Category: Special Occasions

A bowl of gumbo with rice is a good way to use up leftover turkey.
Nov 29, 2019

Gobble Gobble: 6 Ways to Use up Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Chances are, the day after Thanksgiving, the last thing you want to think about is more food. But chances are too that you have plenty of leftovers to last you some time. Rather than slap together a turkey sandwich, we’ve got a few other ideas that will make the most of every last bit of your turkey day feast…

Celebrating the Day of the Dead on a culinary tour in Mexico.
Nov 01, 2019

The Culinary Traditions and Altars of Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico

Food abounds during the celebrations of Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico (just another reason to visit during the country for a cooking vacation during this important holiday!) And food, as we all know, can tell quite a story all its own. That’s particularly true during this Mexican holiday, when food is placed on the altars…

A view of the sea on an Easter vacation package on the Amalfi Coast of Italy
Feb 19, 2019

Easter Vacation Packages to Italy and Greece

Why celebrate Easter with an Easter vacation package to Europe? You can explore fabulous cultural traditions as well as special culinary traditions on an Easter vacation, and we’re highlighting two of our favorites, one a special Easter vacation package on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the other a Greek Orthodox Easter vacation on the Greek island of […]

Santa Lucia Buns ready for a December celebration
Dec 13, 2018

Recipe for Santa Lucia Buns

Santa Lucia Day is celebrated December 13. Her legend says that she carried food to persecuted Christians hiding in the catacombs, and that she was guided by a candle-lit-wreath she wore on her head. For this reason Saint Lucy Day celebrations frequently feature a child sporting such a wreath and walking through the dark winter […]

Plate of homemade pasta with truffles and mushrooms on a culinary vacation in Italy
Aug 20, 2018

Special Offer on Food & Opera Week in Italy!

Spoleto is one of my favorite towns in Italy, and we’re offering both our best price of the season AND a special food & opera week for September! This special week will combine our exceptional 6-night cooking vacation in Umbria with an added incentive: box seats for a performance of the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale! The […]

Chiacchier, a traditional Italian carnival pastry made during a cooking class in Rome
Feb 13, 2018

Mardi Gras Treats

It’s Mardi Gras, the last day of Carnival in European countries, the day before heading into the austere Lenten season. This generally means indulging one last time before swearing off …

Tamales ready for the holidays on a cooking vacation in Mexico
Jan 10, 2018

Tamales, Tamales!

The tamal or tamale dates back to as early as 7000 BC in pre-columbian history when Aztec women would tag along as cooks during battles. Because battles were long and far from home, sustainable food that was portable and…

Christmas lights in London, England, on a wintertime tour
Dec 19, 2017

Favorite Christmas Traditions

Are your Christmas traditions as food-centered as ours? I can tell which holiday is being celebrated in my family simply by the meal that is being served! Some of the traditions are ones that go back to my childhood, while others I have added to our family life over the years…

A view of the city of Cadiz on a Spain wine tour.
Oct 18, 2017

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

What are you doing this New Year’s Eve? And why not spend it in the province of Cádiz, Spain? Our partners for our Insider’s Gourmet Tour of Spain are offering an amazing one-time only week December 27-January 2 to ring in the New Year in style…

Deep dish Chicago style pizza enjoyed on Food Lover's Chicago culinary tour
Aug 24, 2017

Labor Day Special in Chicago

We love Sweet Home Chicago, and if you’re planning a really last-minute trip for Labor day, why not consider a quick foodie getaway in the “Second City?” From fabulous restaurants to world-renowned…