Culinary Travel Class Syllabus
Restaurants have become more global in their diverse offering of cuisines but more local in terms of freshness from area farms. The trend is termed farm to table or farm to fresh and it is proving to be a win win for growers, restaurants and us patrons.
We will explore the trend along with a look at Restaurants that are an attraction in and of themselves due to cuisine, architecture, location, decor or outstanding views. We will also explore the farms, gardens and growing areas that produce the citrus, vegetables and spices to enhance our culinary delights. This is both an International and Local trend. Let your tastebuds be your guide as tour guide Lee Rosenkranz, CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) of Florida Greeters and the Dayaway Travel Club takes you on a Culinary adventure throughout Florida and the World. Local Field trips will be offered as well as International opportunities to take a cooking class in the Tuscan Region of Italy on a tour.
Editor's note: Agritourism -Industry that combines agriculture and tourism - is becoming increasingly popular among farmers. In the Midwest where agriculture and tourism are among the top three industries, agritourism has the potential to be very successful With more tour operators looking to rural experiences to enhance tour itineraries and more farmers looking to tourism to enhance their farm income, the fit should prove to be increasingly successful when the word gets out. Offer a farm adventure to your group so they can experience the activity firsthand
ARE FARMERS AS IMPORTANT AS CHEFS IN CREATING HEALTHY, DELICIOUS FOOD
Alice Waters founded the farm-to-table dining movement in 1971 when she opened the doors of Chez Panisse in Berkley. Here, she talks with Carlos Mirachi, who is pioneering the Rooftop-to-table- urban dining scene with his Restaurant Roberta’s in Brooklyn. "Food is about pleasure, and I never want to tell people what to eat. Chez Panisse does have one set menu, because it's the only way I can serve food that is always new and truly delicious. But I want our guests to be really comfortable at the table. I want them to ask, "Where did this come from?" And then I can open up the world of farming and talk about how critical the process of growing food is to the quality of our meals. What that animal was fed, how that fruit or vegetable was cared for and when it was picked, and how quickly it got to us. That, for me, is eighty-five percent of cooking. " - ALICE WATERS
we have a number of farmers we work with, and they're as passionate as we are about what we do. There's a huge disconnect in this country between what we eat, where it comes from, and the labor and care for the soil that go into the highest-quality produce and meat. Our farmers aren't in it for the money. They're doing it because it's their calling. They'll never send me anything that isn't up to our standards. They'd rather ship us nothing at all. There's this trust where we know we're always going to get the best they have to offer. " - CARLO MIRARCHI
Local Establishments : Funky Chicken, Heart of Christmas Farms, EPCOT, Mrs. Mango,The Herb Lady in Rockledge & 12 Palms Farm in Cocoa, etc…
Farmer’s Markets, Food Trucks, & “What is you favorite local restaurants and why?”
New Orleans Cuisine and the New Orleans School of Cooking
Cruise Ships and the trend of Specialty Restaurants: Oceania Cruises- the Foodies Cruise Line and wine tasting on Viking River Line!
Reference Books- Around the World in 450 Recipes Edited by Sarah Ainley Hermes House
Chip Cassidy’s Wine Travels Distributed by THE WINE APPRECIATION GUILD
Florida’s Wineries and the Annual Grape Stomp Tour
Culinary Related Movies and Festivals such as Blueberry and Strawberry Fest in Florida
Take a virtual around the world tour with a private chef and private doctor on a reconfigured luxury plane.
The 50 best foods in the World according to CNN
The World’s 50 best Restaurants according to the site “Eater”
Special Florida Restaurants including the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Ybor City established in 1905. The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park which was the subject of a cable show by Emeril across Florida. Parksdale Strawberry Farm in Plant City noted for the best Strawberry Shake in America according to the Food Network. Sundy’s in Delray dines in the garden of Taru. The Crazy Buffet, The Backyard Porch, Cooks, and the Oceanside Grill directly on the Beach. The unique Ivy House in Williston. Gator Joes in Oaklawaha, a floating old Florida style restaurant overlooking the water on all sides.
The Morikami experience is not complete without a stop at our renowned Cornell Cafe, judged by The Food Network as one of the top three museum dining experiences in the country. The open-air cafe on the terraces (there is also an air-conditioned area) overlooks the tranquil gardens and serves a Pan-Asian inspired menu from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Visit Florida’s past at the Florida Agricultural Museum and the Dudley Farm Tour near Gainesville
The Political Controversies: 10 Reasons Why the Meat and Dairy Industry is Unsustainable”
In case you haven't heard: After years of importing ingredients from all over the world, chefs are going back to basics and staying local. The goal is to limit the human impact on the environment—less flying, driving, and fuel consumption (all of which leaves a smaller "eco-footprint"). Farm-fresh fare is also packed with nutrients, doesn't have to be sprayed with chemicals to protect it for the long haul to the restaurant, and just plain tastes good. Everybody wins, from farmer to chef to diner.
