Some top local toques will pull double duty as tour guides in the coming months, so we tapped them for travel tips—and a taste of what they can’t wait to find on their plates.
1) On Aug. 9-19, Townsman’s Matt Jennings hosts the James Beard Foundation’s Windstar culinary cruise, which departs from Dublin and stops in France and Spain before arriving in Lisbon, with cooking demos, wine and cider tastings and a chef-led market trip along the way. windstarcruises.com
2) Dante de Magistris of Restaurant dante is embarking on a Ciclismo Classico hiking and culinary tour of his family’s native Amalfi Coast on Sept. 17-23, leading an itinerary that includes a chef cooking lesson, a limoncello tasting and picnic lunches. ciclismoclassico.com
3) On Jan. 21-Feb. 1, 2017, Jody Adams of Saloniki will team up with Thomson Safaris for a second year to host A Taste of the Wild, a Tanzanian trip featuring cooking demos, a farm-to-table dinner in the Ngorongoro Highlands, banana beer sampling and Serengeti bush walks. thomsonsafaris.com
4) Culinary instructor Francesca Montillo plans to launch Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures in May 2017, traveling to her native Italy—specifically Florence, Rome and Bologna—and treating travelers to walking tours, wine tastings and authentic dishes.
On the menu: “All the regions have wonderful bakeries, gelato shops and biscottificio. We visit a number of them on the tours; the only consolation is that we will also be doing lots of walking.”
Carry-on essentials: “Hand sanitizers (I usually wipe down the tray table as soon as I sit), and a pair of older ankle gym socks so I can walk around the plane without putting my shoes on and off. Chapstick and hand and face lotions to combat the dry air are a must.”
Pro tip: “Plan your activities with stamina in mind. Nothing takes the fun out of a vacation more than getting sick toward the end due to exhaustion.”