Captivating Croatia , which is a sister project to Good Eats and Meets cordially invites you to join us and our Chef-Host, cordially invites you to join us and our Chef-Host, the renowned Chef and Restauranteur Dean Max, President of DJM Restaurants Inc. Come, experience the ultimate culinary adventure! Escape with us to exotic Croatia for a week-long, food-centric vacation of a lifetime.
Chef Dean Max will be our Chef-Host for this culinary excursion, which takes place Sunday, September 9th to Sunday, September 16, 2018. Get ready to explore one of the most beautiful places in the world as we visit several regions in Croatia, each brimming with culinary history and lore.
Captivating Croatia’s chef led tours gives the other guests the added value of a culinary masters’ perspective and input. With this tour, Chef Dean will bring his years of training in the culinary arts to “the table” and offer a unique experience that other tours can’t offer. Guests will experience an almost all-inclusive vacation where they will get to interact, explore, cook, drink, eat and learn with Chef Dean for 8 days and even take part in several cooking classes and workshops. In addition to the above, guests will experience numerous other excursions including winery visits and tastings, and much more!
Our home base for much of this tour is the Istria area of Croatia, which is in the Northern part of Croatia and is very close to Italy. This peninsula area is known as the Tuscany of Croatia. Istria simply soothes the soul with captivating and compelling scenery which is only enhanced by the amazing food and wines of the area. Truffles, meats, cheese and wine dominate the culinary landscape. The tour will offer an intimate behind the scenes experience, featuring lavish backdrops and breathtaking landscapes that rival those anywhere else in the world. The tour focuses on delicious local foods, wines, and the amazing history and sights in and around this area.
This tour is so unconventional, we consider it ‘The Un-Tour Tour” – We promise, we will not herd you like cattle, each group is limited to 8-14 people, and this chef led tour, like all our tours, will be intimate and completely hands on, with the bonus of experiencing it firsthand with Chef Dean. Guests get the most unique and personalized interactions, from the vineyards to exploring the roads less traveled, and you get to take it all in – from a micro-perspective vs covering a lot of area throughout the entire country. You will get an authentic look into the lives of artisanal producers, winemakers and people of Croatia. This will be a truly behind the scenes vacation, one to nourish the body and the soul. Come ignite your passions with our land, our people, our food, our drink, our heritage, and experience a trip of a lifetime with Chef Dean! The Tour is being led by us, cooked by us, and savored by YOU. So, pack those bags and get ready for adventure … Croatia is calling you!
Croatia is incredibly diverse, especially with regards to its culinary history, yet so many Americans know virtually nothing about the beauty and culture of this Mediterranean paradise. The food and wine culture are perhaps one of the most diverse in Europe. It is here, one can taste the richness of Central Europe, the subtlety of the Mediterranean and the exotic influences of the East.
Think about Croatia as a gastronomic melting pot simmering for centuries. Visiting Croatia and dining alongside chefs and locals alike is like taking a trip through tastes and time.
Price Includes:The chance to eat, drink, explore, experience, cook, interact and learn alongside Chef Dean throughout the trip 7 night’s accommodation 4 stars or above
All excursions, including all food and wine tastings
Private Luxury Transportation throughout the tour
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
A special VIP ticket to a Gypsy Table dinner (the first pop-up roaming dinner series in Croatia) featuring some of Croatia’s best chef’s and featuring Chef Dean
A Croatian-American guide, who also happens to be a chef and is Richard Gruica, the founder of Good Eats and Meets!
All classes and tours
Dates: 9 September- 16 September 2018
Price: $3,495 per person or $6,495 per pair (with built in discount for the pair)
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These tours sell out, so check with your loved one and/or friends and join me in Croatia!