Culinary Secrets to a Longer Life with Diane Kochilas

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Learn the secrets of Greek cuisine and long life from Diane Kochilas, famed cookbook author, award-winning chef, and TV personality, on the island of Ikaria. Ikaria is one of the world’s famed “Blue Zones,” a small handful of locations around the world where scientists have discovered the inhabitants live measurably longer lives. The secret to the longevity of the inhabitants is usually attributed to, quite frankly, what we would call “the good life”: fresh, seasonal food, moderate exercise, and strong family living. Ikaria is a place of relaxation and stress-free living, where the therapeutic thermal baths, the miles of beaches, the fresh air and sunshine, all combine to create a paradise on earth sure to leave you happy and invigorated (although we can’t promise your trip will actually make you live longer!).

For a handful of weeks each year, Diane Kochilas, award-winning chef, cookbook author, and TV personality, and her husband and partner Vassilis Stenos open their country home on the island of Ikaria in the ancient village of Aghios Dimitris to those wanting to learn the secrets of “Blue Zone” living and the mysteries of Greek cuisine. All in all, it will be a week of unforgettable memories in one of the most stress-free and picturesque places in Europe.

Culinary Secrets to a Longer Life with Diane Kochilas Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodations in Armenistis

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Enjoy daily 3 to 4-hour cooking lessons with award-winning chef, cookbook author, and TV host Diane Kochilas and her husband. Greek by heritage, New Yorker by birth, Diane is one of the foremost authorities on Greek cuisine, is host of the Greek TV show ‘What’s Cooking Today, Mom?,’ and has appeared as a guest on numerous TV news and cooking shows. She and Vassilis will impart the magic of Ikaria—its food, life, and longevity—as you explore the amazingly fresh, seasonal ingredients of this beautiful Greek island. From the herbs and wild plants, which you will learn about and gather with a knowledgeable guide, to the wine, which Odysseus himself is said to have drunk, it will be one delectable meal after another. Your daily hands-on cooking courses will cover a variety of dishes, from appetizers (including homemade phyllo) to main courses (much of it focusing on fresh seafood and fish) to dessert. The classes will be bolstered by amazing food artisan visits focusing on the local cheese, honey, and wine.

Excursions

  • Cheese producer visit, from milking to making the cheese!
  • Nature walk/herb foraging with local expert
  • Optional excursion day 4 (hot springs or mountain trails)
  • Trip to local monastery
  • Beekeeper visit

Transfer Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers are not included but should be arranged prior to your trip. A taxi from the airport will run around 60 Euro each way, from the port of Evdilos a taxi will run around 15 Euro each way. Please note that since flights and ferries to Ikaria are not frequent – especially in the shoulder seasons – you may need to spend a night in Athens on arrival or departure. We would be happy to assist you with your travel arrangements. 

Not Included

  • Liquor
  • Personal expenses
  • Cost of taxi transfer on arrival/departure days