Food Network Chef Penny Davidi Joins Delfinia Group’s Luxury Food and Wine Tour to Crete on November

Delfinia Group, the originator of luxury food and wine tours of Greece, is delighted to announce that celebrity chef Penny Davidi will join its November 2–10, 2013, culinary tour of Crete. Davidi was a finalist on the popular Food Network Star and Chopped All-Stars cable shows. Having learned the art of cooking from the women in her family, especially her Jewish grandmother, Davidi is exceptionally skilled in the cuisine of the Mediterranean. She will share that expertise with tour participants, who will join her in the kitchen to learn how to prepare her unique and delicious interpretations of classic Cretan and Greek dishes. For a sneak peek of Davidi in action, tune into the September 15, 2013, episode of Alton Brown’s Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network, where she’ll be competing on the entertaining reality cooking show.

Led by Delfinia’s founder, Nancy Mantzikos, along with other expert local guides, the tour of Crete offers an intimate look at the principles of the island’s celebrated epicurean fare, famed since antiquity for its health benefits. Guests will prepare sumptuous meals based on the island’s wholesome, locally sourced ingredients—olive oil, fresh greens and herbs, pulses and whole grains, and seafood—under the tutelage of renowned Cretan chefs such as Greek Master Chef Dimitris Skarmoutsos. There will also be exclusive tastings and gourmet wine dinners with the world’s foremost Greek wine expert, Konstantinos Lazarakis MW (Master of Wine), as well as visits to cheese makers, beekeepers, and organic olive oil producers. Excursions to historic and picturesque towns and sites will also heighten the bespoke Greek experience.

For further information on Delfinia Group’s luxury food and wine tour of Crete, which is limited to 8–16 guests, or to learn about other upcoming tours (The Peloponnese/ Oct. 5–13, 2013, Naxos and Santorini /April 30–May 9, 2014, and Northern Greece and Santorini /May 23 – June 1, 2014), please visit delfiniagroup.com.