To the Land of Milk and Honey and so much more...
It is no secret that some of the top chefs in the world today are Israeli. Israel itself sits at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, where the Mediterranean Diet meets the Middle Feast. Add to that the fact that Jews returned to Israel from over 100 countries around the world, bringing their cuisines with them, and you have the perfect culinary laboratory. It is no accident that famous chefs such as Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver have all made pilgrimages here in the last few years, often led by their famous Israeli counterparts such as Yotam Ottolenghi and Michael Solomonov. Of course we can wash it all down at some of the over 400 wineries in the country. Wine is mentioned 212 times in the Bible and we were making it here thousands of years before the Italians and the French! We also have over a dozen microbreweries and just recently our first few distilleries as well. I am happy to take you on a similar culinary journey, whether it be for just one day, an entire 2-week extravaganza or just to sprinkle in a few experiences on top of your tour.
We can approach this edible expedition on 5 diffErent levels
We will head to where the food is made... farms, dairies (cheese), spice farms, wineries and distilleries. We will have special tastings of this land of milk and honey and discover how we made the desert bloom.
The hustling, bustling Israeli marketplaces are home to incredible, delectable delights for our tasting enjoyment. We will sample dishes from the numerous ethnic restaurants in the area as we taste our way around the Jewish world.
There is nothing like a home-cooked meal. We have the ability to enter into the home of a family with a particular Jewish background (such as Kurdish, Persian or Indian) and partake in a traditional meal with them.
Some of the world's best chefs are Israeli. This is our chance to encounter them as we unwind from a long day of tastings by dining at some of the top restaurants in Israel. For a special treat, sometimes we can meet the chefs themselves.
Finally it is our chance to learn how to cook some of these incredibly delicious dishes. We will partcipate in cooking workshops by the markets in Jerusalem and/or Tel Aviv or perhaps even a unique Druze cooking class on Galilean cuisine.