These past months have been a whirlwind of inspiration and education as Flavor Forays crisscrossed the country alighting in culinary meccas. We’ve taken remarkable groups of corporate chefs and f&b executives to Austin, Portland, Charleston, Louisiana—and even made a detour to Rome. We’ve met with the creative chefs, makers and bakers, millers and distillers, farmers and fisherman, wine makers and craft brewers who are propelling our country into the gastronomic stratosphere.
Who knew there was a tea plantation in Charleston or an olive oil mill in Oregon? If you haven’t heard of Sotol, you will soon as this spirit derived from Texas-grown cactus makes a play to become the next Mezcal. If you thought mesquite was just for grilling, you haven’t had bread made with flour milled from the beans. These were just a few of our discoveries as we sought out the characters and cooks on each of our delicious journeys.
Here’s a big thank you to all those who joined our tours and all the locals in each destination who gave so unsparingly of their time and knowledge. And a shout out to our generous sponsors who make it all possible. Flavor Forays of the future: We’re sure to return to our favorite haunts. We’re also exploring the possibility of visiting Brooklyn, Nashville, Denver, Vancouver and more—they’re secrets for now. (Who’s up for a truffle hunt in Italy?). We’ll keep you posted.