Thinking globally and sourcing locally is not just politically correct; it's also personally rewarding for the farmer. Contact Lee Rosenkranz, CTC about this class or culinary travel, by e-mail: , by phone 321-259-6300 or on the Internet at www.dayawaytravelclub.com
Travel Class Topics (Winter 2019)
Cruise and Riverboat Travel for Seniors
The History of Cruising
from Sail to Steam and Today's Modern Day Ships and Riverboats
Cruising Worldwide on Lakes, Rivers and Oceans
Self Introductions (Where have you lived and what was your favorite Vacation?)
What was your favorite travel moment?
Maiden Voyage, The Day of the Grand Cruise (Transatlantic)
The History of Modern Day Cruising-
The Lineage of an Oceanliner- 6 versions of Holland America’s Rotterdam since 1872
Holland America now including Alaska
The Story and Growth of Carnival Cruise Lines and MSC Cruise Lines
Travel Poetry by Jack London, John Keats, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduction to the ABC’s of Travel Terminology and Brochures, Government Tourist Offices
The emergence of the “Ship within a Ship” Concept with a study of the Yacht Club and Suites!
Culinary Cruising, Cooking Classes, Celebrity Chefs and Specialty Restaurants
The Growth of Around the World Cruising!
Health at Seas, The Health Benefits of Ocean Air, Dance, Exercise and Spas
Riverboat Cruising Domestically & Internationally from Ancient Egypt to Mark Twain to Now!
The Crystal Ball looks at the New Ships coming to Sea in the near future
Cruises (CLIA) Cruise Lines International Association
Value, New Ships, Trends, Small versus Large
Tours and Groups, Safety in Numbers, Pricing, Social Aspects
Travel Tips, Avoiding Cultural Mistakes/Language Barriers, Geography and Destinations:
General Travel Information
State Department Warnings
Internet Sights and Armchair Travel
What are the Advantages of using a Travel Agent for booking Cruises!
Day Trips- How far can you go and what can you see and do on them?
If you’ve got a hobby we’ve got a tour
Special Interests: Sports, Quilting, Military, Religious, Leisure, Music, Cultural, Historical, Antiquing, Culinary, Interactive, Eco-Tours, Gardening, Mystery, Theater, Educational, Entertainment!
Comments or Suggestions can be directed to Lee Rosenkranz, CTC(Certified Travel Counselor) at phone: 259-6300 or by e-mail: or
The National Parks, America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns
Join Lee Rosenkranz, CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) as he reviews and shows in depth the Ken Burns PBS series on National Parks and the PBS teaching curriculum.
Self Introductions (Where have you lived and what was your favorite visit to a National Park?)
What was your most unforgetable travel moment?
Educators Overview- The wealth of themes explored in THE NATIONAL PARKS offer an extraordinary educational opportunity for your classroom. The lessons and activities developed around the film look at the rich history of the national parks, the art and photography of the breathtaking geography that inspired so many people and the human story of politics and policy that shaped and continue to shape the parks today.
· This is America, The story of our national parks is a long and complicated one, full of competing demands between utterly American impulses—between preservation and exploitation, the sacred and the profitable; between the immediate desires of one generation and it obligation and promise to the next.
· A Campfire Conversation between President Theodore Roosevelt and preservationist
· John Muir during a private three day camping trip in the Yosemite Valley in 1903.
· People Behind the Parks
· Mapping the National Parks
· All Aboard! See America First
· Images of the Parks- It was paintings and photography that first brought the grandeur of the regions yet to become national parks to the public in the latter half of the 19th century.
· Personal Stories of National Parks
· Tourism and Preservation
· How Wolves can alter the course of Rivers
· Yellowstone in Winter Slideshow
“Day Trip” Activities Because The National Parks, America’s Best Idea is so rich in educational themes and we know that teachers have a limited amount of time, we have developed a series of quick, adaptable activities for classroom use. Each “daytrip” contains a brief overview along with activity ideas you can use to create lessons tailored to your individual class curriculum.
The Untold Stories Discussion Guide
State and Local Parks
Wildlife Refuges and Preserves
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Summer Destinations in Florida, the USA and all over the World!
Travel Class Topics: Tuesdays, Summer means Fun 2014
Summer Destinations in Florida, the USA and all over the World!
OK, the snowbirds have flown North and the area is less crowded, the days are longer so what do the rest of us do for the Summer? Join Lee Rosenkranz, CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) and operator of Florida Greeters Tours and the Dayaway Travel Club as he reviews and shows you travel destinations particularly suited to the Summer! Tubing to Scaloping, State Parks to National and cooler destinations for the summer like Scandanavia and Alaska.
Self Introductions (Where have you lived and what was your favorite Summertime trip)
Fall Class on River Trips; Local, National and International plus Cruising to Bermuda and a study of the Island!
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