A TASTE OF SPAIN
CHEF KAITLYN SMITH
SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2020
Kate was born in Concord, MA, but grew up mostly in Seattle with summers spent in Boston. She often cites her extended west coast family gatherings centered around family and food as a highlight of childhood. From early on, she embraced the joy of breaking bread with loved ones. A savvy academic, she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in International Relations from Boston University, spending her final semester abroad in Madrid. Kate was seduced by the food and beverage culture in Spain and discovered her passion for the culinary world. After graduating, she found the nine to five job prospects not to her taste so she began working as a cook for the acclaimed Tony Maws of Craigie Street Bistrot. After a year she left Craigie to cook at Cambridge’s T.W. Food, where she worked her way up to Sous Chef. She then spent two summers on Nantucket working for Chefs Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon. In the winter between seasons she got married and spent her extended honeymoon in Europe eating at bucket list restaurants, and making cheese on a goat farm in rural Andalucia..She then headed to New York City where she spent two years as Chef de Partie at the Michelin starred Le Bernardin. She left with a deft hand for fish and a healthy knowledge of fine sauce work. When she decided it was time to move back to Boston, Kate returned to work for Tony Maws as Chef de Cuisine of the Kirkland Tap & Trotter. She then moved on to serve as Chef de Cuisine at Toro, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s award winning tapas bar in Boston’s South End. She is currently practicing her craft as domestic cheese buyer and classroom instructor for Formaggio Kitchen, Boston.
Kate will be sharing her extensive knowledge of Spanish cuisine and culinary techniques during our travels to this culturally rich region of Spain.
Andalucia, Spain, the land of olive groves and rolling hills of almond blossoms, gypsy songs and flamenco dancers. Oh and did we forget to mention its culinary and culturally rich heritage? When it comes to Andalusian gastronomy, tapas, sherry, and mouth watering Iberian ham will have you planning your next visit before you’ve even made your journey back home.
During our seven days we’ll touch upon a few of Andalusia’s stunning historic cities steeped in character reflecting a complex history of invaders including Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors all leaving their fascinating influence reflected in the regions architecture and cuisine! We’ll stroll the quaint cobbled stone streets of Granada in hunt for our favorite tapas. We’ll journey through gorgeous rolling hills paying visits to family-run bodegas (wineries), shop the open markets of Cordoba as we procure fresh ingredients for our cooking lessons with a local chef, explore the white washed village of Zuheros as we make our way to a local cheese farm sampling and enjoy a beautiful lunch among the enchanting Via Verde.
With our expert local guides sharing their special spots along with Kates extensive culinary knowledge your journey with us is sure to excite the senses!
OUR COUNTRY VILLA
Your home away from home is a unique and lovingly restored Andalusian cortijo, which was a working water mill and bakery until the end of the 20th century, supplying bread (by mule) to the local farms and villages. This ten-bedroom country villa is nestled among the olive groves with a private swimming pool, outdoor dining, complete with tennis and volleyball courts for working off the delights of this delectable culinary journey with Chef Kate.
Group Size|8-10 Participants
EXPERIENCE | This culinary adventure with Chef Kate is open to all those who are passionate about food, different cultures and enjoy learning something new with a group of like-minded travelers.
ACTIVITY LEVEL | Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. This particular tour is not suitable if you have limited mobility.
INCLUDES | 6 Nights Accommodations in Andalucia; Private Scheduled Shuttle from the Airport; Meals as outlined; Private Guided Excursions: Granada, Cordoba, Montilla; ACT Team + Tour Director; Cooking Lessons, Winery Tour, Olive Farm, Cheese Farm; Chef Kaitlyn Smith