Foodie-Trips was founded by Lisa Sanguedolce in 2011 when she was on a foodie jaunt to London from Canada with her good friend Trevor Hardy. Talking emphatically about their love of food, their favorite haunts and foodie contacts around the world, it suddenly occurred to them that they could take other people with them to enjoy these experiences.
They called up a few contacts in Italy, France and Canada who said that they would love to work with them, and hence, Foodie-Trips was born. With their business experiences and foodie backgrounds, Foodie-Trips was established as a fully operational, professional entity with its own dedicated travel agent who manages the bookings side of the business.
From Day One, Lisa was determined that Foodie-Trips would deliver culinary adventures with a difference; unique experiences that you couldn’t get elsewhere, in small groups and a balance of personal time and foodie time in order to appreciate the culinary destination.
Either Lisa or Trevor accompanies each trip, and an informed guide is on-hand to help guests with their stay to ensure that they get the most out of the trip; from foraging for mushrooms in Northern Italy and staying in Michelin stared chef Riccardo de Pra’s* farmhouse, to creating mouth-watering macarons, pastries and croissants alongside classically trained French chefs, each Foodie-Trips adventure is carefully crafted to ensure that guests experience five days of foodie-related heaven.
Since 2011, Foodie-Trips has taken people on trips to Paris, Prince Edward Island and Italy and has been reviewed in a raft of magazines and newspapers including The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine Magazine, Luxury Travel Magazine and Metro News.
* Riccardo de Pra organized George Clooney’s wedding feast.
Comments from previous customers:
“Foodie-trips offers a week long foodie trip to Paris that caught my eye. Having never been anywhere in Europe before, I was ecstatic to find Foodie-Trips offering promising to introduce me to this city with a culinary discovery unlike any other I’ve come across. The entire trip was a fantastic discovery of Paris lead by our taste buds. Lisa and her team had put together a great trip from the classes to the hotel to a roster of optional tours with a balance of planned activities and free time to explore the city. Not only did my taste buds discover the authentic French flavours, I can also lay claim to having made some of these delights for myself while working alongside professional French chefs. How many people can say they’ve made croissants, eclairs, or the french macaron, not just in Paris, but under the tutelage of French chefs? It was an experience like no other, and best of all, everything we made there can be made at home too. The classes were taught with the intent that everything we made can be made with ingredients and equipment that can be found in most kitchens. My favourite was learning how to make the French baguette. There was something so satisfying to find that I could make it for myself with 4 simple ingredients, and of course, eating said baguette fresh out of the oven with some of the best butter and cheese was nothing short of magical. Even if you’ve been to Paris before, I’d recommend a re-visit with Foodie-Trips and let them show you a side of Paris you might not have seen before.I can’t wait to see what Lisa has in store for Italy this year.”
“Join Foodie-Trips for a week of pastry school and you won’t be disappointed! Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth, or prefer the savory side to things, this trip offers you an unforgettable week full of hands-on, interactive food, fun and French culture in great company! It was a fantastic experience working alongside professional chefs in the Paris cave kitchen at the French cooking school, shopping at the local fresh food markets of the St. Germain district, touring Paris by mouth (literally!) with professional guides, and dining with new found friends at local hot spots. Throughout the week we indulged in the exquisite flavours Paris has to offer and uncovered the secrets to baking the perfect baguette, choux pastry, macarons, and buttery flaky croissants. Délicieux!!! The preferred hotel partner (the historic Hotel Jeu de Paume) on the quaint Ile St-Louis, provided the ideal vacation location; the neighbouring island to Notre Dame Cathedral and only a bridge crossing away from our school. One of the great elements of the tour was the low-ratio participation (there were six of us) – this provided for an intimate experience and gave you the opportunity to grow together as a group. Plenty of time is provided for independent excursions and shopping; but if this isn’t your first time in Paris, you may want to allot yourself a few extra days, a week even, to taken in more touristy sites. Lisa S. was a fabulous hostess and I look forward to keeping in touch with my new amies from the tour!”
Anyone who books a trip and mentions SOTGC will receive a thank you gift of “1,000 Foods to Eat before You Die” book by Mimi Sheraton. Visit www.foodie-trips.com for details!