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October News from Active Gourmet Holidays

October 2011

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!



October's newsletter features great trips in France, Spain and Italy. "The Active Foodie in Provence" tour has proven to be a big hit with our clients so once again we are offering it April 29-May 5, 2012. See more information below and register now!


The recipe of the month comes once again from France, this time from one of our favorite chefs, the lovely Sylvie. A simple and delicious autumn recipe.


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 October 2011 News Active FoodieThe Active Foodie in Provence
Provence, France -  6 nights
Available April 29-May 5, 2012 - Friday to Monday

(other dates upon request)


This program combines wandering about the glorious and varied countryside of Provence, and cooking together with friends (new and old!). You will learn authentic Provençal cuisine, naturally rich in vegetables, olive oil, and with minimal fats, but after a week of feasting, coupled with hiking, you will not worry about facing the scales when you get home. 


Read more: The Active Foodie in Provence 




 Oct 2011 News La RiojaLa Rioja Wine Festival

Rioja, Spain- 4 nights 
Available April to October/November to March upon request



Welcome to La Rioja, an internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy. Join us for an outstanding gourmet wine vacation, tailor-made for groups or individuals who enjoy excellent wine and amazing food. Visit La Rioja, one of the most famous and prestigious wine-producing areas in the world.





Read more: La Rioja Wine Festival



Oct 2011 News Magical MontalcinoMagical Montalcino

Montalcino, Italy

Available year round  





Take hands-on cooking lessons in Montalcino from Teresa. Born in Rome, Teresa speaks fluent English and French and will share her knowledge of food preparation with you as well as giving you the tools you need to create simple dishes that are easily replicated once you get home. 





 Read more: Magical Montalcino   






















 Client Testimonial




Oct 2011 News Client Remark  


 "Dear Jo-Ann, We had an amazing trip to France. We would have never found Sylvie without you. It was so reassuring to have your advice and "shepherding" as we planned our trip. We spent 5 glorious days in the Dordogne Valley where we cooked, napped and saw the sights at our own pace with our hostess Tres Bien, Sylvie. Thank you for leading us to her!  My mother-in-law, my daughter and I had a trip of a lifetime with memories (and recipes) we will never forget!!"

 Patricia P., Bloomfield, Michigan


Recipe of the Month


("Cooking in the Dordogne" Tour)


A simple and delicious recipe!



Oct News 2011 Recipe 


Quarter each fresh fig cutting three quarter of the way down to create an opening.

Scoop soft goat cheese  into each fig without overstuffing and drizzle with half a teaspoon of honey.

Wrap each fig with a pancetta slice .

Place in a baking tray , drizzle with extra virgin olive oil , a couple of turns from the pepper mill and bake at 425F ( 220 celsius) for 20 mns until softened.





Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 



"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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