Exotic Culinary Tours by Sarah Gold, Departures.com, Dec 20th, 2012
The Constant Traveler by Julie Mautner, Smithsonian.com, Dec 1st, 2011
Food Arts Magazine, April, 2009
...Melissa Joachim traveled the world for three years before founding Tour de Forks in 2001. Today she offers "Uncommon Epicurean Adventures" to Italy, France, Australia and India and reports that Sicily is her biggest seller. "Rome, Florence, and Venice are perennially popular", she reports, "but Puglia, Emilia-Romagna, and Piedmont appeal to our more sophisticated travelers, as do Normandy and Brittany in France. Joachim has also gotten a great response to her Southern Indian trip, to Tamil Nadu and Kerala. "Each has distinctive traditions and exceptional cuisine," she reports. Coming up are new programs in Turkey (Istanbul and Cappadocchia), Argentina (Mendoza region), Martinique, Tasmania, and a tour of South Africa's Cape region with New York city based Michelin starred chef, Anita Lo.
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Italofile, March, 2008
Gastronomic Tour of Emilia-Romagna
You can eat well just about anywhere in Italy. But Italians know that Italy's culinary heart lies in Emilia Romagna: ragu alla Bolognese, premium balsamic vinegar from Modena, Parma ham, parmigiano cheese, mortadella: all of these scrumptious items come from Emilia Romagna. That's why epicures who want to get the most out of an Italian tour may be interested in Tour de Forks' Emilia Romagna Tour. This week-long tour, which takes place October 21-27, travels around Bologna, Modena, Parma, and Ravenna, giving guests a chance to sample the best of the region. We're licking our lips at the thought of it...
Bon Appetit Magazine, Sept, 2005
New York based Tour de Forks is leading a guided trip this September to culinary hot spot Sicily. Highlights of the ten-day trip include a visit to one of Palermo's famous outdoor markets, a Sicilian degustation dinner at Il Duomo in the town of Ragusa, a cooking class with noted author Giovanna Tornabene, and a wine-tasting jaunt to the island of Pantelleria. The price tag includes scheduled meals and deluxe accommodations along the way.