Israel is abuzz with avant-garde eateries — elegant restaurants, trendy street food, artisanal bakeries, wineries, organic farms and craft distilleries — that reflect the diversity of its cultures. And their world-renowned tables are set for you!

Over the course of our 11-day journey, we will travel from farm to market and kitchen to table with the people whose work and passion create the country’s unique flavors. So join us to dine at top restaurants, learn from and cook with master chefs, sample special tasting menus, visit local farms, taste-tour market-places, sip wine with vintners and explore many of Israel’s historic sights.

Co-chaired by Carole Bernstein and Lynda DeLott




Day 1 | Thursday, June 17

Welcome to Israel

  • VIP services on arrival and private transfer from Ben Gurion to Tel Aviv
  • Meet the group at the hotel at 5:30 PM for a welcoming cocktail reception
  • Opening Dinner and discussion with Adeena Sussman and Avihai Tsabari
  • Overnight: Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 2 | Friday, June 18

Pita Nation

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Tour the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa
  • Bake Middle Eastern breads with chef Myssar Seri
    at her Jaffa home
  • Meet Amit Aaronson, TV host and culinary writer/blogger
  • Discover today’s seven species by going street food hopping from Sabich Tchernichovsky to HaKosem, the mecca for falafel cultists
  • Hang out like a local in bars and cafes for the quintessential Israeli Friday afternoon
  • Shabbat dinner at Villa Dallal
  • Overnight: Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 3 | Saturday, June 19


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Hit the beach, get a massage or relax by the pool
  • Enjoy Shabbat brunch with Lone Soldiers
  • Hear from Ronit Vered, food researcher and columnist
  • Experience the hipster vibe at Teder, a bar cum underground radio station
  • Sip the crazily sophisticated Israeli cocktail and enjoy the Arak effect
  • Restaurant Critics’ Dinner: Choose one of several restaurants and share your reviews with the group
  • Overnight: Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 4 | Sunday, June 20

Sharing Abundance

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Tour Shuk Ha’Carmel, Tel Aviv’s Central Market
  • Learn the secrets of tahini: a hands-on session with Adeena Sussman
  • Lunch with Gideon Ben Ami, founder of Pesia’s Kitchen
  • Tel Aviv on your own: take a fashion, art gallery or Bauhaus tour; relax at the beach or just wander the amazing city
  • Tour of Levinsky Market
  • Light dinner with summer fruit and desserts on the beach
  • Overnight: Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 5 | Monday, June 21

The Spirit of the Galilee

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Volunteer at Leket, the national food bank
  • Tour and tasting at Amphorae Winery
  • Explore Akko with rising Palestinian chef Osama Dallal, followed by a unique workshop
  • Sunset drinks on Efendi’s rooftop
  • Dinner at Uri Buri restaurant
  • Overnight: Bayit BaGalil

Day 6 | Tuesday, June 22

The Galilean Mosaic

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional visit to the mystical town of Tzfat
  • Wander the open air market in the Arab town of Tarshiha
  • A tour and tasting at Buza Ice Cream factory, owned by a Muslim and a Jew
  • Cook-your-own-dinner workshop with Erez Komarowski at Kibbutz Matat
  • Overnight: Bayit BaGalil

Day 7 | Wednesday, June 23

Innovations in the Fields and in the Kitchen

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Optional hike
  • Learn about cheesemaking and enjoy lunch at Goats of the Wind farm
  • Visit Netafim, the world-renowned pioneer in sustainable agriculture, and Kibbutz Magal, a center of olive, olive oil and almond production
  • Drive to Jerusalem and toast our arrival from a spectacular lookout point
  • Tower of David Sound and Light Show
  • Dinner at Machneyuda Restaurant
  • After dinner visit to the Western Wall
  • Overnight: Mamilla, Jerusalem

Day 8 | Thursday, June 24

Taste Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Explore the Muslim Quarter of the Old City and sample its flavors
  • Ride the light rail to the Machane Yehuda for a tasting tour of Jerusalem’s most bustling market
  • Free time to enjoy the ancient, or the modern, city on your own
  • Shtisel, the tour
  • Dinner at Rama’s Kitchen in Nataf
  • Overnight: Mamilla, Jerusalem

Day 9 | Friday, June 25

Anticipating Shabbat

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Stop at Sde Boker to visit the grave of David Ben Gurion
  • Lunch at Lasha Desert Bakery with Hadas Meir
  • Kabbalat Shabbat tasting at Nana Farm Winery
  • Shabbat dinner
  • Overnight: Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon

Day 10 | Saturday, June 26

Shabbat in the Negev

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Ride ATVs through the Ramon Crater
  • Free time to lounge by the pool
  • End Shabbat with a unique cookout in the Crater
  • Wonder at the amazing night sky during a professionally guided star-gazing experience
  • Overnight: Beresheet

Day 11 | Sunday, June 27

Taking Israel Back Home

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Closing circle
  • 2 departure group transfers (7:00 AM and 6:00PM) to Ben Gurion Airport

Highlights from our 2017 culinary trip

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