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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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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."
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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!
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!” 
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Shrimp and Grits

One of my favorite luxury dishes is shrimp and grits.  Why do I consider it a luxury choice?  Because it’s usually loaded with fat and calories.  If you make shrimp and grits  in your home kitchen, you can reduce the calorie content while still keeping that flavor POW! My usual version of this dish has a barbecue-vibe with a tangy

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Tidbits to Pair with Wine

You are invited to attend Rootstock, on July 11th and 12th, the virtual music, wine and food festival hosted by my friends at Château de Pommard! Remember the event is FREE!  Click HERE to get your passes. Plan to prepare a few special bites to enjoy along with the wine and music. This is what I suggest for to pair

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Band on stage at rootstock in Beaune France
Music and Wine Make Magic

Although we can’t travel to France right now; I am thrilled to invite you to a very special weekend event.  ROOTSTOCK, the 4th annual music, wine and food festival hosted by my friends at the world-renowned Château de Pommard promises to amaze and they’ve made an incredible offer just for ATOP followers. The festival usually takes place on the beautiful

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Cream cheese cherry tart
Cream Cheese and Cherries-Oh My!

Sometimes you just want something sweet! I LOVE fresh cherries.  I would eat my body weight in them every year if I could!  One of the first batches of cherries this year were so tart, I couldn’t eat them. Rather than toss them, I decided to craft a pretty little tart with on-hand ingredients.  Let me tell you how! To

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the finished arrangement
Succulents to LOVE!

It’s no secret that along with millions of others, I love succulents. It all started when my children were very small and I discovered the tightly woven, textural, rosettes called echeverias.  Back then, I spent hours crafting and caring for living wreaths. These days, I prefer no-fuss projects with a sure outcome and it doesn’t get any easier than this!

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Apricot Jam

This week, I have been posting about the classic French breakfast. ON weekdays, the French rarely splurge on croissant or pain au chocolat, but opt for a reasonable serving of bread, butter and jam with coffee of course. The inspiration for this week’s posting of the classic French breakfast came from a gorgeous display of fresh, ripe apricots.  I simply

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