Welcome to The International Kitchen Blog!

September 15, 2022  |  By Peg Kern
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Visiting the gardens with the chef during an Italy cooking vacation.Welcome to The International Kitchen’s blog! We are looking forward to sharing everything ‘cooking’ and ‘travel’ with you — from how to buy olive oil, to why Emilia-Romagna is known as the food basket of Italy, to tips on getting around France, to new culinary vacations we’re offering, and so much more.

Growing Popularity of Culinary Vacations

We’ve been around since 1994, when Karen Herbst founded a company with the crazy idea that people would want to experience fun, hands-on cooking classes during their vacations, and we’ve grown immensely since then.

Making homemade pici pasta noodles at home during an online cooking class.Culinary tourism started taking off in the early 90s when agriturismi started popping up throughout Italy, and the government licensed them with the rule that they had to teach their B&B guests something about food, as well as produce a product.

Since then, in part due to the rise of the Food Network bringing more people into the kitchen, the popularity of cooking classes and culinary vacations has exploded, as more and more hotels, bed & breakfasts, and restaurants throughout Europe and beyond have started their own cooking classes and programs.

Provencal village visited during a fall culinary tour in FranceAs always, food is a wonderful way to learn about places, traditions, and cultures. As demand for cooking vacations in Italy, France, Spain, and beyond, continues to grow, we strive to find more places that we know our clients will love.

We will also continue talking about some of our best-selling cooking courses and programs, including ones that we’ve offered for ages, such as Mediterranean Cooking Experience and Discover Normandy, as well as newer culinary tours.

The International Kitchen staff toasting to a great day in Chicago.Finally, we will use the blog to features recipes from our fabulous cooking vacations, chef interviews with our wonderful partners, and plenty of travel tips to help you plan for your next trip.

As a part of this blog, we also would love to hear from you! We want to hear about the culinary trips you’ve taken, as well as places you want to go. So always feel free to contact us or leave us a message in the comments.

By Peg Kern

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Originally published July 12, 2012.

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