Dancing Gourmet Premiers Luxury Gourmet Castle Tour with Routes François I

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Award-winning cookbook author/chef Linda Hymes (The Dancing Gourmet) premiers luxury Loire Valley tour by special invitation of Paris-based organization, Routes François I. (see http://www.dancinggourmet.com.) Join the Dancing Gourmet to visit the “valley of kings” with Relais & Châteaux accommodations, Michelin chef cooking and chocolate mini-courses, specialty wine tasting sessions and exclusive private guided visits to select Francis 1st castles. For the grand finale, Chef Hymes cooks a private luncheon at the Château of Beauregard.

Incorporating the food, wine, history, and culture of the region with access to places normally closed to tourists, you experience the best of the Loire Valley as a privileged guest

Gourmet food enthusiasts will discover “la vie royale” in the ultimate gastronomical journey, The Dancing Gourmet Routes François I Loire Valley Tour.

By special invitation of Paris-based organization, Routes François I, award-winning cookbook author/chef and former professional ballerina Linda Hymes (The Dancing Gourmet) offers this exclusive opportunity to visit the “valley of kings” as an insider. (See http://www.dancinggourmet.com.)

“Incorporating the food, wine, history, and culture of the region with access to places normally closed to tourists, you experience the best of the Loire Valley as a privileged guest,” says Hymes, Le Cordon Bleu chef, former professional ballerina and founder of Lindergaff Books, LLC. “This is a gourmet getaway fit for a king.”

Experience first-class culture and cuisine with Relais & Châteaux deluxe hotel accommodations, Michelin chef and regional cooking mini-courses, specialized wine tastings, and exclusive visits to select Francis 1st castles.

For the grand finale, Chef Hymes will cook a special private luncheon at the Château of Beauregard.

The highlights of the 7 day/6 night program:

•A cooking demonstration and "l'art de la table" mini-course with 2-star Michelin Chef Remy Giraud of "Domaine des Hauts de Loire" Relais & Châteaux hotel,

•regional cooking mini-course with renowned Chef Damien Garanger of “Le Medicis”restaurant,

•personal tour and chocolate-making demonstration with artisan chocolate maker owner Max Vauché,

•specialized wine tastings, including King Francis 1st's exclusive Romorantin grape-based Cour Cheverny.

•Private guided visits to Blois, Talcy, Fougères-sur-Bièvre, Beauregard and Chambord include access to castle parts normally closed to the public.

The Dancing Gourmet Routes François 1 Loire Valley Tour premiers September 3, 2006 for the 7 day/6 night tour. Rates and dates upon request, and are double occupancy, land only, including deluxe accommodations, gourmet meals with wine, transportation, entrance fees, and full-time English speaking guide. For information, contact Lindergaff Books at 1-415-285-2912 or visit http://www.dancinggourmet.com.

About Lindergaff Books: Lindergaff Books, LLC. offers the Routes François I tour (see http://www.routesfrancois1.com) to promote the historical sites linked to King Francis 1st, as well as private group tours for corporate team building/specialty events, and special tours for clubs and professionals.

Note to editors: Coverage invited. Hymes available for interviews. Photos available.

Contact: Susan Winter at Lindergaff Books, +1-415-285-2912

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