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“To receive guests is to take charge of their happiness during the entire time they are under your roof.”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Food.Stories.Travel. grew out of a desire to combine twenty years of professional experience in travel with a passion for connecting people, cultures, food, and stories. 

 

We support local producers that share our values in the following ways:

  • ordering meals in restaurants that source locally, seasonally, and organically, supporting “good, clean and fair food” (the motto of Slow Food)
  • organizing and paying for tastings on site and visits to sustainable farms
  • promoting local and traditional food entrepreneurs through social media and stories on our website
  • volunteering and directly donating to food-literacy organizations, such as Slow Food, that support food justice or environmental stewardship

Our tours include sightseeing, walking, and/or cycling for a healthy lifestyle, on a full immersion into Italian culture.

 

Our Tour Leaders are all very experienced and passionate about food tourism.

 

Traveling in small groups is key to enjoying an educational journey, while meeting those who care about the food they make, the people, the animals, and the planet.

 

When not traveling to the Mediterranean (mostly in Italy) we love to promote Italian culture and cuisine in the USA with cooking classes and dinners using local ingredients and meeting the local farmers.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon on one of our adventures to discover the lives and stories of inspiring local people and support them with your travel.

 

Our Story

Carlo Petrini

Our inspiration? One of the heroes of the third millennium, Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food. I met him in August 2013 and felt instantly connected, given our common roots in Piedmont, the northwest region of Italy, where we were both born.

 

I was touring the eighteen mainland regions of Italy by bicycle with a dear friend, Alessandro Draghi, proprietor of the Agriturismo il Molinello, meeting the people behind traditional Italian foods who work to protect the land and improve the food system. Alessandro and I were in Pollenzo, near my home town of Turin (Torino, for Italians) to visit the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Slow Food.

 

After ten years of following his work, I was, by chance, able to meet Petrini. I simply told him in Piedmontese dialect: Monsu Petrini ca ma scusa per piasì, mi sun an Piemunteis ca sta a Boston! (Apologies to disturb you Mr. Petrini, I’m a Piedmontese who lives in Boston). With this, I definitely caught his attention, and he was very kind to share a few minutes of his precious time with me, and also to strike a pose for this picture together!

 

I still get goosebumps remembering the moment as I think about Slow Food and Petrini who founded this grassroot non-profit organization in 1986. The Slow Food philosophy is “good, clean and fair food”, which is what I love to support on our tours and through my own way of life.

 

Meeting farmers and food makers and hearing their stories has been my passion for more than twenty years. Add experience designing and leading group vacations, "stir", and you get Food.Stories.Travel., a tour operator connecting people, cultures, food, and stories through travel in the Mediterranean.

 

In September 2014, we became a certified B Corporation, the highest standard for social corporate responsibility. B Corporations use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. We are proud to donate more than 1% of our annual sales revenues to food-literacy and environmental non-profit organizations such as 1% for the Planet

 

We hope to see you on one of our educational tours and cross our paths of life not only on the road or trail, but also around the table, sharing a meal with local ingredients, a good glass of Italian wine, and plenty of food stories. (When not traveling in Europe, we offer cooking classes in the USA.)

 

Buon appetito and viaggio!

 

Cristiano Bonino, Founder and Tour Leader 

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