Open Kitchen Travel with MCC – Ireland

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Excite and Metropolitan Community College have partnered to bring you the best in culinary tours of the world!

To reserve your seat, please print, complete, and mail back (or email), the form below…

Ireland Reservation Form

September 19 – 27, 2017

9 Days – 13 Meals – $2749pp (dbl) (includes air)*

Day 1 –
Depart Omaha for a distinctly culinary experience in Ireland.  Meet your group at Eppley Airport with a late afternoon flight.  After a short layover, board your overnight flight into Dublin

Day 2 –
Arriving in the capitol city of Ireland, meet your private motor coach and Irish guide! Not wasting any time, see Dublin on a best of the best tour including sights such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, and the Guinness Storehouse!  Check into your hotel and freshen up before your first taste of true Irish cuisine.  Meet the chef of Chapter One, discover his style and view his kitchen!  A visit wouldn’t be complete without a fantastic Irish dinner!  (D)

Day 3 –
This morning grab a bite to eat for breakfast, then head west to Tullamore! Here, visit Tullamore Dew, for a fantastic tour and tasting of their famous triple distilled Irish whiskey.  Your afternoon stop is a tour of Marty’s Mussels!  View the farm and meet the family that owns the Mussel farm!  Tonight, you are in for a real treat, Delphi Lodge!  Set on 1000 acres of spectacular scenery, this 1830’s country house and fishing lodge is known for its amazing food, made from local seafood, game and produce. (B)

Day 4 – 
This day begins with pick up by powerboat at Delphi pier and visiting mussel and oyster farms along the fjord, explaining and demonstrating what is involved, and sampling fresh oysters with a glass of Guinness or white wine. Then follow a scenic walk to a traditional farm to watch a demonstration of sheep shearing, working sheep dogs and turf cutting. On returning to the boat, travel along the fjord to a scenic spot to enjoy a special Delphi picnic lunch before returning to Delphi pier about 4pm.  Spend some time relaxing before a special group meal, featuring Chef Brian! (B, L, D)

Day 5 – 
Enjoy breakfast and one last stroll around the grounds before heading off to Achill Island Sea Salt!  Meet the owners and hear their fantastic story as they explain how sea salt has become such a popular and tasty alternative to table salt!  Heading south, take an extended lunch in Westport!  Cheerful, multi-coloured shop fronts jostle for attention with an attractive selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants.  Your final destination tonight is Galway, a vibrant city with a rich culinary tradition! (B)

Day 6 –
Another beautiful day awaits you as you wake with a splendid breakfast and ferry over to the Aran Islands!  The rugged Aran Islands lie just outside Galway Bay.  You’ll find ancient forts, chuches and monuments!  Plus, visit Aran Islands Goat Cheese!  Here you will learn their original cheese making process, enhanced with a tour and of course, a taste of their cheese! Tonight, experience Ireland during the late medieval times! Bunratty Castle is the original structure from the 15th century! (B, D)

Day 7 – 
Enjoy breakfast with your group before heading south, continuing your taste of Ireland!  This morning, tour Rathbaun Farm while bottle feeding the baby lambs and viewing a sheep dog demonstration! Next, learn to make Irish scones and finish the visit with a farmhouse lunch!  After a short drive to Cork, you will visit the world famous Ballymaloe Culinary School!   Arrive with a cup of tea and coffee, then tour the gardens and farm!  View a demonstration of a full three course meal in their demonstration kitchen, then into the kitchens to cook some of the items the teachers had demonstrated!  Finish your visit to Ballymaloe with a sit down supper of all of the delicious traditional Irish cuisine you have cooked up!  After a full day, rest up in your beautiful hotel in Cork. (B, D)

Day 8 –
Today begins with a hodgepodge of Ireland “must do’s”. Perhaps you’ll visit the Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney stone for good luck, or you’ll want to visit the Jameson Experience, the original Jameson Whiskey distillery in Midleton! Meet the rest of the group back at the hotel before heading off to enjoy your farewell dinner at the award winning Market Lane!  Meet the Chef and learn how the use ingredients from The English Market and local artisan producers to make their menu!  (B, D)

Day 9 –
Your Ireland tour heads back to Dublin this morning with thought and memories of all the amazing food you tasted and people you’ve met.  Saying goodbye to your local guide, arrive at the terminal to get checked in and off to Omaha!  (B)

Ireland Reservation Form