Taste of Travel Classes & Excursions



Welcome to a Taste of Travel where we indulge both your sense of Wanderlust and your passion for food. Our year-round cooking classes are taught at various recreational cooking schools in Columbus, Ohio while our Taste of Travel road trips offer unique tours-des-cuisines throughout the region. They might also be offered privately, in-house for a group of 6-12 people.

Our Taste of Travel cooking classes recreate some of our favorite dishes experienced during our travels. Each class features two or three recipes from a specific region, for example Provence, the Italian Riviera or Cape Cod. Lively cooking demos are sprinkled with a bit of history and culture. You’ll learn about the background of each dish, regional food traditions, and variations on the theme. The accompanying slideshow features a beautiful blend of food, scenery, art, and architecture- images and discussions which help to put the region and recipes into context.

Our Taste of Travel excursions range from 1 to 3 days as we explore regional food and heritage and see firsthand  how each connects us with culture, community, and each other. The themed tours integrate cooking classes, market stops, and visits to sites of cultural or historic importance. Journey with us through the back roads of New York’s  Finger Lakes to visit wonderful wineries; pilgrimage to Greenville for a factory tour of KitchenAid and a cooking class in their kitchen, or see the complete start to finish manufacturing of the iconic American travel caravan, Airstream followed by a vintage camp-inspired cookery class.

Experience a Taste of Travel through our year-round offerings from which we donate a small portion of each tour to a local, food-related cause. This year’s contributions go to the efforts at Hellwig Farm in Alexandria, OH.

A complete list of our current events and trips are updated on the Events page.



About the Instructor: Shawnie Kelley has lived and worked in France, Scotland, and England and continues to travel extensively for professional and personal inspiration. As a food lover, she is particularly interested in exploring regional culinary traditions and how cuisine connects us with culture, history, and each other, which explains how food finds its way into nearly every aspect of her work and travels. Check out Shawnie’s books on her official Amazon Author page, original recipes on food blog Manges! Mangi!, and a world of recipes on Pinterest.


Crossroads of France: Provençal and North African Cuisine

"Taste of Travel: Crossroad of France" slideshow.

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Taste of Travel classes include:

Recipes from a Florentine Farmhouse

Crossroads of France: Provençal and North African Cuisine

A Taste of English Country

The Garden of France: Recipes from the Loire Valley

Great Crepe Escape

Provence on a Plate

Cafe Culture of Paris

The Big Supper: Christmas Eve in Provence

The French Market

Recipes from the Italian Riviera

Crossroads of France: Italian influence on Riviera Cuisine

Mediterannean Pasta: “Handkercheif”  Pasta

A Nantucket Feast

Winter Tuscan Dinner Party

A Provençal Picnic

Bastille Day Celebration

From Paris to Provence: A Culinary Roadtrip

A Taste of Cape Cod

French Country Brunch


Cowgirl Chow classes include:

Farmhouse Comfort Food

Rustic Country Brunch


Taste of Travel excursions include:

Made In Ohio: KitchenAid Factory Tour with a cooking demo, visit to local farm, and folk art rock garden

Made in Ohio: Campers & Cookery – Airstream plant tour and camper cookery class at an Ohio Proud farm

Ashtabula Covered Bridge Tour and autumn cooking class

Jungle Jim’s International Market, Cooking class, Wine Tasting & Seed Bombs


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Recipes from a French Farmhouse

Taste of Travel: Recipes From a French Farmhouse.

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A Taste of English Country

Taste of Travel: English Country Classics

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Email: tasteoftravel@wanderlust-tours.com

Twitter: @Taste_ofTravel

Facebook: Taste-of-Travel