Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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BBB (Better Business Bureau)


Active Gourmet Holidays is a member of the BBB Online Reliability program and has been awarded the prestigious Torch Award for "Best in Website Marketing" and the "Excellence in Business Consumer Education Award".


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IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals)


IACP is a not-for-profit professional association which provides continuing education and development for its members who are engaged in the areas of culinary education, communication, or in the preparation of food and drink. The worldwide membership of more than 3,000 encompasses 45 countries and is literally a "Who's Who" of the world of food. Active Gourmet Holidays has been a member since 2006.


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ICTA (The International Culinary Tourism Association)



ICTA is considered the world's leading authority on culinary tourism. Culinary tourism is the hottest segment of the tourism industry all around the world! Culinary Tourism is defined as the pursuit of unique and memorable culinary experiences of all kinds, often while traveling, but one can also be a culinary tourist at home. Active Gourmet Holidays has been a leader in international culinary tourism since 2002.


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Slow Food


Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, we have over 85,000 members in 132 countries.


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 In the Media




 Dear Media Writers:

If you are interested in writing an article about why culinary and active travel has become so popular, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and client experiences, as well as client testimonials and photos.

"Dear Jo-Ann - I had a terrific week learning a variety of recipes and techniques. The hosts were friendly, highly knowledgeable and did a great job of mixing teaching with a vacation. The rooms were excellent, well kept up, clean and comfortable. We ate a wonderful variety of dishes, drank lots of good wine, saw some interesting towns in the area and had a great time. The other people on the trip were enthusiastic and fun to meet. I HIGHLY recommend this trip!!"  - David K., New York, New York


Active Gourmet Holidays has been highlighted in many publications. Some noted below are clickable: 

Founder Jo-Ann Gaidosz has been a guest on Channel 8 WTNH New Haven, CT on both the Weekend Morning Show and the News Channel 8 at Noon Show and News 12 Connecticut in Norwalk, CT where she has been interviewed and has done cooking demonstrations.

Active Gourmet Holidays has sponsored the Annual Winning Taste Recipe Contest which is offered by Pilgrim's Pride! The 2008 winner, Jessie Grearson, and husband were awarded a weeklong trip to the Refugio da Vila Cooking School in Alentejo, Portugal.

“Dear Jo-Ann - We had a truly magical time with Sofia in Portugal.  What a wonderful place with such interesting people! Thanks again for a great trip and we will be in touch.”


Active Gourmet Holidays is a proud member of the IACP, ICTA, Slow Food Movement, and The Connecticut Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program. Active Gourmet Holidays has been recognized twice by the BBB for excellence in website design and was honored with the presentation of the prestigious Torch Award for "Best in Website Marketing". Active Gourmet Holidays was also recognized with the "Excellence in Business Consumer Education Award".


MSLO Productions, Inc. 

In November, 2005 the Martha Stewart Show contacted Active Gourmet Holidays. The show found our culinary trips to be very "Martha Stewart-ish" and chose us to offer a free "Trip for Two" to Provence, France called "The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon."


Matt Lauer, who was the guest on Martha's show that day, picked a name out of a hat and a lucky audience member won the trip!


"Dear Jo-Ann, Thank you so much for helping me find "The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon" in Provence! My week with Patrick and Babeth was absolutely amazing! They could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Their hospitality was outstanding and the cooking classes were perfect. The trip was all I hoped for, and more! I also loved touring the countryside with Patrick. He is a great guide! I would love to stay in touch with you about other, future programs! Thanks again for your help!"  -Kate P., Atlanta, Georgia




Welcome! If you crave the extraordinary, Active Gourmet Holidays is the perfect place to discover your next adventure. Search our site for divine active or culinary vacations (or a combination of both!), then contact us and let the professionals do the legwork. We offer over 100 splendid cooking school vacations so you can be assured that the experts will make the best recommendations as to which gourmet cooking tours will best fit your needs! Active Gourmet Holidays has been in business since 2002 and is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program, IACP, Slow Food and ICTA.  Give us a call and find out why we have an A+ Rating with the BBB!

Read more: Welcome to Active Gourmet Holidays!




"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand

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