“We’re beyond thrilled about this partnership as you can learn so much about a culture through its mealtime traditions, making food such a unifier," says Heidi Durflinger, President, EF Go Ahead Tours.
BOSTON (PRWEB) November 07, 2019
EF Go Ahead Tours (GAT), a premier provider of culturally immersive experiences offering more than 175 guided trips to all seven continents, announces a new partnership with America’s Test Kitchen (ATK), a go-to resource for home cooks. The two cultural powerhouses join forces to create a new one-of-a-kind, hands-on, fully immersive, culinary led travel experience through Italy called A Food and Wine Adventure through Tuscany and Piedmont with America’s Test Kitchen.
“We’re beyond thrilled about this partnership as you can learn so much about a culture through its mealtime traditions, making food such a unifier. When people from all different backgrounds come together at a table to eat, it connects them as they share stories and traditions around their food,” says Heidi Durflinger, President, EF Go Ahead Tours.
“This partnership is the perfect combination of the unique, local experiences we provide on all of our tours together with America’s Test Kitchen’s deep understanding of all things culinary,” continues Durflinger. “While on our tour, travelers will learn about recipes that have been passed down for generations while visiting a Tuscan Agriturismo. They’ll have the opportunity to attend the annual Alba White Truffle Fair and learn how experienced hunters, with their dogs, use smell to determine the key characteristics of fungi and how to select the best truffles for food. It’s truly a special itinerary that travelers will never forget.”
This 11-day immersive gastronomical adventure will be capped at 28 travelers and departs October 2020 at a cost of $3,079 per person (land-only). Sites visited include Turin, Alba, Barolo, Bologna, and a 3-day stay in a charming Tuscan agriturismo (working farmhouse) via the famous wine towns of San Gimignano and Chianti.
Celebrating the region’s notorious wine, parmesan and olive oil are akin to the sun coming up every day, but this tour goes a step beyond with standout itinerary highlights including:
- The two Cs of Turin: Coffee and Chocolate. Sip famous Bicerin coffee at Caffè al Bicerin before a private tour and chocolate-making lesson with world-famous chocolatiers.
- The Dog Days of... Truffle Hunting. Attend the seasonal Truffle Hunt and Alba White Truffle Fair and learn how these delicacies are hunted!
- Shop like a local. Visit local fish and vegetable markets with experienced shoppers… one night in Florence, a trip to the market becomes a casual picnic dinner!
- Live like a Tuscan. Spend three nights at a Tuscan working farm, located between tiny villages and the cultural centre of Florence. Spa treatments, wine and olive oil tastings, cooking classes and excursions create the quintessential experience.
- Apprentice-style cooking lessons to bring home. In Bologna, learn how to make pasta, eat your creation for dinner and tour a family-run balsamic vinegar villa.
“Bologna is one of my favorite food cities on the planet. The fresh pasta is so good, especially filled pasta like tortellini, which travelers will learn to make on this trip. Some of Italy's most famous ingredients, including balsamic vinegar, come from the regions featured on this tour,” says Jack Bishop, Chief Creative Officer, America’s Test Kitchen. “We're so excited to participate in this unique culinary and travel experience and to provide information and recipes that will help travelers continue the experience back in their home kitchens.”
Additional America’s Test Kitchen tours may be added per demand throughout 2020.
About EF Go Ahead Tours
EF Go Ahead Tours offers more than 175 guided trips across all seven continents. Each carefully planned, expertly led tour makes it easy for curious travelers of all ages to get to the heart of a destination. With a maximum group size well below the industry average, each trip has the perfect balance of planned sightseeing and free time to explore. EF Go Ahead Tours is a division of EF Education First, the world’s largest international education company that was founded in 1965. With a mission of opening the world through education, EF Education First has 612 offices and schools in 50 countries.
About America’s Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen, based in a state-of-the-art 60,000 sq. ft. facility with over 15,000 sq. ft. of test kitchens and studio space, in Boston's Seaport District, is dedicated to finding the very best recipes for home cooks. Over 50 full-time (admittedly obsessive) test cooks spend their days testing recipes 30, 40, up to 100 times, with help from a panel of 40,000 volunteer home cooks, tweaking every variable until they understand how and why recipes work. They also test cookware and supermarket ingredients so viewers can bypass marketing hype and buy the best quality products. As the home of Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines, and publisher of more than one dozen cookbooks each year, America's Test Kitchen has earned the respect of the publishing industry, the culinary world, and millions of home cooks. America's Test Kitchen the television show launched in 2001, and the company added a second television program, Cook's Country, in 2008.
*Pricing based on double occupancy hotel room. Airfare is available for purchase, pricing varies by departure city.