Active Gourmet Holidays
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August 2008 - New! We've added several new tours this month. If you haven't had a chance to relax this summer, take some time to plan your getaway today! We've got exciting additions to our programs, and our new Web site will feature tours from the best destinations in Italy, France, Peru, Mexico, Spain and more! Until then, try out August GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - FOCACCIA - from "Cooking with Cristina."

July 2008 - Active Gourmet Holidays is pleased to offer some exciting new tours in France, Spain and Italy - with more on the way including Peru and Mexico! We are working on a brand new look and will unveil our new website in the next month or two. Stay tuned! July GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - CARROT-SOUFFLE CAKE WITH ORANGE - from "Cooking with Rashida."

June 2008 - Active Gourmet Holidays is pleased to offer some exciting new tours in France, Spain and Italy - with more on the way including Peru and Mexico! We are working on a brand new look and will unveil our new website in the next month or two. Stay tuned! June GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - MOULES PROVENCAL - from "Cooking and Yoga in the Languedoc-Roussillon" with Karen and Lionel.

May 2008 - May was a busy travel month for Active Gourmet Holidays. There was NO NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED this month. We hope you were traveling, too. Check out our June newsletter to hear the best details about our holiday abroad.

April 2008 - We've got a lovely selection of new tours this month! Our newsletter introduces these exciting adventures. Check it out! April GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - TAGLIATELLE ALLA PUGLIESE- from "Authentic Home Cooking in Puglia" with Cinzia and Marika.

March 2008 - Spring is in the air, and we are in the kitchen. Are you? Perhaps you need inspiration from one of our promising new tours. Check out our March news and get cooking with our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - Culinary Delights in Andalusia- Asado de rape con habas, chorizo y almejas

February 2008 - Did you cook up something special for Valentine's Day? We did! Check out our February news and spice up your cooking routine with our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - Poulet au Miel et Moutarde - Chicken with Honey and Mustard

January 2008 - Happy New Year! Start the new year off right with tales of international delight. Thank you for another great year, and we look forward to cooking with you again soon! For your delight, give our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH a try - Cooking and Wine in Bordeaux with Stephane - Rillettes Aux Deux Saumons (Salmon Spread with Two Salmons)

December 2007 - THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE! Everyone knows someone whose passion is cooking, food and wine, the outdoors or traveling. Why not SURPRISE THEM WITH A CULINARY TRIP? Active Gourmet Holidays' trips are the perfect Christmas, honeymoon, anniversary or birthday gift for the special people in your lives. For your cooking delight, give our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH a try - Bordeaux Gourmand - Salade landaise.

October 2007 - We have just returned from Bella Italia! What a special time to be in Italy during "La Vendemmia" - the grape harvest. We were able to visit many of the operators of the programs that are represented. This month's newsletter highlighted a few and highly recommended them for a cooking or a food and wine experience in Tuscany. For your cooking delight, give our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH a try - FLORENTINE ESCAPE - TIRAMISU BY PAOLA.

September 2007 - September was a busy travel month for Active Gourmet Holidays. There was NO NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED this month. We hope you were traveling, too. Check out our October newsletter to hear the best details about our holiday abroad.

August 2007 - August is a particularly sweet month for the gourmet. The summer harvests are plentiful and our options are many. In this month's newsletter, we recommend a few of our unforgettable holidays in France and Italy. For your cooking delight, give our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH a try - From THE PERFUMES, COLOURS AND FLAVOURS OF THE LUBERON WITH CHEF PATRICK PAYET  -  Chef Patrick's Famous Hard and Soft Chocolate Cake.

July 2007 - July is a relaxing month for us at Active Gourmet Holidays. We have just returned from an amazing tour that included many of our operators. We promised you the details, and here they are in the July newsletter. For your cooking delight, give our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH a try - From COOKING IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE WITH PETA MATHIAS - COURGETTE FLOWERS STUFFED WITH FISH MOUSSES.

June 2007 - June was a busy travel month for Active Gourmet Holidays. There was NO NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED this month. We hope you were traveling, too. Check out our July newsletter to hear the best details about our holiday abroad.

May 2007 - May is a great time for a holiday and many of you are either booking an excursion now, or you are already on holiday. I will be traveling in May and June visiting with my operators in an effort to bring you first hand knowledge of the places represented. And for your cooking delight, give our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH a try - From A SMALL TASTE OF PROVENCE - Mustard Soup .

April 2007 - April showers Active Gourmet Holidays' clients with artistic pleasures. This month we offered many exciting new art and painting tours in Italy. And for your cooking delight, give our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH a try - From COOKING IN FLORENCE WITH MARIANGELA SALTIMOBOCCA ALLA ROMANA.
March 2007 - March weather got you down? Start planning a great gourmet getaway with Active Gourmet Holidays. In the March newsletter, we offered two new tours in France, and the crowd favorite this month is our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - From COOKING AND GASTRONOMY IN SORRENTO CANNELLONI ALLA BIAGIO.

