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with James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher
Culinary & Cultural Immersion Week on the Dalmatian Island of Brac, Croatia

Past Excursion: September 20 - September 26, 2021


We welcome our students, friends and guests to join us for a week-long (7 days / 6 nights) food, wine and cultural immersion on the Dalmatian island of Brac. This island is across the water from Split and is known as the island of beauty and nature. Our location gives us ample opportunities for also sightseeing and cultural excursions there, while allowing us the tranquility and pace of the island. We can accommodate a maximum of 12 people for the week, which will include multiple days of cooking (with what is available locally and seasonally) and several group outings, with spare time for relaxing, enjoying the beautiful villa and exploring the area on your own, if you wish.

All our guests will be staying together in an incredible home with a private beach and a working, organic vegetable ‘farmette’. The locations we scout in advance to see in person and ultimately choose for our culinary trips are always unique and luxurious and are located in non-touristy areas. Each bedroom has a unique feel and layout with an en-suite bathroom. Our standard is double occupancy, but we make exceptions as needed for singles sharing a room (2 beds) and location dependent, we can usually accommodate singles in a private room, for a minimal additional fee.

The villa boasts 2 working kitchens, both quite luxurious and functional. In addition there is an outdoor grill and wood burning oven, all which will make our cooking portions pleasurable and delicious! Croatian cuisine is unique – it borrows much from Italy on the west side and Hungary and Eastern European influences. We will only be using local meaats and fish, usually caught that same day! So fresh and with the garden, we are set to experience a flavorable and healthy week.

About Brac
 This island is rich with cultural and historical heritage, dating back to pre-historic times. The cuisine is delicious and definitely has Mediterranean influences, in particular to nearby Italy as well as Eastern European influences. This lends to a unique and tasty cuisine and we can’t wait to learn and taste more with you! The water and beaches are magnificent in this area. We found the locals to be so hospitable and welcoming when we visited this past September and can’t wait to be back here together!

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Quick Facts

  • Seven Days, Six Nights Accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner on arrival day cooked by Chef, Chris
  • Excursion with guide to old town of historic and beautiful Split
  • Excursion by boat to neighboring island for lunch (Hvar) and exploration of that wonderful island
  • Morning yoga classes at our villa, poolside - for those interested
  • All Meals During Your week, including a lunch and a traditional dinner at local restaurants, planned in advance
  • Amazing cultural visits on island of Brac
  • Visits to local producers in the area – lavender, honey, olive oil, wine and spirits, craftsmen and more - with buying opportunities if you so choose
  • Hands-on traditional Croatian and other Eastern European cuisine Cooking Classes with James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher
  • Local produce market excursion for discovery and purchase of ingredients and spices for our cooking classes

We also encourage our participants to let us know if there are any particular Croatian or Eastern European recipes they are interested in learning in advance so that Chris may incorporate with his lineup.

Our last evening together, we will enjoy discussing what we have learned, fallen in love with and what we will take home from our experiences. Let’s enjoy our last taste of Croatia together with new friends and recipes!

Getting into Split/Brac arrival to our location – closest and easiest is to fly into Split (unless you are seeing other areas first).   There is also a water taxi from the airport to our location.

We will help arrange whatever you need to get to our location – there are ferries from the airport, from Split port and if you’re coming by car you can take it easily onto the ferry as well. There is parking at the villa and this will give you the freedom to come and go and explore as you wish all over Brac.

The area is extremely safe as is the old city of Split, and while parking in old town Split can be a bit of a challenge, on the island it is simple and the driving is very similar to driving in the US – we had no problems here.

Cost per person for this culinary week on the Dalmatian Island of Brac, Croatia

$4,195 per person, all-inclusive – based on double occupancy. Does not include airfare.

Culinary week in Carcassonne, France - Date: May 8-14th, 2020
$4,095 per person, all-inclusive – based on double occupancy. Does not include airfare.

To ensure your spot:

$1,000 due upon acceptance of contract (non-refundable) per guest, balance due minimum 30 days in advance of event (by February 8th, 2020).
P.O. BOX 750
Credit cards incur an additional 3.5% transaction fee. Venmo or Paypal payments are also an option.

Contact: Valerie Maher, Exec. Director: 575-776-2665 or 575-613-3321 cell/Text


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