Curator: Monte Mathews
Monte Mathews was born with food and travel in his blood. His Grandfather was a hotelier, leading Monte to his first summer job as a bellboy at Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. His business career took him to 6 continents where his fluency in French, Italian, English, and Spanish served him well. He has stayed in accommodations ranging from tents to villas. After a career in advertising, he now explores the world looking for authentic experiences, great places to stay, and superb food.
Monte's passion for food comes from his family. His physician father read Gourmet Magazine aloud, corned his own beef, and enjoyed nothing more than a great dinner out. Monte’s mother loathed cooking and anything to do with the kitchen. As a result, Monte’s palate was developed as a child in the restaurants in Montreal. His interest in cooking soon became a real passion. Food and travel are the subjects of Monte’s Award-Winning blog, www.ChewingTheFat.us.com. He also shares with HipSilver ways to make our lives more exciting with everything that food and travel can do to enrich our world.
An Invitation for You!
Join Monte Mathews on a Fabulous Cheese Journey
If there ever was a country that casts a particular spell on Spring, it is England, especially the English countryside. That’s why it is my great pleasure to invite our HipSilver community to join me on a wonderful Culinary Adventure in England this Spring.
On May 3rd, I will be co-hosting with Cheese Journeys, the exclusive travel purveyors, 9-Day Exploration of London, Devon, Somerset, and Bath. If you’re short on time, there is a 5-day version.
Aside from the picture-perfect destinations, this is the perfect opportunity to travel with a like-minded group of individuals on a fully guided tour. We’ll provide you behind-the-scenes access to some of the world’s finest cheese-makers, beverage producers, and food experiences few culinary travelers discover. We’ll stay in Downton Abbey-like estates, one of which, North Cadbury Court, is pictured here. Our splendid accommodations are rented solely for our group of between 10 to 15 people. Here, we’ll enjoy exquisitely prepared meals, stroll through beautiful gardens, and enjoy its indoor swimming pool, gym, and spa. There’s even a Snooker Room and a three-hole golf course. We tour an amazing array of culinary locales, learn everything from engaging experts, and even attend a hands-on cooking class. Then, returning to our lodgings, we’ll enjoy meals prepared by Cheese Journeys’ private chef, Sylvain Jamois.
There will be Farm, Brewery, Cider Making visits, time with cheese makers, hands-on cheese making and cooking classes, demonstrations, and even painting and photography classes. Every tour is in the capable hands of our American host, Anna Juhl, Cheese Journey’s Founder and Tour Host. Anna is not alone on this trip. Accompanying us is London’s Chris George, British cheese and food expert, and Chuck Kellner, cheese expert from San Francisco’s Cow Girl Creamery.
Why is this the perfect journey for the Silver Generation? Because it’s about perfect. For one thing, our host, Anna Juhl speaks to every guest personally to ensure that this trip is fit. Dietary restrictions and mobility issues are taken care of before you step foot in England. Private Chef, Sylvain Jamois, can accommodate most food allergies and is only too happy to serve vegetarian meals. Transportation is by 12-20 passenger luxury vans, except in London where, in our Borough Market, we walk from two to four locations. It’s well to remember that cobblestone streets are commonplace and that parking may be a slight distance away. We’ll be taking walks in the fields and treks in barns, so it’s better to be shod in Wellies than Prada kitten heels! These tours are designed for active people, but you hardly have to be gym fit. You will need to be able to walk minimal distances and navigate a couple flights of stairs. North Cadbury Court has a lift; Wolborough House does not but only has one flight of stairs. And, you can be as active or inactive as you like. The itinerary is flexible enough to accommodate less active days, if you wish, so, you can stay in the manor house, swim, rest, or read. And to top it all off, a Registered Nurse travels with us incognito to avoid having to discuss every ache and pain! On Cheese Journeys, most guests are from 40 to 75 and they do beautifully. By the end of the tour, they’ve made friends for life and they’re all ready to go again to another one of Cheese Journeys’ exceptional itineraries in the States or abroad.