Testimonials
Daniel Scovotti - New York, NY
Wendy, I would like to thank you for a very special trip. I had an exceptional time and with every day that went by I was taken back by so many unexpected experiences. By far you have opened my eyes to a beautiful country, culture and exceptional cuisine. Coming from a culinary back ground I appreciated learning about the many flavors Peru has to offer. Looking back I have to say that you run a top notch company. Everything was planned out to perfection from the time we arrived to the moment we left. I have traveled to many places and I have never felt safer as I did in Peru, from great dinners in Lima to the market places outside of Cusco, and I will never forget climbing the hills of Machu Picchu. These will be great memories that I will take with me forever. I also wanted to ask you about importing goods. I am interested in trying to get Samples of Alpaca meat and a few other items that we had tried. If you can advise me in any way please do. Thank you.
John J. Krall - Rye, NY
Hi Wendy, thanks so much for all you did to make such a wonderful and valuable Culinary experience for us all. We all truly appreciate it. Each day was a great surprise exceeding all expectations, and of course I loved the thoughtful presents! I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye in person, Jerry and I were both talking about that yesterday. We were all in such a rush to get to the airport on time and probably assumed we would see you there, again my apologies. I look forward to seeing you again soon as we start to put together the charity event. Thanks again for all that you did for us in making a most memorable trip.
Mike Dolan - Bronxville, NY
Hi Wendy, just a note to thank you and your staff for a truly 'magical' culinary education tour of Peru. It could not have been easy to arrange such a tour for a group of professional Chefs. Our group, Club Chefs of Westchester, did not quite know what to expect from Peruvian cuisine on arrival but I can testify that we were all blown away by the depth and quality of this wonderful food. Our guides and assistants were all friendly and efficient and our culinary instructors were generally first rate. Add to this the incomparable vistas of the Andes and you have a spectacular recipe for a magnificent tour. Thanks again.
George and Kay - Houston, TX
Hi, Peru Gourmands, since Peru, I have been in Detroit, Jackson, Mississippi and Santa Fe. I leave for New York on Tuesday. That is my excuse for not responding earlier. I only had 278 new emails when I returned from Peru, but that number has escalated to 388 unanswered ones at the moment. HELP! Wendy, I promise to do my survey over the Thanksgiving holidays, when you will hopefully be busy with your second wonderful Taste of Peru tour. Oh, what we would give to come back. But the magic of our group could not be repeated. Thank you for this once-in-a-lifetime gourmet journey we will always cherish! Please send mailing addresses so we can put everyone on our christmas card list. We'll send everyone a photo CD of our fabulous EATING experiences. Hugs to all.
Jeremy Harbby - Manhasset, NY
Hi Wendy, it's Jeremy (your favorite chef) from the Club Chef's tour. I was just thinking about our time in Peru and what a great time we all had. I hope all is well with your family and the baby. The busy season for the clubs is about to begin and I have some great memories to get me through the hard times! Please e-mail me if you get a chance, I would love to hear from you. IM sure you are busy trekking another tour around Peru but I just wanted to let you know the experience left a lasting impression on me and the others. If you make it to New York this summer please get in touch, my offer for "a day of beauty" still stands!
Jerry Bourke - Rye, NY
Hi Wendy, Hope all is well. I saw the boys last night at one our meetings. We are still talking about what a great trip you and your team put together for us. Thank you for all the emails. I still own you my photo's. Please say hi to Anna Maria. Best always.
Peter Haering - Manhasset, NY
Hi Wendy, thanks again for a wonderful tour of your lovely country. Jeremy and I just returned to work this past Wednesday. On a sad note Jeremy's Grandmother past away on the same day so he is in South Carolina. When he returns next week we will come up with a few ideas using Peruvian ingredients for you. We both also have some great pictures and will forward you ASAP. Once again thanks for sharing your cuisine and the very friendly and beautiful country of Peru. Warm Regards.
Betty Serow - Tallahasse, Fl
What a wonderful trip this was. The variety was exceptional because the program included both the culinary and the archaeological. The chefs we worked with were talented and accommodating, and every morsel we ate was wonderful. The guides were knowledgeable and so pleasant to be with, and each seemed to go out of his way to make our experiences good ones. Machu Picchu and the other Inca ruins were amazing. The location of the Lima hotel, right across from the supermarket and within walking distance of the markets, was wonderful. It was also great to go shopping at the market with Cucho before preparing our meal. Overall, I rate this trip A++, and a real value for the money. Here is the survey, Wendy, I don't think it captures at all what a wonderful trip this was. The variety was exceptional. The chefs we worked with were talented and accommodating, and every morsel we ate was wonderful. The guides were knowledgeable and so pleasant to be with, and each seemed to go out of his way to make our experiences good ones. The location of the Lima hotel, right across from the supermarket and within walking distance of the markets, was wonderful. It was also great to go shopping at the market with Cucho. Suggestions: don't put late nights before very early mornings, especially the night before the Cuzco trip. I could have used a bit more free time to explore the places we stayed. Also, we could frequently have walked to restaurants - perhaps bussing us there made us arrive in a more punctual way, tho. It might not be a bad idea to poll the group - you did that with us toward the end so we could walk home after such huge meals. It is hard to imagine the trip without the 20 hour marathon - but some days had too much food - Cordon Bleu/Astrid comes to mind. On Machu Pichu day, the buffet was really awful, and I was hungry at night and somewhat traumatized by having to run the gauntlet in the Plaza Major. Perhaps a box lunch for the train and include dinner at the hotel? I could certainly have used fewer pisco sours - there must be other options. I hope I never see another one again! I would have like the cooking classes stretched over the week instead of all up front, but I thought it was a nice blend of cooking/eating and just eating out at wonderful places. Your flexibility and up-beatness were amazing! No matter what happened, you kept smiling and had a new solution up your sleeve. And you nand picked the perfect combo of people for an innaugural voyage! I needed the contact info earlier. Also, it would have helped me greatly to have had explicit instructions on who should be tipped and the generally recommended range. Not knowing how things work in a new country creates unnecessary anxiety. Overall, A++ muchas gracias.
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