Your host, Melody Essendrop, has been in the travel, food and wine industry for over 40 years.  Having studied cuisine in France and Italy, her passion for the European life style has become a part of her life.  Spending 3-6 months of the year in Europe gives her the time to constantly research new places, and the little secrets that only a person that spends time there can acquire. Great care and planning goes into each experience!

Testimonials from happy travelers:

“I have been telling everyone what a wonderful trip we had–the food, the lake, the restaurants, and beautiful Italy!  I have ordered and received my Atlas pasta maker and have made the risotto, the ravioli, and tonight it will be the passatelli!”

“Your itinerary was brilliant. As you perfectly balanced a wonderful variety of fun filled activities with the perfect amount of downtime.  It was fabulous from start to finish.” -Sally

Cooking Class on Lake Garda, Italy

“I have been home for a week, but I am still savoring all of our amazing Italian adventures.  Best cooking classes ever! Such a variety of excursions.  Thank you for all the time, energy and love you put into this trip.” -Sara 

“Everything was perfect – fantastic food, gardens, and accommodations. We loved the cooking classes.  Even my husband had fun being a part of our “education.”  You are a great guide, Melody – fun, flamboyant, friendly, and organized.” -Sharon and Jud