All culinary and wellness tours can be customized to your preference, and can include any combination of:
Longer tours can include:
Culinary world tours and adventures also available upon request.
SAMPLE TOUR: Sonoma County Bounty: From Executive to Farmer
We are pleased to announce that our California Culinary Adventures proposal was selected as one of the tours that was featured at the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual international conference held in San Francisco in April 2013. Their theme was: "Dirt to Digital: Real Food in a Virtual World." Keeping with the flavor of the conference, California Culinary & Wellness Adventures customized a full-day tour titled: Sonoma County Bounty: From Executive to Farmer (OPT103 Tour).
ABOUT THE TOUR:
The day begin crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks. With the fog rolling in, we took in an incredibly unique perspective of the San Francisco skyline to the south and the Marin headlines to the north. From there we made our way through the beautiful and sunny Marin hiIls and entered into the sprawling 550 acre McEvoy Olive Ranch. We visited one of the orchards and learn about MacEvoy Ranch's certified organic practices. The tour ended in the frantoio, or olive milling room, with a sensory evaluation and tasting. The next stop was the gorgeous Sonoma County, Tara Firma Farms, a CSA oasis in Petaluma, started by Tara Smith after reading Omnivore’s Dilemma. We enjoyed a personalized farm tour and heard Tara’s humorous story of how she transitioned from an executive working in San Francisco to a farm gal hanging out with pigs, cows, turkeys, and chickens while tending to the organic soil and vegetables grown on her land. We enjoyed a delicious organic lunch with organic wine tasting from a 3rd generation wine making family, Coturri & Sons.
About McEvoy Ranch (Source: www.mcevoyranch.com)
Every great story has a beginning, and ours starts with Nan McEvoy and her search for a “wonderful place in the country.” On her quest for a place where her grandchildren could fully experience the beauty of Northern California, she fell in love with a sprawling 550 acres in Petaluma, previously a dairy farm and strictly zoned for agriculture. Inspired by her love of Tuscan olive oil and The Feast of the Olive by Maggie Klein (a book given to her by her son, Nion), she met with one of Italy’s foremost experts on the subject, Maurizio Castelli. Three days later he was on the ranch (or so the story goes…). Despite the obvious challenges involved in producing olive oil in Marin County, and against the advice of many, Nan imported 1000 seedlings from Tuscany. Her renegade decision-making has been a boon and a benefit to all those who have discovered the ranch and its abundance. Our oils are the result of a mindful and passionate dedication to excellence, from orchard to bottle and are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our olives are grown, harvested, milled, blended and bottled entirely on the ranch. At Tuscan agronomist and olive oil production consultant Maurizio Castelli's recommendation, in 1997 we imported the "Maserati of olive oil mills" (our state-of-the-art Rapanelli frantoio), now an integral part of the cold-process production unique to McEvoy Ranch.
About Tara Firma Farms (Source: www.TaraFirmaFarms.com)
In 2008 Tara and Craig Smith were handed Michael Pollan's book “Omnivores Dilemma” by their 16 year old, Jake. Both Tara and Craig had spent 15+ years in the Long Term Care industry and had little knowledge about the food industry let alone farming experience. The shock and dismay as they investigated further created the spark that launched a 180 degree career change for Tara. After discovering the Joel Salatin, soil building, carbon sequestering, pasture managing, community based farming books, she put away the business suits in exchange for muddy boots and leapt. Creating a vision of a farm that would be transparent, sustainable, profitable, serve the local community with grass fed beef, pastured chicken, pork, turkey and eggs, and a veritable vegetable garden, she began looking for land that would allow for such an endeavor. In April of 2009, Tara Firma Farms was opened in the beautiful hills of southern Petaluma, CA. Easy access from both Sonoma and Marin county offers the communities to come and enjoy the 300 acres and attend weekend tours. The tours offer a basic understanding of carbon sequestering, building soil, growing perennial grasses, understanding pasture management and the most fun parts of holding tiny chicks, scratching the belly of a piglet, standing eye to eye with a turkey and sizing up a black angus cow. Also with tours came a demand for healthy food. With that the farm was underway and feeds over 600+ families a month.
About Coturri Winery (Source: www.coturriwinery.com)
This family winery is located in Sonoma County, in a beautiful scenic valley in California. Glen Ellen is also known as the “Valley of the Moon” where famous American author, Jack London, resided. Coturri Winery never uses grapes that have been treated with pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. The Coturri Winery Estate Vineyards are certified by the CCOF. No SO2-no inoculation with sulfites, yeast cultures, no use of concentrates to boost sweetness, no added water, acids, or other manipulation of the wine. Coturri wines are truly handcrafted - bottled by hand, hand corked, and labeled by hand. The wine will age again in the bottle for several months before it is shipped out to the consumer. Around 5,000 cases a year are produced at the Coturri Winery. The wines are not filtered or fined and we recommend decanting to avoid sediment. Founder, Enrico Coturri (1883-1968) literally came to America with $10 in his pocket - he worked as a barrel cooper when he first arrived in San Francisco - and helped rebuild the city after the Earthquake of 1906. Enrico taught his son Red the same traditional methods of winemaking he knew from the old country.