-access pass to a secret culinary society.
So, why is our food community so special? There is really only one answer: our foodies.
What makes our foodies so much better than the “experts” on other tours?
I know, I shouldn’t brag, but our family has met some of the most unique and expert foodies in the world during our travels. Whether we were learning how to make homemade pasta sauce in Sicily, or discovering the secrets of rolling an authentic stone-ground tortilla in New Mexico, we had the good fortune to be taught by knowledgeable and friendly culinary experts who were more than happy to share what they knew with our family.
When we first had the idea to start Epicure Tour Group, we knew we wanted to offer our guests the same type of experiences that we shared as a family. We looked at all of the culinary tours available from other companies at the time see what they were offering. It didn’t take us long to discover there wasn’t anything which could compare with the experiences we had.
I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.
Let’s face it; there are a lot of horrible “tourists” foodie experiences out there. We knew if we wanted to offer the best culinary tours for our guests, we had start from the very beginning. We travelled, we ate, and we met with dozens of food experts. Eventually we managed to separate the wheat from the chaff, and put together the ultimate culinary tour experiences.
Unlike those commercial, mass-marketed food tours, we take the time to get to know each of our food experts. We build trust, cultivate friendships, and form solid relationships with all of the farmers, chefs and producers we visit. We are continuously updating our tours to provide our guests with a wide range of experts who are happy to share their stories and skills, they will remember for a lifetime.
We maintain the highest standards. Before we accept any food expert as part of one of our tours, we make sure the person is:
- Kind (but not overbearing). It is always nice to meet someone who is outgoing and caring when you travel, but no one wants to feel overwhelmed by excessive attention. On an Epicure Group Tour, our experts give you all of the support you need without taking away any control from you. You won’t find a new mother on our tours, but you will meet many knowledgeable new friends to guide you.
- Smart (but not stuffy). Being intelligent is a good trait, but trying to prove just how intelligence you are, is not. All of the foodies on our tours are true food geniuses, so they never feel the need to prove it. In addition to being knowledgeable, our foodies all love to share their expertise pass on their knowledge to others. We make sure each of our experts is willing to answer even the most basic questions from our guests, and that they are capable of teaching everyone from beginners to professionals something new.
- Well-connected (but not name-droppers). Knowing the right people can make all the difference between having a good time and an extraordinary experience. The funny thing is the “right people” to know in any given situation are more likely the ones you never heard of before. We develop relationship with a wide variety of locals, from drivers, hotel workers, waiters, and grandmothers who are all ready to help create a memorable culinary experience for each of our guests.
- Travellers (but make you feel comfortable anywhere). Some people who visit new places are tourists, others are travellers. We are travellers. What separates a traveller from a tourist is while a tourist is more interested in snapping photos of famous landmarks, and buying souvenirs to show off to friends when they go home, travellers are more interested in enjoying the local culture and having new experiences while they are away. Even if you’re usually a tourist, we can help you wiggle into your traveller skin like it’s a dress you were sewn into.
- Generous (but not frivolous) – especially with wine! Our foodies believe in generosity, but not gluttony. Our tours focus on providing fine meals and great wine along with outstanding service, and not in stuffing our guests with endless buffets of mediocre food and booze. The accommodations we offer are exceptional, not ostentatious. We know you will be impressed.
Are you ready to become a member of one of the finest “secret” culinary societies in the world? Learn more about our upcoming tours by speaking with us.