“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”
— PAUL PRUDHOMME

France: Culinary Adventure Tours

Join Chef Todd on a culinary adventure in southwest France, exploring its rich history, breathtaking countryside, local cuisine, and magnificent French Vineyards.

Enjoy an unforgettable journey through the back roads of France. Each trip is designed to highlight a different region and will include world-class restaurants and cultural visits. Chef Todd has been hosting tours for the past eight years and offers his guests a unique experience from a chef's perspective.

2019 Tours

The Thrill of the Hunt 2019!

Ever dream of hunting truffles in France? Now you can!

February 18-24, 2017 in Southwest France.

Join Chef Todd on an unforgettable culinary journey to a hidden gastronomic paradise in the southwest of France. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover the elusive black truffle of Perigord. We will be located in the Department of the Lot, part of the historic province of Quercy. Aside from a rich history and dramatic landscapes, the Quercy is world-renowned for its gastronomy--foie gras, breast of duck (magaret), Quercy lamb, small goat cheeses called "cabecous" or "Rocamadours," rhubarb jam, Quercy melons, Cahors red wine, "pastis" apple dessert, walnut oil --and of course, truffles! Why in February? This is when the truffles are at their peak in abundance and flavor!

The weeks itinerary includes: a traditional truffle hunt with the local pig Kiki, private tours and tastings at Château Haute-Serre and Clos de Gamot, a stop at the famous truffle market in Lalbenque and several multi-course truffle meals including a two star Michelin restaurant, a private tour to the 25,000 year old cave paintings at Pech Merle, a guided tour of Cahors including a peek at the Roman ruins found in an underground parking garage, a visit to the Pont Valentre, the oldest fortress bridge in Europe still intact and a visit to St. Cirque Lapopie, voted one of France's most beautiful medieval villages. We will also visit the three-star Michelin attraction Rocamadour, famous for its black Madonna as well as a stop for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

The week is limited to 8 guests. The price is $3,800 per person based on double occupancy or $4,300 for a single. The price includes accommodations for six nights and all meals as well as transportation from the train station in Cahors. Make your reservations early as the tour fills up quickly. Airfare is not included. Please contact Todd of Chef Todd’s Epicurean Adventures at 707-329-6940 or ktkniess@gmail.com for more information and reservations. We look forward to exploring the back roads of this very special region.

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Champagne Anyone?

April 15-21, 2019

Join me on an unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions, Champagne. Together we will travel the back roads and discover the rich history of this incredible region.

The week’s itinerary includes: tours and tastings at the world famous producers Taitinger and Moet Chandon, a walking tour of Reims to see two UNESCO World Heritage sites including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Palace of Tau, make a pilgrimage to visit the Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers to visit the grave of Dom Perignon, feast at Michelin starred restaurants, visit Thibault Artisan Chocolates and explore the town of Epernay to stroll down the famous Avenue de Champagne. We will also discover small family owned producers like Champagne Launois Pere et Fils and Ployez Jacquemart which will also be our home for the week.

The week is limited to 8 guests. The price is $3,900 per person based on double occupancy or $4,500 for a single. The price includes accommodations for six nights and all meals as well as transportation and transfers from the Champagne-Ardenne train station. Make your reservations early as the tour fills up quickly. Airfare is not included. Please contact Todd of Chef Todd’s Epicurean Adventures at 707-329-6940 or ktkniess@gmail.com for more information and reservations. We look forward to exploring the back roads of this very special region.

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Provence Discovery Tour 2019!!

Join Chef Todd on an epic, once-in-a-lifetime journey along the back roads of France’s most visited region, Provence. You will discover the region from a chef’s perspective.

Provence is the land of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Peter Mayle, lavender, sunflowers, olive oil, soaps, ratatouille and aioli. We will feast on Bouillabaisse at L’Epuisette in the Vieux Port of Marseille. Enjoy a scenic boat ride to tour Château d’If, the fortress and island prison described in Dumas’, The Count of Monte Cristo. Visit the Pope’s palace in Avignon, dine at Michelin starred restaurants, visit the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Provençale rosè of Domaine Beaupre. Enjoy a walking tour of the Théâtre Antique d’Orange as well as the Trumphal Arch of Orange, both built by the Romans. Marvel at the Carrières de Lumières (quarries of light) in the rocky mountain top village of Les Baux, visit the Château Les Baux which dates back to the tenth century. The castle is surrounded by forbidding cliffs which are said to have been the inspiration for some of the descriptions is Dante’s Inferno. Tour the sights, sounds and smells of the region’s largest farmer’s market in the village of Lourmarin.

This package includes six night’s accommodations at a charming b&b in the Luberon, all of your meals, ground transportation, professional English speaking tour guides, private tours and tastings at the wineries. Chef Todd will pick you up at the TGV train station in Aix-en-Provence. Each week is limited to 8 guests. All reservations are on a first come first served basis and are not guaranteed until deposits have been made. The price is $4,000 per person based on double occupancy or $5,000 for a single. The price includes accommodations for six nights and all meals. Please contact Todd of Chef Todd’s Epicurean Adventures at 707-329-6940 or ktkniess@gmail.com for more information and reservations. We look forward to exploring the back roads of this very special region.

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