Chef Trips Take Foodies on a Culinary Adventure

September 25, 2016

U.S. consumers have acquired global palates, so it makes sense for chefs to extend their own brands by leading culinary trips abroad. That’s what Mark McDonald, chef-owner of Old Vine Café in Costa Mesa, California, believes. Inspired by Chef John Nocita at the Italian Culinary Institute, McDonald leads two such trips annually. “Chef Nocita and I have traveled extensively through all of Italy searching for the best regional gastronomic traditions and history,” he says, adding that the restaurant’s guests often travel with them. “This is the best continued education a chef or guest can pursue. I am constantly learning from