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 Dear Media Writers:

If you are interested in writing an article about why culinary and active travel has become so popular, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and client experiences, as well as client testimonials and photos.

"Dear Jo-Ann - I had a terrific week learning a variety of recipes and techniques. The hosts were friendly, highly knowledgeable and did a great job of mixing teaching with a vacation. The rooms were excellent, well kept up, clean and comfortable. We ate a wonderful variety of dishes, drank lots of good wine, saw some interesting towns in the area and had a great time. The other people on the trip were enthusiastic and fun to meet. I HIGHLY recommend this trip!!"  - David K., New York, New York

Active Gourmet Holidays has been highlighted in many publications. Some noted below are clickable: 

Founder Jo-Ann Gaidosz has been a guest on Channel 8 WTNH New Haven, CT on both the Weekend Morning Show and the News Channel 8 at Noon Show and News 12 Connecticut in Norwalk, CT where she has been interviewed and has done cooking demonstrations.

Active Gourmet Holidays has sponsored the Annual Winning Taste Recipe Contest which is offered by Pilgrim's Pride! The 2008 winner, Jessie Grearson, and husband were awarded a weeklong trip to the Refugio da Vila Cooking School in Alentejo, Portugal.

“Dear Jo-Ann - We had a truly magical time with Sofia in Portugal.  What a wonderful place with such interesting people! Thanks again for a great trip and we will be in touch.”

Active Gourmet Holidays is a proud member of the IACP, ICTA, Slow Food Movement, and The Connecticut Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program. Active Gourmet Holidays has been recognized twice by the BBB for excellence in website design and was honored with the presentation of the prestigious Torch Award for "Best in Website Marketing". Active Gourmet Holidays was also recognized with the "Excellence in Business Consumer Education Award".

MSLO Productions, Inc. 

In November, 2005 the Martha Stewart Show contacted Active Gourmet Holidays. The show found our culinary trips to be very "Martha Stewart-ish" and chose us to offer a free "Trip for Two" to Provence, France called "The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon."

Matt Lauer, who was the guest on Martha's show that day, picked a name out of a hat and a lucky audience member won the trip!

"Dear Jo-Ann, Thank you so much for helping me find "The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon" in Provence! My week with Patrick and Babeth was absolutely amazing! They could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Their hospitality was outstanding and the cooking classes were perfect. The trip was all I hoped for, and more! I also loved touring the countryside with Patrick. He is a great guide! I would love to stay in touch with you about other, future programs! Thanks again for your help!"  -Kate P., Atlanta, Georgia