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Food & Wine trips to France!

Welcome to A Taste of Paris™!  Here you will find information about my food and wine centric excursions to France.  Travel with me to taste, discover, and be inspired by French food and culture, one bite at a time.

In addition to digging into the delicious details of A Taste of Paris™(ATOP) trips, be sure to check out my blog where you can find ways to taste, discover, and be inspired.   Taste the very best from my kitchen to yours, with recipes-inspired by my travels-and creative ideas for entertaining. Discover joy and passion in stories about the extraordinary people, places, and things all around us. Be inspired by the foods, cultures, and stories I love.  Your creativity will be sparked, your taste buds will tingle, and your heart will be warmed as I share my Joie de Vivre with you.

Finally, be sure to look at my current cooking class schedule, and personal appearance, and join me for real time fun in the kitchen.  Be sure to update your calendar with pertinent dates provided by ATOP.

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Jacqui Cooper
Was it Audrey Hepburn who said, "Paris is always a good idea" and I would add, so is the Taste of Paris cooking tour.
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2017-10-29T19:30:32-05:00
Was it Audrey Hepburn who said, "Paris is always a good idea" and I would add, so is the Taste of Paris cooking tour.
JoEllen Johnson
ATOP was life-changing for me. I was able to see Paris in a way that I would have never been able to if I traveled on my own. Lorie put together an outstanding trip!
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2018-06-12T06:56:37-05:00
ATOP was life-changing for me. I was able to see Paris in a way that I would have never been able to if I traveled on my own. Lorie put together an outstanding trip!
Sherilyn Getz
What a spectacular trip – the perfect mix of cooking, shopping and sight- seeing in a magical city!
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2018-06-12T06:57:34-05:00
What a spectacular trip – the perfect mix of cooking, shopping and sight- seeing in a magical city!
Kellyn Drayer

“As I reflect on all of the fabulous things we experienced, tasted and saw during our week with Lorie, it makes me realize even more what a remarkable trip Provence was. Every detail was planned and executed perfectly, and I tell myself almost daily how really fortunate I was to get that call from A.M. inviting me along!”

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2019-10-28T12:27:33-05:00
“As I reflect on all of the fabulous things we experienced, tasted and saw during our week with Lorie, it makes me realize even more what a remarkable trip Provence was. Every detail was planned and executed perfectly, and I tell myself almost daily how really fortunate I was to get that call from A.M. inviting me along!”
Harriet Stoneham

“The Provence trip was a true reawakening of my spirit. I am thrilled I had the experience with Lorie!” 

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2019-10-28T14:39:01-05:00
“The Provence trip was a true reawakening of my spirit. I am thrilled I had the experience with Lorie!” 
Kelly Jacob
“Whether you start the trip as a foodie, Francophile or a Fangio Fan, this trip will end up being all three! Truly a trip of a lifetime.”
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2017-09-04T01:57:26-05:00
“Whether you start the trip as a foodie, Francophile or a Fangio Fan, this trip will end up being all three! Truly a trip of a lifetime.”
Laura Whatley
“This was  an amazing trip of a  lifetime - the sites, the friendships made, and the delectable cooking!  Go with an appetite for Paris and  you will be on cloud nine.”
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2017-09-04T02:00:44-05:00
“This was  an amazing trip of a  lifetime - the sites, the friendships made, and the delectable cooking!  Go with an appetite for Paris and  you will be on cloud nine.”
Barbara Wagner
"I had been before, but I never really SAW Paris until I went with Lorie. An
unforgettable experience that touches the senses, the palate, and warms the
heart.  Well worth a repeat trip."
A Taste Of Paris
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2017-09-04T02:02:56-05:00
"I had been before, but I never really SAW Paris until I went with Lorie. An unforgettable experience that touches the senses, the palate, and warms the heart.  Well worth a repeat trip."
Sue Nagy
"My trip to Paris with Lorie was over-the-top wonderful!  I loved every single moment!!  Lorie's knowledge on the food, culture and neighborhoods was exceptional!  The agenda is very well planned out, professionally organized and a must-do for anyone who loves an adventure!  Thank you Lorie!!"
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2017-09-04T02:03:28-05:00
"My trip to Paris with Lorie was over-the-top wonderful!  I loved every single moment!!  Lorie's knowledge on the food, culture and neighborhoods was exceptional!  The agenda is very well planned out, professionally organized and a must-do for anyone who loves an adventure!  Thank you Lorie!!"
Jeanne Busch
"As  lover of travel and adventure, this trip that you organized ranks at the top of my bucket list!  The exposure to the French Culture and their love and respect for cuisine is a trait to be envied!  Thanks again for all you did that made this so memorable!"
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2017-09-04T02:05:12-05:00
"As  lover of travel and adventure, this trip that you organized ranks at the top of my bucket list!  The exposure to the French Culture and their love and respect for cuisine is a trait to be envied!  Thanks again for all you did that made this so memorable!"
Karen Hollister
I am still dreaming about France! I just don’t think you realize what this trip meant to me on so many different levels and when I think of ALL you put together for us, I am still in amazement! I could not have asked for a more rewarding, fun experience! Thank you!
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2017-10-23T22:04:41-05:00
I am still dreaming about France! I just don’t think you realize what this trip meant to me on so many different levels and when I think of ALL you put together for us, I am still in amazement! I could not have asked for a more rewarding, fun experience! Thank you!
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Fresh churned cultured butter
Cultured Butter

We are not talking about butter that has been well-bred but butter that has been well made! There is nothing like the rich flavor of European style cultured butter. In the US we are accustomed to sweet cream butter, which is also wonderful, you really can’t go wrong with butter. However, European butter, is made from cream that has had

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Apricot jam with bread and butter
Classic French Breakfast

This week I am publishing a series on a classic French breakfast. I have written recently about MY favorite French breakfast, pain au chocolat, but the typical French breakfast is simple; bread, butter and jam. When I say bread, butter, and jam, of course I mean the very best bread, the very best cultured butter and jam that makes you

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Quiche Lorraine with a Twist

Quiche Lorraine is French comfort food at its finest. In France, eggs are not for breakfast but rather lunch; and this recipe served with a simple green salad, really makes a lovely midday feast.  No one loves a ham and cheese sandwich more than moi, so having the ingredients on hand to make this simple dish at my house, is

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lantern with begonia planted
Garden Lanterns

As promised, I’m showing you how to make one of my favorite garden projects; creating planters out of candle lanterns. I’ve spent many hours in the garden this season; it’s been wonderful to reconnect with nature, to get my hands and feet in the soil and to see the fruits of my labor grow and blossom. I love whimsical, charming

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Strawberry Cheesecake Tart
Fresh Strawberry Tart

Have you noticed how beautiful the strawberries look at the market?  Pick up a bushel and try my Strawberry Cheesecake Tart, it’s almost too pretty to eat but oh so scrumptious! Strawberry Cheesecake Tart Crust 1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers ¼ cup pecans finely chopped ½ cup sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted Filling 1 8-ounce package cream cheese ½

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Cherub with succulents and Enjoy sign.
Cherub Love

What is it about cherubs that absolutely magnetize me? Is it their undeniable sweetness?  The innocence they project or their plump extremities that make them irresistible?  Perhaps they remind me of the two cherubs I was lucky enough to raise.  Whatever the reason, I am simply charmed by cherubs and they turn up everywhere in my romantic garden. Today, I

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