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Travel off the Eaten Path

Book a private meal or cooking class with the best home cooks around the world

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  • Traveler Review from October 30, 2019

    I wanted to thank you again - my boyfriend and I were really happy to cook with you. It was one of our favorite experiences in Japan! In Lausanne there is a really good Japanese shop where I could find the basic ingredients, some gyoza pasta and nira. I tried to cook some gyozas as your recipe but with chicken. It was absolutely delicious!
    Elodie, hosted by Yoshiko in Osaka BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from October 25, 2019

    Thank you Laura for a Fabulous time today. Laura was a wonderful host, a lot of fun, and I learned a lot. Everything we made was delicious. Best experience of my whole vacation!
    Gale, hosted by Laura in Venice BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from October 25, 2019

    You have to eat the bean stew," Amal's father Amin told me. "After all, they are picked from what is YOUR garden now," he said. After picking me up in Beirut, driving up in the hills above the city, showing me around the wonderful vegetable garden, Amal and her mother showed me how to make the kibbeh paste, how to hollow out the ball of paste...Most of all, I will always remember the generosity and warmth of the people, that from now on is my new Aramoun family!
    Per, hosted by Amal in Beirut BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from October 23, 2019

    On my first day in Tbilisi, I had an amazing cooking experience and introduction to Georgian cuisine. The food was prepared with love and there was plenty of food. I enjoyed spending time with Teona and her siblings in their beautiful charming kitchen. I highly recommend this experience.
    Natassja, hosted by Teona in Tbilisi BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from October 21, 2019

    This was one of our favorite activities of our whole trip to Greece! My mom is of Greek heritage and cooks lots of Greek food at home, but Fotini took time ahead of our visit to put lots of thought into creating a very unique menu that would show us more rare types of Greek recipes from the islands, as well as educate us about the history of Greek cuisine. Overall it was an experience that will last a lifetime and we would love to return the favor if Fotini ever visits Chicago!
    Alex, hosted by Fotini in Athens BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from October 19, 2019

    Fantastic hospitality, conversation and food! We had a very wonderful market tour and home-cooking/eating experience with Kanae-san. She is a super hospitable hostess, a very engaging conversationalist/guide to modern Japan, and an excellent cook. We had a really great experience with her and encourage others to contact her and enjoy the same wonderful time we had!
    Don, hosted by Kanae in Sapporo BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from October 13, 2019

    The best thing we did in Bologna! Spending an evening with Giovanna and her family well exceeded our expectations and was by far the most amazing part of our trip. She was so warm, so friendly, so knowledgeable about the history of the city and the cuisine and her two daughters who cooked with us were just the coolest people. We made an unforgettable meal, talked about food, politics, art, sports, culture and more food for the better part of 4 hours.
    Nick, hosted by Giovanna in Bologna BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from October 11, 2019

    The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our day with Maria who is knowledgeable, an experienced cook, a great teacher and a fascinating person. We foraged and cooked and ate and talked and learnt and discussed and laughed and shared. This is a delightful experience on so many levels. If you're considering booking this experience, consider no longer, just do it. There are not enough words to describe this extraordinary woman and her wonderfully wholistic approach to life. Enjoy!
    Jo, hosted by Maria in Syros BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from October 10, 2019

    We had a beautiful dinner including appetizers and drinks, borsht, duck with potatoes and salad, and tiramisu for dessert. It was fun to spend the evening with Lili, Patrick, and Natasha. We would strongly recommend having dinner with them when you are in Dublin or Skerries.
    Tim, hosted by Elena in Dublin BOOK NOW
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    We find the best home cooks around the world so you can immerse yourself in meaningful food experiences and cultural traditions passed down through generations. Connect with local culture through food. Visit a grandmother in her kitchen in India and learn how to make crisp dosas or spend time on a farm in Northern Thailand and grind curry pastes, and experience how local people live.

    Choose from three unique experiences with our hosts, or pick a combination:

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    In-home Meals
    1 ½ - 2 hrs

    Experience the joy of a homemade meal (and eat it the way the locals do) over conversation about food and culture

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    Cooking Experiences
    3 - 4 hrs

    Discover cultural and culinary traditions passed down through generations as you learn to cook with your host in their kitchen

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    Market visits
    1 - 2 hrs

    Explore a nearby market with your host, discovering the best local produce and its producers

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    Choose your host, select your travel dates and fill out our booking form

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    After your host responds, confirm your booking to receive final details and travel off the eaten path!

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