Most people love to eat well when they travel, yet the gastronomic or "foodie" traveler can typically be categorized into one of two groups. The first are those who choose a destination and then wish to experience the local cuisine to the fullest extent possible. Top restaurant reservations, a day of market tours and tastings, and excellent dining at accommodations are essential to the overall enjoyment of their travels.
The second are those for whom food is the primary reason for traveling, and the reason why they choose specific destinations. They may have secured a difficult restaurant reservation in Spain, and now wish to formulate a complete gastronomic pilgrimage to compliment this tough-to-get table. Or, the culinary arts are a priority in their lives, and the chance to spend a week in Tuscany cooking in residence with an excellent Italian chef is a dream of a lifetime. Or, crazy about pho, their next travel experience simply must be centered on Vietnamese street food and finding the best outlets, be they at a corner shack or in the kitchen of a local family's home.
Regardless of which type of foodie you are, MoonRings has the experience, knowledge and connections to make sure your senses are satisfied by the cuisine of your chosen destination.
Our cooking experience in Paris couldn't have been better! Our chef, Samira, was welcoming, with a great sense of humor. We loved shopping in the markets, and while our menu was ambitious, Samira was so well organized that everything went smoothly. Her husband even gave us a wine-tasting class before lunch! I can't wait to make the same recipes for friends we have coming this weekend.
-- Julie and Robert, Portland, Oregon
After a busy morning seeing the sights of Buenos Aires, your driver brings you to a lovely private residence in a leafy district of the city. You are greeted by the chef-proprietor, who welcomes you into his home like family; after all you are the only visitors today! Your afternoon starts with a selection of meriendas as well as a tasting of some of the country's finest Malbecs. Your chef discusses the upcoming menu with you, proposing ideas yet soliciting your input on spicing and preparation. The accompanying service staff is warm, funny and knowledgeable, suggesting wine pairings as course after course of delectable Argentine cuisine comes forth from the busy cocina. By the time dessert is finished, you are completely satiated, and your Porteño host is beaming with pride based upon your obvious happiness.
Food and Wine are central to almost all travel we plan
Our focus on honeymoons and special occasions means we are always on a quest for unique food and wine experiences as we seek to differentiate our clients' travels through gastronomy.
Passionate gastronomes on staff
Based in food-crazy Chicago, our staff are on the cutting edge of food and wine trends, and seek out those experiences for our clients wherever they travel.
Creative food suggestions
While we'll always share our top restaurant recommendations in a given area, we also have a plethora of cool ideas when it comes to diverse dining venues, tasting possibilities or food and wine education.
Strong industry relationships
Our local partners, particularly in those regions of the world revered for cuisine, are dialed into the best chefs, private dining options and farm visits, meaning we can design one-of-a-kind experiences sure to please your palate.
Are we a good fit for you? If so, please contact us to discuss your foodie interests and learn more about the next steps to becoming a client.