Fresh food. Simple and seasonal. Mostly Mediterranean.
This coming July, Chef Guida Ponte will be leading a culinary tour to her stunningly beautiful island, Sao Miguel, and Pantry Road will tag along and also helping Guida with the tour. (Above, l. to r., chef Guida Pointe, Pantry Road co-founder and tour assistant Jennifer Wolcott, and Azores local and assistant Sandra Goyanes.) So far, five people have signed up for the tour, which takes place July 25 to Aug. 1 -- and we have space for more. Please let us know ASAP if you'd like to join us. (See contact info below.) Her food tours are unlike any other. Guida knows São Miguel intimately, she has many friends and relatives there, and Guida is exceptionally skilled at cooking with the island’s bounty of seafood, spices, vegetables, and exotic fruits. Guests will visit a tea plantation, a pineapple farm, cook in a volcano, shop at farmer’s markets, or just relax at the beach or kick back at a cafe with a glass of local wine. Guida is a dear friend of Pantry Road's co-founders, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be traveling with Guida to her beloved island, the largest of the Portuguese islands, also known as the “Green Island.” Guida wows customers every day with her cooking at Verrill Farm in Concord, Mass. Guida also lent her talent for nearly 20 years to Legal Seafood, where her Portuguese Fish Stew is still one of the most popular dishes on the menu there. She has cooked at the legendary James Beard House, and she was one of 500 American chefs chosen to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move to Schools" campaign.
We are constantly inspired by Guida's passion for cooking the right way — in harmony with the seasons and with the freshest, best-quality ingredients she can find. Guida is also one of the kindest, most generous people we know. Guests who yearn for a little activity between meals will have many options, including mountain hikes, swimming in the ocean and/or pool, golf, tennis, and even surfing. Whale and dolphin-watching and horseback riding are also popular on Sao Miguel. If you're interested in joining one of Guida’s extraordinary culinary tours, please contact Pantry Road co-founder Jennifer Wolcott at firstname.lastname@example.org. If July doesn't suit your schedule, another tour is tentatively scheduled for October, and additional group tours could be arranged on request. For more information on Guida's food tours, see www.Azoresfoodtour.com.