Thursday, February 25, 2016

Taste of Travel...YUM

Interview with Amy Kushnir and Chef Garth Blackburn

Traveling, whether to far-away spots or to ones in your own backyard, encompasses so much more than just visiting places. A big part of traveling is food and to food destinations. Maybe you want to learn to make pasta like the Italians, or get up close and personal to wine making in Napa Valley, or eat at the best restaurants in Barcelona.

How do you know where to go and what to do? Instead of just reading about it, you could see authentic paella being made. You could even taste the fresh tostada after an expert chef prepares it. Ask questions. Talk to the chef. How? Where? Attend a travel show like the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show and check out the Taste of Travel Theater. 

This year in Santa Clara, the Taste of Travel Stage hosted by Chef Garth Blackburn and Amy Kushnir provides visitors with insights from professionals. These foodies share a taste of local and global cuisine prepared by amazing chefs.

Chef Garth Blackburn is the executive chef for Sub-Zero Wolf in Dallas and Houston and Amy Kushnir is host of “Taste Texas” and author of “Red Dirt Recipes.” Just tasting their flavorful tostada will entice you to visit Texas.

Jerry Stone, a food and wine blogger, was named one of nine chefs changing the world in 2015 by a Sierra Club magazine article.

Ben Simon is the chief executive officer of Imperfect Produce.

Allan Karl, a renowned motorcycle adventure traveler, photographer, and best-selling author of FORKS; a Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection.

Sergio Monleon and Emily Sarlatte are the chef and owners of La March in Berkeley.

Those are just some of the chefs in this year’s line-up.

Travelers seeking an entire experience when they travel include food and food destinations. These chefs will help you as you think of your next trip. Many attendees go right from talking to the chef to booking their next trip. Why not?

Whether you’re looking for food pairings, regional specialties, particular destinations, or seeking an entire trip based on the adventure of food…you’ll find something here to help you plan that next trip.
As Chef Garth Blackburn told me… “There’s always a story connected to food when people travel.” 

He’s right.

If You Go: March 5 and 6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center

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