Indulgent Food Getaways, Now That's Food for Thought


photo: For for Thought Tours

Need an excuse to get away? Food For Thought Cultural and Organic Cuisine Tours are the perfect way to step outside of your routine without leaving your green values in the suitcase.A new tour company, Food for Thought launches this year's schedule of exertions which include foodie jaunts to the local farms in New York, a journey across Provence as well as trips to Ireland and Argentina. Founder Carolyn Centeno, a former caffeine junkie and architect gave it all up for a "taste" of life's little pleasures. The tours specialize in seeking out organic agriculture, places with market to table cooking ethics, and a healthy appreciation for the planet.

Food for Thought's New York Series
In the New York Series, travelers get to journey to Stone Barn to learn about sustainable agriculture, tour the farm to see how the foods are grown, and enjoy a four-course tasting filled with local favorites. You can also participate in Market to Table Cooking Classes where you'll learn about seasonal and local foods, visit the Chelsea farmers' market, and learn from chefs well versed the Slow Food Movement. The trip will highlight the importance of agricultural methods that skip all the pesticides and chemicals.

The Real Provence
Or head to Provence where you'll handpick local organic ingredients for your hands-on cooking class, stay in a "Hôtel au Naturel," an eco-hotel committed to ecological responsibilty. The hotel composts, uses all sustainable gardening techniques, a rainwater collection tank, and they are also located in a national park with access to major biking, hiking, and canoeing destinations. Travelers will go twice a week to the market in Riez to buy all their produce, which is sustainably grown. Travelers get to meet local jam, goat cheese, and honey producers as well as tasting the best that the area has to offer.

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