Best Culinary Vacations in the United States

Posted: September 18th, 2020

Are you a foodie who enjoys trying different cuisines and loves to explore the best culinary spots? If you are passionate about food, are always daydreaming about your next restaurant outing and love to go on culinary vacations, you’ve landed in the right page!

France or Italy often pop up into our head when we think about gourmet food or even top culinary experiences. However, the United States also boasts a rich food history stemming from the wonderful cultural melting pot the country is so famous for. From ethnic and gourmet to casual and homey dishes, there are a plethora of culinary experiences available in the country for the adventurous foodie. Don’t know where to start?

In this article, we will take you through the top culinary vacations in the United States so you can explore the best of America’s food scene.

New Orleans

Louisiana is a food lover’s heaven and one of the cradles of the American food culture.

Blessed with a subtropical climate and a lot of water streams, Louisiana is a fertile area where seafood, corn, rice, sugar cane, fruit and vegetables are abundant all year round. Moreover, the state’s capital, New Orleans, attracts thousands of foodies each year due to its iconic cuisine influenced by the city’s French, Cajun and Creole roots. Throughout the 19th century, slaves from Africa and the Caribbeans along with French settlers brought with them exotic spices and roots which gradually permeated the local food culture and turned New Orleans into one of the most renowned gastronomy capitals in the world. Some of the emblematic dishes you must try if you ever travel to New Orleans include chargrilled oysters, famous fried seafood sandwiches Po’ Boys or puffy beignets. If you’re planning a vacation in the state, embark on a unique culinary journey with one of the Louisiana Culinary Trails where you’ll be able to learn all about the Creole influence and the innovative cuisine that stems from the region’s cultural diversity. Some of the trails are dedicated to the seafood culture and famous chefs will teach you about local iconic seafood dishes. Other trails focus on homey dishes originating from vintage towns or spicy foods reflecting the region’s diverse influences.

New York City

New York City is a bustling city with a rich food scene influenced by an incredible cultural diversity. The culinary scene is in constant evolution as the city brims with innovative restaurants serving cuisines from all around the world. Named culinary capital of the world in 2019 by magazine Elite Traveler, NYC counts more french restaurants than Paris. It’s therefore not surprising that cooking classes and food trips have emerged over the last decade offering families, couples or single foodies a wide array of options when it comes to unique culinary experiences. From Harlem’s Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken and Spicy cumin lamb noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods to Banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery, NYC’s most popular dishes will be a delight to your taste buds. Some of the best culinary experiences include attending the cooking, baking and wine classes at the Culinary Institute of America where you’ll learn specific cooking techniques and cuisines from highly skilled chefs. Another great food getaway is the wine lover Main Street Manor where the Wine Package which will see you explore award-winning New Jersey wineries. The quaint B&B also organizes food tasting events so make sure you check their website for upcoming events.

Nashville

Famous for its country music, Nashville’s dining scene is quickly rising as one of the best in the south of the country. This great reputation is driven by classic dishes such as hot chicken and meat and three along with the opening of new restaurants by talented chefs who share their passion for diverse cuisines. If you’re looking for classic meals indulge in meat and three at Arnold’s Country Kitchen or delight your taste buds at Princes Hot Chicken. For amazing European-style dishes head to Marche Artisan Foods for brunch and enjoy crepes and pastries. Another incredible place for lunch is Mas Tacos Por Favor which serves delicious innovative tacos filled with quinoa and sweet potato. Whether you’d like to indulge in homegrown southern food or prefer fine dining options, Nashville numerous food tours will delight you as you discover new exciting and flavorful dishes. Browse the different walking, driving and specialty tours the town has on offer here. If you like to get hands-on, Dabble Studio offers cooking classes combined with painting workshops while participants can sip on wine. Learning about new cuisines and techniques while sipping wine? Sounds good to us ;)

Napa Valley

Do you like to enjoy a beautiful meal with some incredible wine in a bucolic setting? The Napa Valley might be just what you need! Indeed, surrounded by stunning vineyards, the Napa Valley has become one of the country’s most popular food destinations over the last decade due to its incredible culinary offer. Featuring six fine dining Michelin star restaurants, an incredible sense for food and wine pairing and exciting food classes and events, the area brims with foodies. Every year, passionate Americans and tourists alike travel to the area to indulge in a unique culinary vacation experience.

Some of the best food activities to experience over the course of your holiday include cooking with Julie classes where you’ll be taken to local farmers markets and create bonds with other food enthusiasts while sharing your passion for food. Silverado Cooking School is another unique cooking venture where you’ll get to cook with fresh ingredients directly harvested on their farm and enjoy a fun experience in a small group.

The area is also home to the world renowned Culinary Institute of America which welcomes food and wine enthusiasts every year. Overlooking the Napa Valley, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the region’s powerful food culture and enjoy the 15 acres of vineyards while learning from famous chefs!

We hope this article provided you with some inspiration for some of the best culinary vacations in the USA. Have you ever gone on a culinary vacation in the USA? We’d love to hear about your experience - message us with some of your favorite vacation spots!

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