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Turkish Culinary Tour
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Turkish Culinary Tour

I first met Aliza Green many years ago when we were both speaking at a conference in Philadelphia. I immediately  thought she was terrific! So full of food information and  knowledge.

I really got to know her was when we were on a trip to India together. Like survivors of the Titanic, we are bonded forever.
Aliza is leading a culinary tour in Turkey, which sounds fabulous. I’m only sorry I can’t join her, and thought the rest of you might want too know about it.

Aliza is a pro at whatever she tackles. Sign up if you can!

Fragrant Fields and Turkish Delights Highlights
May 25 – June 8, 2011
Hosted by  Culinary Authority & Cookbook Author Aliza Green

We begin on the Greek Island of Chios, just seven miles from Turkey in the Aegean Sea, to learn about the production and culture of mastic resin, a two-thousand year old artisanal craft.We’ll be staying in a medieval castle. Our guide will be Vassilis Roulas, a young farmer, walking guide, and founder of Masticulture, specializing in ecotourism. We’ll visit the groves, cook with local herbs, and see the Mastic Villages, known for  Xesta, the decorative patterns inscribed onto the facades of the houses.

We take the short ferry ride to Cesme, Turkey where we enjoy a dinner cooked at the home of Aliza’s friend in their garden surrounded by Mediterranean pines. The next day, we will have lunch at the home of another friend with the authors of a wonderful book about the Sephardic cuisine of Izmir.

We visit Tire, a 5000 year old town with its old quarter a lively Tuesday market influenced by the Roma (Gypsy) population of the surrounding villages.

For the history buff, we’ll visit the world-famous Ephesus Museum to see its many ancient artifacts and the ruins of Pergamum and its Acropolis along with Troy, the city of Homer.

At the Adatepe Olive Oil Museum,  we discover the steps of producing olive oil and enjoy an olive oil tasting. Next, a chance to shop in Yesilyurt renowned for its hand-made silk, cotton and wool textiles.

Then it’s on to Mt. Ida to gather herbs with a chef/owner Erhan Seker followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch with dishes made from these ingredients at Zeytinbağı Restaurant where he produces some of the best cooking in Turkey.

On nearby beautiful Bozcaada Island, we’ll be honored guests at the Corvus winery for a tour and tasting followed by dinner at the winery.

Then, it’s on to Istanbul for four nights starting with a special visit to the Topkapi Palace with its colorful Harem, the private domain of the Sultan’s family, and the spectacular palace kitchens. Dinner is at Karakol Restaurant, inside the Topkapi Palace.
The next day, we take a private boat across the magnificent Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul for a very special cooking class on Ottoman Cuisine at the Ciya Restaurant, one of Istanbul’s most famous restaurants and its renowned chef, Musa Dagdeviren. The adventure of Ciya Restaurant is “built on passion, keen desire, research and love through the world of food.”
Of course, while in Istanbul, we’ll be visiting the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, the Grand Bazaar, the Beyoğlu open market and the Blue Mosque. For the early risers, Aliza will be making a visit to the colorful Kumkapi Fish Market where you find a huge selection of sparkling fresh fish loved by locals.

Land Package Price:   $ 5995.00* per person based on two sharing
Single Supplement:   $ 1359.00* (Limited availability)
Tour Includes the following
•    13 nights’ accommodation (hotels listed or similar)
•    Daily breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners
•    Welcome coffee and snacks on first day
•    Limited local alcoholic drinks (some meals) or non-alcoholic beverages lunches and dinners
•    13 days of sightseeing in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver
•    Herb gathering from Mt Ida with a professional chef
•    3 special cooking classes
•    Licensed professional guide in English language
•    Wine tasting by Gulor Vineyards
•    All transfers and baggage handling
•    Entrance fees to museums and sites
•    Bottled water provided throughout the tours
•    VAT and other taxes
•    Welcome package
•    Hosted throughout by Epicopia Experience Director, Aliza Green

For reservations contact:

Epicopia Culinary Journeys – specialists in food & wine travel experiences
5042 Rabbit Ridge Court
Rockwall, Texas 75032
Tel:  972.771.3510 or 877.661.3844

For information contact:

Aliza Green
215.635.0651 (office)
215.740.9905 (mobile)

To listen to an interview with tour host Aliza Green, click here.

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