February 2007 - Love, Love, LOVE to cook? We do, too! In the February newsletter, Active Gourmet Holidays shared many new gourmet getaways. Active Gourmet Holidays was also recently featured in the December issue of Yoga Journal and the February issue of Home Living Connecticut. the GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - From SECRET LE MARCHE was Spiced Oatcake.

January 2007 - In January, many of us decide to kick back and relax after a hectic holiday season. In the January newsletter the GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - From COOKING IN VENICE WITH GIULIANO HAZAN was Salmone Aromatico al Cartoccio.

December 2006 - December is a full month for most of us -- and for active gourmets especially so! In the December newsletter the GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - From LA BOTTEGA del TRENTA COOKING SCHOOL was Puree of Chick Pea Soup with Croutons. Happy Holidays!

November 2006 - November was a busy month. Along with several new tours, we offered the GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - PROVENCAL GOURMAND Tian de Courge/Potimaron - Baked Squash.

October 2006 - In October we rediscovered a love for calamari with GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH - SECRET LE MARCHE CALAMARI AL BASILICIA, AGLIO E OLIO. Also, Active Gourmet Holidays introduced six new tours.

September 2006 - This month Active Gourmet Holidays introduced a substantial amount of new tours (nine!) and our GOURMET RECIPE OF THE MONTH from the RHODE SCHOOL OF CUISINE - HOT CHOCOLATE FONDANT PUDDING, was very well received.

 

 

BBB (Better Business Bureau)

 

Active Gourmet Holidays is a member of the BBB Online Reliability program and has been awarded the prestigious Torch Award for "Best in Website Marketing" and the "Excellence in Business Consumer Education Award".

 

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IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals)

 

IACP is a not-for-profit professional association which provides continuing education and development for its members who are engaged in the areas of culinary education, communication, or in the preparation of food and drink. The worldwide membership of more than 3,000 encompasses 45 countries and is literally a "Who's Who" of the world of food. Active Gourmet Holidays has been a member since 2006.

 

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ICTA (The International Culinary Tourism Association)

 

 

ICTA is considered the world's leading authority on culinary tourism. Culinary tourism is the hottest segment of the tourism industry all around the world! Culinary Tourism is defined as the pursuit of unique and memorable culinary experiences of all kinds, often while traveling, but one can also be a culinary tourist at home. Active Gourmet Holidays has been a leader in international culinary tourism since 2002.

 

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Slow Food

 

Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, we have over 85,000 members in 132 countries.

 

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 In the Media


PRESS AND AWARDS


 

 

 Dear Media Writers:

If you are interested in writing an article about why culinary and active travel has become so popular, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and client experiences, as well as client testimonials and photos.


"Dear Jo-Ann - I had a terrific week learning a variety of recipes and techniques. The hosts were friendly, highly knowledgeable and did a great job of mixing teaching with a vacation. The rooms were excellent, well kept up, clean and comfortable. We ate a wonderful variety of dishes, drank lots of good wine, saw some interesting towns in the area and had a great time. The other people on the trip were enthusiastic and fun to meet. I HIGHLY recommend this trip!!"  - David K., New York, New York

 

Active Gourmet Holidays has been highlighted in many publications. Some noted below are clickable: 

Founder Jo-Ann Gaidosz has been a guest on Channel 8 WTNH New Haven, CT on both the Weekend Morning Show and the News Channel 8 at Noon Show and News 12 Connecticut in Norwalk, CT where she has been interviewed and has done cooking demonstrations.

Active Gourmet Holidays has sponsored the Annual Winning Taste Recipe Contest which is offered by Pilgrim's Pride! The 2008 winner, Jessie Grearson, and husband were awarded a weeklong trip to the Refugio da Vila Cooking School in Alentejo, Portugal.

“Dear Jo-Ann - We had a truly magical time with Sofia in Portugal.  What a wonderful place with such interesting people! Thanks again for a great trip and we will be in touch.”

 

Active Gourmet Holidays is a proud member of the IACP, ICTA, Slow Food Movement, and The Connecticut Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program. Active Gourmet Holidays has been recognized twice by the BBB for excellence in website design and was honored with the presentation of the prestigious Torch Award for "Best in Website Marketing". Active Gourmet Holidays was also recognized with the "Excellence in Business Consumer Education Award".

 

MSLO Productions, Inc. 

In November, 2005 the Martha Stewart Show contacted Active Gourmet Holidays. The show found our culinary trips to be very "Martha Stewart-ish" and chose us to offer a free "Trip for Two" to Provence, France called "The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon."

 

Matt Lauer, who was the guest on Martha's show that day, picked a name out of a hat and a lucky audience member won the trip!

 

"Dear Jo-Ann, Thank you so much for helping me find "The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon" in Provence! My week with Patrick and Babeth was absolutely amazing! They could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Their hospitality was outstanding and the cooking classes were perfect. The trip was all I hoped for, and more! I also loved touring the countryside with Patrick. He is a great guide! I would love to stay in touch with you about other, future programs! Thanks again for your help!"  -Kate P., Atlanta, Georgia

 


 

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COOKING IN THE DORDOGNE

"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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